You ARE the Boss of You!

1 08 2016

“At the end of the day, if you’re a professional athlete in track and field, you are the CEO of your company.” ~ Carl Lewis

I just read a Sports Illustrated article about Usain Bolt, comparing his success to that of Carl Lewis.  Then today’s comic talked about track and field.  What’s going on, am I missing something?  Oh yeah, the Summer Olympics opens this Friday!!!  Time to cheer for our team(s) and to pull together for a few weeks of water cooler talk about the amazing things to come.  Did you know that the vast majority of those athletes actually struggle to pull together the money to compete?  They actually often PAY to do their job, not the other way around.  How’s that for dedication to a cause?

I often ask people on my team, “If this were your company, and you were investing your money in it, how would YOU solve this problem?”  If we all had that view when problems came up, our actions might be a little different than “I’m getting paid to be here, it doesn’t affect me.”  I’m not saying that’s our default attitude, but we may occasionally find ourselves in a situation where we can do the easy thing, or we can do the hard thing (i.e. what we’d do if it was our money/company/future).  Whatever you can do to motivate your team to think along the lines of door #2 will only help the company, and, in the end, your own bank account, too.  Remember, it’s not just about us, it’s about the tens of thousands of people calling us for help every year.

Speaking of track stars…

Track star

Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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