It’s easy to point out mistakes and problems. Offering solutions is another matter.
A Leadership Freak contributor writes on yesterday’s article, “I was hoping for the “how not to make these mistakes” version of “The Top Mistake of Team-Leaders.” Any tips regarding how to curtail the mistakes on that list?
In other words, don’t just point out mistakes. Bring positive value.
Success based on avoiding:
To be fair, sometimes just knowing, naming, and avoiding mistakes enables success.
Marshall Goldsmith pointed out that leadership success may be achieved by stopping behaviors that aren’t working while maximizing positive behaviors that already exist. (What Got You Here Won’t Get You There)
When negative behaviors obscure the benefit
you provide, stopping them may be enough.
When avoiding isn’t enough:
If you don’t provide positive benefits,
avoiding negative behaviors won’t help.
Bring positive benefit:
- Find your positive value and consistently, passionately bring it.
- Stop diluting your value by being all things to all people. Trying to be all things to all people makes you nothing to most.
- Deliverables and products are important but the needs you meet demonstrate your real value. How is life around you better because you are there? Make life better for others.
- Say no so you can say yes. Not everyone values the value you bring. Focus on those who do.
Clearing the path to success:
Trying not to fail won’t create success; sometimes you should fail more. However, diminishing the likelihood of mistakes helps maximize the likelihood of success:
- Test as you go.
- “Be quick but don’t hurry.” Coach Wooden.
- Establish procedures.
- Search for root causes.
- “Begin with the end in mind.” Covey.
- Demand clarity. Few things are more powerful.
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