"I'm happy to do whatever you want me to do."
"Oh, I'm ready to jump in at anytime, just tell me what you need."
"I fully support this move, what would you like me to do?"
Talk is Cheap
We've all heard these comments...often times from leaders in our organizations. Perhaps we've even said them ourselves.
They appear to be well-intended expressions of support, right? Real team-players stepping up to help...right?
Not so fast.
Let's take a moment and think about the people in our companies that take action first versus offering to do "whatever." That feels different.
Their impact is very different.
They make things happen. They not only connect with us on what needs to be done, but they actually take steps to get things done.
It's Always Action That Wins
Maybe I've become cynical?
Maybe I've heard too many expressions of support to my face, only to learn that same 'support' is non-existent when it comes down to making decisions and taking a risk?
Or, maybe I have a new level of insight about people?
They love being seen as helpful and popular, but are rarely strong enough to tackle big issues that involve risk.
Yes. I believe that is true.
How About You
Are you someone who not only offers support, but immediately jumps into the fire to get things done? Or, are you much more comfortable offering support all day long, and then heading home feeling good about yourself and your "support?"
I'd love to hear from you.