When Bologna is More Important

Priorities, the ones you establish in a split second, send a loud message about what and who is important to you.

Recently, one of my clients was expressing her frustration to me regarding a teammate of hers who had no respect for her time. She went on to explain that a few days ago she had a conference call scheduled for 1:00. When she made the call, the other person said, “Call me back in 15 minutes. I need to eat a sandwich.”

Wow!

So let’s break this down: The bologna sandwich was more important than the teammate.  Haha. Well, can you logically determine anything differently? (more…)

“The best way to be missed when you’re gone
is to stand for something when you’re here.” – Seth Godin

This quote is powerful from so many different perspectives, as Seth points out, but I want us to take a look at how we measure up against it from a leadership perspective! Here are three questions to consider:

1.      What do you stand for? Have you ever thought about that? I’m not asking about your beliefs, because we can all have beliefs that we don’t live out. I’m asking you to consider, “What am I willing to put myself on the line for?” Do you go to bat for your team, and if so, do you do it in a way that others see your passion and want to follow you? Are you willing to speak up when no one else will, despite the consequences? Have you taken a stand for anything lately, or are you content to go with the flow? (more…)

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.” -Billy Graham

Another great quote tweeted by @KevinMyersPK last week! Have you ever gained courage from someone else’s willingness to take a stand, draw the line, or speak up for what he or she believes in? I certainly have.

For those of us in titled leadership positions, we need to remember that our people are watching what we say, what we do, as well as what we don’t say or do. When we fail to take a stand when we should, we send the message to our team that we don’t believe the issue is worth fighting for or that we value safety and security over our beliefs.

It’s also important to know that you don’t have to be a titled leader to have contagious courage. I’ve been blessed in my past and current career to have teammates working for me who give me great courage.

Is your courage contagious? To your followers, your teammates, or your boss?