Do you inspire curiosity in your people? What kind of questions do they ask you? Do those questions lead to conversation that grows your thinking too…or…are they questions that just need answers? Effective leaders engage in growth conversations with their people. Effective leaders create an environment that embraces curiosity. Effective leaders lead this; they are curious themselves.
Which question do you need to spend more time with – “When does excellence in my organization get in the way of progress?” Or – “How can mediocrity contribute to our future?”
Today’s simple message – you can’t master something you don’t understand. That’s been my issue with Twitter; I’ve tried to engage based on my interpretation of it and what it can do for me. That’s wrongheaded. So…I’m going to lurk for a while, watch and listen to what people do and, in and through that, hone my own voice. I don’t want to be another poor contributor, trying to make an impression rather than a contribution; there are way too many of those. I’ll figure it out. Sure, I’ll say a few things now; I hope to be quite active soon.
I’ve talked about “busy” on numerous Monday mornings. Busy is seen by some as a badge of honor. For others, busy arises from an inability to delegate and/or trust. Still others just can’t say “no.” Yes, for most “busy” is a choice.
It goes both ways. While some leaders say they are always busy, I’ve heard others recently say they are bored. “Bored” is a scary thought – but just as much a choice as “busy” but, I submit, even easier to remedy. It can be this simple – pay attention!!! When we see what’s going on, when we really engage with it – duh? How can we be bored?
It’s mid-June. The summer vacation season will start in a couple of weeks. I’ll bet you expect me to ask a standard question like: “What one thing am I going to finish before summer slows me down?” Nope; not today. Let’s flip it over.