Talker or Doer?

Are you a silver-tongued leader?

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I’ve met a bunch of people in leadership through the years.  Some were gifted motivators.  They knew how to communicate a goal and guide to the finish.  They had the ability to paint the picture.  A great gift to be able to help folks see the finish line.  Yet sometimes this was all you got.  A picture and a story.

Then I have met some great leaders who are really in it.  These are the folks that might say less but are next to you in the battle.  They realize that talk won’t always get you there.  They are willing to really help out.  Get dirty.  Get into the fight.

The rub lies in that the talker is often seen as the better leader.

I really hate this.  The talker uses his mouth.  The doer uses his hands.  But classic leadership will tell you that you don’t have the time to be a doer.  You shouldn’t get bogged down in actually doing the work.  If you’re a leader -you are worth more.  Your ability to motivate and direct is more important.

Messed up thinking!

While I agree that you should not get bogged down doing tasks that should be delegated, many leaders feel that it is below them to jump in and help out.  They are the boss.  It would make them look bad if they were seen actually doing the work.

I can’t be a used car salesman leader.  I personally have a hard time trusting and believing someone who talks too much and doesn’t really want to pitch in and help out.  I realize that there is value in motivating and directing yet by only using these two tools you are forgetting the most powerful tool.

Serving your team by actually working along side of them. 

Here is a question to ponder- What do YOU create?  Do you actually produce things as a leader or is your day filled with walking and talking?  Do you produce or do you talk?

My opinion- we need more doers and less talkers!  What do your think?  Let me know by clicking on “Leave a Comment” and let me hear your opinion.  Talker or Doer?

 

 

 

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Cleaning the Toilets

There are always the unpleasant jobs. The jobs that don’t bring you any accolades. The ones that are not seen. The unpleasant jobs that have no reward. Who does those jobs?

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Few will do those jobs. I have been doing the tough jobs since my father taught me what work is really all about. The hard and hot and nasty jobs. I learned that hard work will not kill you. I often do the jobs that nobody even notices. Why do I do it?

Because it needs to be done. Because nobody else will. And if I don’t do them, then it will only get worse. The dirt, repair, stain, pile, problem…will only get bigger. And when I finish- nobody will notice much. They won’t know how hard you worked to get it done. They won’t know what it took to complete the task. But I will notice. And I know that I have headed off a major project by noticing the need and taking care of it. Yet…

I will not get any response.

No atta boys.

I will not get an ego boost from others.

Nobody will tell me that I am sweet, caring, or thoughtful.

Nobody will even notice that the work has been done- except me.

We just don’t have many folks that will clean the toilets anymore. Everything has to have a reward. Everything has to result in the your world telling you that you are amazing. A hero. That your incredible. That you have a big heart. That your just so special.

What will we do when the toilet cleaners are gone? I can tell you. Things will get dirty. And things will not get done. And the others will wonder what happened. They will talk about the problem. They will complain about the situation. They will tell their friends. They will try to talk it to death.

But it won’t get done without a toilet cleaner. I hope that there will be some around. The folks that “do” instead of “talk”. The folks that aren’t afraid to do a task without an ego lifting pat on the back. The unnoticed. The toilet cleaners.

Have you really examined your motivations? Are you really only feeding your ego in your work, service and actions? Do you complete work simply because it needs to be done? Or is everything motivated by getting something back? Let me know if you “get this” by clicking on “Like”.  Or click “Leave a Comment”and tell me what you think!