One of my favorite writers is Patrick Lencioni. His leadership fables have served to help form much of my philosophy of leadership in the workplace.
In Patrick’s book, Three Signs of a Miserable Job, he reveals that people shrivel up and die at work when they:
- Live in anonymity feeling like a number and not a person.
- Suspect that their work is irrelevant and doesn’t matter.
- Have no idea if they are doing a good job because there is no measurement or feedback.
Lencioni says, “Spending eight hours a day feeling cynical, unhappy and frustrated can erode the self-confidence of even the strongest people, which in turn affects their spouses, children and friends in subtle but profound ways.”
In other words, being fulfilled and engaged at work matters and spills over into every other area of life.
As a leader, are you focused on the morale and the well-being of your team? If not, chances are you have lost them or will in the near future.
Lencioni teaches that the one person who is most able to create a work culture that is engaging and fulfilling is not the employee, rather the leader.
If you want to have a better team, perhaps you should focus on being more relational, valuing and affirming the work of others, and creating realistic and measurable expectations.
Leadership Begins at Home,
What is one specific thing you do to keep your team fully engaged?
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Whenever I dream about accomplishing something great, I filter it through the DREAM acrostic my friend Stacey helped me create. Stacey is my hero when it comes to living out your faith in the marketplace. His Joshua Jars are amazing!
My version of the DREAM acrostic is simple:
Dare more (show up with courage)
Reach more (set stretch goals)
Expect move (believe you can achieve)
Anticipate more (be prepared for obstacles)
Move more (do stuff daily)
Here’s an idea for action … Take time today to define your #1 dream for your future and answer the following questions to help you make progress.
- What is one way I need to be more Daring (courageous) toward my dream?
- What goals do I have in place to help me Reach my dream?
- How will my current Expectations help or hinder reaching my dream?
- Where do I Anticipate obstacles on my journey toward my dream?
- What do I need to do over the next 30 days to Move toward my dream?
I’m confident if you will dare, reach, expect, anticipate, and move, your dream is within reach.
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One of my favorite companies I work with is a vegetable farm up in the Midwest. This year I have been spending a day each month helping them build a leadership culture.
Being from the south I am always excited to roll through the farm land south of Chicago. It makes me happy that not everyone has to deal with red clay. This month as I rode in I noticed something different. The normal black dirt had a bunch of tiny sprouts. Two inch corn plants popping up for acres and acres. It was a good reminder of the law of the harvest.
For this week’s Thursday Three I want to remind you of my three favorite harvest principles.
- You reap what you sow. This one is straight out of my favorite book, the Bible. Galatians 6:7 reads, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” For leaders, it is vital to understand the first law of the harvest. Whatever you plant is going to grow. Sow encouragement into your people and courage grows. Sow criticism, and negativity begins to sprout. What are you planting into your team?
- You reap more than you sow. I first learned this one from my buddy, John Orr. A little seeding leads to a lot of reaping. Like the first one, this principle is true both positively and negatively. Rest assured, the harvest will be bigger than the sowing. How much and what are you sowing?
- You reap later than you sow. John also reminds me of the importance of trust with this one. Unfortunately, many leaders give up too early and they stop sowing. Be patient. You’ll be glad you did.
I can only imagine how much fun it is going to be when the true harvest comes in near the farm later in the summer. Even better will be when of a high-performance culture is realized in a few months.
If you look at your home or organization, what are you sowing into the lives of those you lead? Whatever it is, be prepared for it to affect you later. If you are hands off, lazy, unorganized, or apathetic, you will not like what is going to happen. If on the other hand you are focused, intentional, aligned, and engaged, great things are on the way.
Remember you reap what you sow. You reap more than you so. And you reap later than you so.
Keep planting seeds. Soon things will begin to sprout and before you know it it will be harvest time.
Speed, hurry, and noise. All indicators of a life of out of focus.
But there is one other indicator that shows up when we lose our focus. It is overload.
Author Richard Swenson says, “Overloading is what we do when we forget who God is.”
Have you forgotten?
Take a look at your life. If it is in overload mode, chances are you need to slow down and remember.
How has your pace been lately?