Several years ago, my wife and I took a business / personal trip to California.On our way to the hotel, we passed a sign proclaiming, “SUP Rental & Instruction, 7-Days a Week.”
Not knowing what SUP stood for, we asked our taxi driver. He informed us that SUP was shorthand for Stand-Up Paddling and explained that it was popular up and down the coast.
Perhaps it is time for you (for me) to stop fighting against that thing.
Perhaps it is time to step back; revisit your approach, and to explore a new way. Allow the wisdom that you’ve gathered through proactive learning and experience to inform you of a new way forward.
This doesn’t mean you give up on your goals, it merely means that you might find a way to accomplish them that doesn’t require fighting.
Abundant leaders pour out trust upon others. This doesn’t mean that they are gullible or refuse to recognize the risks of failure, it simply means that they know that to achieve the best results today and tomorrow, they must trust others and create a trusting culture.
They also know that a culture of trust starts with them.
You’re excited about your new job. You want to make an impact. You hit the ground running.
Over time, you build new relationships, deliver good results, and make a name for yourself.
- A few weeks pass.
- Weeks become months.
- Months become years.
- You grow comfortable.
If you see yourself or a colleague falling into the comfort zone, perhaps it’s time to do what all true achievers do:
Over the past twenty years, I have been surrounded by many top performers:
- Courageous fellow paratroopers in the U.S. Army
- Amazing colleagues at both a global consulting firm and my own professional services agency
- Outstanding leaders throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia
- Brilliant students at one of the nation’s top universities
The guy in the photo (below) is my nephew. He lives in New York City. Recently, my family and I spent a weekend with him in the Big Apple.
The excursion led me to an insight about your organization.
Assuming that your organization is made-up of people, processes, programs, etc., I bet that you are struggling to solve a problem or two.
Odds are you know something about Disney brand. Perhaps you’ve:
- Watched Disney movies
- Picked a favorite character
- Made the trek to one of their theme parks
- Bought a Disney toy
- Or, interacted in one of a countless number of ways with Walt’s company.
Heck, you may even be a true Disneyphile (yes, that’s a term) defined as:
We all have blind spots. These are things that others know about you, but about which you are completely clueless. They can be small things…
- A stain on your shirt that everyone sees – except you.
- A conversation that you arrive late to and say something out of place. Everyone knows the arc of the discussion – except you.