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The Gift Great Leaders Give

Gift

People don’t need help being realistic.

We’re all already negative enough.

Our typical default is towards why things won’t work and why they’re not possible.

Most of us do just fine on our own coming up with reasons, excuses, and justifications for why our dreams won’t come true.

And we don’t usually need much assistance thinking about the worst case scenario or knowing what the ultimate failure might look like.

No, most of us do that just fine all by ourselves.

What we need help with is believing.

What we need assistance with is dreaming.

What we need affirmation with is what could be possible.

Which is why a part of leadership has to be helping people believe in a bigger future.

We have to help people see what could be possible for their own lives.

We have to show people a plan for how something magnificent could actually come true.

And we have to do the work to take people with us on the path as we embark towards the new.

Because there is no shortage of naysayers in the world who will tell them it can’t be done.

There is no lack of critics who will point out every reason it won’t work.

And there is no absence of realism that will remind us that we’ve never accomplished anything like this before.

But naysayers never advance the world.

Critics don’t create change.

And realism always betrays a person of their chance to reach their full potential.

Which is why we need to lead.

We need to help people believe.

We need to convince them that it’s possible.

And we need to put in the work to show them how.

If you can do that…

If you can show someone a plan for how the impossible can be achieved…

If you can convince someone that their dream can come true…

If you can demonstrate the kind of work it takes to break belief barriers and explode limiting beliefs…

Then you have changed everything for them.

You have led them.

And you have redefined realistic for them.

And that is a great is a great service.

A tremendous gift.

And perhaps a once in a lifetime blessing.

Because people don’t need help being realistic; they need help believing in the bold.

Why You Are Terrible at Delegating

Delegating

You brought me here because you recognized that I have some skill.

You assigned me the task because you felt like I could do it.

But if you’re going to ask me to do something for you, then I need you to give me full autonomy to let me do it.

Don’t give it to me and then take it back.

Don’t give it to me and then thwart my creativity.

Don’t give it to me and then limit my ability to get it done.

In order for me to take full responsibility for the results, I need you to give me full authority of the process.

If you don’t give me the information or you don’t give me the decision making power or you don’t give me the resources that I need then I can’t produce the result you’re looking for.

And I hate to be the one to tell you this Leader, but when you give me full responsibility but only partial authority and the project fails – that is your fault and not mine.

If you’re going to lead me then let me.

Priority Dilution: The New Procrastination

By Rory Vaden

Priority dilution is a form of procrastination that affects the very people that you wouldn’t typically consider procrastinators: the chronic overachievers.

The average procrastinator knows consciously that they are putting off things that they should be doing. However for high-level executives, mid-level managers and anyone else managing a lot of people, this new form of procrastination isn’t as self-evident. Priority dilution is a dangerously deceptive saboteur of their goals because it is unconscious…

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Eric Chester’s Entitlement Creed

It’s wild to see how many views this video has gotten in just a few short weeks. I think it captures the essence of how a lot of managers today feel about the work ethic of young employees. If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s worth a look. Also there is a corresponding “Entitlement Creed” available at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cPuH8jg5nQ