In leadership, you don’t attract who you want, you attract who you are. If your employees suck, it is almost certain that you do too!
According to Sam Adeyemi at the Global Leadership Summit, if your staff are not who you want them to be then perhaps you need to make a change in yourself! You need to be the change you want to see!
Adeyemi went on to say that as leaders it is our job to help our employees understand that;
This week’s book summary is Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins.
Contrary to popular belief, many of the famous artists of the past (like Michelangelo) were not “dirt poor” but were very wealthy thanks to their art endeavors! Goins dispels the myth of the starving artist and then masterfully explains twelve principles that are required to develop a successful enterprise as an artist. I have briefly summarized these principles below.
This week’s book review is Louder Than Words by Todd Henry
Todd Henry steps the reader through the process of, and importance of, discovering what makes each of us unique. He calls this uniqueness the “authentic voice.” Each of us needs to devote ourselves to impacting the world with the uniqueness that only we possess.
My takeaway from this book is that we need to find a “Sherpa” mentor. A Sherpa mentor is one that doesn’t just provide passive advice but is fully vested in the path to your success. If you succeed, they succeed and, if you fail, they fail . . . just like a Sherpa and a climber.
Also, Henry provided an effective template for getting feedback on your performance and to help you define your uniqueness. I have summarized this process below:
In all my years in business and the thousands of people I have interacted with, I have only met a handful people who I would consider truly evil people. However, they were most definitely evil people who did everything in their power to leave a wake of destruction in their paths. I have not, to this day, understood why they would do the things they did other than the simple fact that they truly were evil.
In trying to come to grips with these people and determine how to handle them, I turned to Dr. Henry Cloud . . . my favorite psychologist. Although I have never met Dr. Cloud, I consider him a mentor and I have used his books and videos extensively over the years.