Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Which Battle Did You Pick Today?

"Pick your battles." the saying goes. 

I propose a new question: "Which battle did you pick today?"

Not in the sense of being antagonistic for the sake of it, but choosing every day to disrupt, question, and challenge those around you in some way.

You owe it to yourself to seek ways to improve your organization.  If not you, than who? 
We no longer can wait for bosses to lead - that person is often waiting someone else to lead.
Head down is great for preservation, but what story does it create?

By questioning (battling), you show you are invested, engaged, and seeking improvement.  What's the alternative?  Floating through life, just showing up, hoping things will change?

Every day is an opportunity to grow yourself and those around you.  
This is especially true for those in customer-facing positions where the gaps are exposed real-time.
Problems hit you in the face, and you need to own the solution. 
If you don't care enough to own it, why should your superior?

Take it upon yourself to set the expectation that good enough is not good enough and that what got us here won't get us there.

Again, if not you, who?  

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