Be a Thermostat

As leaders in business, church, family, community or anywhere you need people to follow you, practice being a thermostat, not a thermometer.

A thermometer just repeats the temperature in the room that has already been set.  A thermometer is ineffective as a leadership tool. 

A thermostat sets the temperature of the room.  That is the skill leaders need.  If the team is running hot, you should cool them down by setting your message, attitude and demeanor cooler.  If the team needs to heat up, adjust yourself to that temperature and as a thermostat, the room will follow. 

Recently a leader in a very large organization that we worked with says “when do we panic?”  My response was, “we don’t.  As a leader, your panic becomes the teams’ panic.”

Take the thermostat approach and use that as a tool to put your team, company or followers in the mindset needed for the environment they are in. 

The alternative is being a thermometer and missing an opportunity to lead.

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It’s on them (and you)

On the day after the love holiday, there is something to consider. 

It’s on them (and you). 

When someone in need asks for help, and you give it, it’s on them how they decide to use it. 

I recently had a conversation with a guy that needed help.  He was sad, stricken with anxiety and felt judgement all around him.  He also looked to have some sort of mental illness and probably an addiction.  That is on him.  My ability to help and the decision to do so or not, is on me.  I offered a meal, a few dollars and a word of encouragement.  I do not know what he did with what I offered but that is on him. 

The point is, do not let the opportunity pass to be something to someone in need.  Their acceptance and use of what you give, is on them.  Your decision is on you.

Do you have grit?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “do you have what it takes?”.  This is a leading question about GRIT and our ability to complete things even when we may not feel like it or when things are hard.  Tonight, we dive into GRIT, how to develop GRIT and how to identify how much GRIT you have.  Statistics tell us, based on a study performed by the US Military Academy, that GRIT is a better indicator of success than intelligence and physical fitness.  One resource we mentioned multiple times was a GRIT score, based on Angela Duckworth’s book, which is a self-assessment hosted by Penn St University.  Go give it a try and let us know how you do.

Take the Grit Test Here

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Do you have grit?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “do you have what it takes?”.  This is a leading question about GRIT and our ability to complete things even when we may not feel like it or when things are hard.  Tonight, we dive into GRIT, how to develop GRIT and how to identify how much GRIT you have.  Statistics tell us, based on a study performed by the US Military Academy, that GRIT is a better indicator of success than intelligence and physical fitness.  One resource we mentioned multiple times was a GRIT score, based on Angela Duckworth’s book, which is a self-assessment hosted by Penn St University.  Go give it a try and let us know how you do.

https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06f6QSOS2pZW9qR?Q_JFE=qdg

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Criticism vs Feedback

Have you ever been given feedback that hurts more than it helps?  Have you ever received constructive criticism that did not feel constructive at all?  On this episode of The Uncommon Wisdom Podcast, we dive into Feedback vs Criticism.  We want to provide you with the tools on how to effectively provide feedback that builds up the person receiving the feedback instead of breaking them down.  This episode will also help you understand the difference.  Listen in to hear the #1 way, hands down, to start out providing feedback.  This is so simple but will change everything if you do this before giving feedback.

If you remember our M.A.P. series, you will see that this episode dives directly into our Mindset and People.

Mindset Episode

People Episode

Lastly, we have a new resources tab on our website where you can check out all of the tools we reference during our episodes.

If you get value from any of this, it would mean the world to us if you share this with just 1 friend and ask them to subscribe.   As always, you can also find us on YouTube and iTunes podcasts.

Be great!

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Criticism vs Feedback

Have you ever been given feedback that hurts more than it helps?  Have you ever received constructive criticism that did not feel constructive at all?  On this episode of The Uncommon Wisdom Podcast, we dive into Feedback vs Criticism.  We want to provide you with the tools on how to effectively provide feedback that builds up the person receiving the feedback instead of breaking them down.  This episode will also help you understand the difference.  Listen in to hear the #1 way, hands down, to start out providing feedback.  This is so simple but will change everything if you do this before giving feedback.

If you remember our M.A.P. series, you will see that this episode dives directly into our Mindset and People.

Mindset Episode

People Episode

We have a new resources tab on our website where you can check out all of the tools we reference during our episodes.

If you get value from our content, it would mean the world to us if you share your thoughts with just one friend and invite them to connect with us via: Facebook, YouTube or iTunes.

Want to get email notifications on all new content, including blog posts? Sign up here.

Finally, we’d like to thank our sponsor who keeps us caffeinated.   These guys are great.  Check out District 10 Coffee Roasters, who specialize in small batch, craft coffee delivered directly to your door. 

Be great!

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