TIP OF THE DAY: The Mirror Isn’t Cracked, You Are
Todd Dewett | August 15, 2019
All great change at work starts with you. Understanding your imperfections. Laughing at them. Striving to address some of them. We don’t embrace this idea strongly enough. Instead, managers are consumed with finding imperfections in others. Somewhat understandable, but not productive. We’ve become lost constantly trying to coach others. Let’s be honest some coaches need to retire. The very best coaches always make themselves target number one. You don’t need a new mirror. You need to focus until you see the real you lurking behind the image.
Here’s your call to action: Spend time thinking about your greatest professional screw-up. What did you do? Why? What were the consequences? What did you learn? After you articulate answers to these questions, go share the story with someone! This speaks to vulnerability, honesty, and authenticity. It makes you more human and approachable. If you have power at work, consider making this an activity the entire team engages.
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Last week I was in New Jersey speaking to a lively group from Ernst & Young. This week I have a gig in Houston sponsored by a very cool non-profit called the VEL Institute (Veterans, Entrepreneurs, Leaders) run by my friend Terry Weaver. Did I mention that I’ll be sharing the stage with UFC champ Daniel Cormier? I love this job. After that, it’s time to wrap up work on a few courses for LinkedIn Learning before heading to California to shoot at their studios.
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Failure doesn’t bother me that much. I do it a lot. Failed business projects, failed posts online, failed conversations. It happens. I don’t fear it for more than a moment. Mostly I choose to learn something and not worry about what people think. That helps me keep pushing, so that after a little more learning I get to taste the ridiculous sweet taste of success. Hard earned success – nothing like in the world.
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