Today, I find myself torn over our current presidential election. It has become a media circus of “He said, She said”. Frankly, I am tired of the rhetoric and I have become disinterested. I am hoping in the next few weeks that the candidates will announce who their vice-president nominations will be. I think these appointments will speak volumes to the voters.
This example made me start thinking more about how do other people perceive me. Do people have any idea what I stand for with respect to values, service and respect or are people dismissing me as just someone who is in the background. I believe it is time for leaders to take a stand and start leading more with passion and drive by communicating their ideas, values and direction for the company during these difficult times.
I believe each leader has to find their own platform and voice to make this happen. In my case, I am working at making sure people know where I stand with respect to important company initiatives.
One of the lessons I have taken away from this years presidential process is that people are very restless and they want changes. I am fortunate to work with a great team around me that listens to the concerns of people and addresses concerns. Taking time to understand issues and address them is paramount today. People want to know their concerns are being heard and addressed. The addressing part is often the part that is ignored.
In addition, it is imperative to raise the bar. I believe we are in one of the “greatest business shifts” in the last few decades. Many companies are looking at changes at a high level like acquisition, a new enterprise solution or an updated website. Yes, these items have a big impact on companies, but the underlying goal should be connecting more with others and addressing topics that affect employees first and clients second.
Some of the areas I am taking a stand on are the following:
- better client service
- better employee benefit options
- saving money in areas like supplies and day-to-day expenses
- better work climate
- updated equipment
- encouraging input on new processes
- recognizing the accomplishments of our staff
- sharing my thoughts on the candidates – This candidate is my favorite by far. Don Bacon for Congress.
- looking closer at what values we need to emphasize as a company
- continuing to lead by example
- a strong faith is a given, it starts with prayer
- identifying mistakes and making appropriate corrections
- getting work completed – seeing ideas to completion
Finally, it really is about taking a stand. I am working on answering questions directly. If I do not know something, I need to admit it and seek ways to find the answers. There is no room for playing games with people. If there is an issue it needs to be addressed. Being informed and self-aware plays into this process. Today, it is time to take more of a stand then ever. People like to associate with people who don’t waste their time. Taking a stand lets people know how you are thinking and viewing the day-to-day activities. It also keeps people engaged on what is really important and minimizes the “He said, She said” talk.