Right now, our team is focusing on accomplishing seven specific goals in forty days. We’re doing a daily seven minute conference call at the beginning of the day to help us stay focused on these seven goals.
I’m fired up and excited and totally believe in about five of them. But I’m going to drive us to accomplish all seven of them.
Why would I care about reaching a goal that’s not completely important to me? Because it’s important to other people on our team. Sometimes, things are only important to me because it’s important to them.
That’s part of being on a team. It means that when something is important to one person, we all care. It means we do not allow ourselves to be someone else’s excuse.
This is true at work and it’s true in family. I would never care about writing a 250-word story about cafeteria food. But my ten year old does, so I’ll help her make it the best she can and put it on her blog. I will never buy chalk paint to refinish furniture, but it’s important to my wife so it’s important to me.
You’re naturally going to care about the things that are important to you. But being a good leader means you’ll care about things that are important to others on the team as well.