Dare to Inspire (1)

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Me – try to inspire – but why?

So, here we are – another Monday. Many of us traditionally start Monday on a low note. Back to the grind, back to the routine – same old. We will likely have the first of many project meetings on Mondays. Will you just go through the motions of collecting status, taking minutes and following up on action items? Have you given up trying to do more than the basics? Well, frankly, we can all get into a rut from time to time – and for some reason, many of us seem to routinely do so on Mondays. Sometimes we don’t get out of the rut until Fridays – and then it continues on and on throughout the weeks, months and the year. If this is you, I am asking you to stop and break the cycle of the routine, break the cycle of the ho-hum Monday. I am asking you all to take a different stance. Why is this important? Well, because we are all leaders. How we lead makes a huge impact on the entire project team. You lead not just with a meeting agenda – but an inner spirit. When you exude enthusiasm, energy and a positive attitude, you have the ability to impact everyone on the team. When your leadership style sizzles, the team follows suit and the business impact is maximized.

One of my objectives over the years has been to become an inspirational leader. That is, not just someone with a title, but someone who can really set the spirit, and lead the way. This has been an interesting journey and one fraught with many failures and some successes. One thing I learned is that to be inspirational, requires that you yourself need to be inspired. One of my favorite sources of inspiration is inspirational and humorous quotes.

So, this week, I am daring you all to journey off the beaten track – inspire yourselves and your teams. Each day, I will share with you one of my favorite quotes, and ask you to think about how you might apply it to your situation. These are the quotes that I have used often during my career which have come in handy to dealing with many challenges.

Here is a quote to kick off your Monday:
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mahatma Gandhi.

As you are heading off to your first project meeting this week, think about getting out of the routine and ask yourself whether you are really engaged, energizing and enthusiastic. Are you tapping into the full potential of your project team? It will make a world of difference!

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  1. Great post, Mala! For years I’ve been asking senior managers in my breakthrough leadership workshops “What does a great leader do first thing Monday morning? What do YOU do?” . . . the answer is usually “Check email.” (Sometimes I get something a little less awful, like “Get a cup of tea.”, and there’s the occasional glimmer-of-hope answer “Say good morning to my people.”) Does checking email sound like the first act of a great leader? Not to me!

    I believe that our first act each day sets the tone for the day, and our first act at work Monday morning sets the tone for our whole week. A great leader starts the day with a ritual involving committing to their purpose, clarifying goals and priorities for themselves and others, and communicating effectively – mostly by listening. Oh, and it really helps the team for the leader to follow your advice: Be engaged, energized and enthusiastic!

    We’re over-managed and under-led. Let’s get out of that rut! – Kimberly

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