The biggest shift I’ve seen in business over the last handful of years is the rise of “do it yourself” leadership. As companies have streamlined by reducing mid-tier management, people are finding themselves in the situation of having to make more and more decisions on their own and take on more responsibility in the process. There’s a lot of opportunity in this change.
Are You a Leader?
When I asked this question to several people, a vast number of the people who responded spoke as if saying yes to that question (Are you a leader?) was the same as somehow bragging or thinking of yourself as more important than anyone else. This caught me by surprise. I thought that everyone would prefer to think of themselves as a leader, even if they’re leading from an individual contributor position.
A lot of folks are starting off their year with a bright smile and a look of determination. They’re posting their “three in a row” photos and their “back at it” statements. That’s all wonderful. We need a few extra steps, if you want to be talking about those habits at the end of the year.
Habits Require Systems
Doing something for 22 times in a row does definitely improve your ability to pick up a new habit, but what REALLY charges the whole shebang is putting systems into place.
How Do You Do It?
Pick any three words that will guide you in the choices you intend to make for 2016. They should be words that let you challenge yourself as to motives and decisions. They should be words that help you guide your actions.
Everything I create, I do at least twice. I publish projects all the time that are good, but maybe something doesn’t work the way I thought it would when it’s in the hands of others. People know me by now and they say, “Hey, this doesn’t make sense.” Next thing you know, there’s a better version of the product available for them (and everyone who now benefits from that person’s suggestion).
People tell me they’re too busy. When I dig into what they’re doing, especially online, it’s a lot of “noise” but not a lot of signal. No one seems happy and everyone seems harried, and yet, people keep adding to their own problems.
Think About Vacations and Passports
Imagine traveling to a different country. Would you land at the airport, stand in line, wait for the immigrations and customs official to stamp your passport, only to turn around again and get back on another plane?
When people tell me “I know you’re probably really busy,” I always answer that I’m not. For unknown reasons, 100% of people laugh when I say that. I think they think I’m being funny or silly or sarcastic. But it’s true. I’m not busy. I’m blessed.
YOU Make Yourself Busy
I like playing video games. Right now, I like Destiny. It’s made by the folks who created Halo (Hi, Bungie!). I play that a bit when I’m in between other more brain-grinding work. I go to the gym. I like cooking for myself.
I really enjoyed talking to Mike Vardy about productivity in this latest episode of my podcast. If you’re not a regular listener, be sure to stay for the part after the credits:
So I cut my foot. I’m not really sure how. I was cleaning up some stuff in my house and slashed my foot on who-knows-what? The cut is about an inch across and maybe 1/8 deep. Pretty deep. Scalpel deep. Now what?
Health Care is Broken – Here’s How
First, I had to find my health care card info because I never really have much need for it. I then decide to call and get a new Primary Care Provider because my last guy, while really nice, used to make me wait two or more hours past my appointment time every time I went to visit.
You’ll see that it’s interesting how people explain what they do and how they explain whether buyers KNOW they need the person’s offering or not.
I was feeling a bit gloomy for the last few days, I’m going to admit to you. It came from the realization that people seem to react a lot more positively to the “Hey look at this shiny thing!” bloggers and media makers of the world. We LOVE hearing about all the “new” that’s out there, and if you talk loudly and excitably about “NEW!” to people then you’ll get a lot of attention.