WHAT APPEARS TO BE
A friend, Bob, has worked his butt off for his company 33 years. Now he’s working harder- and longer- than ever before. There’s persistent pressure to work long after the sun has gone down.
“I’ve told my wife I have a jealous mistress,” says Bob. “And her name is (Bob’s company), Inc.”
In the old days, when a man came home late, the neighborhood might think there’s some hanky-panky going on. What does the neighborhood think now given so many are coming home late?
WHAT MIGHT BE
Actions speak louder than words. When I spend too much time with my mistress- when I put in extra hours at work- it’s not the hours away that challenge my wife, it’s what it communicates to her and the children.
What are my priorities?
WHAT CAN BE
A key comes in remembering this: every family wants to be the number one priority in the heart of the breadwinner. And what the company wants is to be number one in the market place. How do we give both parties what they want?
In order for the company to get my best, so it can be the best, I have to be at my best. And I am at my best when my actions are aligned with my values.
Here are four steps to align actions with values:
- What are my top three priorities today?
- What five actions will I take to deliver on those priorities?
- What will I verbally communicate to others (family and work) in advance and during those actions?
And at the end of the day, 4) Where did I succeed? And what will I do better tomorrow?
Which step can you do better at? What suggestions do you have for others so that the neighborhood doesn’t whisper when they drive home at night?
What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”? You decide.