How many times have you heard, “If upper management would get it’s act together, we could actually make some progress?”
I’m asking you, though, to stop saying it. Put up your pinky and pinky swear it. I’ll say it with you. Really? Really. Why?
In these times where so much uncertainty whirls about weaving itself into decisions and water cooler conversations, paralysis has come over entire companies. Logic and informed decisions have been replaced with frantic actions and shaky decisions.
So, going back to that pinky swear, here’s what I’m asking of you:
Stop waiting for upper management. You have complete control over how you respond to the circumstances around you. You have influence over the environment. You can cause optimism.
You can mobilize people in your team by adding meaning to their work.
You can make time to connect with your people as people.
Keep or start having one-on-one sessions to help employees better apply their talents to their work.
You can lead from where you are and make a difference in the professional lives of those who report to you or work alongside you.
Show your crazy, beautiful leadership. We need it more than ever today. Tomorrow. Always.
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