I just received in the mail the book The Dream Manager (Matthew Kelly). It was recommended to me by a new friend about a week ago. Here’s an excerpt from the very beginning of the book:
“A company’s purpose is to become the-best-version-of-itself. The next question is: What is an employee’s purpose? Most would say, ‘to help the company achieve its purpose,’ but they would be wrong. That is certainly part of an employee’s role, but an employee’s primary purpose is to become the-best-version-of-himself or herself…
The company exists for people. When a company forgets that it exists to serve its customers, it quickly goes out of business. Our employees are our first customers, and our most influential customers.
A person’s purpose is to become the-best-version-of-himself or herself.”
I’m looking forward to diving deeper into this book. Thank you, Scott Druhot, for the recommendation!
Update: I just finished this book during my lunch! Wow! I will be implementing these ideas with my leadership team soon! You need to read this book!
When it comes to self-talk, we’ve discovered six common, yet toxic, beliefs that hold people back more than any others. Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these beliefs, so that they don’t derail your career:
Toxic Belief #1: Perfection = Success
Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failure, and end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish, instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.
Toxic Belief #2: My Destiny is Predetermined
Far too many people succumb to the highly irrational idea that they are destined to succeed or fail. Make no mistake about it, your destiny is in your own hands, and blaming multiple successes or failures on forces beyond your control is nothing more than a cop out. Sometimes life will deal you difficult cards to play, and others times you’ll be holding aces. Your willingness to give your all in playing any hand you’re holding determines your ultimate success or failure in life.
Toxic Belief #3: I “Always” or “Never” Do That
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I’ve been working on a little project here at work. I lead 4 different, unique divisions. We are all on the same floor. There is a lot of collaboration between the teams. But I discovered something. The team still doesn’t always know what the team (overall) does.
So I addressed it.
With the help of my leadership team, I created a document (12 pages long) that highlights each of my divisions, the work they do, and the up-to-date results they are getting. In each of their sections, I also shared the company awards they’ve received over the past couple of years (it’s always good to be reminded of this!). Each team member was listed and all of their photos were included.
Teams can do the work day in and day out. We all are busy. My team is full of flawed, human beings – myself included! We are not perfect. But we do a lot to move our company forward. We work hard to serve our customers (members) to our best ability. We care about each other inside and outside of work.
I created this document to be sure my team understands all that goes on. I want them to appreciate their own efforts and results. I want them to appreciate the efforts of those working on the other side of the room. Together, we are making a positive impact.
I challenge you to do something similar with your team. This exercise helped me focus on the positive strengths this team has. I think it will help my team focus on that, too.
In his new book, High Performance Habits, Brendon Burchard speaks about seeking clarity in Habit 1. I shared this exercise with my Emerging Leader group yesterday. I thought you might like to read this as well:
- Describe (write it down) how you’ve perceived yourself in the following situations over the past several months – with your significant other, at work, with the kids or your team, in social situations with strangers.
- Now ask, “Is that who I really see myself being in the future?” How would my future self look, feel, and behave differently in those situations? (note: think about how your future self would want to interact in ways that you would be proud of)
- If you could describe yourself in just 3 aspirational words – words that would sum up who you are at your best in the future – what would those words be? Why are those words meaningful to you? Once you find your words, put them in your phone as an alarm label that goes off several times per day.
I worked through this exercise myself. I jotted down several things and finally landed on my 3 aspirational words. I created a calendar event that displays these 3 words at 5:45 am, 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm every day.
Already, there are many times when I see those words and I am reminded to be my best and do my best to act out on these words. It works. What a great reminder.
Try it. In fact, order the book and start working your own high performance habits (link to the book is provided above). Begin working on becoming better. You will not regret it.
On Friday, November 3, John Sampson (CEO of the NE Indiana Regional Partnership) will be the inaugural speaker at First Fridays hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. In case you are not familiar with the Partnership, read the following excerpt and visit them at http://neindiana.com.
About the NE Indiana Regional Partnership
Increasing business investment. That’s what we’re all about. We’re here to support your business, build our community, and market our region to the world. How do we do all of that? Together. Collaboration is Northeast Indiana’s secret sauce and the key to building a globally competitive economy in our 11-county region.
Our mission is to build, market, and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment.
Our region is made up of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.
Click on the link below to RSVP (required for attendance – seating is limited). Plan to be there.
First Fridays November 3
This week, a significant leader/mentor in my life will turn 80 years old. At the recent Global Leadership Summit, we were challenged by Bill Hybels to reach out to those who helped mold our leadership skills and tell them “thank you”. This morning, I wrote a letter to this leader. Here is an excerpt from that letter:
I just wanted to say “thank you” once again for all that you’ve done for me in my life. I am often asked who was a major influencer. Your name tops the list (after my parents). Here’s why:
- You taught me that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
- You taught me to be flexible. “There is always a way.” I believed you, acted on it, and found your words to be true.
- You taught me to think on my feet.
- You taught me to be direct.
- You taught me how to sell.
- You taught me how to work a crowd.
- You taught me how to produce.
- You taught me how to get along with others who are vastly different than I am.
- You allowed me to be me.
- You pushed me to be excellent and then to become better.
- You taught me how to speak in front of 10 and 10,000.
- You allowed me to be creative and gave me room to do it.
- You showed me that leaders can open up to confidants.
- You taught me to set high standards and not to lower them.
- You gave me the opportunity to be exposed to cultures all over the world.
- You showed me how to celebrate the “wins” of your team. You always were delighted to hear our stories from the road.
- You taught me that consistent discipline works.
- You showed me that the leader’s dream can be infectious.
- You taught me that I am capable of far more than I thought I was.
- You introduced me to the world, and now I have friends all over the planet.
- You believed in me. I can’t thank you enough for that.
So, who in your life could you “thank” for helping you? It really takes moments to craft a letter. But you will encourage a mentor in ways you cannot imagine.
They invested in you. Invest in them today. Thank a Mentor.