Manufacture Your Day by BELIEVING IN THE POWER OF YOUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL
Hello! On Monday I returned from my trip to Austria and Italy. I have been away for 3 weeks and it has been relaxing and productive at the same time.
There are a few things that I never stop doing, no matter where I am.
- Getting up early to make the best of my day
- Connecting with people
- Learning something new
- Enjoying life to the fullest
Whenever someone asks me about the biggest difference between people in North America and Europe, I will say that…
- people in Nordamerica live to work and
- people in Europe work to live.
This is so true. The cultures in countries are different and so are the cultures in companies.
If I would have to pick one thing that is the same in organizations in almost any country I have been to, I would say that management focuses too much on numbers and not enough on people.
Let me get this straight. Of course, numbers are important but who is producing the numbers?
When I was in Austria I met with someone who works as a project manager in the automotive industry. He told me, “Karin, I have always loved to work in this industry but over the years I have lost all my drive. It has become all about numbers instead of excellence, and due to incompetent individuals in leadership positions, people get pushed to their limits without any positive recognition for their efforts and hard work.”
Sad perspective, isn’t it? Many people in leadership positions are not incompetent but more often than not, they are not aware what impact their communication style has on others.
I can relate to management because it can be very frustrating when people don’t do what you want them to do. However, our work history with leadership teams has shown that increased awareness on how to lead people and a different approach can lead to incredible results.
Why do I say “can”?
Some managers are neither ready nor willing to put in the “leadership work”, which is necessary to get where they want to be. Sometimes they also tell me that they are too “busy” to provide ongoing constructive feedback to their team members.
Don’t shoot the messenger but your quarterly results (KMIs) tell a story of how you’re doing as a leader. These numbers demonstrate clearly what works and what doesn’t.
You don’t have to do it alone. If you are humble enough to ask for help, you will receive the answers.
In other words, if I train for a marathon, I can have the best coach/trainer but it is me who has to follow the training strategy to get the expected results. Nobody else is putting in the mileage except me, myself and I. The same is true in business.
Your leadership potential (with or without a title) is unlimited. Just remember that.
Food for Thought:
Do you think you have people in the company you work for (or own) who possess more talent, skill and creativity than their current job allows them to demonstrate?
Most companies are sitting on a goldmine without recognizing it. Just saying.
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