A “Straight Talk” Leadership Reminder

A “Straight Talk” Leadership Reminder

You have a title. But, do your people have a leader?

Fact is, having a leadership position and being a leader are not one and the same. Your position is something that was bestowed on you … something you were appointed to … something you became eligible for by being a good performer in the past. What you did “yesterday,” as an employee, helped you get the title or classification you hold today. And that’s exactly what your position is: a title, a classification.

Being a true leader, however, is much different. “Leader” is a descriptor – a label that you EARN through specific behaviors. It’s based on what you do today, and what you will do tomorrow – not what’s printed on your business card or on your email address. And earning the label of “leader” requires that you think and act in ways that are considerably different from what you did before you were promoted. Simply put:

In order to be a leader, you must do the things that leaders do … and you must do them well.

Today’s Leadership Solution comes from:

Lead Right

Every Leader’s Straight-Talk Guide to JOB Success
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A "Straight Talk" Leadership Reminder

A “Straight Talk” Leadership Reminder

You have a title. But, do your people have a leader?

Fact is, having a leadership position and being a leader are not one and the same. Your position is something that was bestowed on you … something you were appointed to … something you became eligible for by being a good performer in the past. What you did “yesterday,” as an employee, helped you get the title or classification you hold today. And that’s exactly what your position is: a title, a classification.

Being a true leader, however, is much different. “Leader” is a descriptor – a label that you EARN through specific behaviors. It’s based on what you do today, and what you will do tomorrow – not what’s printed on your business card or on your email address. And earning the label of “leader” requires that you think and act in ways that are considerably different from what you did before you were promoted. Simply put:

In order to be a leader, you must do the things that leaders do … and you must do them well.

Today’s Leadership Solution comes from:

Lead Right

Every Leader’s Straight-Talk Guide to JOB Success
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Live Your Life Like It Matters

Live Your Life Like It Matters

In Scott Black’s powerful new book, he gives us “180 Ways” to live your life like it matters. Here are a few that really resonated with me…

#10 - Focus on what you get to do rather than what you have to do. Choose to be excited about the opportunities you have today to positively affect people and outcomes. Think about the impact you can make and notice how your passion and excitement carry you through the day.
#46 - Learn by teaching. One of the best ways to learn something new is to teach it to someone else. If there is something you want to learn in your organization, volunteer to teach it. If there are new rules, a new software program, a new initiative – see if you can teach it to the rest of the team. Not only will you show your willingness to be a team player, you will also master that thing that you are teaching!
#96 – Identify your goals for the week. People don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan. Some don’t set goals … others fail to write them down. Be exceptional – be a goal getter! How will you know if you had a successful week or not? Begin with the end in mind. What are the things you want to accomplish? Write them down and monitor them.

Today’s Leadership Solution comes from:

180 Ways to Live Your Life Like It Matters


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Creating Passionate Performers

Creating Passionate Performers

What does Passionate Performance look like?  How will you know when your employees are giving it?  Look for signs of the big payoff from Passionate Performancediscretionary effort – people choosing to do more for you.  You’ll know your employees are giving discretionary effort when they:

  • choose to work late to complete a project;
  • ask how they can better serve another team member or department;
  • inquire about how their actions affect another function or the customer;
  • make a connection between their decisions and the company’s financial results;
  • treat company resources like their own;
  • initiate improvements in work methods;
  • look beyond their own roles for improvement opportunities; and
  • pursue self-development on their own time.

Leading With Values

 
Today’s Leadership Solution comes from: Passionate Performance

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Dealing with Change

Finger pointing and griping rarely solve the challenges of dealing with change, but understanding others’ viewpoints is always a critical consideration. Here are two viewpoints – both right, yet very different!

A Message About Change
From Employees to Managers:

Like you, I’m learning that continuous change and life are one and the same. But some changes are a lot easier to swallow than others. I’m basically okay with doing things differently to keep up with our competitors. But I do reject those changes that are sometimes required because someone screwed up and didn’t think things through. Maybe if you asked my opinion a little more often, that wouldn’t happen.

A Message About Change
From Managers to Employees:

Maybe you see me as the instigator or “perpetrator” of change. If you do, to a degree you’re right. Sponsoring and supporting change is one of my responsibilities – and it’s an absolute necessity in order to keep our organization successful and protect our jobs. But besides being a source of change, I’m also a victim of it. And when it comes “rolling downhill,” I end up having to make as many adjustments as anyone else.


Walk Awhile in My Shoes

 
Today’s perspectives come from the two-books-in-one bestseller: Walk Awhile In MY Shoes

Gut-Level, Real-World Messages
From Employees to Managers
And From Managers to Employees

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