It is a Friday afternoon in July, which is a perfect time to jot down those strange little thoughts, mind orts. These are just a few brief scraps of leadership knowledge/experience that have been floating around my desk for a while. Not a single one of them is lengthy, but they have merit.
– Recognize someone. It only takes seconds, but it can mean a great deal. Even a small thank you to the mail person, or to the parking attendant makes a huge difference for both of you.
– Act. Most of us have an idea that has been lingering, a job we don’t want to do, a task we have been putting off, or even a conversation that we have been dreading. It gnaws on you. It takes away from the present. It erodes your energy. It makes you grumpy. It is time to act – do something about it. It is counterproductive to let it continue to fester in its current state.
– Pay it forward. We have all seen the benefits. We have had mentors. We even know how it makes us feel. Have you ever had a bad day, and when you go buy your cup of coffee – you don’t have the right change – but the person behind you says – here take this nickel? How does it make you feel? It changes your entire perspective. We get into the habit of thinking that to make an impact, it has to be big. It doesn’t. Most of the times, it is the little things, like helping a mom pick up something she has dropped when the kids are pulling at her for attention. Recognizing that your office mate’s coffee is empty and bringing back and extra cup. Speaking to a young family with children at a restaurant when their children are well behaved. Sitting with an elderly gentleman and letting them tell you about that time when…. Our society, workplaces, and homes have gotten so wrapped up in electronics, our daily tasks, and other stuff – we have forgotten simple acts of kindness.
– Learning is necessary for survival and it isn’t easy. If you don’t learn, you don’t progress. Learning is hard work. You have to be observant. You have to be open. You have to accept that you may not be perfect.
– Everyone has their own style, and it may not mesh with yours. This is something to remember when dealing with others. This little tidbit is responsible for more miscommunications, disagreements, misunderstandings, and conflicts. People have always said that you need to see the others perspective or be able to put yourself in their shoes. You need to understand that we don’t always see the same thing the same way.
– Take some time to reflect, refresh and rejuvenate. This leads to more productivity, fewer errors, and innovation.
A few scraps to get you to thinking before you start preparing for the next week.