Success is easy to talk about.

  • “I am open to change (as long as you don’t inconvenience me with new ways of doing things).”
  • “I’d like to see us be more connected as a team (without giving up my right to “vent” about others behind their backs).”
  • “I’m super innovative (as long you don’t ask me to assume any risk).”
  • “I’d like to see us trust one another more (without forgiving people for what they said and did earlier).”
  • “I’m a people person (unless you make me work with those I don’t like).”
  • “I’m in favor of our cross-functional initiatives (as long as people from other parts of the business don’t ask us questions or give feedback on our work).”
  • “You can count on me to speak my mind (as long as upper leadership isn’t in the room).”
  • “I’d like to see leadership hold people accountable (without making me feel uncomfortable).”
  • “You can expect me to bring out the best in others (as long as they meet my expectations).”
  • “I must improve my physical health (without getting out of bed sooner or eating salads).”

Those who succeed do the necessary work (that’s rarely talked about).

Worth asking your colleagues: What’s the important work we need to do to succeed?

Hat tip: Seth Godin



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