Friday, July 15, 2011

You Have The Power

Alarm goes off....hit the snooze button.  Grab a shower, grab a coffee, and hit the road.  "Good morning everyone."  Power up the computer...check the today's calendar and task list.  Up and out of your office to round on your employees...the organization's employees...your customers.  No big to a meeting.

Just another day, right?  No big deal.  Guess what, it's a big deal.  Every time you interact with your team, your employees, your customers, is a very big deal.  Don't mess it up.

I Don't Feel Any Different
Of course you don't.  You're not supposed to, and that's the beauty of leadership.  You didn't get this job because you suddenly woke up one day, hit the snooze button and *poof* you morphed into someone else.  You were hired to be you.  Here's the rub... everyone is watching.  Your staff, your organization's employees, your superiors...and that person in the mirror.  You are the example.  You set the tone.  You drive accountability...and so do I.  Is that too much to worry about?  If so, get out of your job today.  You don't deserve to lead.  If however you think you have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your employees and your organization, hang in there.  It's hard to lead; it's supposed to be.

You're Not Alone
One of the things that strikes me about leaders is that they think they are alone trying to figure all of this out.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  They have resources to help in their organization, their community, and through social media.  For example, you all have me to reach out to any time you need me.  That's what colleagues do...they step up...just like you do for me.

How About You
Do you realize the power you have when you walk by a group of employees in the hall and don't acknowledge them?  What do they think?  What happens when you greet everyone...what do you think the employees say about you?  Don't kid yourself...they are talking about you because you have the power.  It really is a big deal.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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