For Different Results – Change
CAUTION: For more predictable results, keep doing what you’re doing.
Too often, I hear employees (hosts, producers, board ops, etc) want more, expect more, and demand more, but are unwilling to change to get it. There’s an overwhelming sense of entitlement in our business from the newcomers to the veterans.
– I want more money, but I don’t want more work.
– I want to be on-air, but I won’t work weekends or holidays.
– I want full-time, but I can’t work Wednesdays.
– I want better ratings, but my show is perfect the way it is.
– I want a job, but I’m a veteran of the business so I won’t apply or audition.
Change starts with you.
I know a sales manager who has been in his same office for 13 years and needs more and better results. So he changed. He packed up his office and moved one office over to the left. Now he has a different perspective, a little different view out his window, and his sellers have to change too – or they’ll end up in the wrong office. He has a pep in his step, sales are trending up and now others are wondering if they can change offices too. As you change, the world will change around you.
On February 8, 2013 I made an announcement to my employees that left many of them and others I know scratching their heads. I announced my resignation. I said, “I am a believer in the brands, philosophies, purpose, and the people who breathe life and personality into our products. I believe we are positioned for success. I also recognize we have evolved greatly in the two years I’ve been here.
As organizations evolve, their leaders need to evolve as well. As I’ve considered where we are and the road ahead, it has become clear to me that the type of leadership needed to keep moving forward requires someone with different strengths and passions than mine. So, with mixed emotions, I have resigned my position.”
“Why would you do that?” the collective “they” asked.
I wanted change.
This Friday is my last day. I took action, but my change is just getting started. I’m going to create new routines, patterns, and behaviors to change the opportunities and experiences in my life. The family is going on a month-long RV trip, I’m going to start taking better care of me – physically, mentally, spiritually, I’m going to take on more household responsibilities, I’m going to write more, spend more time in nature and I’ll probably be a more active networker.
All these changes in my life will lead to more change in my life, new perspectives, and new opportunities. Change isn’t easy, it doesn’t reward those who wait around, but rewards those who trust. I have no idea what’s next for me, but I’m confident exciting, new opportunities are around the corner.
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