Here are 3 quick Words of Wisdom phrases on how to be an effective leader in your business.
Written by Bob Gambone, commentary by Eric Pensenstadler
1. Stop saying, “I should have…. ” or ” I could have…” or “I wish I would have…”
-The path you didn’t choose is a fantasy without disappointments.
Eric’s commentary: It’s no secret that hindsight is 20/20. If we could live our lives to the end, then go back and do it all over again there is no doubt we would be much more successful in all we did. But we can’t, so forget about it. Be confident in the decisions you make, even the wrong ones. Bill Gates said “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Ya, maybe you should have done “that” when you first started your drone business. But you didn’t. So don’t sweep it under the rug. Study it. Learn from it. Go make more mistakes!
2. Talk Less, Listen more.
– The best thing to hear after asking penetrating questions is silence, especially your own.
– Talent goes to sleep when leaders give all the answers.
Eric’s commentary: Ok, this is a tough one to heed. Shut up (once in a while)! You may THINK you have all the answers, but chances are you don’t. And sometimes, even if you do have some good answers, it’s best to LEAD your team to come up with the answers rather than being a dictator. People will work hard and be fruitful when they are inspired – not when they are “managed”. The best leaders listen then implement. The best leaders surround themselves with people who are better than themselves! Lead your team, don’t try to be the team.
3. Specific is terrific when delegating responsibilities.
– Ambiguity is the enemy of accountability.
Eric’s commentary: I am going to site a portion from a webinar where Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer for BNI (Business Network International) conducts an exercise. Take 15 seconds and write down as many things as you can think of that are white in color. Go ahead. Now, take 15 seconds and write down as many things as you can think of that are white in color and might be found in a refrigerator. Did you get more answers for the second one? Most people do because it’s easier to respond to a specific request.
If you’re asking colleagues and connections for referrals for your business don’t just say you’re looking for “drone work”, give examples of how you have helped other clients and tell them exactly who your ideal client is. If you have employees or other drone operators working for you, don’t just tell them to “get aerials of that house”, be specific in what features your client is portraying in other marketing materials for that house.
The list of examples is endless, but take away the point here. Specific is terrific if you want to get the most out of your crew or employees.
Passion, Leadership, Results!
Some credit for these quotes goes to Dan Rockwell.