Grow Great - a city government podcast - serves to help leaders achieve high-impact influence in their careers, teams, and organizations. Randy Cantrell is a leadership/executive coach. Lisa Norris is an executive in city government.
#2205 – Why A Focus On Others Is Great…For You!
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This can truly and critically impact success as a leader
Quote: “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
All of us have had really good and really bad leaders.
Think about them. The bad ones? What were they focused on?
Focus on others through:
Service to them
Humility to listen
Curiosity to learn
Recognition and Appreciation of their value
Candid, honest dialogue when needed to grow them
Grace and Compassion
Growth and Development
And they pass it on, and they pass it on, and so on ….
What are YOU doing to focus on others? Or what are you NOT doing?
Lisa’s Examples: Thoughtful Thursday; CMO – Fun Friday; COVID: Feel Good Friday
Be well. Do good. Grow great!
#2204 – The Power Of Painting Yourself Into A Corner
There’s a specific place where each of us can find our greatest growth. It’s the corner.
The corner is a metaphor for a place we all must go in order to move forward. It represents a place where we’re no longer relying on excuses. Once we paint ourselves into the corner we suck all the oxygen of our excuse-making out of the room. We stop being victims. We’re uninterested in blaming others for our circumstances. Instead, we make up our minds we’ll accept full responsibility for everything.
Lisa is producing a “Walk The Talk” series for Grand Prairie, Texas (her employer). Here are the links to the current episodes (she continues to produce new episodes for city leadership and emerging leaders):
Intro to Walk the Talk + Leading Vs Managing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlQI6fzwwig
Walk-the-Talk: Knowing Your People https://youtu.be/Fv-kvw3t0wU
Walk-the-Talk: Leading Through Crisis: https://youtu.be/nDxlmPQOu5I
Walk-the-Talk: Bring out the Lion in You: https://youtu.be/vrCJ3jBgQIk
Walk-the-Talk: Impact and Influence: https://youtu.be/SQCVLVPfopg
Walk-the-Talk: Discipline and Performance Management: https://youtu.be/34iUC7yd-SA
Walk-the-Talk: Having Difficult Conversations: https://youtu.be/d3zp4RUpsPY
Walk-the-Talk: The Power of We Begins with Me: https://youtu.be/Ok4CDQXJyJE
Walk-the-Talk: Inclusion: https://youtu.be/8tKOtuul6d4
Clarity is important. Sometimes we need to be caringly challenged to see things more clearly. We each figure things out when we figure them out. Sometimes it’s difficult to see things…but once we do, it’s impossible to not see it. In the picture below, do you see the young lady or the old woman? Now, find the other one – the one you didn’t see at first.
That doesn’t mean everything is our fault. It just means we no longer care that much about blaming ourselves or anybody else. Rather, we decide that we’re going to work hard to see things as clearly as possible so we can figure out what our next move should be.
“If it is to be, it’s up to me.” That’s the mantra of today’s show. It’s one of the times when we’ll encourage you to be self-focused. Daily we’re urging our team members to improve. It only makes sense that we expect the same of ourselves.
Be well. Do good. Grow great!
#2203 – Leading Versus Managing
We lead people.
We manage the work.
Leadership is a focus on others. It’s about influence and doing for others what they can’t do for themselves.
Managing is about getting the to-do list accomplished. It’s about output.
Leadership doesn’t depend on a title, position or authority – but it helps. Leadership with authority speeds up progress and growth because bosses have the ability to remove obstacles.
Be who you are, just be better. Become the best you possible. It’s an ongoing effort. The good news is you can start right now, right where you are. The bad news is you can never stop. Just keep pushing to grow.
Teach a girl how to fish is Lisa’s philosophy. That’s leadership. Give a girl a fish can provide short-term value, but cripple people of longer-term opportunities for growth.
Don’t confuse leadership’s direction as just being down – aimed at your team. You must learn to serve peers and your bosses, too.
Be well. Do good. Grow great!
#2202 – Getting To Know More About Lisa & Randy
Today we’ll share a bit more about who we are and why you may want to listen to our leadership podcast. A podcast about city government leadership.
Rather than act like we’ve got all the answers, we’re mostly interested in helping you explore the path forward in your own leadership journey. We share a view of the importance of leadership and our belief that it’s desperately needed in every organization. The fast pace of city government pushes people to get more done…faster and often, with fewer resources. That makes leadership even more important.
As practitioners, we’re continuing to learn and develop new skills. Thank you for being part of the journey so we can all benefit from each other.
#2201 – Grow Great: A Podcast About City Government Leadership
It’s been months in the works…a reboot of the Grow Great podcast.
* Let me introduce you to Lisa Norris. Lisa is currently the Director of Human Resources / Civil Services for the City of Grand Prairie, Texas. She’s going to be my co-host.
* Leadership continues to be the focus of this podcast. Now, we’re going to take a more narrow approach to leadership – city government leadership! Many of the insights, experiences, and wisdom we share will be transferable to any type of leadership, but we’re going to focus on city government leadership.
* The show will continue to be an audio podcast available on every major podcasting platform. If you’re already a subscriber, do nothing. You’ll continue to get every episode of the podcast. If you’re brand new, subscribe using any platform you choose. Use our subscription page to make it easy.
* The show will now also be available on video here on our website – and on YouTube. The YouTube channel is brand new so pardon the appearance as we begin construction (and as we begin to populate the channel with new videos).
* Each episode title will now be preceded with a number to help you more easily find an episode. Sometimes we’ll mention things that you may want to make note of – but it’ll be difficult if not impossible (like when you’re listening and driving). Now you’ll just have to remember the 4-digit episode number, then you can visit our website to find links or other details. The first two numbers are the year. We’ll see how well our numbering system holds up. Mostly, we’re trying to make our content more helpful and more easily accessed.
* The archives of previous episodes of Grow Great will remain live online. I realize this new iteration of the podcast may not be for everybody interested in leadership. As a person who never worked a single day in city government though, I can tell you there’s a lot to learn about leadership from any sector. People are people. We lead people. We manage the work. Even if you’re not involved in city government you may find some useful leadership insights. If you are involved or interested in city government leadership, there’s going to be a lot of valuable information for you.
Thank you for giving us your time and attention. We hope you’ll subscribe and tell your friends.
Be well. Do good. Grow great!
The Progression Of Leadership: Humility (Part 2)
Fran Lebowitz humorously said, “Humility is no substitute for a good personality.” But nothing is a good substitute for humility in extraordinary leadership.
“Humility is becoming a lost art, but it’s not difficult to practice. It means that you realize that others have been involved in your success.”
– Harvey Mackay
And there it is. That focus on others. That realization that we’re not the focal point of the universe. The understanding that we’re not indispensable – or irreplaceable – but that our impact is most magnified when we help others become better.
“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” – Saint Augustine
That’s what we’re going to do with our leadership, build the foundation of leadership — because that’s how we can achieve excellence in leadership. You want that, don’t you? Why wouldn’t you? Why wouldn’t anybody want to grow and improve the positive impact they can have on others? Largely because too many of us don’t think much about it. We simply act and react every day. Our default behaviors mostly drive our lives like some comfortable – but often ineffective – autopilot.
But we’re not here today at the Grow Great podcast because we fit into that category. We’re among the elite seeking to figure out how we can improve. Dissatisfied with the ways things have been and the way they currently are. You and I are among the most hopeful people on the planet. We’re hopeful that we can influence more people in a positive way. Hopeful we can be that somebody for others. That person who makes a difference in helping them achieve more, become better, and grow more hopeful in their futures because they’re growing their present.
It’s hard to separate hope from humility because the humble mind is filled with greater gratitude. Gratitude fuels hope. If you want more hope, exercise humility by recognizing and helping others.
The entire structure of your leadership is founded on humility. Remember how we defined leadership. One, it’s a focus on others. Two, it’s doing for others what they can’t do for themselves. In a word, influence.
Arrogance compels people to think they’re in control. It causes people to manipulate and impose. It results in tyranny, cruelty, and suppression of the ideal outcomes. Arrogance stifles human capacity. Humility provides safety, connection, and collaboration that result in high-performing cultures.
How Can We Practice Humility?
As it relates to our leadership, it may be good to begin with thinking about – and more closely examining – the contributions of others. Sequestering ourselves in our silo thinking we alone have the power to solve the problems elevates our arrogance. Feed your humility by looking outside yourself to recognize the contributions others are making.
Suppose we’re leading a restaurant. Are we thinking about the busboy who is cleaning the tables? Or the minimum wage dishwasher who never sees the dining room? Or the cleaning crew that comes through nightly?
Start thinking about them. Think of all the things they see that you may never see. Think of how they might feel as they perform their job. Think of how disruptive it would be if any one of them were to systematically fail at doing their work.
Claw your way outside of yourself and focus on others and the contributions they make. Contributions you’re not likely recognizing because you’re not thinking about them.
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