I mentioned on Monday that late last summer was cousin swim camp. My three grandchildren spent the week in the pool. My oldest grandson, Jack, spent the week resisting submerging his head. Finally, at the end of the week, he looked at us with exasperation from the steps of the pool and said, “I don’t want to do this part, let’s skip it and go to the next part.”
He refused to do anything but the basics that came most easily to him. Bobbing off the bottom of the pool and kicking against the side of the wall were his basics. He felt comfortable, but he didn’t make much progress. He was completely capable of swimming without help by the end of the week had he chosen to practice and employ all the basics. Instead, he performed only the skills he was comfortable and good at. What four-year-old wouldn’t?
Frankly, what individual, regardless of the age, really wants to get out of their comfort zone to get good at the basics? Very few.
Your challenge this past week was to review which one of the basics you most often skirt around and skip over to jump to the skills you are good at?
So, some questions:
Are you listening intently, but failing to respond sincerely?
Are you expecting great things from others without expecting them of yourself?
Are you encouraging you recognizing things that need to change but avoiding the difficult conversations to make those changes?
This isn’t to call anyone out. It’s to help you improve. To go from good leaders to game-changing leaders. Leadership and mediocrity never mixed well, nor do they coexist in any leader that ever made a difference.
I hope you found that change this week. I hope you found the basic you can work on to make a difference in your leadership.
Keep up the work that you are doing to improve!