Do you have the courage for IDK?
What is the answer to this age old question? Let’s listen and find out.
What would you do? Does a reward only follow large achievements?
Do you wonder if you should be the good guy or not because of some crazy saying you’ve heard? Find out if good guys really do finish last and how it applies to leadership.
I gave a leadership talk recently that centered on core values. The interaction I had with the audience right after made me feel that it was well received. Naturally, that made me happy. Naturally.
A few days after the talk, I sent out a survey to solicit anonymous feedback from the audience and to see what else there was that they would need with regard to further training, other topics of interest that I may be able to speak about or constructive criticism.
Most of the feedback that I got was on par with the intuitive feedback that I got while speaking to the audience the day of the talk. BUT … there is always a but … I did get this one response that said that my talk was just “motherly advice” that they had heard before. Interesting.
Since I was talking to a group of managers at that particular company, it would have been interesting to have been able to know who this person was that wrote this comment and understand the dynamics of their relationship with their team. How were they doing as a leader?
I don’t mind constructive feedback that would lead me to tighten up my presentation or something I could really use. This post by Dharmesh Shah made me stop and think of the feedback that I got.
I don’t dismiss any feedback that I get. I didn’t. The article I linked to though bears out my belief that we need to be reminded every once in awhile of what our mission is and in my leadership talk — of what the core values of a leader is.
If you hear Tony Robbins (he’s the one that comes to mind right now) say something that you already know to be true or have heard before, you don’t say, “fatherly advice.” You nod your head in agreement or you go, “wow, I forgot about that.” It isn’t always an AHA moment when you hear great speakers speak. A lot of times they confirm or affirm what it is that you believe. After all, my talk was not on the latest discovery for a cure for cancer. We are talking about leadership values. Let’s be honest, how many of us exemplify great leadership all the time? As I said, let’s be honest…
Next time you feel like you are REPEATING yourself, stop, think, and repeat. Some things are worth repeating.
Yes, I noticed it too. I have been on a LONG hiatus from posting. No excuses, just moving on.
I had the pleasure of meeting up with a group that I used to network with heavily awhile back. How refreshing. It was nice to be around people that knew me and were happy to see me. We were all happy to pick up where we left off and reacquaint ourselves with what had been going on since we last got together.
It distinctly reminded me that when you maintain your ties with people in your business sphere, when you meet up, you are not SELLING anything, you are building relationships. Those same relationships may lead to business down the road.
That is probably the largest hurdle that stops people from joining business groups, their perception that what they are doing is SELLING something every time they meet up. Change that view. What you are doing is building relationships. If you think of it that way, it makes it easier to meet up. Again and again. People like to meet new people. People like to build and keep relationships. People want to get to know you. Keep that in mind the next time you need to step out of your comfort zone and network. You are building relationships not making a sales pitch. That mindset alone makes it easier to breathe.
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