Like campaigning politicians, everyone has a stump speech…
From the mundane:
I promise to pick up the dirty clothes…
I vow never to look at another woman…
I will take you outside to throw the football for a full 30 minutes…
To the grandiose:
I promise 4th quarter earnings will be fixed, stakeholders…
I vow that my employees will always have these benefits…
My administration will turn this country around!
We all do it-business leaders, politicians, husbands and wife’s-we create grand visions and outline broad dreams, but whether they are fulfilled is a different matter entirely!
Now there’s nothing wrong with giving hope and casting future vision, but how do we do this in a way that most effectively serves people AND invites them to be a part of the process??
When it comes to the issues that matter most to us-money, health, security and safety-we all can imagine a brighter future, but who we expect to affect that change is everything!
Everyone wants a savior from their personal circumstance, but few want to stand in the gap themselves.
When we appeal to this base notion in others (that someone else will do it for them!) we are limiting their potential to stand and deliver on the very change they wish to see.
And that’s where I see the place of true leadership stepping in. Real leaders offer an alternative path:
Tough love and careful truth-telling coupled with delegating and empowering people to be the change they wish to see.
Here are the audio files!
Here are 3 application questions to consider:
It’s always easier to talk about “them out there” and balk at the data and trends for “those other types” but HOW DO WE PERSONALIZE THIS?
What is 1 thing you’re currently tolerating/putting up with that you could be a part of the solution for?
What is 1 step you could take to turn you mission, vision or dream into reality: FOCUS ON LOW HANGING FRUIT!
What is 1 person that you could invite (empower, delegate to) who could help go with you?
Here are some resources from today’s episode:
- Don miller video from his website (simon carville)
- Craig groeschel episode on delegating culture
- Communicating for a Change (book) by Stanley
- Grit (book) by Duckworth
- Friction (book) by Rosenbloom