The One I Ask, “Why Am I Doing This?” [Vlog Episode 04]

If you’ve every attempted anything you’ve had moments where you’ve questioned why you’re doing what you’re doing. The way you ask the question matters. You could be asking yourself to remind yourself. And, you could also be “asking” out of frustration. Even on the cusp on giving up. This vlog episode was sort of a random one where I spoke about the moments we ask, “Why Am I Doing This?

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Need For A Healthy Cynicism Of Leadership

I wrote about what to do when those you look up to let you down a while ago. One of the most obvious things in that post hides in plain sight. In the title of the post. Do you see it? The thing I’m talking about is the fact that leaders or heroes can let you down. That you, as a leader are fallible and have the capacity to fail. That you can let people down. I’m wondering if we now need for a healthy dose of cynicism in leadership.

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Don’t Bow To The Pressure When Staking Your Claim

This applies to both life and leadership. There’s the obvious; those things you know you’re about and will never compromise. These are usually things that relate to your mission and values. Though values may take a while to discover and articulate, it is easy to say where you stand when you have.

Mission and values are a rudder. They guide your life, leadership and enterprise. Clarifying them is critical. When your purpose is unclear, resources and energy are either abused or wasted. Sometimes both.

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Helping Team Translate Implications For Areas Of Their Responsibility

In another post, (this one) I shared about a challenge I had in unlocking potential from some team members. The short of it, is that I didn’t realise they were failing to translate what a change in strategy at an enterprise level, practically meant for them. They understood the the enterprise was headed but failed to contextualize it to particular instances.

In retrospect I see that as a one of the sources of frustration they sometimes experienced was a result of not knowing what to do in their areas of responsibility. Like me, they were clueless. “Why were they so frustrated and why couldn’t I get them to go full throttle?”

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