Sitting in church on Sunday evening, Worship Leader @TaurenWells got up and asked, "Which are you going to be this year, a thermometer or a thermostat"? Genius! Tauren you get idea credit. What a great thought.
Thermometers. You know who those folks are in your organization don’t you? Yes! The opinionated people with no solution. They just know what the temp or status is and refuse to do anything about it. It is too cold in here. The music is too loud. My office is too small. I don’t make enough money. That’s all my bonus is? You get it. Thermometers drive me nuts. All problems with no solutions and no action. Nothing gets to me more than to hear about what all is wrong, broken or not to their satisfaction with no input as to the solution.
Ask yourself, do you bring problems and solutions or are you only able to observe the current circumstances?
When I meet in various leadership groups or similar meetings the conversation invariably comes around to leadership style, teamwork and the sources of information. The question is asked, what do you read of follow as inspiration? What books have you read lately? Yes, I try to read some of the more popular books, I believe they are a great source of information.
There are a couple of other sources that are a core for me. I watch the NFL. I see one of the most results driven, success by leadership and team first organizations that exist. It is a great source of change management and team play information. More about that in another post!
I also read the Bible. Now, before you stop reading and think this is a play on spirituality, give it a minute. Yes, I read the Bible for my spiritual life but I read it at different times with a different set of glasses, my leadership and business glasses. You can even read this post even if you think the Bible is just another book. What the Bible has is great concepts that can be applied to our business environment. One of my favorite scriptures can be found in Matthew 11:12. “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force”, to which another version says “the kingdom of heaven is forcefully advanced, and the strong take it by force”.