Most people know, and often chuckle at, the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In other words, if you want to see changes, you have to make changes. Be the change, if you will. But first, you have to stop long enough to evaluate where you are and how you're doing. It's time to look in the mirror. So...how are you doing?
1. Did you learn anything new this week about yourself that you need to change? No? Well then, you're insane.
2. When is the last time you stopped and evaluated the processes or procedures for being the most effective at what you do? You can't remember the last time you stopped? Chances are, you're insane.
3. Will the people you lead, live with or run around with notice any positive difference about you this week? No? Pretty sure, you're insane.
4. Is your attitude better toward others? Your family? The people you work with? Would they notice? If not, you're insane.
5. Ask yourself first, and then those who are closest to you for two ideas on what you could do different to improve? I dare you. If you don't ask, you won't know and will continue to do the same thing over and over again. That, my friend, is nothing short of insane.
Leadership may feel like insanity sometimes but it's not if change is involved. Leadership is about changing. So, quit doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It's not only insane, it's just stupid.
Thu, August 6, 2009
by Ron Beasley