Be Good

“Be good.”

This is what I tell my kids every morning before they go to school.

I used to say, “have fun!”

Have fun?! What kind of irresponsible parent needs to remind their children to have fun? Not mine. They can make anything a game, challenge, or opportunity for mischief.

I’m not sure if they’re really listening, but in the back of their minds if there is ever a choice between good and bad, I want them to hear my voice – “be good.”

I find this to be true of leaders as well.

If you want to be an effective leader with people who want to follow your lead – be good.

Have you ever had a job where you could do a much better job than your boss? Not only that, but you could actually teach them how to do their jobs better? It can get so discouraging. Your job takes on multiple roles without the commensurate reward.

This also does nothing for building up confidence in your team.

“70% of employees who lack confidence in their senior leadership become actively disengaged.” ~ Carnegie Training Institute

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Most people are content with being ok. They like being competent.

Don’t settle for just ok. Be good!

Don’t just show up. Show up prepared and ready to add value to meetings. Don’t just respond with yes or no. Offer some insights or ask questions to help move the organization along to new opportunities.

3 rules to be good:

  1. Lead by example. – Don’t ask your team to do something you’re not willing to do. If you need them to stay extra hours, be willing to do the same. If you want your teams to learn new technical skills, show them that you’re willing to learn and educate yourself as well.
  2. Coach them – don’t lecture them. No one likes to be lectured to. Make it an open dialogue. Every day you should be interacting with your associates to see if there are ways to improve or streamline a process or transaction.
  3. Ask questions. Let them ask questions. The best students I’ve had were the ones that asked questions. Even if they felt it was redundant or ridiculous. They felt the freedom to ask and it led to many deeper discussions and deeper learning opportunities.


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