June 28, 2011

Your mother may care, but I don't

Your mother may care if you're behind schedule and haven't completed the work on time.
But, I don't. I'm your client and my livelihood depends on the timely success of the project you promised me.

Your mother may care if you don't have enough time in the day to empower your people or learn how to be a better manager or leader. 
But I don't. I'm your direct report and need you to be a great leader. I care about work and want to give my best. I'm here 40, 50+ hours a week. I want to enjoy what I do and see success for my efforts.

Your mother may care if you're uninspired by your work and aren't motivated to give your best.
But I don't. I'm your boss and need you to give your best, every day. 

I'm a potential client and paid to hear you tell me something that will help me be more successful and achieve my dreams. 

I'm your team mate and depend on you to do your best so we all do well and achieve our goals.

You are essential to your team, company and clients. No matter your title or role. 

There is no time, no room, no place for less than 100 per cent. 

Either give your best here or find another place where you will.

June 16, 2011

It's never just one little thing

That little extra bit around the waist or on your hips that just doesn't go away.

The one person on the team who isn't quite the best fit.

Those few items in the strategic plan that are a bit dubious.

One or two things in your relationships that aren't quite as good as you'd like them to be.

Those times when you tell yourself: "It's fine. I don't mind. It's not a big deal."

Those little things compromise your integrity. 

In small and large ways. Often, with more of an impact than you realise or want to know.

Just like the spokes of a bicycle wheel, those little areas in your life come together to form a complete whole. When one or more of those areas are compromised, you lose a sense of power, wholeness and ability to have your work and life be all they can be. 

More importantly, they stop you from being all you can be.

But, it's not a big deal. It's just one little thing...

Sure. Right.