Ever get the idea that you have employees or co-workers who have quit working for you and are still showing up for work? Their bodies are present and accounted for, but their brains, creativity, curiosity, and excitement aren’t? Worse yet, maybe it’s not someone else… Maybe that someone is you?
I learned this summer with my mother’s sudden and unexpected passing that life is fragile and often shorter than we might think. We deserve to spend our time at work with people who are united in a common cause and excited about the contribution they are making to the lives of their clients and to one another. We deserve to work in a place where we feel exhilaration, interest, and sense of collaboration. Life is short and we owe it to ourselves. Remember, nobody is coming to save you. You have to get this for yourself.
If you are that person showing up with your body but not your heart and soul, it’s time to muster the courage and possibly gain the skills to state what you need in order to feel inspired again about your job… and make the change if it doesn’t happen. If you are the person who manages those who show up in body but not in spirit, today is the day to muster the courage to speak the truth and/or to learn the skills to have that conversation with kindness, confidence, and fairness. If you are the employer and leader, you might also need to pay some attention to the creation or re-creation of your team’s alignment with your vision as well as taking a good, hard look at the environment you’ve created that will inspire openness, creative thinking, contribution, accountability, pride, and joy.
This week, I had the privilege once again to listen to and learn from the great Nido Qubein. In his keynote address to the Academy of Dental Management Consultants, he described how the koi fish who is raised in a fishbowl only grows to a few inches, but those who are raised in a small pond grow 8-12 inches depending on the size of the pond. And those who are raised in larger bodies of water, especially those which contain predatory fish, can grow to 24 or even 36 inches in size. Depending on the environment and the amount of strength it needs to survive, its growth responds in kind.
The same could be said for our work environments. When we create an environment where people are encouraged and have the room to grow and contribute, to fail and learn, to support and be supported, we create employees who are not only more capable but also stronger and more accountable. When we make sure that they know they hold the only limit to their success and that we see ourselves as partners in helping them create any level of income, responsibility, education, or contribution they desire, we create employees who reach for a higher bar.
This week, pay attention to who’s really showing up for work. Remember that your results are the outcomes of your core beliefs that are driving the behaviors which in turn determine your results. Next week, we’ll take a look at how you might shift your limiting beliefs about these conversations that you deem challenging and suggest a structure for creating a win-win outcome for you and your co-workers.
We should not accept less than working with fully alive, fully engaged, and fully present team members, and we should not accept less than that in ourselves as their teammate.
|~~ San Diego Workshops in February 2016~~
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The Lioness Principle™
“People are definitely a company’s greatest asset.
It doesn’t make any difference whether the company’s product
is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”
Mary Kay Ash