This topic was published at the beginning of last March just before the pandemic hit. It was relevant then and more relevant today. Let me ask you: Are you caught in the same routine and stuck in a rut? What can you do to be disruptive? Why are you not the game-changer?
Make Stuff Happen
When I reflect on my day or week, some things are routine and this year many days seem to be the same. Some routines are embedded in my daily task list. Other things happen unexpectedly with positive results. Some things just happen based on your efforts. Focus on the stuff you can change and let go of the other stuff you cannot change. Keep making stuff happen!
Step up and voice your ideas and opinions on what you believe needs to change for the better. Execute your ideas and see the results. Sure, you may be off the mark occasionally and that is okay. Most of the time you will find things turn out good.
Lead The Movement
Keep an eye out for opportunities where you can make an impact. Lead the movement and do not just follow the norm. Do not conform just to conform. Observe what others are doing and listen to their feedback. These actions will provide you with direction on where to lead and to be the game-changer. Never be afraid to reinvent yourself.
Make An Impact
You can decide to follow the pack and not lead. Just remember, someone else will always take the lead, so why not you? Review your processes, your team, your competition, your clients, suppliers, your organizations you belong to and the community at large. Where can you make an impact?
There Are Rules
I know there are rules and processes in place. Challenge these and make them better. When it comes down to it, every business is in the customer service business. Sometimes the rules and procedures do not apply to service your customer. Leaders know there are rules and realize those rules may not be relevant to build and maintain trusted relationships. Always stick to your core values when not following the rules: integrity and honesty cannot be compromised. Period.
Be disruptive! What are you doing to make stuff happen?