No matter where I am or what I am doing, it is all about connecting with people. It really comes down to listening more and talking less.
Think about it. The best people on Twitter are not those people who send out tweets all hours of the day and night. By the way those are scheduled, not a live person if you are still wondering. The best people are those who actually share some great information and respond to other people who ask questions or comment on an article you may have written or shared.
On Linkedin, more and more people are getting involved with groups and sharing updates. A number of these shares offer people some valuable information or quick reminders. I actually think some of the comments are better than the articles.
Facebook is another great place to share some information with family and friends.
Connecting with people on a daily basis is very healthy and shows that you take an interest in their day-to-day work and life. On days where it is one meeting after another, those people with whom you’ve made strong connections with will still seek you out .
In addition, it is always a good idea to connect with people outside your department. Find out what is happening in their respective areas and stay in tune with how those connections fit with the overall company direction.
Make sure you stay connected with your spouse and children. It is critical that you know what is happening at home so you are there as a listening ear to share advice or assist with homework or activities around the house.
Become a Leader
Develop yourself as a leader in all aspects of your life. Spend time getting yourself prepared each day to “Be in the Moment” . Keep informed of important issues facing your family and company. Ge in touch with the world around you and have an opinion in these areas. Continue to work on building up your knowledge in areas you are strong in. Look to develop other’s. The best way to to do this is take a step back and listen. Listen to people’s concerns. Listen to their ideas. Listen more to find out where they can best use their knowledge and skills. Leaders take on responsibility and find ways to delegate responsibility to others.
Right now there are many managers. Maybe an overabundance of them. Many are getting laid off and losing their jobs. One reason, I believe this is occurring is because they did not take their careers to a higher level by becoming leaders. We need more leaders at home, at work and in our community. Consider working more on your leadership skillset instead of your management skillset and you may start to see a whole new world in front of you.
What is your take on leaders? Do you see many at your workplace?
Would welcome your comments on this topic.