Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Key to being a Leader...

The key to being a leader is that you have to be willing to look like a fool in the beginning in order to become a genius at the end. As a leader you have to be willing to take risks that may make people wonder about your sanity. As a leader you need to be willing to have patience before making a rushed decision when other people think you're a fool for not acting. 
Those are just two examples of looking like a fool to others when you operate in a way that may be viewed as unconventional or the ever popular term, outside the box. There are times in your leadership when you will try something new and it doesn't work, or even fails miserably. 

When I became the backroom support manager at my store I decided to put all the pallets of returned merchandise in front of one of our bay doors, so we wouldn't have to stop unloading the truck. We have a conveyor line that has to be separated in order to move these pallets. It was terribly inefficient when you're under a time crunch.
Moving the pallets in front of the other door just made sense. The truck that picked up the returns now could pull in and I would help load the pallets on. Before I did that they would stop unloading the truck to get all these return pallets ready thus adding nearly an hour to our time. 
My other manager for that shift thought I was a fool for doing that. He didn't use the term fool. My word, not his. You get my point. After it worked he acknowledged that it was indeed a good decision. Now I was a genius. Take that Kyle!

If the same decision keeps being made, and it isn't working, then it's obvious something different has to be done. That isn't risky. The real risk is to continue doing the same thing. I don't understand why doing something different many times is considered revolutionary. I think it's because so often we get caught up in the routine of life. 
There is a big difference between routine and process, but they get used the same way. Routine is what you do every day. It is usually mundane and boring. Process on the other hand is exciting. A caterpillar doesn't go through the routine of becoming a butterfly. No, it goes through the process of becoming a butterfly. Metamorphosis is a process, and process means change. It means moving. You don't say we're in the routine of moving forward you say we're in the process of moving forward. 

No matter what someone thinks of your decision you need to own it. Accept the fact it may not work. Then just don't do it again. Develop the habit of trying something new everyday. You're leadership will improve when you're willing to risk becoming a genius.

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