When things haven't met your expectationsNov 15, 2022
Every person on the globe has somehow been affected by the events of the past few years...
A contentious-- and then contested-- Presidential election.
Wars and terrorist threats.
We’ve all felt the tension in our career, our health, our relationships, our bank account…the list goes on and on.
When we made our personal resolutions and organizational plans for 2020, none of us knew this is what reality would look like only 4 months in. Much less a few years in.
This has not been the season I expected, you expected, or anyone expected.
What should you do when things have not met your expectations?
Well, first of all, this is no time or place for a pity party.
No one ever got better by playing the role of the victim.
It's time to take action.
More specifically, it's time for reflection and then action.
We can do this.
Just a few simple actions steps can grow our faith and get things moving in a positive direction again. Today I am giving you three simple steps you can take when things have not met your expectations in your life, your team or the organization you lead!
Here are 3 steps to take when things haven't met your expectations...
1. Retreat and take stock
Jim Collins, in his best selling book Good To Great, says the first thing a good organization has to do to become a great organization is “Confront the brutal facts.” This is true on an individual and an organizational level.
I don’t think the facts all have to be brutal, but I do think that when life is not meeting our expectations, it’s crucial that we take responsibility.
We are not helpless.
We are not a failure. We actually fail our way to success!
Don’t dwell on your losses. Dwell on your lessons learned.
We can grow. We can change. We can always get better.
We have more power than we often gives ourselves credit for.
We need to look inward and ask ourselves: “What is going well right now? What is not going well? What am i doing wrong? What false beliefs or failing behaviors are present in my life or on our team that need to change?
In your organization, retreat with your leadership team and ask these questions (in this prescribed order):
- What is RIGHT?
- What is WRONG?
- What is MISSING?
- What is CONFUSING?
If it would help to walk through these questions with one of our coaches, schedule a free strategy session.
Along with a coach, you can create an action plan and hold your team accountable for new actions steps that can improve everything and everyone around you.
2. Reorganize your time
Your most precious commodity is your time.
If you are the leader, the most important system in your organization is your calendar.
We coach every leader to know and structure around their “FAB FIVE," the 5 most important things they should be focusing on right now.
What are the five habits in your life that could provide the greatest “ROI” (Return on Investment)?
Schedule time for those and gain momentum by reorganizing your time.
Restructure your time so that you are leading the team and not just managing the team.
Reorganize how you and/or your team spends your time. Rework the meeting schedule.
What one thing, if you focused on it could make the biggest difference?
Throw everything at that one thing for the next thirty days.
Watch things get better!
3. Restructure your team
You don’t just need a team. You need a great team.
You need to surround yourself with people smarter than you.
You need people who can solve problems, build teams and equip others.
You need to get the right people in the right seats for the right season in the organization.
Every organization is perfectly structured for the results it’s getting now...so structure now for the next level.
You probably have too many people reporting to you. You can perhaps manage that many people, but you probably can’t develop that many people. Create some organizational levels within your structure.
Every team member deserves the privilege of being properly placed within the scope of their gifts and talents.
PROMOTE your “Eagles” (those that have a higher elevation capacity), and REPOSITION your “Em’s” (those that are past their prime effectiveness). Balance grace and truth.
Have courageous conversations.
Make courageous decisions.
It requires courage to lead!
Life not meeting your expectations?
Don’t play the role of the victim.
Get to work!
- Retreat and review
- Reorganize your life
- Restructure your team.
Before you know it, things begin to shape differently, and soon we have scaled the next wall and broken through the next barrier.
Momentum has returned!
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