How do we stay on track? Can you keep the team moving forward, toward the next marker? Do they still know where they are going?
As you begin anew, turn corners and approach the finish line, people on your team may dilly-dally along the way. They may lose interest, or perhaps even lose strength. Perhaps all are not warriors. Some may indeed stall, or lag behind. Always have a marker, revealing the trail ahead. Ensure that everyone on this journey can truly see the goal. Make sure everyone’s eyes remain on the prize. Carry the banner as you lead. Display the bullseye, so all can keep a steady aim. Let it fly!
Are you close to turning a corner? Is your team poised, ready for the next phase? Are you on the edge?
This position, or feeling, can be quite uncomfortable for many people. Your initiative, project, or even your usual process, stands ready for upgrade. Success is imminent. What may be required now is Courageous Leadership. The leader of this type feels a rush of excitement and is enthralled by the pressure. You are the one who calls the next move. You are the one who makes the difficult choice, takes the risk, and leads by example. It’s up to you. Show them what you’re made of.
These utterances are telling—it’s time for a purge. Holding on to limiting beliefs and speaking phrases that disempower, prevent progress. A team like this can’t seem to get out if its own way! A team like this needs Catalytic Leadership—changemakers. Growth requires progressive ideas. Great performance requires a winning attitude. Excellence requires the ability to rise above limitations and perceived obstacles. Good leaders are the alchemists of advancement, and good leaders manifest great successes.
What is a shared vision? How do leaders get people to see what they see? And what happens if the view is distorted?
Look at your team. When you do so, you see your vision in action. You are ultimately accountable for the success of the team. When you see poor results, redirect. When you see disharmony, nurture. When you see victories, celebrate. When you see success, so , too, does the team. Watch, and look. See!
Today is a good day to begin again. But what is the new beginning? Is it a new project or a renewed focus? Or is it, instead, a brand new you?
Good managers climb, and peak. Then they regroup. As a good leader, your journey often takes you through portals—from one worldview into another. And once in the new paradigm, you do not, or cannot, return to the previous state. There is only one direction to go in. There is only growth. Level up! Up your game!
How do leaders measure success? The task—bringing the unseen vision into manifest reality—is sometimes obscure. What is there, which was not there before? Is it coming? Is it on track? Enter Intuitive Leadership.
Leadership can be difficult to measure. People can also be difficult to measure. Yet, a company is only as effective as its people. Since some initiatives may be difficult to quantify, measuring the productivity of the players is one way to ascertain if we are hitting the mark. Accomplishment involves engagement, performance and constant evaluation. Having a process to gauge the production of their teams is one way, and often the only way, for great leaders to hold themselves accountable.
How do leaders analyze? Is there one way that’s right? Or are we all so unique that we understand many paths to the outcome we seek? How do we know?
At any moment in time, good leaders stand on the edge. Decisions are made in a flash, and things change on a dime. And even though we don’t always know what may be around that next corner, we keep going. What guides a good leader?
Synchronicities—they are always there, not just in hindsight, but at the very moment of action.
Emotions—identify that “gut feeling”.
Observation—and the ability to truly understand the vibe that your people are working within.
Are we having fun yet? We have heard tell that one of the hallmarks of a great leader is mastery of emotions. Yet, within that mastery, watch for stoicism. Yesterday’s questions were about feelings, so let’s continue for at least one more day, identifying what it feels like to be a leader. Are we authorizing powerful, energizing emotions in our workplace?
As a leader who models the way, one must be open and somewhat transparent. One must be oh so human! Countenance becomes critical. Attitude is everything. The paradigm must become obvious: leaders love what they do, and do what they love. Work is good. No fake hustle here. True leaders are the captains, the coaches, and the A-List players. Get in the game!
Monday mornings are met with a wide range of perspectives throughout the working world. On this Monday morning, think about what corner you have turned. Think about the stability, and the bonds you have been creating. Now is the time to make your role as a leader tangible. It is time to look like, act like, and feel like the leader that you are.
Therefor your job is to be defined anew. You are no longer a “manager”, “owner”, or “supervisor”. You are a model of stability. You inspire. You embody the equilibrium that your team needs. You bring the engagement that keeps people motivated, excited, and fulfilled. You are not going to work on Monday morning. You are no longer heading off to the C-Suite office. You are showing up ready to do what makes you feel good. Your job is to lead, and you’ve signed up for it because it’s what you love to do. It’s natural. Feel it.
The inspiration for this piece came to me in a prayer to Tara. In a loud voice, with arms outstretched, I cried out to the universe: “Find me. And tell me what it is I need to know”. She appeared to me–not to my eyes but to my spirit. And she whispered into my soul: “All that you need to know is beneath your feet in this miraculous place you call Earth”. I knew of her knowing smile. “Ask”, she said.
She showed me my home, Earth, and all the magic within it. My love for herbs and flowers, my wonder at crystals and rocks, my passion for mountains and ocean–all consumed me, and overwhelmed me. I saw innocence, joy, and love. Surely the hand of God was on all of this miraculous creation.
But then I saw fire. Extreme pain ravaged my ears. Then became my heart gripped with terror. As our Earth shook, so then did my very bones. My mind experienced a new type of agony.
I heard the voices of others, crying out in their moment of greatest anguish. My eyes felt the sting of smoke. Through it I saw those who caused it. I judged. I saw apathy, greed, and lust for power causing the destruction of my sacred and immaculate vision. I blamed them, the others. I blamed all of us.
I asked her: “why”?
Why have we created the tools with which annihilate ourselves and our home? How does one make sense of this? Will we transition to be yet another sea of rock, dust, and particles–an asteroid belt, as became the fate of Maldek?
Or is this also the way of God? Duality is human, they say, and God is not. Yet God, as almighty Creator and One Source, surely created the totality of the human. Evil and good cannot come from the same place. Yet, if all is God, and all is the art of The One, then both evil and good most certainly have been created by the same One. Thus, there is no evil, and no benevolence. All are shades of grey. To love is divine, and to destroy is divine. All are the experience of God.
Elohim, or God by any name, is. The I Am is He. Yet “Am” indicates existence. Therefore, I exist, therefore I, also, Am. As you Are. Thus we, each alone and also as collective, embody the great I Am. Then all are from God: war, rape, covetesness, love, joy, and generosity. Violence is from God, as is healing. Thus all is God, all is I Am, and all Is.
Judgement. We judge the actions of others. We analyze, we label, we believe, and we cast judgement even on our very emotions. And we humans dare to declare that which is preferred by God, and that which is not. All is Judgement. Yet, Judgement is an illusion. It is part of the great I Am, because all Is.
Striving. For what do humans labor? The lie of material wealth, and greed, causes us to suffer and harm. Geographical territory–one group of humans wielding power and a perceived ownership of Earth. This is right for some, necessary to others, and abhorrent to many. Yet is it not just part of the Am? All is Striving. Yet, Striving is illusion, because all Is.
Evil is illusion, goodness is illusion, and all merge into the mist of all that Is.
Death, birth, samsara–all illusion.
Now I, again, ask: “Why”? Is there purpose? Or is all only experience? Do we seek the illusion of purpose in order to answer our own questions of existence? Or, perhaps existence is the purpose, and all experiences are illusion.