“Law of the Niche: People are most valuable where they add the most value.”
Duh, right? No brainer. Obvious. Get a clue. You can’t be serious.
In the hectic pace with which we travel through our days (weeks, months), we often miss the most basic of life’s truths.
This happens to me with our son. I’ll get caught up in my work, and the next thing you know, the week has flown by and our son has done amazing things, but guess who hasn’t noticed? Guess who wasn’t there to add a little coaching, a little fun, a little encouragement?
Guess what else?
Life is like this. Always was, is now, and always will be. Whatever your level in your organization, you must find your own ways to stay engaged, to stay passionate.
I see so many people who are stuck. Many of them leaders, responsible for inspiring and developing others, the way a parent does with children.
They get stuck managing their to-do list instead of inspiring and developing their people. Just like a Parent. Just like me.
But the days (weeks, months) fly by.
Our son can not wait for me to find the time. His life marches on at an incredible pace. He will not slow down for me. I must find the way(s) to keep up with him.
Same is true as a leader, and as an employee who follows orders. Same as you. You must figure this out yourself and not wait.
Want a tip to help you resist the urge to wait? In a moment, I’ll share what happened last month, what I did about it, and how it impacted my leadership philosophy.
But it’s a double edge sword isn’t it? If consistency is the hallmark of quality, and continuous improvement is the key to becoming world class, how do you balance risk and reward?
Faced with a opportunity to do something the way I’ve always done it, or a way I’ve been dreaming about but always chicken out, I was once again presented the opportunity, but was afraid I’d pass on it again.
But not this time. Finally choose the way I had envisioned.
It was amazingly exhilarating! Why? Which is a good question because the thing I did differently, was actually very small in the big scheme of things.
Then why was it exhilarating? Because conquering a small fear builds the confidence to conquer another small fear.
Eventually, the fears that get conquered are bigger and bigger, until we are faced with very little fear that we can’t act on.
Well, we will always come across scary things, but the confidence to confront and conquer is a priceless ROI for small risk taking habit.
The key, the simple tip – “Do at least one thing each day that scares you.”