Don’t Do It!

There are a few things a leader should never delegate. One of those things is vision.

If you are a leader, the vision for your team or organization must come from you. If your team’s vision comes from someone else, your leadership will be less bright to those on the team.

This doesn’t mean that you have to develop the vision yourself. It also doesn’t mean that only you can communicate the vision.

It does mean that you must embrace and live the vision that you want your team to aspire to achieve.

This is walking the talk. It is casting inspiration of the future. It must be done authentically, and with passion.

It cannot be delegated.

There Is Always One or Two

When I am working on a project with a team, it seems that there is always one or two people that distract the group from their goal. It could be that they actively speak out against the plan, or they could silently disrupt progress behind the scenes.

Here are some strategies that will help you overcome the rabble-rouser.

  1. Focus on the majority. – The simple method is to just ignore the person that is disrupting the group. If you are able to move forward with the majority of the group, then you are able to gain momentum.
  2. Address the issue with the person separate from the group. – Confronting the rebel in front of the group will only justify their message. So pull them to the side and try to resolve the issue discreetly.
  3. Create wins to show the group the progress. – People want to be on the winning side. Get some small wins and you will begin to over come any opposition.

There is always someone that will stand in your way on your path to success. Find a way around and don’t lose too much time thinking about it.

What Is Your Level of Commitment?

Commitment is visible to those on your team. You know what it looks like. It is the guy that never gives up. The person that keeps searching for the way to succeed. The woman that brings a positive attitude and a drive for the goal.

Are you as committed as you should be? Here are some things that you should consider if you want to be recognized as the person that was committed to the team’s success.

1. Set the example. Don’t wait to see if others are on board. Always bring your “A” game.

2. Increase your influence. Collaborate. Ask questions. Build bridges. Add value. Helpful participation increases your influence with the team.

3. Never stop learning. Finding success is usually accomplished by learning something new, or changing the way you do something. Keep a learning attitude to be ready for new ideas.

4. Have the persistence to succeed. Accept that success takes time and effort. If it was easy, the rewards will be less.

What does commitment look like for you?

The New Year

It is that time again. Millions of people will make resolutions for the new year that they will never keep. Are you in that group of people?

I tend to make more resolutions than I should, and many I fail to achieve. That doesn’t mean I should stop trying.

This year I invite you to join me in making a resolution. Decide what you want to change for 2019. We can be successful this time.

Here is the question that could make the difference between success and failure. “What action do I need to take today to stay on track of achieving my resolution?”

Ask yourself that every day, and then take the action. Most people fail because they don’t follow through with the action that will help them.

Ask it every day. Because the second cause of failure with a resolution is the discipline and persistence needed to complete it.

Simple? Take action every single day. If you and I commit to that one plan, we will find success.