New Year – new opportunities… but what are we really waiting for? What is the magic of the calendar flipping over to a new year? In reality, we get a new day to play each and every 24 hours. What we do and who we are during that 24 hours defines this workout on integrity. This is a hard workout because you don’t get a lot of press on it (usually).
One of my favorite definitions of integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. I’m sure you have all heard it before, but how do we get it into our daily workout? How do we make it a habit that just becomes who we are each day? Does integrity make you stronger – I would propose yes because doing the right thing makes you stronger. Does integrity raise others on our team up? I would again say yes, because we know we are getting the best from each other at all times, on-stage and off-stage, we are doing the right thing.
Sometimes these workouts can be monotonous, so here are some “sets” for practicing integrity. Pick stuff up when no one asks, and no one is looking. Leave a space a little better than we found it. Smile and assume positive intent with our teammates (I firmly believe smiles are free and should be used excessively – failure to do so impacts long term success). Invest in making ourselves and those around us better. Get over ourselves – none of us are more important than the team. Consider other perspectives and do so with respect and fairness (huh, a few earlier workouts coming back to us). If we disagree with a teammate or have a different opinion – talk to them. Talking to others won’t help and is the opposite of working with integrity – don’t do things that make us weak.
Are you up to another workout? This one is a tough one and society does not promote this in many cases – but we like to be different, don’t we? Let’s dig in and make things better each and every day by embracing this workout with each other, our members and personally… whether people are watching – or not!
Which is it? Simple question. Are you a bubble up or trickle down team member? What the heck does that mean? Is this some new management theory? Nope – it’s an observation about people. I like to observe and listen to people. I like to challenge someone when they say “nobody trained me”, “no one tells me anything”, etc. I like to do this because I want to see people take control and own their success and their failures. Here’s a hint: You say those things – you are on the fast track to failing and being a victim – by choice. “Well that’s not very nice” – get over it. We are all gifted with the ability of free will, creativity, and curiosity. Are there some companies that suck – yep. They are the ones that don’t challenge their team and co-workers to improve and be bubble up people. We will not be one of those companies.
Too many times human nature can be complacent or compliant to the extent of self destruction. Ask yourself how many times you are told “no” (hint: fewer is not better). I refer to this as the trickle down way of living. “I’m just waiting to find out what I’m supposed to do”, “Nobody has told me anything so I’m just waiting”. “I just don’t think we should do it that way but that is the way they told me to do it.” If you find yourself saying this – Congrats – you are part of the destined to go nowhere trickle down club. Waiting for information, direction, rules, news, etc. to trickle down to you is really not a fun way to live, work, or play. Do you really want to just be “trickled” on each day? Are you comfortable with others determining direction even if you know there may be a better way to do it? How long will you be the victim? It is time to bubble up!!!
That’s right – bubble up with feedback and ideas of how to make things better or do things differently. Participate in your life, job, business, and future. There are plenty of trickle down people in this world, and many of them will be miserable or just content. I believe there is more to life than that. This is a commitment we must make to each other. We have to be a bubble up group of people if we are going to be personally successful. There are too many ideas that have never even been given an opportunity to be tried or turned down. I am committed to promoted and embracing the bubble up mentality and I’m challenging you to live it each day. Generate excitement, ideas, and challenges that bubble up in the organization and challenge the status quo. Is it scary? Yep. Will you be turned down? Yep. Will you have success? Yep. You miss all the shots you don’t take. The bubble up mentality is all about taking the shots – no matter what your title or position on the team.
Thanks to all that have bubbled up in the past…keep it up. To those who prefer the trickle down method or get stuck in a traditional corporate structure – it’s not sustainable for any of us. We cannot promote trickle down but just giving directives. We MUST promote bubble up by challenging each other through questions on how we can do better and get better each day.