A paycheck is one reason people go to work. Other reasons may include the social interaction they get from an office environment or their reason to work could be altruistic. They want to give back.
Two reasons I haven’t mentioned are big reasons people go to work. They want to challenge themselves to do the best work they can. They also want to continue to grow and be enriched.
These two reasons for working are something you can use to create a great environment. One that actually attracts top talent.
By creating a challenging and enriching environment, you will also weed out those people who are only doing it for the paycheck. Bonus! Right?
What Does A Challenging And Enriching Work Environment Look Like?
Before you look to create an environment that is challenging and enriching, you have to figure out what this means. For me, it is quite simple. Read more...
Leading can be a struggle when someone is openly resisting you. Be it a team member, friend, or loved one, resistance feels like it is hurting us.
You may feel challenged or not believed. Or it might be the vision you presented to your organization is put to the test. Or maybe you entered into an agreement and now the agreement is in question.
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Resistance comes in many shapes and sizes. None of them are easy to deal with.
Yet, I believe, resistance is critical to the success of great leaders.
Why Leaders Need To Face Resistance
Have you ever flown in an airplane? I hadn’t until my honeymoon over 14 years ago. Since then, I’ve experienced flight many times.
One thing that always sticks out to me is the way a plane takes off. You hear the roar of the engines. You feel the plane begin to roll forward. Then you sense the resistance the plane faces just before the wheels leave the ground. Read more...
Losing an employee can land a damaging blow to you and your organization. Especially when you lose a good employee.
And every leader tries to figure out the best way to keep the best. But even those employees will leave at some point.
That’s natural. Most employees will leave an organization at some point. Though a lot of times you’ll wind up wondering why an employee left.
Employees Come And Go
It’s a difficult idea to face. Employees don’t stick around forever.
The 40-hour workweek is gone. So is the time of an employee putting in 30-40 years and retiring with a golden watch.
Employees are beginning to learn they’re more in control of their future than the organization. And I like to think that is a good thing. Read more...
Today’s the last day of the year. The sun is setting on 2012. Three hundred and sixty six days passed this year. That’s 366 chances to have made a difference in the world.
Did you lead better this year? Did you do the things you desired to do? Did you reach to new heights?
I hope you did. I know you have the potential to do great things. The world is at your fingertips waiting for you to step out and take the next step. Are you willing to seize the day?
There’s been a lot of frustration in life as I’ve held back and not stepped forward as much as I should have. There have been work, family, and church situations that called for me to step up and be a better leader and I failed. Read more...
Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Jumping out of an airplane. Moving out the state. Creating a movement that changes the world.
Serving your country. Pursuing your dream. Trying out for the Broadway play. Asking for your girlfriend’s hand in marriage?
What do you need to start these events?
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You are probably thinking it requires money, time, commitment, etc. Some great hurdle to overcome.
Yet it doesn’t require much to get started.
It only requires a brief few moments of courage.
Just enough to push you out of your comfort zone and into an adventure you haven’t known before.
Don’t believe me? Let us break down a few of these events and see what could get them started. Read more...