This is a continuation from the previous post “Manager or Leader”
If the captain of the company or team does not love every minute of their job how on earth can they expect the employees and team members to love their time at work. The captain is responsible for creating an environment where the people want to be. Where they are engaged because they like what they do and where work, for the most part, is play.
The captain must know his “why”………what is the reason for you being at work. If your first answer is “the money” then you are missing the mark. As Simon Sinek says, “money is the result” not the reason to be doing what you are doing. Our work has to be a passion, something that we feel deep inside of us that gets us up in the morning. Something that drives our very soul to do the best, want to be the best and pass that message on to our team so that they feel the passion and they become as strong minded about the goals as we are. That they dedicate themselves to the disciplines that we embrace to get to the top.
The captain knows his “why” – He wants to build the worlds best mousetrap…..he wants to create a brighter future for the school going generation by instilling a mindset of innovation in all young people. She believes that true innovation, walking the talk and not just talking will bring about real change in our topsy turvy society.
Elon Musk is driven by numerous “why’s”. He wants to create a world that does not rely totally on fossil fuel as our energy source. He wants us to be a multi planetary species. “A lot of people work hard together to make things better” he said. In 1969 we went to the moon. We have forgotten how to do that. The Egyptians built the pyramids. They have forgotten how to do that. Elon Musk also said that when he thinks about the future he does not want to be sad.
Are you the captain who has forgotten how to be passionate? Have you lost your why? Reclaim it or you will lose. Reclaim it or you will fail in the face of your team.
Remember that there is always something bigger than us. Find your purpose.
Look toward the purpose.
A captain needs to invest in their skills. To develop their skills they need to look at themselves critically. They need to face some hard truths from time to time. Is their Emotional Intelligence really stacked up to what it should be? Do you really have and are able to show empathy to others? Are you self-reliant and do you have the optimism necessary to carry your team across the chasm.
Understand the power of gratitude. We have the passion, we have the drive and discipline but we forget to say thank you. Two of the most underused words in management and leadership today. Yet two of the most powerful.
Used at the right place and time they help captains build trust and trust is the foundation of leadership.
While you are developing your skills; make sure you know how to develop others. Make sure that you can deal with the toxic influences that occasionally creep in to the teams thinking. Get rid of “stinking thinking.”
And build your personal brand. Nothing wrong with marketing if it is done for the good of the team and to help increase the awareness of the team or corporate image.
All of this will help to ensure a workplace full of passion and purpose.
Also remember that we can all learn from each other. Create that environment that encourages the team to seek advice and help from each other. Let them bounce ideas off each other, especially if the team is multi generational.
Be flexible, be focused and be forever.
Captains need to be flexible. You cannot push forward with stuff that is just not going to work. Being persistent is one thing. Being dumb is another.
Be focused. We can have 10,000 whys and purposes, but this will defuse our energy and we will be successful in none of them. We cannot change from one why to another each week. We will flounder and fall. We will never reach a goal. The law of diminishing returns prevails.
Be forever. We need to grow and become a strong tree that will be around “forever” – something that people can rely on. Something that will last through storms, droughts, floods and fires; just let your roots be your stability. Abraham Lincoln recognized an important difference between character and reputation. “Character,” he said “is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
Remember at different times of the day our shadow has a different appearance. The tree needs to remain authentic.
You are not your title. If the CFO of a large corporation loses his job tomorrow what will that make him? It will certainly not make hom a nobody. He is who he is. You are you. You are not your title.
Don’t let your title limit your why or your purpose.
Yeah, we’re always talking about following your passion, but we’re all part of the flow of history … you’ve got to put something back into the flow of history that’s going to help your community, help other people … so that 20, 30, 40 years from now … people will say, this person didn’t just have a passion, he cared about making something that other people could benefit from.
Steve Jobs – shortly before he died to his biographer Walter Isaacson
“We can either watch life from the sidelines, or actively participate…Either we let self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy prevent us from realizing our potential, or embrace the fact that when we turn our attention away from ourselves, our potential is limitless.”
So love every minute of your job and others will love to work with you and you can be certain that your passion will rub off on to the majority of them.