I run into a lot of leaders who mislead themselves — without realizing that’s what’s happening. Here’s how they do it. They say things, like “My people aren’t creative – we need to get a creativity expert in here to talk to them.” Or: “My people aren’t great problem solvers – they need to get better at problem-solving. Go find me a program that will help them improve their problem-solving.”
Here’s the disconnect. Nine times out of ten, the problem is not with the team. The problem is with the leader!
I know of too many organizations where the atmosphere is pure stress, it is not relaxed. In an atmosphere of stress, people are limited and have trouble reaching their best. There are many situations where the expectations around attitude, excellence and relationships are not defined, poorly defined or where subpar behavior is allowed to exist.
What difference does a positive environment really make? It makes all the difference.
We recently begin working on The Accountable Community Project™. One of the first steps was a series of conversations in a community around what really goes into building an accountable community.
We brought together people from very diverse backgrounds. We had a former city mayor and a former convict. We had a recovering drug and alcohol addict and a small business owner. We had spiritual leaders and business people. We had younger and older aged people. And, we had people without tattoos and with a bunch of tattoos.
The latest round of the NCAA Mens Basketball tournament just finished and I find myself in 8th place in my family pool. But the reality is that according to who I still have left in the tournament and the teams that I predicted would win in the next two rounds I have the potential to score more points than anyone else in my pool and I can in fact win our little competition. In addition