I think it’s interesting that we default human nature to negative behavior. Think about it for a minute. People take the easiest path…and it’s human nature. Employees do just enough to get by…and it’s human nature. Leaders sit back and avoid conflict because….well…it’s human nature.
And we almost expect things in life to go poorly…we’re bound to fail…it’s human nature.
I’m calling B.S. on human nature. There is a huge difference between courage (which is the human nature I prefer) and laziness. Laziness is not human nature…it’s a choice…it’s an excuse…and makes people look like fools.
When was the last time you heard someone characterize a leader’s courageous style as their “human nature?” We all know…albeit only a few leaders…whose courage seems to come naturally.
They have no fear when it comes to trying new strategies. They don’t worry about consequences the way we think they should.
They are rule breakers…they don’t care about norms…they just see endless possibilities.
It’s in their nature.
Bound to Win
So how do we move from “life is horrible” to “I am so committed to helping my organization win that I’ll try anything?” What is the secret that moves us from the hapless masses that quite candidly are a waste of our time…to moving in to the rarefied air of being confident, fearless, and loaded with so much courage we scare those around us?
The answer is quite simple…but the execution is difficult for most. Corporate pressure and politics cloud our ability to think clearly. They become derailers that move us away from winning for our organizations. You must do what you are scared to do…what you think is too politically complicated…and what may compromise your position.
Others may mock you along the way. So what?
Others may openly question if you’re doing the right things. So what?
You may even end up feeling quite alone along the path to progress. So what?
How About You
You are NOT bound to fail. You are bound to take risks…to try new things…and make a real difference.
Do not falter.
Do not look back.
Do not rejoin the hordes of leaders stuck in 1995.
Thanks for being here.