Let’s Do This Thing Together

“Let’s go do it,” not “You go do it.” It is so powerful when someone says, “Let’s”!

We all know or have even had those bosses that would sit in their offices and bark out orders for people to do things, but you would never see them doing any of those things themselves.  While, usually the employees would do the things that were asked of them, they usually just did them so they could keep their job.  They would not do any of these tasks with any passion.  There was really no motivation to go above and beyond while doing those tasks.  You do enough of those meaningless tasks and pretty soon your job has no real passion or meaning to it at all.  If a better paying or more meaningful job comes along, you will leave your current job in a heartbeat.  That is because there is no meaning or motivation behind the work you do.

As a leader it is vitally important that you be willing to and actively engaged in doing all the things that you ask those under your leadership to do.  If you ask them to do trip reports, you need to do your own trip reports when you go somewhere.  If you ask people to be friendly when they answer the phone, then you need to be friendly when you answer the phone.  If you ask people to take the time to get to know and develop relationships with the customers, then you need to do the same.

The reality is that the people will only do what the people leading them are willing to do.  It is a simple fact.  Leaders can sit in ivory towers barking orders out to people and not doing anything themselves.  In the short-term, people may do what is asked of them, but over the long-haul, they won’t continue to do these things or they will be gone down the road all together.

The magic thing that happens when a leader does the work with those following is called inspiration.  People are inspired when they see the one leading them willing to do the work that they need to do.  It inspires them to want to continue to do that work because they can see the benefits of doing the work.  They get a sense that if they continue to do the work that the leader is doing, that one day they could be a leader too.

When people are inspired, they buy into what the purpose of doing the work is.  They see the big picture.  People see the bigger picture of what the daily tasks are being done for.

Let’s take the example of football for a second.  If a coach comes to a team and explains to them that they are going to work as hard as we can each practice, but does not lay out a vision for why they should work hard each practice, the players will just try to survive the practices.  They will do whatever minimum amount of work is necessary to get through practice without getting called out by their coach.  Very little improvement or progress will be made.  If a coach on the other hand lays out the vision to his players of winning a conference championship or going to a bowl game, the players have something bigger to focus on.  They realize that the more effort that they give to each individual practice, the better chance they will have of hoisting that championship trophy or going to that bowl game.  They will push themselves harder if they have bought into that vision.  The result will be that players will make better improvements and the overall team will be better and have a better chance of reaching their goals.

So if you find yourself in a leadership position, be willing to work alongside those you lead.  Adopt an attitude of “let’s do it together” not “please go do this for me.”  The difference will be night and day.  You will find that so much more will get done.  So much more progress can be made.  People will stand with you through the good times and the bad.  Your group will truly make a difference.  And in the end, isn’t that what you really wanted to do anyway?

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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