Preparing for a 45-minute Keynote Speech.
If most of your thoughts are original and you’re thinking for yourself about what to do next and in the future, you’re a leader.
If most of your thoughts are, “How can I find somebody to tell me what to do and what to think about next?”, you are functioning as a manager.
Are you a manager who is afraid to do your own thing because you’re not spending time thinking about the future?
This defines the difference between a manager and a leader.
Managers are not thinking about how to make things better now.
Managers are thinking about the status quo – how to maintain the current level of output.
In essence, managers are waiting to be told by someone.
Managers are waiting on someone who has a guarantee.
Managers are waiting on someone who will get blamed if something doesn’t work.
Managers don’t want to take a risk.
What if fails?
What if i get in trouble?
To do something that has never been done before and goes against conventional wisdom…this is not the thing a manager signs up for.
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Road hazard from construction site
The wind blew it off it’s foundation into the busy road. Our car in the background.
Why do we default to someone else taking the initiative?
We’re in a hurry.
It’s only a little thing, it doesn’t really matter.
These things fix themselves.
It’s not my problem.
Everyone will see it and go around.
But what if someone doesn’t see it in time?
What if something tragic happens?
Could you live with the knowledge that it would have been an easy fix but you didn’t take the time?
What message are you sending to the 14-year old sitting in the passenger seat when you ignore it?
What message do you send when you take action?
Constant, daily choices.
(photo: Today, September 27, 2014 marks 30 official years of service… a top ten most admired company in the world… this was the plan way back as a 25-year old ‘kid’)
The screen saver on the company issued iPhone 4s is a photo of his name tag and business card.
Because the phone requires a password after one minute.
No one would be able to access the phone’s contents to determine how to get it back to the owner it it was lost.
But the screen saver contains his land line phone number, address, and email, and also identifies the owner’s integrity and reputation.
If the screen saver was a Disney character or Family member photo, or a nature scene… the odds of reuniting the owner are drastically reduced.
Every Most business professional know this. Yet do nothing different.
Switch to the
A snake in the pool or a seat belt?
We put our seat belt on each time we get in our vehicle. Why? Because it is the safest thing to do. And maybe because we will receive a financial punishment and traffic ticket if we get caught not wearing it.
We also feel peer pressure from others if they are in the vehicle.
Yet if we did an honest assessment of our exercise habit(s), how would it compare?
Safety is all or nothing.
Exercise is being safe.
This is undeniable.
Man's Best Friend
The answers are obvious to the person who thinks things through, paying particular attention to what’s common sense.
What did you answer from yesterday’s choices?
The correct answer is open the window, let the dog sniff and reward the dog for waking you up.
You get bonus credit if you made an additional choice that wasn’t offered (on purpose), to grab a flashlight and take your dog outside to sniff even more thoroughly.
Why not yell at your dog to shut up and be quiet? After all, you work hard, you’re exhausted, and you have a big day tomorrow.