3 Shots of Strategy
In environments with competition (like work, education, sports), people often seek or look to increase status. Armor goes up. Things that are said are impure because of the ulterior motives. That's stressful, a little sad, and simply unproductive.
As a leader (and you could be, in any gathering of people), you have an opportunity to do something about it. Go first. Letting down your armor is an inspiring way to get people to let go of their status-seeking behavior.
I love this story David Sherry shared about an improv class teacher who sat on the floor while his students walked in the room and put the burden of getting his students to succeed on his own shoulders.
In "The Goal", author Eliyahu Goldratt introduced a character Herbie. Herbie was a member of a scout troop who had difficulty keeping up with the rest of his troop during their weekly hikes. Sorry Herbie, but he was the bottleneck or constraint in the hiking process.
Companies have "Herbies" too. Ineffective aspects of the processes, machines, plans. Wayne Chanesky of Smart Manufacturing Solutions identifies 6 Herbies in manufacturing. Like the “material delivery Herbie", the “I cannot run the job until I get approval Herbie” or the “Machine keeps breaking down Herbie”
You might not have machines running. But (respectively), how often are you waiting for data/the project briefing/your colleague's notes; or your employees have to wait on your approval; or you don't schedule relaxation in pro-actively and get tired/burned out?
Meta-love. Giving the principle a character with such a memorable name makes it so effective in remembering, recognizing and changing your behavior!
What if you would shift your mindset about your art, your designs, your work, from something that needs to get out of you to something you need to capture.
From creating to capturing.
From squeezing out to catching.
From yours to the world's.
From in to around.
From status to honoring.
From working hard to showing up.