Bum Phillips was a quotable NFL coach, a good ‘ol boy from Texas. We’re fans of this quote Bum uttered about failure. It speaks to the excuse-making that is so easy to do, and shows how blaming others (or anything really) isn’t the path toward growing great.
“You fail all the time, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else.”
Join us for the conversation about how great leaders shoulder the responsibility to create a high-performance culture. Great leaders happily accept responsibility…for everything. It’s empowering and provides leaders with the liberty to get on with helping their organization reach new heights.
This quote serves as today’s conversation starter. “Great leaders are not the best at everything. They find people who are best at different things and get them all on the same team!”
Keep in mind that Lisa and I define leadership in a few simple terms:
• A focus on others
• Doing for others what they can’t do for themselves
• Positive influence
We’re tempted to surround ourselves with people mostly like we are. “Birds of a feather,” and all that. Great leaders figure out how to identify what others may be best at, and put them into a place where they can be most successful in helping the team achieve more. It’s how high-performance cultures are built.
Connections are most easily made with people we can relate to. Trust only follows connection. That’s why displays of humanity prove some of the most fruitful leadership work. Today, we talk about how our own experiences of showing our humanity paid off in building high-performing teams.
There’s a specific place where each of us can find our greatest growth. It’s the corner.
The corner is a metaphor for a place we all must go in order to move forward. It represents a place where we’re no longer relying on excuses. Once we paint ourselves into the corner we suck all the oxygen of our excuse-making out of the room. We stop being victims. We’re uninterested in blaming others for our circumstances. Instead, we make up our minds we’ll accept full responsibility for everything.
Lisa is producing a “Walk The Talk” series for Grand Prairie, Texas (her employer). Here are the links to the current episodes (she continues to produce new episodes for city leadership and emerging leaders):
Clarity is important. Sometimes we need to be caringly challenged to see things more clearly. We each figure things out when we figure them out. Sometimes it’s difficult to see things…but once we do, it’s impossible to not see it. In the picture below, do you see the young lady or the old woman? Now, find the other one – the one you didn’t see at first.
That doesn’t mean everything is our fault. It just means we no longer care that much about blaming ourselves or anybody else. Rather, we decide that we’re going to work hard to see things as clearly as possible so we can figure out what our next move should be.
“If it is to be, it’s up to me.” That’s the mantra of today’s show. It’s one of the times when we’ll encourage you to be self-focused. Daily we’re urging our team members to improve. It only makes sense that we expect the same of ourselves.
Leadership is a focus on others. It’s about influence and doing for others what they can’t do for themselves.
Managing is about getting the to-do list accomplished. It’s about output.
Leadership doesn’t depend on a title, position or authority – but it helps. Leadership with authority speeds up progress and growth because bosses have the ability to remove obstacles.
Be who you are, just be better. Become the best you possible. It’s an ongoing effort. The good news is you can start right now, right where you are. The bad news is you can never stop. Just keep pushing to grow.
Teach a girl how to fish is Lisa’s philosophy. That’s leadership. Give a girl a fish can provide short-term value, but cripple people of longer-term opportunities for growth.
Don’t confuse leadership’s direction as just being down – aimed at your team. You must learn to serve peers and your bosses, too.
Today we’ll share a bit more about who we are and why you may want to listen to our leadership podcast. A podcast about city government leadership.
Rather than act like we’ve got all the answers, we’re mostly interested in helping you explore the path forward in your own leadership journey. We share a view of the importance of leadership and our belief that it’s desperately needed in every organization. The fast pace of city government pushes people to get more done…faster and often, with fewer resources. That makes leadership even more important.
As practitioners, we’re continuing to learn and develop new skills. Thank you for being part of the journey so we can all benefit from each other.