A few days ago I picked up The Daily Drucker : 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done. This is a great book. Each day has a one page insight…really a half page with an action point and room to write down ideas or commitments. And I have to say, this has a lot of potential to be the source for big things. Check out this quote from today:
"Leadership is the lifting of a man’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a man’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a man’s personality beyond its normal limitations. Nothing better prepares the ground for such leadership than a spirit of management that confirms in the day to day practices of the organization strict principles of conduct and responsibility, high standards of performance, and respect for the individual and his work."
Now, if you remember my first post on this book, you’ll remember that I noted that "it’s not about knowing what to do. It is about doing. It not at all about talking about it, preaching about it, or good intentions. It’s all about practices." Here again, when you really get down to it, these day to day practices are what drive performance. Very interesting. Very convicting. It really calls into question the language we use on our job descriptions and the way we do performance evaluations.
What if we developed commitments that could be measured and used those to hold ourselves to a higher standard? We’d have to do that first. We’d have to live it ahead of the team. Could it be delivered in the form of a vision statement? A vision for the way our team would operate? This has potential for some serious work. Good work. But if it’s all about doing, we’d have to demonstrate our commitment with actions. We’d have to lead with our own actions.