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Take the Time to Invest in Yourself by Investing in Others. Clarity #17

Alan Andersen

As a leader, what are you missing that would help you achieve “the next level'?  Chances are it is a person. Even more likely it is a person who is in the next room or down the hall from you at this very moment!  Yet, we sit stressed and maxed out as they sit underutilized and bored.  They desire meaning, mentoring and challenge, while we desire initiative and productivity. Still both parties sit in their comfortable and familiar rut. This is a very poor utilization of assets and leaves huge profits on the table.

The Art of Investing

Think of your time as you would your money. A wise person thinks in a long-term manner about their money and how to spend and/or invest it for the greatest ROI (return on investment.) Consider the focus, time, and energy you devote to making, saving, and investing money for a specifically defined purpose. Now, that is exactly how you need to approach the time you invest in the people in your sphere of influence; and it is an art.  A skill that must be learned and then uniquely applied according to each individual who can share in accomplishing the goal.  

Steps on Investing in Others

1. You must have clarity about what you are trying to accomplish. What outcomes you want to focus on and why does it matter? Is the vision compelling enough to get others involved and want to share in the ownership? 

2. Focus on the few things only you and you alone can do. What are the unique strengths that you bring to the vision that no one else possesses on the team?  What are the other things or tasks you are currently doing (and yes, we know you can do them well) but others could do just as good if not better? Make a list and identify the ones that steal the most time.

3. Find people that have the strengths and abilities to do the tasks you have identified. Before you approach them, work through all the fears you have about delegating, letting go, and giving up control. You may need your coach for this portion.

4. Connect with the person you would like to delegate your tasks to and make sure you have plenty of time to talk it out and get buy in.  Share your vision and your goal of investing in the person's professional and personal growth by passing on these specific tasks. Press for push back, find all the holes together, make sure you have healthy conflict to vet out all their fears and share your concerns as well.

5. Train the person on how you currently do the task.

A: Show/tell them how to do it.

B: Do it with them.

C: Observe them as they do it for you.

D: Coach them as they do it without you.

E: Trust them as they do it alone.

F: Check in often and create space for continuous improvement.

You have just invested in one of your people and they are feeling empowered and trusted. Equally as important, you have just opened up a huge amount of time to operate in your strength and talent which you alone do best. It is now time to do it again and again until you are only operating in your strengths!

What do you think about investing in yourself by investing in others?

For more content on this subject, check out week #16 in Clarity:Focusing on What Matters Most

It's Simple, It's Just Not Easy!

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Wherever you go, there you are! How to stop the insanity cycle Clarity #13

Alan Andersen

On Monday, I shared a fun video by Bob Newhart on Behavior Modification.  He uses only 2 words and it makes me laugh every time I see it. It dovetailed nicely with the theme of the week.

Challenge #13 of the weekly adventure through Clarity: Focusing on What Matters gets in your face about the same issue. As we continue to grow your personal and professional leadership, you will find tips on how to face persistent issues and get different results.

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I decided to give you a taste of what a weekly chapter looks like in Clarity by posting it in its entirety below. You are invited to join us here each week for your Clarity Challenge. If you don't have this leadership and personal development book yet, simply download the book on Kindle or buy today to get it in time for next week!

Would love to hear how the Clarity journey and challenges are helping you below. Enjoy Week #13 of Clarity and see you here next week for #14.


“Sis, you'll keep gettin' whatch'r gettin' if you keep doin' whatch'r doin'”.

That was my dad quoting Albert Einstein at me when I was an eight-year-old. I looked at him like, what are you talking about!? I soon got the point: I had better change my attitude or discipline was on the way!

Now that I'm an adult, lessons and discipline look different. But the same principle applies: Actions breed consequences. And attitude breeds actions.

Are you struggling with your doin' and gettin'? The fact is, disappointment, frustration, and stress will continue if you don't do something different. What behavior are you clinging to that is not working?

Perhaps it's control. Or to be politically correct, we'll call it delegating.

The problem with delegating is that it camouflages itself behind a good image. Think of a super busy CEO, a super-organized mom, or a rapid-growth entrepreneur. Each is getting a need met by staying in control while not letting go (i.e., by not asking for help which conveys vulnerability).

The Insanity Cycle

However, with so much pressure on them, they don't realize they've snapped emotionally, or are becoming resentful (either passively or aggressively). So they keep over-working, over-serving, over-dictating, which leads to exhaustion, and living from a triggered state of survival. And that results in addictions, isolation, bitterness, and burn-out, which leads to the reinforced need to control. Can you see the insanity cycle?

How about you? Do you find you have high turnover in your organization, or a poorly motivated team, and wonder what's wrong with these people? Maybe you keep thinking, if you hire a new manager, things will be better. If you marry a new spouse, life will be better. If you had more money. If you get a new job. If you move.

Wherever you go, there you are.

I have liberating news for you. Wherever you go, there you are.

The common denominator to all your problems is you. And the secret to your success and happiness is not “out there”, it's you.

Nothing around you needs to change to make you happy and fulfilled. You need the power and desire to make new choices. You can do something different and get different results, but you must want to change your attitude, your story, and your belief systems for that is what drives your behavior, Einstein!

What could be different today if you made one small change?

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This article originally appeared at True Life Coaching

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