I’m in a situation where I’m leading a team. There are some problems that happen from time to time. This is natural and will happen but, at least to me, the root of the problem seems to always come down to integrity and consistency. Good intentions don’t go anywhere unless there’s a person’s character added in.
Here’s part of what I’m sending my team. It’s some quotes about good intentions and what it takes to actually put those intentions to work. Let me know what you think.
“Hell is paved with good intentions.”
― Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 2
“My father taught me that you can you read a hundred books on wisdom and write a hundred books on wisdom, but unless you apply what you learned then it’s only words on a page. Life is not lived with intentions, but action.”
― Shannon L. Alder
“Intentions of a man reflects in his actions.”
― Sukant Ratnakar, Open The Windows: To the World Around You
“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
“You will never arrive at the state in life where you’re too important to help with menial tasks. God will never exempt you from the mundane. It’s a vital part of your character curriculum. The Bible says, “If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody” (Galatians 6:3 NLT).”
The CEO of Disney World picks up trash when he sees it in the park.
It starts with the small things. If you throw something away and miss the bin, go pick it up. That’s a display of your character because it’s usually in private. If you leave it, thinking someone else will come by and pick it up, then your integrity and character are lacking – it’ll carry into other things. It always does. When your integrity fails on big things, there are big consequences, so get it right with the small stuff.
There are always consequences for actions.
Do you want bigger and greater projects to brag about with your friends? Start by giving 110% with smaller ones. The bigger ones will then come – it’s how the Universe works. If you don’t play by those rules, you won’t get anywhere.
So… what do you think?
When you’re a leader, you lead. You then also provide an example for others to follow. What this does is show them that the task can be done and how you want it done. It sets expectations.
People watch the small stuff because people are always trying to measure you up. They’re always checking to see if you are who you say you are. This only comes through in your actions.
This week, consciously try to be a leader by example with your business!