Fire in the (leadership) role.

17 07 2013

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.” ~Arnold Glasow

 I like it when Mr. Rubin’s cartoon helps me stumble across a quote that pleases me, and this one definitely does.  You’ve read my pet peeve/rant about the people that say “You’re so lucky…” (when it’s not luck), so this quote is one of my new favorites. 

 To succeed, you have to put yourself in a position to catch “luck” when it falls into your lap.  That means volunteering to do that extra project, working on spreadsheets from your la-z-boy over the weekend (sounds familiar), going out of your way to stop by and ask co-workers “how was your weekend”, and other things like that.  Don’t be afraid to “manage up” – tell your boss what they could be doing better.  Sometimes it feels like you might be wasting your time, but then opportunity knocks.   There might be a promotion to recognize your hard work, or it might be someone from your “personal board of directors” (i.e. your business network) that mentions an opportunity to you.  I don’t have any words of wisdom that will give you the “secret sauce” to finding that “luck”, but I can tell you what it doesn’t sound like:

  • “It’s not my job/fault/problem”
  • “If it ain’t broke…”
  • “But we’ve always done it this way”
  • “Someone else will have to deal with it”
  • “You’re not the boss of me”
  • “It doesn’t really matter”

 Speaking of spontaneous combustion… 

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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