Leadership involves changing and knowing how to manage change with your team in order to instate a culture of accountability and innovation. However, no one is naturally inclined to change, as change means accepting loss of control, trusting the unknown, being vulnerable, facing one's fears. Real change can hardly take place without a modicum of courage. A wise friend said to me recently, as I was expressing my anxieties over a change I was making:
"If it didn't make you uncomfortable, then the change wouldn't be big enough.''
We often hear about "managerial courage". Researchers Mike Lombardo and Bob Eichinger have defined courage as follows: "Saying what needs to be said, at the right time, to the right person, in the right way. "[i] This may sound simplistic, but let's take a closer look. Do we always say what needs to be said, at the right time, to the right person, in the right way? I surely don’t!
To say we are living in uncertain times is a massive understatement. Every day, we feed ourselves with the news and we worry more and more and we let the fear get the best of us. We are scared of the economy, we are scared of not being in control, and now we are even scared of each other.
Don’t get me wrong, fear is a natural human instinct. It’s our 2-million-year-old brain that is designed to protect ourselves in the moment, for the sake of survival.It’s always looking for what’s wrong, so you can fight, run away from threat, or freeze.But if you always operate from fear, you’re going to be constantly fighting, running away, or stopping and putting your life on hold. And that is no way to live.
The word FEAR itself is a reminder that it is a perception, not the truth:
What is your role in the organization as a steering committee? What is your vision? Have you taken the time to think about it? During my experiences as a coach, I realized that executive committees are often either very strategic or very operational, depending on their context. Which side are you on? Do you think you work at the right level to achieve your vision and strategic objectives? To answer these questions, it is necessary to think about the impact you want to have in the organization. What do you want your executive committee to be recognized for? All these questions will lead you to define what is your executive committee’s USC.
The concept of Unique Strategic Contribution (USC) helps to identify where you should “play”, by first determining what is the one thing that only you, as a steering committee, should be doing in your organization. This concept can also be used to determine...
Through my many coachings and management experiences, I have come to develop what I call the Unique Strategic Contribution to help leaders focus on the impact they want to create. In fact, through my experiences, I have come to realize that many leaders experience the same struggle, that is to say that they find it difficult to step out of their expert role to focus on their leadership role and “play at the right level”, as I like to say, and therefore focus on their Unique Strategic Contribution (USC).
And you, do you ever focus on certain tasks and tell yourself that you probably shouldn’t be doing at your level? Generally, if you’re not doing what you should, you’ll feel it. And that’s why I’ve developed this concept, to define a term that allows us to focus our intention and attention in the right place.
In fact, I had initially developed this concept...
If you have answered ‘TRUE’ to any of these questions (which will probably be the case for many of us), congratulations, there is an opportunity to being even more strategic?
We have been raised in a way that makes us feel good to think that we should aim for perfection! Because it makes us type A people! Achievers! But being an ‘achiever’ doesn’t necessarily mean you are aiming for the right goal and/or that you are fulfilled by achieving your goals. Moreover, let me make an important distinction between aiming for perfection and dreaming big.
Looking to be perfect is a recipe for feeling like a failure. The reason is simple: since perfection does not exist, you can’t reach it! Therefore, you cannot be satisfied and, more importantly, fulfilled and juiced up for living fully and completely your life! You then have to work very hard – you have to fight even to be the ‘perfect’ person you think you should be, doing the ‘perfect’ things you think you should do.
On the other hand, having high standards can support your growth as a human being as you are...