- Take the high road. Recrimination and vengefulness rarely pay worthy dividends.
- Keep producing. The best way to right wrongs is to prove our worth, which means..........produce desired outcomes.
- Resist division. Though tempting, alliances and polarization almost always produce negative vibes and worse outcomes.
- Secure or leverage a mentor from OUTSIDE our organization. We need someone to whom we can talk safely and honestly.
- Continue to learn and grow from this experience. Just like we do from all the others.
- Be kind, be pleasant, be professional, be wary.
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Pushing for improvement is a process, not an event. It involves adopting new habits AND abandoning old habits. The time-tested mantra of "Old habits die hard" has staying power because of its profound truth.
It really doesn't matter if we are at the top, middle, or bottom of the organizational power structure, we can all affect improvement. And those changes toward improvement rarely come easily.
A common "dodge" is to claim that we don't have the power -- or enough power -- to cause that improvement (which always involves changing something).
But each of us can do something. Even if it's a little something. Even if it's just us doing it. Whining about what we can't do -- or are not allowed to do -- never causes improvement.
Getting better. Every day. On purpose.
And today is the best day to do it.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Culture is the ultimate expression of our values.
We default to the values of our dominant cultural affiliation UNLESS we choose values different from those.
Important questions to ask ourselves and our teams as we examine whether or not our organizational culture is effectively manifesting our chosen values:
- How clearly have we articulated our fundamental guiding values?
- What ways of thinking serve to promote those values?
- What observable behaviors do we see in ourselves that manifest those values?
- How well do we acknowledge, praise, honor, and memorialize those who are effective exemplars of those values?
As we answer those questions, two important action steps follow:
- Adopting habits to reinforce those values.
- Abandoning habits that don't.
Culture shaping is hard work that requires constant attention. Culture shapes us AND we shape culture. It is a dynamically reciprocal relationship.
Sunday, August 20, 2023
What we believe about ourselves in frames the way we behave and the actions we take.
What we believe about ourselves is the result of what we choose to believe about ourselves.
What we believe about ourselves has impact on others, and in our world.
Consider tattooing some of the following beliefs on your soul and mind:
- I do matter, and I will continue to matter. Do my actions reflect such?
- My happiness and my emotions are under my control. Do my actions reflect such?
- My doing always matters more than my talking. Do my actions reflect such?
- Serving is the gold standard of a worthy life. Do my actions reflect such?
- Engaging with like-minded others accelerates my growth. Do my actions reflect such?
- My success is directly proportional to how much I help others succeed. Do my actions reflect such?
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Few things are more motivating to us than when someone notices when we done good or did it right.
When we hear things like.......
"I appreciate your....."
"You inspired me to..."
"I'm grateful for your..."
Makes us wanna do even gooder, or get it more rightlier.
BONUS: Expressing gratefulness to others costs us almost nothing.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
Early in my career I pretended to be an athletic coach. One of the events I attempted to coach was the high jump.
In the high jump (and the pole vault) there is what is called the "opening height." That is the height at which the bar is initially set to start competition. Athletes must clear that opening height to remain in the competition. Those that don't......................put their warmups back on and head to the bus.
In organizational work, we also have opening heights. We call them "standards."
A mistake that is made quite often is to think of the standards as THE GOAL. They are not! Achieving the standards is akin to clearing opening height -- it is simply the starting point that keeps us in the competition.
EXCELLENCE is the goal. It is that ever-increasing height to which the bar is moved as we push ourselves, and each other, to betterness.
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Sunday, August 6, 2023
Good leaders are hard to come by. GREAT leaders, nearly impossible.
The best leaders I know purposefully lift up and inflate those around them. The lesser ones serve as DE-flaters.
What is it that those DE-flaters do to let the air out of the rest of us?
- View and speak from the negative perspective, ad nauseam.
- Insist on time-eating processes, protocols, procedures.
- Tolerate, or even incentivize, bad behavior.
- Diminish, devalue, nit-pick, and demean.
- Focus more on the past than the future.
- Talk, A LOT.
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Birthdays are merely anniversaries of our arrival on this planet. That day may have been much-anticipated and dearly longed for. Maybe not. It might have gone just as expected and without complication. But then, perhaps not. It might have occurred with much fanfare and brouhaha. Or not.
Whatever the circumstances, that day launched an inevitable turning of the clock. And with it, some constant changes (yes, that seems a contradiction). Don't believe it? Look at pictures of yourself over the years.
We have no control of the birthday clock. We do, however, have tremendous control over our GrowthDay clock. We can choose on this day, and every day, to get better and learn more. On purpose.
There's recipe for making today a GrowthDay:
- Choosing - choosing to grow and learn gives the process meaning and order.
- Reflecting - taking glances in the rearview mirror helps us make sense of where we've been, what went right/wrong along the way, and what next needs our attention.
- Pressing - consequential growth does not occur when we're "in neutral" or comfortable.
- Inquiring - asking Why? or How? or What if? or Could we? triggers the antecedent to learning-growth which is.................curiosity.