I had a college professor who explained during a lecture that there wasn't just one way to get somewhere. He said there was "the" way like there were many paths you could take to reach your vision or end goal and there was "thuh" way - meaning that there was only one way that would work and all the others were subpar or would even fail to achieve the desired goal.
And as I reflected on that lecture, I realized that this could apply to many things. For instance, in math there are a few ways to get to 10. Such as 5+5, 2+8, and 1+9.
We would all love the direct route, but what typically happens is the curvy, zig-zag path. You might have one way that you think it ought to be handled, but if you're working with a team and not fully leveraging what they are individually and collectively bringing to the table, then the vision will not be as full and impactful as it could be. By allowing your team the opportunity to offer...
I wanted to take some time to talk about self-care and remind you to take time….
Oh wait, I mean make time to do things that fill your cup.
When you’re just going, going, going, and feel like your to-do list keeps getting bigger, you can start feeling like you need to do more. To push even harder.
I know I can certainly feel this way.
And that’s the exact time when you need to take a step back, chill, and do something for you.
It seems so counterintuitive to slow down to go fast, but if you’re running on empty, feeling stressed out or anxious, then whatever you're working on or whomever your working with will not get your best efforts. They are getting what’s left, especially those closest to you.
And you feel frustrated, tired, and just exhausted.
You deserve better for yourself, and those around you (family – pets included, friends, team, clients, customers) do. Your business does too.
How do you know if you're diluting your vision?
he first step is to get clear on what your vision for yourself, your business or organization, your life is.
Whatever that is.
What do you want to feel, do, achieve, or be?
Where do you want your organization or business to be at the end of the year? In a year from now? In 5 years from now?
Not watering it down because it feels overwhelming.
Not downsizing or downplaying it because it’s so big it’s uncomfortable.
Not playing small because it’s easier than digging deeper to do the work necessary to move you forward to a new level of leadership and closer to your vision for your organization or business.
With that being said, here are four statements to ask yourself, and if you answer “Yes” to any of them, then you are diluting your vision.
So let's talk about continual learning, and specifically when you've invested money or time or both to advance or strengthen your skills as a leader.
Perhaps it's a small investment relatively speaking like reading or listening to a book. Maybe it's a course or seminar you attended, or training your company has sent you to for the day. Or perhaps it's working with a coach or consultant. And even it didn't cost you money, it was your time spent there, including the time spent creating the space to go and getting caught up again (or close to it) once you returned.
When you first went through the course, the seminar, or even worked with your coach, you probably took some notes as a way to help you process what you're learning. Once the course, seminar or coaching sessions are finished, you have every intention of fully implementing what you've learned.
Then more time passes, and although you know you learned a lot, you might feel like you should have learned more or that...
There is power in one.
One word may brighten someone else's day or tear it down.
One shift in attitude or perspective can completely change how a challenging situation is handled.
Focusing on the one person in front of you during a face to face or that one person on the other end of the phone for that one conversation and ignoring the distractions will communicate volumes of respect, appreciation, and engagement.
Focusing on the one step that needs to be done now versus the next 20 will minimize overwhelm and increase productivity.
There's power in one - take some time today to leverage that power to its fullest and feel the shifts that it will make in you as you lead.
To show up as the confident business leader you're meant to be, you need to share your strengths and stay true to your vision and values and that's where confidence kicks in.
The more confidence you have, the more you will:
As leaders, we need to get clear on what we want and why.
Then we need to speak up.
As a leader, it's your responsibility to set the vision and direction for your project, organization, or business. And although it may seem repetitive, asking and communicating often is necessary and so important. Sometimes you'll need to repeat yourself multiple times, in different styles to get things started and moving.
For some individuals, they only need a nudge to understand what's needed and support. For others, you may need to be a bit more direct.
If you have a question that will impact a decision you're making, be willing to ask and patiently listen for the answer. If you'd like periodic updates on a project, communicate your expectations and remind your teammates only as needed.
Once you're clear on your vision and your why, be willing to enthusiastically communicate it clearly, succinctly, and frequently. Your enthusiasm coupled with your ability to ensure your team, colleagues, and...
As a leader, you are presented with new information each day.
This process of continually receiving and synthesizing information helps you to make informed decisions in order to support your team and achieve the company’s overall vision.
Sometimes it may feel like you have too much to work with and other times, it may feel like you don’t have enough.
To compound the waves of data, as the leader, you are viewed as having “all the information”, so it might feel like saying “I don’t know” is not appropriate.
The thing is that although it may seem like you are expected to know all of the answers, you won’t.
You are expected to know how to get the answers and be clear with what is happening on your team or project, even if that means you know you need to learn more.
So how to do work with the information that you have?
I suggest leveraging your curiosity by accepting that you won’t have all the answers, but that you will be open to...
What are you in the business of? (HINT: it's probably not the thing you think it is by itself).
It sounds like a simple question, but it's important to know and understand this answer.
Let's start by saying it doesn't matter the industry or role you have within your company. It doesn’t matter if your leading hundreds or leading five – or even if you technically don’t have anyone who reports to you, but instead you’re over projects or you’re an individual contributor vs a VP of an organization.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in hospitality, healthcare, the military, manufacturing, the government, publishing, or fashion.
It matters that you see yourself as a leader because being a leader means that the real business you're in is the people business.
And when you’re taking care of people, they will take care of your processes, and that...
It’s the start of another day and you’re thinking about what needs to happen to turn your vision into a reality.
You check out your plan and the specific tasks for today, and you get started.
You feel like you are making progress and after a while, you decide to take a break.
So, you check out the latest post from one of your favorite go-to resources or listen to a podcast that talks about the latest tips to do A, B and C so that your business or team will be able to do X, Y, and Z.
And they make it sound so easy, like it was nothing for them to figure out what was needed to discover some incredible results.
Or maybe you take a few minutes and scroll through your social media feed to find some inspiration. Yet what you notice are how many likes and shares or comments that post has.
And your recent post has none.
Maybe the first few distractions are welcomed and inspiring, and you are encouraged to keep going on your journey. But slowly they start to get to you.
Showing up as the confident business leader you're meant to be is a transformation that starts on the inside, and the first step is shifting your mindset. Enroll in the free Leverage Your Potential mini course and start recognizing the leader within you today as well as receive weekly tips and encouragement to keep you going.