What if admitting weakness makes you seem stronger?
It always seems to be the most confident, proficient members of teams that are quickest to point to their mistakes and apologize for them.
And it seems to be the less-confident, less-proficient members that rarely apologize, or spot (or admit) their weaknesses–instead, apologies are replaced with versatile excuses.
Sorry has nothing to hide: This person flags their mistakes publically to the team. They have a clear enough grasp of their work that no mistake gets shipped. Even if the mistake is their own.
Sorry ‘owns the gap’: The space between error and resolution never goes unnoticed or unresolved for this person. Issues get caught, flagged and fixed, without requiring others to stumble upon their mistakes.
On your team, how often do you admit weaknesses? Your answer may point to your next growth opportunity.
If you pull an all-nighter, do you get more done?
Most would agree that the lack of sleep will have a real impact on your working IQ, diminishing your output and quality of life.
What about multitasking – do you get more done then?
People don’t just buy your products. They buy why they exist. They buy as an expression of a shared belief.
If you’re opinion neutral, there’s no reason to buy beyond the need for an essential, marginalized commodity.
Are you opinion neutral? How can you be a little more yourself, for the benefit of your work and for those you wish to serve?
They’ll steal, that’s fine. I’ve had bodies of work stolen, even falsely attributed in award ceremonies – things that I made, and worked hard on – they‘ll steal, that’s fine.
In some cases, it’s indefensible; in others, our attorneys took care of it (and then some).
Don’t know how to make the sale? Sell more. You’ll find the pain behind the pain that needs solving, by spending more time with those you wish to serve. The disease (sales problems) is the cure (just keep selling).
What are you struggling with?
When you’re not that great, and everyone knows it, you’re safely discarded by the market.
When you’re the best, and everyone knows it, you’re able to influence significant change.
Are you being a selfish secret? What are you going to do about it?
When you go where they are and you call upon those who are not ideal – by casting a broad net or by focusing on the wrong people – then you will, naturally, attract lukewarm interest from an unpredictable array of individuals.
When you go where they are and you call upon those who are ideal – very specifically – the right people will be the ones to respond.