I attended a training class last week where we received a fresh perspective on accountability.
At times in conversations, I accidentally cut people off, but doesn’t everybody? Does that mean I’m not a good listener?
You ever hear people say, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”. I’ve always thought that was a pretty simplistic worldview. One that if abused, would lead to an average existence. I’ve also heard people say, “keep your expectations high”, “keep pushing”, “never give up”, “your dreams will fail if you let them”, “sleep is for losers” and my personal favorite, “winners win and losers lose”. On most days, I totally buy into this thought pattern. However this mindset, when used cavalierly, can be detrimental as well. The trick is timing and perspective. Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way.
Some events unfolded recently that inspired me to update an article from last Thanksgiving. It’s pretty hard to motivate someone to accomplish a goal if they don’t think you’re in the boat with them. You can only yell “stroke” from the beach for so long. Pretty soon, they won’t be able to hear you. Then what?
I just watched a series on HBO called “The Defiant Ones”. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I just thought it was a story about Dr. Dre and NWA’s rise to superstardom. I can’t say I was a huge fan of the music, but I do like a good success story. As always, I’m steadily looking for leadership lessons in everything and this documentary provided me with an unexpected epiphany. And it didn’t have anything to do with Dr. Dre or NWA.
Everyone responds to fear, but it’s how you respond that makes the difference for a great leader. Sometimes, we’re not supposed to do anything, but that can be tough. Especially when we’re scared.
My name is Jerome D. Jackson and I am the author and owner of the website bossinthemiddle.com. Yes, that’s me in the picture. I thought it would be a good idea to let you all know why I call this website “bossinthemiddle” and the idea behind the concept that we’re all “bosses in the middle”.
Do you want true strength? Do you want the power to do anything?
Have you ever been in a boring meeting? Have you ever run one? One where people were struggling to stay awake? Maybe you’ve pretended to receive a call just so you could go in the hallway and breath? There are certain things needed to make a meeting successful.
I forget that there are many paths in life and I get concerned when others don’t follow my path. I am especially talking about one of my daughters. It is becoming very apparent that my strengths are not necessarily hers.