It took a year for Rene Zellwegger to prepare for the role of Judy Garland in the movie Judy. She had to learn to sing Over the Rainbow, a classic that almost everyone remembers from their childhood, and then convincingly perform it in front of live audiences. There was no room for error. And it was terrifying. “At times, if I could have run away, I would have,” she told Vanity Fair.
Each of us has felt that way at some point in our career. And the temptation to run away can be overwhelming. I know I’m haunted by more than one moment from my past where I might have been able to put in a little more, but instead stopped.
One of my favorite quotes from The Unstuck Project came from a CEO I’ll call Andy. Andy’s company is growing so rapidly, I see him in the news at least once a week these days...
How did we all get onto this notion that leaders must be the single supreme creative force behind their organizations? Was it Steve Jobs? Henry Ford? Cornelius Vanderbilt?
Let’s give it a rethink shall we?
Co-creation isn’t about rolling up our sleeves and leading a team of creative people. It’s about creating an environment where co-creation happens around us, in spite of us and occasionally, through us. It’s about eliminating the separation of planning and doing.
This of course, requires us to grapple with our needs for certainty and significance. We like the certainty of knowing we’re in charge and we attach ourselves to the notion that because we’re in charge, things will unfold as we want them to. And, we like the significance of being the person with all the answers and all the authorit...
There’s a big difference between a stuck leader and an Unstuck Leader. You can read all about it here, but the crux of it is this: a stuck leader operates from an ego-system (as in me, me, me) and an Unstuck Leader operates from an eco-system (as in we, we, we). And as a result, Unstuck Leaders are far more effective, especially in the long-term, than stuck leaders (obvs).
Below, I’m going to show you the five steps to becoming an Unstuck Leader.
But first, a warning.
All this Unstuck Leader stuff sounds awesome, but it’s also really, really hard. And uncomfortable. And at times, exhausting. And that’s why the most important type of management for the Unstuck Leader is self-management. That is to say, it’s impossible to become the kind of person who does the things an Unstuck Leader does unle...
Feeling uncomfortable? Yeah, me too. After all, we’re only talking about the underlying reason for being that gives your life meaning. No biggie.
Most of us avoid such lofty topics such as life purpose. Running around telling everyone about your God-given life purpose is obnoxious isn’t it? Besides, what makes you so special? Who the hell are you to have a purpose?
Not everyone feels that way of course. Aristotle (you may have heard of him), didn’t see purpose as lofty or divine. He saw it as a responsibility. He posited that we’re here on earth to promote “human flourishing”, both our own, and that of others. To him, flourishing is the highest good, and all actions must aim toward it.
So, from Aristotle’s perspective, the real question is: Who the h...