I always tend to go back to a famous Jim Rohn quote. You know the one.

You are the average of the 5 people you hang around with the most

In the online world, we often associate that with surrounding ourselves with the people we want to be around.

The successful ones. The businessman (or woman). The creator or doer.

Who are you partnering with?

Those are great people to be around. They’re going to help propel your success.

What We Forget

While we’re trying to slide into the IN crowd, we forget something. We can easily let our sense of right or wrong slip away.

Or maybe it was never there to begin with.

Years ago, I remember attending a webinar for someone I highly admired. I was stoked to see him succeed.

Then I began to watch the webinar. And I was surprised by the co-presenter.

Today’s Answers From Leadership podcast guest is Colleen Hammond. Colleen is an international best-selling author, stylist, speaker, comedienne, and mother — all rolled into one!

A former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, model, actress, and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager, she has decades of experience helping people craft their message with their image so they can get the job of their dreams, and the partner of their dreams. Colleen delivers an enduring message filled with down-to-earth wisdom, inspiration, and humor.

Colleen Hammond on answers from leadership podcast

 

Podcast Show Notes

What else should we know about you?

I have a real strong background in television and radio. I was also Miss Michigan Teenager when I was 17.

I’ve gleaned something new from every leader that I’ve worked with. And I try to take that and encapsulate that.

Much like Finding Dory, Independence Day: Resurgence was a long-awaited sequel. One many people thought would be released a few years after the original.

Now, we’re 20 years past the release of Independence Day. And we finally have the sequel we’d expected.

 

Many of the original cast members have returned for Independence Day: Resurgence. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, and Judd Hirsch (notable for his role in Numbers) all returned.

The notable exception was the main star of Independence Day: Will Smith.

We’re given a passable reason on why Will Smith is not in Independence Day: Resurgence. His character, Captain Steve Hiller, had died.

Knowing that Will Smith would not be in this movie has turned away a lot of potential viewers. Smith, himself, even says he regrets not taking on the role once more.

If there’s one area that I’ve seen leaders fail in time and again, it’s in setting clear expectations. The expectations leaders typically have for their teams are uncommunicated.

You know the ones… These are the expectations we set in our minds but never let those we’re leading know about.

Clear expectations are a must in leadership

My Unspoken Expectations

We can have these moments in all areas of my life. One of the areas I’ve done this in is my marriage.

When Pam and I first got married, I loved to fish. And I loved to eat fish.

But there was one thing I hated to do: Cleaning the fish.

I had an uncommunicated expectation for this as well. I would catch the fish. I would bring the fish home. Pam would clean the fish.

It was never explicitly stated, but it’s the scenario that ran through my head.

Who hasn’t had a friend complain about being stuck in their job? It might not even have been a friend. You might have felt that you were stuck in a job you hate and couldn’t get away.

This even happens to leaders.

you're not stuck at your job

Why We Feel Stuck At Our Jobs

Feeling stuck at your job is a painful feeling. Not only does it bring on a sense of dread, feeling like you don’t have an option when it comes to your work drains the life out of you.

I’ve been there. My wife has been there. And I know plenty of friends who have felt that way.

We lose a bit of ourselves the longer we feel stuck. the more life is sucked from us.

Now, there’s plenty of ways one can feel stuck at their job.

People feel stuck when they don’t have the education to advance