What happens when we stop expecting people to be perfect?

As you are coming out of your Christmas food-induced coma, I thought I would share an important concept that will help you as you prepare for 2020.

One of the complaints I often hear from leaders is that leading people is difficult.

I’ll admit, there is some truth to this.

It’s actually the most common reason why so many people avoid going into management – They don’t want to deal with all the ‘people problems.’

There’s an old joke that says that the only way to get rid of all your people problems is to get rid of all your people.

While that’s technically true, you wouldn’t get anything done either.

The truth is, if you don’t like people, you really shouldn’t go into leadership.

Leadership is a people business.

Leadership is a people business. Click To Tweet

Our plans – all the things that we want to do – can only be accomplished with the help of other people.

All our ideas are dead without people to bring them to life.

But here’s the thing – People are messy!

And, yes – Dealing with people can sometimes be difficult.

But, you know what? You’re not perfect either (and neither am I).

If we’re honest, we all have things that make us imperfect as leaders. In fact, there’s really no such thing as perfect employees or a perfect boss.

If we really want to get things done, we need to stop expecting our people to be perfect.

If we really want to get things done, we need to stop expecting our people to be perfect. Click To Tweet

We need to look past their flaws and learn to appreciate each person as an individual.

People come in all shapes and sizes as well as all different kinds of backgrounds. They’re all going to react differently to your leadership style.

So, the sooner we get over the fact that everyone is unique and no one is perfect, the sooner we embrace the chaos that is “real people,” the quicker we can work together to get things done.

Which, by the way, is the role of a leader.

So my message for you today is simple – Embrace the chaos, love your people despite their flaws, and go get things done.

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Employee Motivation Starts Here

In the movie Criminal, Kevin Costner plays a convict whom the CIA chooses for an experimental procedure.  With the help of a top neuroscientist and researcher, they “transplant” the memories of an operative killed in the field – with hopes of stopping a terrorist attack.

This has unintended consequences.

(The subject, a hardened killer named ‘Jericho’, forms an attachment for the dead agent’s wife and daughter for example.)

Initially, the procedure doesn’t completely “take”.

Jericho refuses to cooperate and escapes.

He “remembers” a bag of cash the CIA guy hid and goes on the hunt for it. Frustrated, the CIA talks to the doctor who performed the surgery. He tells them, “He’s fixated on this bag of money…show him how to get it and he’ll do anything you want.”  They do, and he does, until the bad guys complicate the plot, of course.

Legendary motivator Zig Ziglar is famous for saying:

“You can have everything in life you want if you’ll just help other people get what they want.”

“You can have everything in life you want if you’ll just help other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar Click To Tweet

What this scene in Criminal illustrates is…

Everything starts with KNOWING what other people want!

Let’s bring this back to employees. I’m a big fan of being present and spending time with employees. Many business people chafe at this. It’s time-consuming and doesn’t add value, they’ll argue. But I disagree.

I make it a policy to spend as much time as possible with my team.

I ask open-ended questions and listen.  Not only does this help the person feel heard, but it opens a window into their inner world. It helps me know exactly what they need in order to do their best work.

It can work for you as well. Listen with the intent to understand your people better.

And help them get want they need to succeed.

You’ll know it’s working when you notice a pattern of employees going beyond the call of duty for you and your organization.

Speaking about helping other people get what they want…

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If you follow this link, you can purchase a signed copy that I will personalize for the leader (or future leader) on your Christmas list.

Give the gift of learning this year!

The Crisis We Face

I’ll be frank.

I’m concerned about the state of leadership in corporate America.

Every day I hear a new “bad boss” story.  One person told me of a boss that stands at the front door every morning with a clipboard in her hands.  Without offering so much as a hello, she records the names of employees that were coming in late or early.

No “good morning.”

No acknowledging them.

Just takin’ names.

Brutal.

By all accounts, there’s a leadership crisis in business today.  According to Gallup, 70% of employees are disengaged at work and half of U.S. employees are actively searching for a new job.  The bottom line is, we have a leadership problem in America.

According to Gallup, 70% of employees are disengaged at work and half of U.S. employees are actively searching for a new job. Click To Tweet

Yet, our collective knowledge on the subject has never been stronger.

There are no less than 15,000 books on leadership currently in print.

So what’s the “disconnect?”

In my humble-yet-highly-experienced opinion of running nine manufacturing businesses and leading on a nuclear sub in the Navy, we’ve lost sight of the goal.  We live in the “urgent”, the break-fix-repeat environment our busy lives encourage, and we’ve lost sight of what’s truly important…

Our people.

Without engaged people, everyone loses.

Without engaged people, everyone loses. Click To Tweet

Effective leaders understand this.

And the best ones are willing, when necessary, to let their people come before even a growing to-do list.

If you’d like to learn a simple way to pull the best out of your team, my book I Have The Watch reveals the leadership secrets (which are really people secrets) that have allowed me to make an impact from the confined quarters of a submarine to the expanse of corporate boardrooms.

You can order a signed copy here.

Turning those disgraceful stats around is going to take committed leaders.

Think you have what it takes? 🤔

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“As the founder of a fast-growing, people-based business, I could not put this book down. Unlike any other book on leadership I’ve read, I Have the Watch boils it down to what really matters: how you treat people.” Natasha Goldstein, Founder & CEO, The Accountkeepers.