Can you spot the fake?

Without no context or information?

It’s becoming harder to do so.

Want to know what provides you with a better chance of spotting the fake?

Learning the Landscape before the big meeting, reading the architecture doc before it is approved, understanding the reasons why the team was really late on that last release.

We have all the information at our fingertips to spot the fake before it’s too late.

We are simply choosing not to based on our own convenience.

How To Start Leading a Team

Meet with your team.

Spend an hour with each person.

Get to know them.

Understand what makes them produce all the great work that they do.

Understand what ticks them off.

Rinse and Repeat with every person on your team.

Once you’ve done that, come up with a plan that addresses their weaknesses and leverages their strengths.

If you have yet to do this, do it now.

It’s not a question of you should be doing this, it’s a question that you must.

You are Never Done

The Coaching Seminar you attended.

The Leadership program you put in place in your company.

The team event that you did to bring everyone together.

The workshop you did on building new software tools.

You can do it once and let it be.

Let everyone on the team talk about it as some hallowed and sacred event that happened once in their lifetime, never to be seen again.

Or you can build on it, improve on it, try something new, introduce something old.

But you are never done, in fact, if your first of any of these was a resounding success shared by all of your team, it’s only the first step to something greater.

Play the Long Game

This isn’t about Financial Planning.

This isn’t about your Insurance Policy.

This is the one thing you need to get square in your head before you take on that new project.

Play the Long Game.

Don’t worry about the metrics, don’t worry about what your competition is doing better, don’t worry about how much someone else sleeps versus how much you sleep, don’t worry about what works and what doesn’t.

That’s short game thinking and you’re in it for the long game.

When should you try something new?

Right Now.

What are you waiting for?

What life changing, cosmic event are you waiting for that is going to change your direction in life and make you want to take that next step that could define the rest of your career?

Nothing.

Then the answer to the first question is still – Right Now.

Stop putting it off and start making it happen.