Wednesday 7 July 2010
If You Want Something Done......
.....then ask a busy person, all others simply have no time! This is a quotation that was often attributed to my own father. He understood intimately the role of service and contribution in having a fulfilled life. He was a real role model. He walked his talk. It caused me to reflect on what my own contributions in this area have been of late and I have to say I do come up short.
Like many Coaches, I give freely of my time in my line of work and am generous sometimes to a fault but commitment to a heartfelt cause has been missing for a while. It's also the hallmark of a real Leader. So what's the human resistance to committing to a worthy cause and making a difference through service and contribution....?
Some would say sheer sloth and selfishness. No doubt that's a factor, but I'd also cite fear of failure, the potential for ridicule and also running out of steam and the will to finish what's required as genuine concerns. I've recently been offered the opportunity to make a difference in the Caching profession and despite all the reasons why not getting involved, I'm going to commit and test my own ability to attach to a worthy cause and perhaps add some depth to whatever spine already exists. This will be interesting! As Coaches, we learn how to 'contract' for things we want and don't want to happen. The ability to state our own needs is something we help clients with but in reality, we don't always do this well ourselves. I'd like to use this opportunity to contract and make a difference. That will be a first and perhaps a new template for involvement generally will be borne from it.
There are several key things required to get a successful outcome with anything new. The key one for me is what Jim Collins (author of 'Good to Great')said ...get the right people on the bus... Once that happens you can decide where to take it. Technically with the right people aboard it can go anywhere
There's never been a better time to get involved and commit to a cause that doesn't profit us directly. That's my rationale and I look forward to updating you. What have you committed to recently that did not prosper you directly...?