It’s easy to give up on team members or colleagues when they don’t meet our expectations. When co-workers don’t pull through in the way we thought they would or should, we often become angry or feel let down. We even may become defensive and be ready to go on the attack.
Have you faced any of these frustrating situations in your workplaces or collaborations?
- Missing information for a project
- Deadlines that are ignored or miscalculated
- Being omitted from an important email
- Not being part of a team decision
- Overlooked to be part of a Happy Hour after work
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One of the toughest challenges for leaders is not looking over their shoulders to see what everyone else is doing. There seem to be so many overachievers on our teams and in our work worlds who can respond more quickly or communicate more loudly than we will ever be able to do. It can really grate on our nerves to constantly be worrying that a colleague or co-worker will come up with a better solution for an internal or external customer. But aren’t we all supposed to be in this together? So why does it feel like we are judging our success on how others perform?
Why can’t we lead without comparing? We can if
I’m a big believer in visuals and images. When leaders make commitments to themselves and their teams about the importance of strong leadership, words may not be enough. Although words can be a good way to begin a conversation or reflection about leadership, words don’t always display your entire leadership story. For example, if one of your critical leadership values is “building relationships”, it may be unclear what that means. But what if you constructed a bridge connecting team members or drew a picture of people connected to a web of yarn? Might that visual help you clarify and describe more completely how relationships are built?
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Changing up our long time career direction is not something any of us take lightly. After all, if we are happy with what we are doing and feel fulfilled, maybe there is no need to re-set our compasses. If you look back to the last time you performed a complete “check-up” on your leadership vision, what might you discover?
“I never executed a full evaluation of my leadership strategies.”
“I have no idea what my leadership vision is all about.”
“Who has time to pursue a leadership vision?”
“I am just fine at this point in my leadership. No need to topple this apple cart.”
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When was the last time you stepped back and asked yourself: “What am I good at?” or “What are my strengths?” For many of us, we usually don’t take the time to recognize what value we bring to our work worlds or personal lives. We go through our daily routines, never focusing on how we shine or make a difference. We aren’t serving ourselves well or sharing our best side, if we are unaware of the skills and strengths we can offer.
One manager in one of my workshops had some extraordinary ideas about developing a project for his team. He was a talented designer and had the ability to see the big picture. But… Continue reading | 4 Comments