Please check out Dr. Tumlin’s book. There is no better advice in life or business than this book. Should be a mandatory read.
“No matter what this job is, you must decide to do it well. Do it so well that the living, the dead, or the unborn (Yes) can’t do it better. (Yeah) If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Raphael painted pictures; sweep streets like Michelangelo carved marble; sweep streets like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: “Here lived a great street sweeper (All right), who swept his job well.” (Oh yes)If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill, Be a shrub in the valley (Well)—but be The best shrub on the side of the hill.” –Dr. Martin Luther King–
Although this excerpt was not a part of the “I have a dream” speech fifty years ago, it does ring true for leadership and remembering the insight of Dr. King.
I was told of a waste water worker in my city this past week, who has done his job for over 25 years. The director over this division spent a day with this man and had to tell me of his experience. He said this inspirational man stopped to thank God, several times throughout the day, for allowing him the opportunity to serve his family through his work. He thanked God while he was holding a suction hose picking up clogs of solid waste. The story goes on to say this man has done this for most, if not his entire career. He is also known as the best waste water worker in our city, possibly anywhere. His enthusiasm is contagious, his knowledge and expertise is admirable, and his heart is inspiring.
Sometimes we lose focus on our purpose in life. We separate our personal life from our work life, like the two have no connection. How can we be the best at our career craft, without being the best at home? I guess the question could be refined to; what is the underpinning for your pursuit to be the best? Is it self-satisfaction? Is it in the service of others? and if so, then who are you trying to serve?
I’m as guilty as anyone at competing at work and switching gears at home to just “be”. This is the struggle I’m working on, being the best I can be in “life” rather than at a career. I am trying to focus my service on a higher calling that will collaterally serve all of my life and those who share it with me, be it home, work or those I will never meet, like the waste water worker, whom I’ve not met, (yet).
This post is a stray from my normal ranting. But it’s a step… for me.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” -Dr. Seuss
Are you a follower or a leader? A watcher or a performer? Who did you influence today? I believe we all fall into both titles to varying degrees every day, but when you reflect on your day, which one will you be remembered for?
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.
Great validation to StrengthsFinder assessments.
Everybody Knows of Somebody They Just Can’t Stand
It doesn’t matter how charming somebody’s personality comes off as because there will always be some people that person just can’t seem to get along with. It’s almost as though just the presence of some people is enough to drive us crazy for seemingly no reason at all. For many people this is an indicator that the person in question should just be kept at a distance instead of trying to get to know them.
As humans we have a system of judging people that at first relies on the first impression that someone gives off. Everybody has to start developing a mental image of a person before they are able to get to know them better. The beginning of this process happens in the first 5 to 10 seconds of meeting someone. In many cases a bad first impression scares off…
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The profession has changed dramatically over the past thirty years. Our society, service delivery , and what the public expects of their leader. As a leader, how we move organizations has evolved, but I will argue that the way to lead people has not changed and the greatest leaders of our time and into the future will embrace the foundations of leadership which has remained unchanged.
Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomenon on earth. J.M. Burns
The definition of leadership is sometimes expressed as organizing a group around an idea or project. The reality is it means moving a group from one place to another that they have not seen or been to yet, and this can be scary stuff…
A recent article, “Heavy Lifting; Leading in Modern Times” (Barbara Kellerman), describes the current trend as a decline in leadership and a shift to followership. The view of leadership is one of a growing followership based leadership. This brand of leadership shifts the power of organizational direction to those who band together as a democratic majority. Social media have fueled the power of the masses by allowing almost instant communications to the masses therefore building consensus for organizational direction. It’s also a safer place to lead from as you are not the lone target.
If leadership isn’t present at the top, it will rise from the ranks
The new direction of followership/leadership will rise up as the organizational leadership if strong, influential leadership isn’t present. Leading this new empowered workforce will take a new set of skill sets that wasn’t so necessary for a leader to survive in the past. Although if you think of the great leaders of the past, they possessed the skills that would have prevailed in today’s new organizational make-up, great communicators.
Great communication skills through mediums that will cover multiple personality preferences will be the tool box must-haves for today’s leaders.
Are you proficient with multiple communications models to communicate to every member of your team?