I've been relatively quiet the last few months here on NoExcusesHR. The crushing noise of the US election, the juvenile behavior from all sides, the shocking racism that has shown itself to be alive and well from the far right....it all just had me feeling like I needed to (mostly) pause.
I'm past that now though. I've posted my feelings quite clearly on multiple social media channels, and really want to focus on leadership topics in the world of work. That is actually the reason I started this blog ten years ago.
Power for Good
One of the absolute privileges of serving in executive roles is the opportunity, and candidly the requirement, that those leaders bring their energy and passion to the workplace.
You may not agree, but let's think about the impact these types of leaders make. Would you rather follow the person who is smart enough to do the job, but shows no enthusiasm, fresh ideas, or avoids taking risks? Or, is the person who is smart enough to do the job that is fired up each day about the incredible things that will happen in the coming months the one you want to be around?
This is a true no-brainer. Energy, passion, and positivity always win. And they should.
Force of Nature
Now I am quite clear that I fall far short of deserving the monicker "force of nature" but I sure as heck believe I can be a force multiplier. I want to consistently be fired up in my work. I want my colleagues to see how much I am trying to bring to our shared mission. I want our team members to notice my positive outlook.
The goal here is not personal glory. I'm fortunate to have a deep faith, that although I struggle, it helps keep me humble. The real goal here is to honor the responsibility I have as an executive.
Others are watching...talking about the choices the management team is making...and how those individuals behave.
I want to be an example...in fact I have to be an example if I'm going to live up to the privilege I have been given to serve in this way.
How About You
What responsibilities do you feel in your role? Is it enough to just "be good at your job" or, is there something more that you must do? Be a force multiplier. There is literally nothing holding you back...but you.
I'd love to hear from you.