When Business Is A Rat Race Don’t Outpace Yourself At Work

When Business Is A Rat Race Don’t Outpace Yourself At Work

Crowd of runners outpace yourself at work

Business can seem like a rat race. But don’t outpace yourself at work.

Instead, think of your life and leadership like a pace car. So you can ramp up to race speed quickly and safely, but regroup when faced with danger.

Some of us race ahead believing that victory comes to the swiftest, but forgetting that undisciplined speed kills.   Here are three helpful hints for leaders who want to pace themselves appropriately.

Don’t Outpace Yourself At Work By Assuming You’re The Smartest Person In the Room

You may, in fact, be the smartest person in the room. But for many leaders, especially young leaders, their IQ outpaces their EQ.   Effective leadership is not founded on brilliance alone. Leadership combines skills and character qualities that attract others to follow. Effective leaders often are not the smartest person in the room and the wisest ones are not only aware of this, but celebrate this fact. Ross Perot built a reputation and a fortune by surrounding himself with people who loved to win, many of whom knew more about the technical aspects of his business than he did. (If you want to read several interesting and inspiring quotes from Perot, click here.)

Relax. It’s great to be smart. It’s wiser to surround yourself with people who are inspired by your commitment to your mission, your love for your colleagues, and your drive to serve your customers. Develop your EQ. Combine a growing EQ with your inborn IQ and your influence will grow.  

Don’t Outpace Yourself At Work By Worrying About Trust

To the midlevel leader caught in the midst of warring superiors – “It’s not about you.” It feels like it’s about you, but it isn’t.

I’ve fallen for this more than once. When superiors give conflicting guidance and set inconsistent expectations. It feels like they don’t trust me. It feels like I’m the issue and I want to ask them directly, “What do I need to do to be allowed to operate as though I’m trusted?”  

The problem is that these leaders are fighting amongst themselves and I’m the pawn in their game. It’s not about me. Focus instead on providing a solution to these leaders. Lay out a path that allows each to share concerns while agreeing to a process enabling you to act. Focus on solving the log jam, not how it makes you feel. Slow down. It’s not about you.

Don’t Outpace Yourself At Work By Getting Carried Away By Enthusiasm

Some of us become enthusiastic when conversing with others. We get excited by ideas and opportunities and, if we are not careful, can express commitments in the moment that we are either unable or unwilling to fulfill.  

I suggest two solutions to this challenge.

First, recognize and acknowledge momentary enthusiasms. “Derek, this is incredibly exciting and I am drawn to what you’re describing. Before I commit, however, I need to take some time to think about how this fits within my current priorities. Let’s talk again next week and I’ll be in a better position to let you know my answer.”  

Second, don’t live in fear that you’re going to promise what you can’t deliver, but don’t promise when you don’t need to. In other words, don’t curb your enthusiasm to the point that you lose one of your attractive and influential qualities.

Take It Easy. What’s The Rush?

At the same time, don’t get ahead of yourself. Or give more than the situation asks for. Promise only when you are ready for your “yes” to be “yes.”  Broaden the base of your appeal by growing your EQ. Recognize the difference between situations that feel like they are about you and those that really are. Choose to give yourself space to make wise decisions. Find the pace that works for you. Not only will you avoid hitting the wall, but you will enjoy the journey that is your race.  

About Julian Consulting

Dr. Stephen Julian is President of Julian Consulting, a firm specializing in team health, effective communication, and leadership development. He has worked with leaders and their teams for nearly 30 years in a variety of settings – including Africa, South and Central America.


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Three Attributes Of An Entrepreneurial Get’er Done Leader

Three Attributes Of An Entrepreneurial Get’er Done Leader

An entrepreneurial get’er done leader makes things happen. And will roll up the sleeves and get his hands dirty. Here are three attributes of an entrepreneurial get’er done leader.

An Entrepreneurial Get’er Done Leader Demonstrates Vision

Vision isn’t always a special revelation. It uses common sense. Considers future possibilities. And chooses the best one for your organization.

So rather than a mystical mantra, it follows current events. Watches markets and consumer trends. And listens to what people say and do.

In other words, vision frames a future picture that paints your organization into it.

An Entrepreneurial Get’er Done Leader Is Strategic

Once direction is set, entrepreneurial get’er done leaders form a plan to get there. One that makes sense. Is easy to communicate. And turns a vision into material form.

Hence, it generally involves…

The Right People…

With the right skill set. Working in their sweet spot. In order to reach peak performance. And ultimately benefit the bottom line.

The Right System/Process…

So you work more efficiently. And save on costs. Perhaps it’s automating tasks. Or a better workflow process.

The Right Technology…

Like state of the art equipment or software programs. To help your team work better, faster and smarter.

An Entrepreneurial Get’er Done Leader Executes Plans Successfully

Entrepreneurial get’er done leaders carefully and skillfully execute plans. Additionally, they’re creative and innovative. Cool under pressure. And face things head on.

As a result, they don’t assign blame. But focus on problem-solving and forward movement. And encourage team collaboration.

Furthermore, they’re action oriented. And dig in to help. Because they lead by example rather than command. And use influence and encouragement to build teams that strive for excellence.

About Chip Tudor:

Chip Tudor is a freelance copywriter, published author, playwright and pastor. He publishes drama at www.chiptudor.com, books on Amazon.com, and articles on his blog.

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