Part of my job as a consultant is to implement new processes. Since most of us spend our days in a comfortably rhythmic cycle, you can imagine how people react when I come in and change their routine.
It would make sense to spend the same amount of time coaching with both under, and over performing team members. In our society of participation trophies and good job stickers, a simple vague “good job” doesn’t carry the emotional weight it used to.
I decided that if I was going to travel the Central States of this country, then damnit, I was going to make it worth it. I made the following decision: when I visit a town, I will find the nearest State Park and go “explore”.
I believe the greatest accomplishment we can reach in the workplace is working as a cohesive team. Yet to build this level of teamwork, effective communication between departments must take place. An even more important factor is the understanding idea of why the different departments are performing procedures.
I was standing in a DFW security line, just looking down at my phone like everyone else. Blindly following the guy in front of me as I go through NFL and Summer League NBA news. Filler stories for the summer that have no real effect on my day.
You know who doesn’t have an emotional tie to children? Who doesn’t feel pride with success or bitter disappointment with failure? Who doesn’t feel responsibility for them to grow, become better people?
A dollar a day? It would take half a year to pay my car insurance back then. To me, we were talking apples and bowling balls.
As we talked about what he could use his skill set to do, this question came up; “Is the grass greener on the other side?” As we talked, I realized how ridiculous that question really is.
When I told him how things were going to go, he looked at me and said, “Well what I am gonna do? Write a yelp review about it?” I could only laugh. That was it. We figured it out, it was simple.
“Everything happens for a reason”, is what people told me. Sometimes however, things happen for reasons that have nothing to do with you.
Growing up in eastern Washington I was blessed to have family in western Montana. Every weekend we would make the same five hour drive to the Bitterroot Valley and stay with my Grandparents. The beautiful drive through the mountains was very routine, we knew what time we would arrive based on the time of day we left. We never had to ask our Dad if we were there yet, we knew exactly where we were.
A leader is not a person, not a place, and not a thing. To lead is to take action. There are many ways to lead others, but all require some sort of action to be taken. I don’t know a single example of a person that has successfully led by simply having a title, or position.