As leaders we spend a considerable amount of time doing various things. We make sure that people are held accountable for their responsibilities. We manage conflict issues as they arise. Let’s not forget taking the time to develop other leaders. These things are very important and are necessary to be successful. Developing people within your team/organization is good for business.
I would venture a guess that you would give proper attention to anything that would be good for your business and address anything that would be bad. Right? So what are you doing about that person in the mirror? In all the hustle and bustle of “doing” your job, how consistent are you in developing yourself? While they can be quite helpful, I’m not talking about going to the latest seminar. This is about you…internally. If this isn’t on your calendar (as in written in ink), then there’s a good chance YOU could be bad for your business.
Why would anyone think that other people need some prodding, development, and support and yet not afford the same thing to themselves? Lately I’ve been going full steam on a number of fronts, mainly because I’ve had to do so. What I realized was how little time I was giving myself. I had it on my calendar, but chose to push it aside because the other things were more important. So I thought. My game started to slip and I saw quickly that I was becoming bad for my business.
No one wants to admit they could be the problem in their business, but if you want your business to move forward your ego has to take a back seat. Here are some tips to help get you out of the way so your business can succeed.
- Put it on your calendar – If something is important and will move your business forward, you put it on your calendar. That time becomes sacred. No phone calls. No interruptions. No exceptions. Your own personal time should carry the same weight. It doesn’t have to be hours in a day. Make it 15-30 minutes. And for Pete’s sake…turn off your smart phone during this time too!
- Get outside perspective – They’re called blind spots for a reason. We may think we are being logical, but that logic could easily be biased by a very debilitating belief or perspective. Having a mentor or coach who can be a sounding board and a voice of wisdom is invaluable. It’s amazing how the things we think, when we say them out loud, make almost no sense at all.
- Have humility – This is a tough one, mostly because people have such a bastardized view of what humility really is. It is NOT the timid rabbit routine that makes you the world’s doormat. It is accepting what you do well and what you do poorly without feeling threatened or superior by them. It is a form of acceptance (at least of a possibility). Without humility, you will never be able to learn about things, or yourself.
- Don’t be afraid of change – As we develop as leaders, our perspectives will change. This can mean a change in direction for our business. This could easily take the form of going in a direction you have been opposed to in the past. Our egos can cause us to shy away from this from fear of seeming wishy-washy or uncertain. People appreciate it when their leaders admit a mistake in perception and choose to do what’s right instead of what protects their ego.
- Do it now – I’m sure there are a number of you reading this who think, “What a great idea. After this project is finished, I’ll get right on that. Time is pretty tight right now.” You are just the people who need to start this right now. When you finish this article, have some cuddle time with your calendar and make it happen. As much as I would like to believe that this article was so powerful it will be your guiding light until you die, you’ll most likely forget you have read it in a couple of days. The price we pay for information overload through our social media platforms and blog readers.
What are some things that you have done to get you out of the way so your business can be more successful?