Do you remember when you were a child and you played “make believe?”
You were a spy, a doctor, an astronaut, or perhaps an athlete. You took on the persona of whoever you were pretending to be. You talked like a spy would, you thought like a doctor, you did the things that kind of person would do.
In other words, you acted “as if.”
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The dictionary defines “make believe” as:
pretending that what is not real is real
Kids have the most amazing imaginations. I am experiencing this with our daughter now. Aracelli is 3 1/2 years old and she was talking to my mother this week. She told my mom all sorts of amazing tales of adventure, of dogs flying airplanes, chasing the deer through the woods, and doing all sorts of wild and exciting things.
What an imagination!
“We have no idea where we’re going or why.”
“The bar is set unrealistically high.”
Those were the words from exit interviews conducted with the mid-level managers and VPs from a fast-growing startup.
Remember Simon from yesterday? If you missed it, yesterday we covered the first two things your team really wants, fair pay and the right resources. If you missed that, head on over and catch up first. We’ll wait. Then, come back and read the next two. Also, make sure to subscribe to my RSS feed or get posts via email (and get my free book as a bonus) so you don’t miss the next two installments coming up.
So after he addressed compensation (fair pay) and getting his managers and VPs good training, their own budgets, and shared assistants (the right resources), Simon moved on to the next two things his team really wanted:
A clear vision and realistic expectations.
It’s been twenty-one years since Sam Walton passed away.
His Ten Rules for Building a Business are still posted on Wal-Mart’s web site…but are they living up to them?
Sam Walton’s Ten Rules for Building a Business are found in his book, Sam Walton: Made In America.
Let’s look at each of them one by one and see where Wal-Mart stands today. Regardless of whether they still practice these principles, it doesn’t change the truth of them. They are excellent primers for all business leaders.
1. Commit to your business.
As a leader, you have to believe in your business more than anyone else does. If you aren’t the leader, believing in the business more than anyone else does goes a long way towards becoming a leader.
Commitment means passion, intensity, and willingness to sacrifice for the business.
What do you really want to be?
What do you really want to do?
What do you really want to have?
Those are three powerful questions that you probably rarely ask yourself. More likely you say things like:
“If only I ____.”
“If I could just ____.”
“I’d settle for ____.”
And you sell yourself short. You aim for mediocrity…and that is exactly what you get. But there is always a gnawing deep in your soul to be more, to do more, to have more.
What is the best way to communicate vision?
According to Dennis Crowley, the CEO of the rapidly growing company Foursquare, the secret is doing it over and over again. He says that he overcommunicates the company’s vision to his 130-plus team members.
I read an article about him and his company on a recent trip to San Francisco and took this picture of a great reminder for all of us.
You should know it, believe in it, and communicate it right up until the point where you are sick of it…and then communicate it again.
Part of the reason is that in a growing company, the faces change frequently. Every week, it seems, there are new team members. They need it drilled in.
The other reason is that the daily grind of customer calls, server crashes, reporting, sales meetings, etc. often causes teams to forget the vision. So repetition becomes very important.
7 steps to developing, communicating, and drilling home a vision.
What are the two most important functions of a leader?
I think that Dan Black hits the nail on the head in this post. If you are a leader now, begin focusing on these two high ROI roles. If you are not currently a leader, start doing these two things even now and study them as you progress towards leadership.
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