Most creative teams are going to have at least one member who’s a whiner. Whiner’s focus on the negative, and thrive on complaining – often about the most insignificant things you can imagine. According to the Wall Street Journal, research indicates that productivity can be damaged by working alongside a chronic complainer. Exposure to non-stop negativity can disrupt learning, memory, attention, and judgement. The problem is more widespread than you think, because
Today I’ve asked leadership expert Sam Chand to give us one of the most important principles he’s ever learned about leadership. Sam’s one of the most respected consultants and coaches in the world, and I’m always interested in any insights he has about leadership. Here’s Sam’s answer to my question:
Leaders: If you’re frustrated at the level of your team or vendor’s performance, then look no further than the mirror. Only in vary rare cases will a team perform better than the level of their leader. Why? Because it’s the leader who sets the boundaries, deadlines, and guidelines. It’s the leader who creates the culture, and sets expectations. As a result, no matter how gifted or creative a team is, if the leader is incompetent, insecure, or inexperienced, the team can only
Way too often in modern business, competition makes us feel that we can’t ask for help. We think it will show weakness, and as a result, we lie. We try to make everyone think we can handle everything, when the truth is, we have lots of questions. Here’s my take: Insecure people are terrified that people around them will think they don’t know what they’re doing. But people who are secure, have the confidence to ask for help. As a result, they find answers and move ahead of everyone else.
In trying to write books like “One Big Thing,” speak internationally, and help our great clients, lately I’ve found myself working most weekends. I do like the quiet, and I can get so much more done without the phone ringing, or having to get ready for a meeting or conference call. But the problem is, I’ve noticed that I’m hating Mondays. Without taking Saturday and Sunday off, work is just a
When something new and disruptive happens, people within an organization generally fall into two groups: Those who recognize the future inside the disruption, and those who only see the disruption as negative and fight to keep the status quo. I would have loved to be in the room at Blackberry when the first iPhone was announced. Chances are, one group recognized the threat and hunkered down to keep “Blackberry” a “Blackberry.”
Keep the keyboard and software – after all, we can work within an enterprise system, and iPhone’s can’t. No change. Stay the course. But I’ll bet there were others in the room who saw something different. They may not have fully realized it at that moment, but they knew enough to see that this was something big – so big they should start adapting to this new world. This could be the future.
You might be a company like Blackberry, Kodak, or thousands of others who have been threatened with a massive new world order in the last decade and are struggling. Or you might be a nonprofit who wonders why you’ve hit a wall. Why fundraising is becoming so difficult. Why people don’t respond the way they use to…
Well – you have a choice. You can hunker down, stay the course, and continue what worked in the past, or you can take a deep breath, step into the unknown, and change your methods, techniques, creative, or strategy. (Or maybe all of the above.)
The truth is, there are risks with either choice.
Which side are you on?
I define the term “moral courage” as a set of personal principles you live by that are unchanging. Some people would call them moral absolutes, but however you choose to name them, they help create a life of moral purpose. Without moral purpose you will never reach your full potential. In another generation, moral courage would be only discussed in religious terms, but today even secular corporations are embracing the concept. I believe it’s because after fifty years of moral drift in this country, we are just beginning to see the damage from the pursuit of unchecked sexual freedom, rampant cheating, and a culture of “me first.” Check out the self-help section of the average bookstore and note how many titles focus on