Inspect what you Expect
Hi, I’m Jennifer Henry with Compass Coaching and we have been talking about success through others. And very specifically people leverage, in other words, leading and influencing other people to be leveraged for you in your business so that you can operate fully within your strengths while giving other people the opportunity to do things that you may not be so great at but they are.
Now, I want to talk to you today about one of my favorite quotes and that is, “Inspect what you expect.” If you want to get really great at leadership and leading and helping other people be successful, you have to learn that when you leverage out a task or some weakness of yours, when you hand it off to someone else that has perhaps that strength, you’ve got to be prepared to follow up and to inspect what you expect. Whenever you delegate tasks or delegate jobs or roles, you’ve got to be willing to have the accountability piece to follow up and follow through to make sure that it’s being done to your satisfaction.
I coach a lot of team leaders and rainmakers that end up hating leverage because they give a task, they give a role, they find a person, they hire them, and then they are unwilling to hold them accountable to what they want. And it ends up being more work than it’s worth and they throw up their hands and say, “I’m no good at this.” It doesn’t have to be like that.
If you time block to inspect what you expect, you can find success in leveraging others to do the things you may not be so great at, okay? It’s really just about time blocking. It’s about having open communication, but being willing to follow up and follow through on the things that you’ve delegated. Don’t be lazy, just do it. It’s going to end up benefiting you in the end, and definitely is better service and leadership to the people that you lead.
I hope this has helped. I’m always available for questions and comments about anything that I talk about here on our series and I look forward to sharing more with you soon. Take care.
The Paradox of the Balcony and the Basement
Hi. I’m Jennifer Henry with Compass Coaching, and we have been talking about success through others, one of my favorite subjects. Now, before you can really understand how to help others be successful, you really have to understand yourself, and the way you start that is by asking yourself, “What are my strengths?” or asking others, “What are my strengths?” I think, deep down, we all know what we’re good at, and we all know where we shine. I like to call that your balcony. It’s that thing that everyone knows you for. It’s perhaps that thing that you’re most proud of, that you can do in your sleep, that gives you joy. That is your strength.
Now, the thing you need to know is that to every single strength in every balcony, there is a basement, meaning if you use, if you overuse one of your strengths, it can easily become a weakness. You see this in so many people’s lives, and, in coaching, I see this all the time. People will overuse a strength to their detriment.
Let’s take an example. Let’s take the example of the strength of organization. This is a thing that causes a person to always be on time, to have everything orderly, to be properly neat, people come to this person for help in organizing, they’re known to be a very organized person. Great, that’s a strength. Where it is a weakness, a basement, is when that person with that strength is unable to move forward in life if things aren’t perfectly organized. If that person finds themselves constantly trying to organize things before they take action, they may find they take no steps forward, and so they end up getting stuck. That’s using a strength, overusing a strength to the point of becoming a weakness. It’s almost like your Achilles heel if you will.
I call this the paradox or the balcony in the basement. It’s something to be aware of when you’re leading others and asking for other people to be leverage for you in different areas of your life. Know your strengths, understand how to use them in direct proportion to your life so that you’re using them the right way and not to your detriment.
I hope this helps. I hope it’s given you something to think about until next time.
Being a Control Freak
Hi, this is Jennifer Henry with Compass Coaching, and we are working inside of a series right now called Success Through Others. And when we break it down, the very first thing we’re talking about is leverage. People leverage. Now, what do I mean by that? I mean using other people’s skills and strengths strategically to help you achieve a goal.
The very first thing that you have to do if you want to successfully employ people leverage, is you’ve got to let go of control. I know so many of my clients, and I know I, identify with the statement, “I’m a control freak.” Well, the truth is you’re going to have to let go of control if you want to allow other people to help you move the ball forward. The reason we control things is that we think we’re the very best at everything. And, the chances are you probably are pretty good at whatever it is you’re doing because you are the closest to it. You have the most skin in the game. The truth is, there’s probably someone out there that can really help you be even better at that. And so, the goal is to find that person, strategically choose what it is that you’re going to do the best, and let other people do the other things better, or good.
Now, there are three things I want you to think about when it comes to letting go of control. Number one, not everything is of equal importance. So, look at the list of things that you need to do and decide: what am I best at, and where can I prioritize for myself and give off the rest to someone else that could do it better? The second thing is, you cannot do all the things. You are a human with finite time and finite energy, so choose well. The third thing is that perfect is the enemy of done. If you are holding onto things because you want it done perfectly, you’re never going to get it done.
So, in order for us to really be able to move forward and successfully use leverage, we’ve got to learn to let go of control. We’re going to be digging in a little bit deeper to leverage in the next few series, so I hope you’ll join us.
Intro to the Success Through Others Series
Hi, this is Jennifer Henry with Compass Coaching. One of my favorite life principles is #successthroughothers. I don’t know when or where or how I discovered it but somewhere along the way in the last few years of business, I discovered that it’s a whole lot more fun and a whole lot more fulfilling in business if I’m always working to help those around me be better. By default, I will be better and I will find success if I find other people find theirs. That’s where this principle of success through others comes in. That’s what we’re going to be speaking about this month, in this series that we’re working on called Success Through Others.
Now, one of the key points of Success Through Others is learning how to properly use leverage to get done, the things that you want to get done. Leverage is using other people’s strengths as a lever to move a bigger task, to help you achieve, to help you move forward. Man, that’s not easy to do. It requires very strategic leadership and very strategic influence and a heart that wants others to succeed in order to truly influence people to help you achieve a goal that starts with their goal. Really, the principle of Success Through Others is gold when it comes to business. Not only does it free you from this constant desire and push and drive for your own success, it gives you so much more fulfillment when you see other people achieve there’s first and then you just trust and know that your own success will follow.
We’re going to be digging in to the concept of leverage and using people’s skills and strengths to help you achieve your goals because in this world, no one succeeds alone, not even the most talented, succeeds alone. There’s always someone or someones that have helped them maximize their potential and move to the next level. Who has that person been for you? A better question is, who could you be that for? These are questions that we’re going to be digging into in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to it.