A series of events has me thinking about rules.
First I thought about the Rule MAKERS I know.
We’ll make this rule because it will make MY job easier!
Then I thought about the Rule BREAKERS I know.
I follow ALL the rules… EXCEPT
Then I thought about the Rule FAKERS I know.
This rule is here just for our protection – I don’t care if it is followed or not, but if the authorities ever come, I can show them our rules.
And then I started to wonder if the makers, breakers and fakers ever considered these questions before they made a rule, broke a rule or pretended to have a rule.
Who are the rules for?
Sooner or later we will all find ourselves in a situation where we could be leading up…
- And will will need to choose to either accept what is happening, speak for change, or move on.
Each time I find myself in that situation the words below grow more powerful…
God grant me…
The serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
The courage to change those I can.
And the wisdom to know the difference..
Last week I read a very powerful article by Alli Polin that emphasized how leadership thrives when two people work closely together and titles don’t matter.
Have you ever caught a whiff of a smoky haze coming from down the hall? …The kind that indicates something is not quite right?
Occasionally a fire alarm even goes off, but it is quickly silenced.
…But if you follow your nose the smoke gets thicker around another titled leader’s door.
Yes – I’m asking about a titled leader that may be a level or two below you, may be your direct report, your peer or even your boss.
As I reviewed my blog posts from 2014, I thought about the people and the situations that inspired each one.
And I realized that although I’ve often said that people don’t need a title to lead, I’ve said that imagining people at all levels of an organization that have a lot to contribute. (Like the often overlooked janitorial staff or frontline employees.)
This year my eyes were opened as I realized how much we talk about leadership in the workplace and how often we ignore the need for leadership in our daily lives.
Several times throughout the year, I met people with vision, talent and time that aren’t engaged in life, and aren’t as fulfilled as they could be. (Often emitting a mix of frustration and surrender.)
Several years ago an executive told me that if I knew about a problem that was unsolved, it didn’t matter how hard I wanted to be a part of the solution,… I was a part of the problem until it was solved.
Ouch. That was a hard pill to swallow.
Recently I was reminded of that pill, as someone contacted me and asked for my help.