Lots of We’s and no Buts!

Lots of We’s and no Buts!

Welcome to my first blog. Yes I know it’s 2016 and I’m a little late to the blogging party, but I’m going for it. Maybe this is a sign that I’ll get to understand Pokemon Go in about another 10 years!

You see the first blog is like your first leadership experience. You’re excited because you really want to do a good job, you’re scared because what if people don’t like you and won’t do what you ask them. You’re proud, because you know, you’re out there and doing something! And many many more emotions run free.

Stop.

Leadership (like blogging!) should be primarily about adding value to others. Even more than that, it’s about ideas and the ability to execute to leave the world – whatever that is for you (your business, your team, the planet) – in a better state than you found it.

When you read my first couple of lines, a few of you may have been intrigued, maybe there was even a slight smile, but a lot of you would be thinking ‘So what? Why do I care?’ And I get it. Because it was all about me.

Our people see this too. The minute we decide we’re a leader (because we do not need a job title to be a leader) it is no longer about us. It’s about others and ideas.

One of the ways we can develop this is in our language. Our focus on others is killed by lots of ‘I’ and ‘you’ instead of ‘we, us, our’ and our focus on ideas is killed by lots of ‘buts’ instead of ‘ands’.

So leaders this week let’s focus on developing captivating language with lots of we’s and no buts.

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch

Rebecca Livesey
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