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Who Do You Work For?

The ones who matter.

In pro sports, players often talk about thankfulness for the team owners who gave them a chance, and the fans who show up for them. They work “for” them.

The owners are up the ladder. They have control and steer the ship on the highest level. They set compensation and get to decide direction.

The fans are more fickle and demand the best each day (especially when they are in the stands), they lift players up and criticize freely.

In what ways are your players owners and fans in your world?

Not Balance

Having fun at work is great.

Most of us spend a lot of time “on the job” and it’s unfortunate when it’s all drudgery.

But, I don’t think we need to infuse some “fun” into the mix just because.

In what ways do you or could make your work more playful? And not just for yourself, but for your people and players, too.

The fun that’s ping pong and cookie decorating is less impactful that the fun that comes from achieving goals or seeing improvement.

Make “game goals” out of your hour-to-hour work.

Get things done and see how you feel.

We Know You Have All of The Answers!

Yes, you know better.

Your experience has allowed you to learn so much and you can really help by telling your people what they don’t know.

Spending lots of time telling people what to do next and how to do it is your speciality and man, does it work! Your people are off and running.

Running away! Being talked at is not a successful way to improve skills. Maybe you even talk about growth mindset and how experience is the best way to learn…and yet you don’t allow your people to make mistakes and learn by experience.

Yes, you, Coach.

Talk less, ask more and let’s see what they come up with.

Go With Your Strengths*

Should you work on your weaknesses or bolster your strengths?

Do you know what pieces of your game are in those categories? Are they the same as they were at some point in the past? Does it matter?

How about considering the things that are central to who you are, making decisions about what direction to go in and then doing what you said you would?

Too often we spend time and energy thinking about what we’ll think about and little time doing things and learning from the outcomes.

Go.

Teaching Does Not Lead to Learning

Nothing is automatic.

Learning doesn’t happen for students because a teacher works hard or does their best.

Learning doesn’t need permission either. It’s going to happen if the conditions are right.

The teacher (formal or otherwise) can do the condition-creating and push the odds higher, and a motivated student surely helps.

The fun part is that we often learn something completely unexpected.

Keep looking for the learning.