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Surely, names like Peter Drucker and John Wooden come to mind. Obviously, you’ll also consider Mother Theresa and Ghandi. Maybe, you consider my friend Devon Bandison (a leader in the Fatherhood movement) a leader worth knowing.
I get it; they were incredible people. They changed the world, right! Now, let’s talk about everyday greatness.
When I think of “everyday,” I think of things like like being the best friend, parent, neighbor, boss, colleague, community member you can be.
I want you to rest your head on the pillow at night and ask yourself just ONE question:
“Was I at my best today?"
WOAH! Stop reading right now...
Yes, I mean it...
ONLY keep on reading when you've answered that question 5 nights in a row.
And, when you DO answer that question (written out in your own handwriting, on a notepad next to your bed) call me and I’ll walk you through a 30-minute Executive Coaching debrief session.
I propose managers and leaders lose momentum because (1) they AND their team lack discipline. I define discipline as:
a system of rules of conduct
There are reasons you AND they are not disciplined. Among them are:
(2) They second-guess their direction (3) They put off achieving milestones until the last minute (4) They consistently seek new/extra information (5) They aren’t 100% clear on the destination
1. Here’s the Good: Summertime means vacation time.
2. And the Bad: According to a recent survey, most people who took a vacation didn’t unplug while away.
Actually, 25% said they worked every day.
In June and July, Jodi and I took 8 days of vacation, 5 of which we did NO work at all.
We didn’t make a single call or send even one email. We didn’t work on the website, or write an article. We did no work. We hiked in Ojai, biked in Lake Tahoe and kayaked through the roaring rapids of the Rogue River in Oregon.
Want to see a picture of me on the last rapid? Click here...
How did we do that? We talked through THREE important issues. If you’d like to read what we did, click here...
Moving from where you are, to where you want to be means that you have at least a vision of what that could look like. Now, what are the stepping stones that may help you get there? If you have a team of 7, here's the challenge.
We’ve just published a 34-page eBook that teaches you how 8 successful Get Momentum members create the conditions necessary to succeed at work…and in life.
Would you recognize it if you saw it? The feeling of momentum...
You know, when you get an idea, implement it, and it works! You get that blog post or chapter written. A customer leaves a raving review of your service online. The manufacturer you’re working with gets you what you need on time AND on budget.
Wouldn’t it be great if you knew how to create momentum?
Walking away from the office a while back, I came up with a question I'm asking all my Executive Coaching clients,
"What does leadership mean, now, to the people we're working around every day?"
For the Productive Leader, it will have a different - often expanding - definition:
Leadership: the capacity of someone to lead. Lead: To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known.
As I look at those two definitions and think of some of the books I've read, articles I've skimmed, conferences I've attended, coaches I've hired, and mentors I've been lucky enough to work with, I've realized that leadership means something different to everyone...
If you'd like to gain perspective on the different generations in the workplace, and what Productive Leaders of the past and future just might look like to those in the work force right now, take 15 minutes and watch this presentation at TED. Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military.
How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.
"Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure." -- Stanley McChrystal
When you walk away from the office over the next few days, ask yourself, "How am I being a Productive Leader right now?"