Give Your People a Reason to Care

Leaders… if you don’t care, why should your people? I get that you’re jaded and worn out and too stuck in a rut to see clearly where you’re going any longer! But seriously…why would anyone follow you if you yourself don’t see a reason to do what you’re doing?

“Just because” ceased to be a good enough reason many years ago. In fact, it probably hasn’t been a good enough reason since you were a curious youngster and good ole’ mom used that phrase one too many times.

If you really want your people to follow you, to care, to get engaged, to show some interest… start with why you’re doing what you’re doing. Reconnect with the passion you felt in the beginning and don’t be afraid to share it. If it’s a cause worth caring about, be wholehearted in your leadership. If not, end the misery for the whole team and let it go!

Is It Better to Live in the Moment or Achieve Your Goals?

Living in the moment, taking time to smell the flowers, enjoying the simple things, not having any regrets when we breathe our last… these are all highly esteemed ideals in our society.

They are portrayed in a significant number of mainstream movies as “the way life should be”, and if people express regrets at the end of their life, it’s usually around these things.

Yet in spite of the lip service we often give to these values, too few of us seem to truly live them. Instead we chase after one goal after another in pursuit of our own version of the American dream. This seems especially true of people with career goals.

If you don’t feel the pressure yourself, just pause for a moment at a street corner and watch all the harried, stressed out people rush past you.

One question I’ve been wrestling with in my own life lately is where the balance is between living in the moment and pursuing/achieving your goals. Must you give up one to gain the other? Is it truly possible to do both?

While I can’t say I have a definitive answer (not even close, in fact!), I have observed a few things I believe are crucial to striking a balance between these seemingly disparate ideals.

– Be clear on your most important values. What really matters to you? This will be unique to you and not shared by anyone else in exactly the same way.

– Make sure the goals you pursue are truly in service to your values. I’m not sure it’s realistic to expect every single activity associated with your goal to be a fit with your core values, but I guarantee you’re going to have regrets if at least the bulk of each goal doesn’t align.

– Check that your goals are your own. Just as your values are unique to you, only you can decide if the goals you pursue are in your best interest. While it may be worth putting “living in the moment” on hold for a season in order to fulfill a longer-term dream, life is definitely too short to stifle our own dreams just to live out someone else’s for them.

– Don’t become so focused on the goals (even the most worthwhile ones!) that you miss the little things along the way… the moments of opportunity… the things that are truly important. It’s no fun to wake up one day and realize the good stuff is gone forever!

Top 10 Reasons Building Community Is Essential to Your Team

1. It meets a deep human need. Belonging is one of the most profound human needs, yet it is also one of the most forgotten needs in our society today. By intentionally building community in your team, you will be fulfilling a need that has been largely overlooked in other areas of people’s lives. 2. […]

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Crises, Crossroads & New Beginnings

Have you ever found yourself at one of those crossroads in life where you feel like you’ve been walking in circles in the woods and you’re right back where you started… only you know this time you absolutely must take a different path? This blog ramble has been a long time coming, and it’s still […]

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World’s Greatest Marketers

Okay, let me just say up front… I know this post is going to offend some people. I debated writing it for that reason, but the idea struck me as so humorous (or ironic) that I couldn’t resist. I was listening to a bit of a teleseminar the other day taught by one of the […]

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Great Article on Getting Past Blogger’s Block

Ever know you need to write a new blog post but feel totally up against a wall? I don’t think there’s a writer (or blogger) on the face of the earth who hasn’t run into a block like this before. I read a fantastic article yesterday morning on 50 ways to get unstuck and come […]

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Creativity “on demand”

Yesterday, I coached a client around the question of how to keep moving forward with marketing and product/service development when the spark simply isn’t there. Now for the most part, I think that what we create is far more brilliant when the spark of passion and creativity is present. Anything less, and it runs the […]

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Unbridled Passion

I glanced at a blog article headline the other day that started with “unbridled passion”. Although I didn’t take the time to read the article (I’ve been following the Feelgoodz story elsewhere), the concept of unbridled passion grabbed me. Passion is the lifeblood of every successful entrepreneur. In fact, I’m pretty passionate about passion when […]

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The Value of Fresh Perspectives

I had the opportunity yesterday to hang out with a group of people I wouldn’t normally spend time with. They are really great people; it’s just that our paths wouldn’t normally cross in a typical day. It was a really fascinating experience to observe a different slice of life than I’m used to. As I […]

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Missed Opportunities

How often do we miss out on opportunities that could change everything for us simply because we’ve put on blinders to the world around us? I just read an article by a visionary author about his experience getting “talked over” while delivering his presentation at a networking mixer. Of course my first thought was “how […]

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