singing Frank Sinatra and performing his heart out but…was
No one was standing.
He was belting, “I Ain’t Got Nobody” for all the local movers and shakers. Even the mayor in the audience.
But everyone seemed so uptight.
I felt badly for him (and everyone else for that matter).
Then someone did something.
And magic happened.
It was so powerful that it generated a new energy in the crowd, then everyone started dancing, and ultimately the show reached an entirely new level.
What Happens When a Leader Shows Up?
Just a few rows in front of us a mysterious person stood up and started dancing.
Then someone joined him, and it caused a ripple effect.
By the end of song, everyone stood up and the party finally started.
Interestingly Darius Rucker started singing better and the band cranked on harder.
The mysterious person was…
Dan Marino (Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback).
Sometimes it Takes some Leading at the Office
How many times in Corporate are there things to be fixed?
What’s it like when you’re in a meeting where no one wants to talk about the real issue?
Everyone is feeling it, but not a soul is doing anything about it.
Then one person bravely says, “You know I think something here can be better, I’d like to try x…”.
Someone just needs to start something, and it can have the same ripple effect that Dan Marino generated at the concert.
Bravery at the Office Feels Risky
Dan Marino took a risk that could have left him dancing solo in front of 1,000 people, but he didn’t think.
He just reacted in the moment.
Often times in Corporate you’re encouraged to take risk, but if you’re out there dancing alone for too long you could end up demoted, reprimanded, or even worse.
I was inspired by Seth Godin when I read:
“The purpose of the modern organization is to make it easy and natural and expected for people to take risks. To lean out of the boat. To be human. Alas, most organizations do the opposite. They institutionalize organized cowardice. They give their people cover, a place to hide, a chance to say, “that’s not my job.”
This “hiding” mindset can impact your career and ultimately have you doing the same job for years without any change.
If you stay at status quo, you’ll end up frustrated and burned out.
Over the long haul, your career will only thrive if you’re willing to make a stand, learn from doing it, and then embrace the results.
This can be the richest enjoyment of your career, but it takes practice and most importantly…getting started.
Ultimately when you establish your career on bravery you always reap the benefits (and so does your organization).
How to Take your First Brave Step at the Office
If you’ve been working in Corporate a while, you might be feeling a bit anxious about all of this.
Here is an easy way to get started so you can test it and see what happens.
Start by looking within your office. What’s been gnawing at you forever but nothing’s changed?
What if today you took some initiative to fix it?
First, announce you’re going to do and then actually deliver.
See what happens.
Maybe what you’re bringing triggers a movement within the office.
Maybe people stand up.
Maybe the leaders start leading more.
Maybe people start having fun and owning it!
Maybe you reignite your career!
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