I moved into my house 7 months ago. There’s a doorstop the previous owners placed by the garage door that every time I walk by it, it annoys me. It’s not a big deal. It’s just that I get a momentary flinch of “ugh ick” every time I walk by it. And then it’s gone, I forget, and I leave it there and go about my business. Only to repeat the cycle the next time I see it. This is a silly example, but it has energetic impact.
It’s that time of the year again when people go into reflection mode in looking at what they accomplished over the last year, who they became, and what they want to do moving forward. For your leadership pleasure, here are 12 places to look over the next month as you close out 2015 and get ready to create some amazing impact, and a life you love, in 2016…
Heading into a media interview for the book last week, I was ready to roll. Excited. Prepared. I’d done all my pre-work, set my intentions, taken really great care of myself. I got on the call, the host was running late (for great reasons), the audio needed some tweaking, and right before we launched they said something about “I don’t know how this is going to go over with our audience, let’s hope they like it”.
In the book Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives (McGraw-Hill), I invite readers to take an inside-out approach to leadership and cultural optimization. People often think that leadership and culture are all about skills and what we do, but speaking even louder is who we are, how we show up, and the energy and intention we bring to the table. Being an effective leader and creating a culture that thrives is rarely about having better skills, changing other people, or even holding huge corporate cultural initiatives--our quickest path to shifting culture and dynamics is more simply in shifting ourselves and how we show up.
I recently had something big fall apart with my team. It's really quite simple, we had a vendor who had an agenda, and in the land of "assuming good", I missed it. Five months of trying to collaborate, find clean solutions, and do good work—and the whole time, ulterior motives were at play.