There are four primary barriers that inhibit you from doing your best work and need to be overcome. They are:
1. Inertia. Inertia is seductive. It’s easy to get lulled in to doing your work in ways you’ve always done it even if it doesn’t work anymore. There is a tendency to become enamored with the simplicity of replicating the past and remaining content to do uninspired and pedestrian work. Work that is not creative, safe and predictable.
2. Ignorance. You can be smart and ignorant simultaneously. For example, a leader can be ignorant about an employees or customers hopes, dreams and aspirations. When leaders lack the knowledge of how to win the hearts and minds of those they work with, those leaders need new information and insight as to how to build personal engagement and commitment.
3. Incompetence. Incompetence in a leadership context is not having the talents and skills to do transformational work while also navigating adversity and change. People who are incompetent are fully capable of doing meaningful work, but need training and mentoring in how to to become an exemplary leader. Incompetence is not a pejorative word unless the fourth barriers also is an issue.
4. Indifference. Nine times out of ten indifference comes from not having a clear and compelling leadership and or organizational purpose. For some leaders achieving financial results is their purpose. This purpose however does little to win the hearts and minds of employees or customers. Yes, achieving financial results is essential to remain relevant. But financial metrics as a purpose counterintuitively ensures lower performance. What transformational leaders recognize is that making a meaningful difference in a persons life jettisons indifference and brings forth greater creativity, energy and a willingness to change and grow.
Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Challenge
1. Which of the four barriers inhibits you the most?
2. What is the personal and professional reward for eliminating or significantly reducing it?
3. What one thing can you do today to address your barrier?