Part 1 of a 3-part series. One of the most common complaints I hear from team members (and some leaders!) is, “I’m not really allowed to ask for more details on this. Right?” This kind of common communication struggle is probably not your fault to begin with, but it is a problem YOU can fix.
“I feel like we waste so much time every day!” Is that something you’ve heard yourself say lately? If so, you are not alone. It is one of the top worries I regularly hear from business owners and team leaders. If you can relate, here are a quick handful of my best tips to help you stop wasting this one resource you can’t ever create more of or get back.
From my work with countless teams over the years, I have learned this: facts don’t help anybody increase accountability.
Does that seem shocking to you?
I discovered that while there are an endless number of facts in the world, they are simply tidbits of information we may or may not agree on. And, they may or may not be relevant to your situation.
I have a confession to make: as someone who loves helping teams increase productivity, I am a sucker for office supplies and organizing systems.
But, what I’ve learned over the past 20 years is this: we need more productive habits, not stuff or systems.
I once worked with a woman who would hold up a project if she disagreed with the use (or lack) of the Oxford comma. Or any questionable grammar, no matter how small or subjective. Consequently, correspondence would be late. Tiny projects would grind to a halt. She was unrelenting in her quest for what she believed was perfection.
That word is “fail.” (I bet that’s not what you were thinking.) Why? It’s simple, really. When we fail, we learn. When we learn, we grow. When we grow, we have a much better chance at succeeding – as long as we keep going. Failure is a natural, normal process. To repeat: FAILURE IS A NATURAL, NORMAL PROCESS. It is a learning tool, not a weapon.
Do you want to become a better leader, build stronger communications, or move your project forward? If so, these resources that caught our eye recently will be of interest to you, too.
Guest post by Lori E. Green: We judge. It’s human nature – indeed many studies suggest judging one’s surroundings, including the people with whom we’re interacting, is essential for survival and is a highly-developed skill through generations of evolution. As we’ve become more evolved and our understanding of our fellow human beings progresses, does the need for judging still exist?
Do you want to ask better questions, be inspired about purpose, or better align with remote teams? These resources caught our eye lately at Facilitator on Fire. Sip now or bookmark for a meal later!
This morning, I took a red-eye flight home from a conference that was several time zones away. It was a terrific but intense conference for entrepreneurs, and I am bone-tired. Yet I am sitting here at my computer anyway, taking a risk that what I am writing now could turn out to be a confused jumble, because I am moved to achieve my company’s purpose. Today, I just don’t have the energy to find much motivation, but I am pushing myself because my purpose is so strong that I can’t resist it. I am truly inspired to show up. That’s the difference between purpose and motivation. Purpose is stable and solid. It gets us moving and keeps us going in the right direction, even when motivation is lacking. When we have purpose