Nothing limits potential like living in the past. The greatest wins and losses both have a way of anchoring us so that we don’t move. It’s illogical to expect to move things forward when our focus isn’t on tomorrow but rather on yesterday. A loss or hurt becomes worse when you allow it to limit the future.
Great teams become great because they do not linger in the past. This requires a discipline that puts nostalgia, pain, and all other sentiment in its place. Today is a new day and tomorrow can be a great opportunity to grow if the team learns how to honor the past while letting it go. Moving on takes
Our appetites for entertaining information are so easily fed by social media and other convenient phone applications that anything that requires effort without entertainment can just seem unreasonable and even evil. The truth is that work is not always as pleasant as our internet profile. That is why we are compensated for it. Even people that enjoy
Attention spans are rarely something we are born with. Attention spans are chosen and must be intentionally cultivated so that we can be a reliable teammate with the capacity to complete non-preferred tasks when we are expected to, not just when we feel like it. When attention spans are treated like a genetic personality trait, we sadly
When we pay for something, we exchange a currency for something of value. Attention is a form of limited currency. This is probably why we call it “paying” attention. Our attention comes at a cost because of our natural limitations. As much as I would like to think otherwise, my attention is placed on one object at
In our fast-paced and connected world, we have become increasingly comfortable with a steady stream of information that has been customized to our specific appetites. This has created a challenge for teams that require a reliability that goes beyond what the average person is willing to commit to. Requiring someone to attend to a task that is
A case could be made that the only change we actually like is a change that ensures an extension of our comfortable, preferred future. There is nothing immoral or nefarious about this reality. It’s just a human trait that was given to us so that we would be risk-averse enough to have a better chance of survival.
Change is an interesting phenomenon. We spend so much time guarding our lives against it but at the same time, we find that our mind space is filled with thoughts about how things could be different. This is because we like change when it is on our terms. Change that originates outside of our own imagination or
Every team goes through cycles of planning, implementation, evaluation, recovery, and then more of the same. When life begins to become predictable, it becomes safe. When safety is optimized, comfort begins to become a priority. It’s the leader’s job to inspire the team to move past familiar cycles so that its purpose doesn’t lapse into the preservation
It says a lot about a person’s view of leadership when they assume or expect that the leader will make the “safe” decision. It is the leader’s job to create just enough safety to allow people to maintain some confidence about the future. However, the need to protect safety at all costs is what separates the leader