“The future depends on what you do today.”
“The best way to predict your future is to create it”
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
My original plan for this month’s small idea was to make a joke about the Mayans being wrong and then comment on those hot topics I thought were notable for the upcoming New Year.
Then came the Fiscal Cliff standoff in Congress, the shootings in Oregon and at Sandy Hook Elementary and a plethora of articles, surveys and opinions on… hot topics smarter people than me thought were notable for the upcoming New Year. It dawned on me that maybe my opinions on what might be important in 2013 might just add to the din. And maybe instead of information what we need in 2013 is some real leadership.
Share Your Glass as Long as It’s Half Full
Daily we are inundated by a great deal of superfluous news, opinions, predictions and biased news reporting with a cold dose of reality thrown in at ever increasing intervals. Maybe what’s most important is not the information we constantly receive but how we choose to filter it. More importantly maybe it’s about what we do in spite of it.
Your employees receive a similar onslaught of information and face the same task of sifting through what should and should not be concerning and threatening to their lives and their lively hoods. And then life happens. Folks don’t leave their home lives and fears behind very easily when they leave for work.
As a leader you set the tone for the perspective of your organization. If you’re confident your people can be as well. If you are fearful, chances are your fears will trickle down through the organization. Regardless of the challenges your organization faces you choose how to respond to them. And your responses will influence the responses of those around you.
Don’t Make Resolutions, Just Be Resolute
I won’t attempt to predict what 2013 has in store. I will suggest that your leadership focus on what you can control, what your organization does best and what you can do to support your employees. The more confident they are in you and the strength of your company the more they can focus on keeping it strong. When circumstances allow take time to learn more about their interests and worries and encourage your managers to do the same. Your support means more to them than you know. Maybe filling the need for leaders in 2013 can start with you.
Happy New Year to those of you returning and reading this in the New Year.
Next month: This time we’ll highlight some things to be aware of in 2013