AS A DECIDER, you set the course of action and movement!
In this moment you start leading yourself and/or a team. When leading people you have to overcome habits and old, set pathways.
This new situation offers 3 HURDLES you, as a decider and leader, have to overcome! This is how you overleap them long-termly while practising:
- Communicate clearly the course of route and have a text (lines) filled with some information, when answering questions !! Don´t offer any speculation nor your personal opinion !!
- Focus on 80 % of your daily work to start the new course: gather information of the relevant tasks and have a step-by-step plan to follow (goal oriented work)
- Note and display your core values and those of the involved people (your team) to stay motivated and to run for success
Do you recognize something?
YES! The 3 listed hurdles are about change in life to leave an old path of actions and habits.
WHY do I name those 3 issues “HURDLES”? Here´s the answers:
we know hurdles from sports, where runners have to stretch their legs to overleap each hurdle without falling. Best case. That´s part of the game!
SPORTS! Sport means: daily practise to improve.
4 hours daily minimum as a professional, 2 hours every other day for amateurs. Implementing some hours for sports challenges your daily schedule, you have to time manage your life and still care about family and friends. No easy hobby!
Everyone who won a championship practised a lot in life. At least 2 – 3 years in a row, or even longer!
That means for deciders, if you start changing the course of your route you have to change actions and plans. Daily. Do get away from the past, use 80 % of your work time to change this course – 6 hours minimum. After 2 – 3 years you might be a winner on your new route!
Let´s figure out in detail HOW you overleap the 3 listed hurdles:
COMMUNICATION: don´t brain wash the people around you, no! Communicate with a few facts and little information during the day. Use words which describe the steps of your plan. Use words or a poster which show(s) facts or which visually describes the new goal. Communication is a daily reminder and leadership tool to tell what to do, because yet it is no helpful habit!
80 % OF DAILY WORK: imagine you´re a joiner and your team built wooden floors for years.
Now the market asks for wooden tables and chairs. You plan to change the course and build tables and chairs now. Your team now has to calculate differently, you need to deal with new dimensions, design, stability…. Your team needs to think and act differently than all the years before. You daily have to practise how to handle wood differently and someone has to be the designer.
Your communication automatically will change. The information you gather and share now is new and will fill your daily schedule.
Imagine you´re a joiner and you plan to offer a new service rather than a new product! Something like polishing wooden shelves and work surfaces to make them look nice again! You then concentrate on building a list with all customers who have wooden work surfaces, a wooden kitchen and/or table. Then you create a plan how to approach them and offer this new service. Your daily work routine will change until the new service runs like an established product!
CORE VALUES: Whatever is important to you orbits around your core values like the earth orbits around the sun, just – to survive! It´s an action-related dependence. Your core values are the magnets which lead your actions and motivation, hand in hand. A core value automatically leads you into the new direction – it functions like a fix star or like a strong magnet.
Some examples are:
performance, fairness, service, career, friends, customers, famousness, openness .. .. .. ..
Talk about them! Ask what matters to your teammembers most! Display such core values or talk about them more often with your team to make them understand WHY you act THIS way. Explain why the core values help you all to get ahead and how they keep you motivated throughout the days & weeks.
Communication, daily focus and core values – all 3 offer transparency to others. Transparency is what enables you to gain trust from strangers. Transparency opens a door! But, be careful with your valuable information – always offer as little as necessary and as much as relevant.
That´s how you overleap the 3 hurdles of a decider –
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect