“My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.” ~Don Shula
“Let a man lose everything else in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success.” ~H. W. Arnold
When was the last time that something so positive and cool happened at work that you wanted to tell your spouse about it? I’m not talking about complaining, I’m talking about being excited about something constructive or fun happening. If you aren’t excited about some of the new things you’re doing, then how on Earth is your staff supposed to be? This was brought home to me when I actually did come home and tell my significant other about the cool initiative I was working on. Her comment; “Wow, I haven’t seen you this excited about work in months”.
Months??? Really, months??? Now I don’t expect to be running around like a kid on Christmas morning every day, but “months” was too long. So what did I do about it, and what should you do about it if you run into a similar situation?
Tackle the “NAGGING” issue – First I got some junk off my plate that had been really bugging me, but I just didn’t find the time (read: motivation) to get it done. There were two tasks I had been dreading and they were putting a cloud over my whole work environment while I avoided them (come on now, I know I’m not the only one who does that sort of thing). I figured it would be tougher to get really jazzed if I still had some things hanging over my head.
Tackle something BIG – Next I started working on a big project to redo the Standard Operating Procedures. Again, it was something that had been nagging me, but it is something that hadn’t been touched in almost 5 years, and is one of those “enduring legacy” sort of things. It also helps that it is completely under me and my team’s control, so there’s no reason not to succeed. While it is a lot of work now, the sense of accomplishment in a few weeks will be something I’ll definitely tell the little lady about.
Tackle something FUN – And as luck would have it, there’s a holiday around the corner and the company is having an office decoration competition. It was time think BIG. I’ve already drawn up a diagram for the office, rooted through the old Christmas decorations in the garage, have a team of people coming up with other ideas and we’re going to CRUSH the competition (in the spirit of fun, of course).
Point yourself in the direction of excitement and contribution and away from getting stuck in a rut. That energy can have an effect outside of your work just as much as inside of it.