Today’s coaching: Perspective. How you think about and view things determines how high you’ll go. It really is indisputable. Sometimes a coach can help you shift perspective, see beyond myths, limiting beliefs and realize more on all fronts.
I recently worked with two departments heads. One held what I call the JFK perspective. He asked not what the organization could do for him but rather worked to do for their organization, no matter the circumstances.
The other department head had what I call the imovable perspective; saying, “I’ll work to create more when my budget is fully restored to pre-recession levels.”
This week I received an update from the JFK perspective leader. He’s getting a new position added to his organizational chart because of what he has done with such limited resources. This CEO has faith that “I’ll create even more,” he said.
It’s easier to cross your arms, blame others, become obstinate and remain immovable. The problem is, anyone can do that. Leaders are hired to solve problems, understand that innovation doesn’t create itself and work with what is in front of you at that moment.
Saying I’ll improve with more resources is a weak approach. Time and again it has been demonstrated that more money doesn’t fix problems. That’s why we need leaders!
In what way might your perspective be limiting your acceleration? How could a slight pivot in perspective better demonstrate your strengths, skills, the contribution you bring?
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.