You can have a bad day….
Your people cannot have a bad day because you are.
We are people. Humans with hopes, fears and emotions. Simply impossible to go through the day and not get off balance some times.
In fact, showing some emotion and your own humanity is authentic and real. People want that in a leader.
So, you can have a bad day, but your people cannot have a bad day because of it.
You can even say, I am having a bad day but that is not an excuse for you to be a jerk.
Leaders say they want innovation and creativity but have no idea how to get them. Companies the world over spend millions on innovation workshops with little impact.
How do you get people to think? To be more creative? To bring ideas to the table.
Well, working their ass off is not a good way to do it.
I am finally back home after my convention (and two days to play a bit of golf). I have PAGES of ideas and things to do. On the final flight home I started writing and the ideas started flowing. Some of the list are things I learned from someone else. Some are ideas I generated having had the booster shot of learning and camaraderie.
The point for you is you need to create space for all this to happen. People only have so much to give and when they are going all out – as most contactors are these days – it is hard to find that creativity gene.
The challenge now is to implement the ideas. I know I will not get to all of them but I also know I will get to many of them and that has been my plan for 20 years in business. And it has been all the difference between success and failure. Incremental improvement every year. I might have hit a home run or two over the years but far more small wins, singles if I was playing baseball, are great too.
What do you do to recharge and refresh so you are a better employee/leader when you are done?
Much has been written about Emotional Intelligence the past few years. It is an important concept, well worth study and effort. However, it remains very confusing to many people. It is not about being soft and nice. In fact, people with EQ can get angry.
Check out what Aristotle said a few thousand years ago. If you can do this, you are on your way to high EQ
Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”
Illegitimi non carborundum is a mock-Latin aphorism, often translated as “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”. The phrase itself has no meaning in Latin and can only be mock-translated as a Latin–English pun.
In honor of April Fools Day I give you this phrase that originated during World War Two. It is attributed to British army intelligence very early in the war (using the dative plural illegitimis)!
The phrase was adopted by US Army General “Vinegar” Joe Stilwell as his motto during the war, in the form Illegitimati non carborundum. It was later further popularized in the US by 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater – somehow I don’t see that phrase being correct these days.
Now some real Latin for you
Vincit qui se vincit.
He conquers who conquers himself.
I AM a CSP. I am NOT THAT CSP….sorry for the confusion.
Specializing in leadership in construction I run into many CSPs who are impressed that I have a CSP. And when given the chance to clarify. I do….like now.
My CSP is the Certified Speaking Professional. The other CSP in this conversation is the Certified Safety Professional. Like most professional designations these both say we are expert in our craft and work to get better every year as we maintain the certification.
A bit about my CSP. The CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional) designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association® (NSA). The CSP designation is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence.
Less than 12 percent of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide, who belong to the 14 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), currently hold this professional designation.
The CSP designation is earned by mastering the four professional competencies adopted by the NSA Board of Directors:
Eloquence, Expertise, Enterprise, Ethics
So, there you have it. I am also a CMC (Certified Management Consultant) but we can cover that a different time. If you are interested in having a CSP specializing in leadership in construction speak to your team, just reach out..
Every year we read headlines from Gallup research screaming that employees are disengaged. We are told 70% are watching the clock. Work is a miserable
And every year it really makes me wonder. The places I go, the construction clients who invite me in to help them with leadership and culture don’t seem like such negative places. So, I did my own survey.
Clearly I don’t have the reach that Gallup has but nearly 500 construction professionals responded to our People In Construction Survey and they told us that 70% of them ARE ENGAGED – NOT disengaged! Wooo hoooo..maybe it isn’t so bad….or maybe it is a skew in my respondents who are interested in leadership. I don’t know but what I do know is you should not fall for the Gallup data and surrender.
You can learn, invest, engage and make your place a top place to work.
I like the Gallup Cascade Effect, which they define as, “employees’ engagement is directly influenced by their managers’ engagement — whose engagement is directly influenced by their managers’ engagement.” So, if you don’t like what you see in your employees you need to look in the mirror.
If you want to learn more about, send me a message. You are not doomed.
Is working in construction really that bad? Is everyone disengaged?
We asked 500 construction pros about culture in construction and were particularly interested in the generations at work issue. This finding may surprise you!
Here is the breakdown of those replying. 54% were Gen X, 33% were Boomers and 10% were Millennials. I am sure you boldly assume the differences will be great but you are mistaken. OVERALL, engagement and happiness was consistent within statistical norms. In other words, young and old, the people responding generally like what they do and who they do it with.
Younger were less likely to have a close friend at work but that makes sense as they are newer to a place. Everyone stated that ignoring the values will get you in trouble and the majority says they trust leadership
SO, the smoking gun on age wasn’t there. The real gap. There was far greater variability between field and office then young and old.
Universally, people want to be treated with respect, kept in the loop and not work for a jerk!
Makes sense, of course, but that doesn’t mean it happens everywhere. Firms that figure this out will be more successful.
Once upon a time someone was in charge. Their title might be King or something along those lines. When you displeased the king, he had you executed.
Later Kings were replaced by dictators. Similar results should you not toe the line.
Then, somewhere along the way things began to change…we moved from this authoritative style to a more participative style. Instead of the leader telling you what to think, they might ask for your opinion. The concept of servant leader evolved in business and all of a sudden the leader wasn’t executing anyone, they were asking about how to better execute the plan.
Yikes. this was a big change and some of you know exactly what I am talking about and are longing for the good old days when you told me to jump and I said how high!
Yah. sorry the good old days are gone. long gone….and nowhere in here did I say anything about being nice. I am saying you need not be a jerk.
So. there you have it. A history of leadership in one minute. And all you have to know is we are in a time when participative leadership is the game. Learn the rules. If you want a rule book send me a message
Here is a useless piece of self-help schlock I read the other day.
To be more optimistic just choose to be more positive. WTF. I want to throw up when I read that.
Oh, ok and to be more rich I should just choose to make more money…and to be in better shape I should just choose to eat better. And to be better golfer I should score better. This simplistic drivel ticks me off. Tell someone to do something but don’t tell them how to do it.
I am not knocking optimism. Very important. Even more so for leaders during the pandemic. However, the lack of real insight and coaching is a pandemic in itself these days. I heard there are 7mm life coaches on LI, up from 2mm one year ago. While I am sure many might be pretty good at what they do I am guessing the vast majority have no freaking clue. I would be skeptical about a fitness trainer who is overweight.
Just sayin. Willpower ain’t the answer to all your troubles. In fact, that mentality of choose to be stronger and life gets better causes more harm than good.
There are specific things you can do it improve your outlook, I can tell you a bunch of them. You can google even more but you also need to understand your history, habits, and hopes to have a better chance of it.