Welcome to the 5-Day Challenge
FULL WEEK Recap Page!
First of all, thank you for taking some time to check this out!We had over 60 challengers participate over the 5 days and many of them joined the free “Uncover Your Leadership Potential” Facebook group to share their results and access all the content you’ll find on this page.
We had over 60 challengers participate over the 5 days and many of them joined the free “Uncover Your Leadership Potential” Facebook group to share their results and access all the content you’ll find on this page.
…so it was a great week, to say the least.
And while it was a challenge for everyone who participated, I faced some headwinds myself, catching a cold on day 1 (three cheers for live video training!)
Anyway, I pushed through, as did many others to complete a full 360-Degree evaluation of where they are at as a leader, in an effort to uncover their potential and increase their impact and influence on the people they interact with each day.
And in the end?
Each person who completed the challenge walked away with a 5-step plan to take action and move closer to not just uncovering their potential, but REACHING their potential!
I’d say that’s worth sacrificing a little time and putting some intentional focus on self-development each day.
So to everyone who has participated and everyone who is checking out this recap page as a first-time visitor… Thank You!
…but’s let’s get into the good stuff.
Here we go!
This is the first Facebook Live video from Sunday night to kick-off and to explain how the 5-Day Challenge works. You can skip ahead to 1:47 to avoid watching me stare at my computer (newbie to Facebook live… I was waiting for a few people to join while I shared the video…. and you can’t edit that afterward!)
This is the first lesson in your 5-Day Leadership Challenge and we are going to start things off right!
By getting real.
So let me ask you a pointed question right off the bat.
How excited were you to wake up this morning?
It’s Monday. The start of a work week. How excited were you to get out of bed and face the day?
I can remember multiple times where I hit snooze on my alarm clock over and over again… not because I was tired, but because I didn’t want to go to work.
That’s not a good feeling (and I hope you aren’t there).
But guess what? Being in that position isn’t the worst case scenario. The worst case scenario is to wake up each morning apathetic. To wake up and just shrug your shoulders as you carry on with your routine.
You aren’t dreading work… it’s fine… but you also aren’t fired up to start your day. That’s worse.
I’ll explain what I mean in a minute, but first I’m going to share why I think this is really common.
The latest research from Gallup shows that over 70% of U.S. workers are disengaged. That doesn’t mean that 70% of people hate their jobs, but that 70% aren’t engaged.
And even of the 30% who are engaged, it’s really only 4% who are “Highly Engaged”.
I had a really good conversation with Andrew Sherman about this on Episode 32 of the Your Best Manager podcast. He equated it to going to a party with 20 friends and realizing that there would only be 1 person in the room (maybe) who is fired up about the work they do each day!
(By the way, Andrew Sherman has a new book out called the Crisis of Disengagement: How Apathy, Complacency and Selfishness are Destroying Today’s Workplace. You can listen to our conversation and check out the book here)
So let me ask you another honest question. Which category do you fall into?
Apathetic and Disengaged?
Apathetic and Engaged?
Or like I was, Actively Disengaged… and not wanting to go to work?
I mentioned earlier that waking up apathetic is worse than waking up actively disengaged. That’s because apathy stifles growth and development. Whether you are on the engaged side or the disengaged side of the equation.
So who are the people taking action?
The highly engaged and the actively disengaged.
It’s extremely obvious with the Highly Engaged, (the 4%) because they are the ones who volunteer for stretch assignments, they are the ones who put their hand up to ask questions at conferences, they are the ones who are moving quickly around the office, on the production floor, smiling and interacting with customers.
The 4% are the ones who earn promotions, grow their careers, start businesses, and are always striving to better themselves.
Similarly, those who are actively disengaged also take action.
Sometimes it’s positive and constructive action and sometimes it’s extremely negative. But they take action.
For me, I got to a point in my job where I was extremely stressed out and ultimately I took the action of leaving the organization to start YourBestManager.com… but that wasn’t the first action I took.
I spent 8 years with one organization and over those 8 years, I can remember at least 3 times where I was unhappy, stressed, filled with anxiety, and unmotivated. The first 2 times resulted in earning a promotion. (Sounds crazy, right?)
Here’s a reality.
Everyone’s job is tough.
We all work under different circumstances, different pressures, on different teams and in different companies, but we ALL face challenges in our careers and in our businesses.
Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.
– Charles R. Swindoll
That’s why apathy is so dangerous. Because apathetic people don’t respond or don’t respond in a way that moves them forward.
Which leads me to the main thing and your challenge for today.
Every time that I’ve faced adversity, I’ve asked myself this question, “Is it worth it?”
When I had a good answer… when I knew what I was working toward…
That’s when I pushed through and overcame the adversity and progressed my career.
And when I didn’t have a good answer?
I took action and found a good answer.
Today’s topic is “Your Opportunities”. Through this 5-Day Leadership Challenge, you are working to uncover your leadership potential, and it starts with answering that same question.
Is it worth it?
What are you working toward? What do you get when you work hard each day? What do you get when you overcome adversity? What reward is there for putting up with the draining or stressful circumstances that are bound to hit you at one point or another?
Simply saying that you want to be a CEO one day, or that you want to earn $100,000, or that you want to build and lead an effective team isn’t enough.
In fact, even setting your sights on a particular position title isn’t enough.
So I’d like to challenge you to get specific on what you are working towards. That means not only identifying a future role, status, or job title, but it means identifying what it takes and what’s required to get there.
I’m going to challenge you to find 3 “Job Descriptions” that are of interest to you.
Here are some examples to get you started:
- Do you want to become a manager? Talk to your HR department and find a job description.
- Do you want to be a CEO? Identify the next position on your org chart and find that job description (and find a CEO job description while you’re at it)
- Do you want to earn $100,000? Find out which roles in your company pay that kind of salary.
- Do you want to simply be a more effective leader? Create your own job description listing the qualities, qualifications, and characteristics that make leaders great.
- Do you think you need a career change? Spend some time on LinkedIn or CareerBuilder and find some job descriptions that are interesting to you.
Find or create 3 job descriptions, print them out and attach them to the back of your workbook for future reference.
Don’t know where to start?
Through today’s video, I’ll give some tips on how you can quickly and easily identify these opportunities if you are stuck, overwhelmed or confused and if you reach out to me here, I’ll be able to answer any questions that you have.
DAY 1 Challenge:
Find/Create a Job Description for either “The Future You” or a specific job opportunity that you want to pursue. Print it out, highlight what’s required, and attach it to the back of your workbook.
DAY 1 Workbook Notes:
What opportunities are available IN MY PROFESSION?
What opportunities are available IN MY COMPANY?
What opportunities are available OUTSIDE MY COMPANY?
What opportunities are available IN MY MARKET?
What opportunities are available IN MY INDUSTRY?
This is the second lesson in your 5-Day Leadership Challenge and today we are talking about the most critical key to you uncovering and reaching your potential… YOUR TEAM!
One of the first interviews I did on the Your Best Manager podcast was with a Top 100 Leadership Speaker, Dov Baron (Episode 009). Dov is the founder of Full Monty Leadership and is adamant that the best leaders are the ones who are willing to get vulnerable and lead authentically.
When I asked him to talk about the importance of self-development, he told a story about a time when he attended a Tony Robbins conference and stayed behind at the end to personally meet and talk with the motivational superstar.
When Tony shook Dov’s hand, he asked him how he felt.
Dov said, “Honestly? I’m pissed off!”
Of course, that isn’t what Tony expected, but he laughed and asked what Dov meant.
Dov said that he thought the conference was great, but he didn’t think that there was anything really that special about Tony.
Dov felt that he had the ability to be just as good of a speaker as Tony Robbins was and it didn’t seem fair that at the time, Tony was achieving tremendous financial success while Dov was wearing a second-hand jacket.
Do you know what Tony said?
He asked a question.
Tony asked Dov, “Who is on your team?”
Tony then went on to point out that almost every aspect of the entire conversation was put together by the people on his team.
Tony pointed out the contributions of others from the people collecting the tickets at the front door to the people behind the scenes who designed the conference material and workbooks.
Tony Robbins didn’t take the credit, he credited his team for his success.
What a lesson! Sure, you could easily argue that Tony has a unique talent, but the point is that you can only get so far on your own… regardless of your talent.
Click here to listen to the interview with Dov Baron on the Your Best Manager podcast.
You need a team.
And your team includes the people who report to you, the people you work alongside, and the people who are farther down the road… the people who are leading you.
So the big question for today is… who is on your team?
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
Evaluate your team.
I’ve put together a short evaluation form that I’d like you to print out, complete and attach to the back of your workbook. This isn’t an individual performance evaluation, but it’s a list of questions to help you determine how the people that you are surrounded with are impacting your ability to reach your potential.
This evaluation includes questions about your employees, your coworkers, and your boss. If you are a business owner, these questions would refer to your employees, your professional network and your mentor (formally or informally).
During today’s video, I’ll dive deeper into this topic and talk about how to improve the performance of your employees and get support from the people around you and above you.
DAY 2 Workbook Notes:
You need your team to PRODUCE RESULTS.
3 Reasons Why They Might Not:
1. THEY DON’T KNOW
2. THEY DON’T CARE
3. THEY ARE NOT CAPABLE
You need your boss to LEAD you.
You need your boss and team to SUPPORT you.
This is the third lesson in your 5-Day Leadership Challenge and today we are going to take a look in the mirror and evaluate your leadership skills!
…and we are going to skip the theory (I don’t think I need to convince you that you’ll do well to leverage your strengths and identify your weaknesses).
So let’s jump straight into the application and talk about today’s challenge (There are actually 3 of them).
1. Complete This Authentic Leadership Matrix Survey (Self-Evaluation)
2. Ask Your Employees To Complete This Survey (27 Questions)
3. Complete a Personal S.W.O.T. Analysis (PDF Template)
The Authentic Leadership Matrix
In yesterday’s lesson on evaluating your team, I mentioned a conversation I had with Dov Baron on the Your Best Manager podcast. Today, I’m recommending his free leadership skills assessment.
While there are a ton of resources available on the topic of evaluating leadership skills, I feel like Dov’s Authentic Leadership Matrix is a quick, effective and revealing survey that will show you where your strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to these 5 leadership categories.
- Authentic Leadership in Action
- Purpose & Leadership Development
- Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
- Communication & Conflict Resolution
Employee Survey – How Do You Show Up As A Leader?
If you really want to understand your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, why not find out how you show up to your employees?
I’ve put this 27-question survey together for you to provide to your team members as an anonymous opportunity to share how engaged they are at work and how they feel that you are doing as a leader.
There are 25 multiple choice questions (Strongly Agree, Agree, Neither, Disagree, Strongly Disagree) as well as 2 open-ended questions at the end.
Simply print out the PDF document and ask your employees to fill it out. You could also create a google form if you would like to distribute the survey electronically (and for free)
Your Personal Leadership S.W.O.T. Analysis
You’ve probably heard of a S.W.O.T. analysis before and likely put one together for a school project at some point, or potentially as part of a business strategy.
I’d like to recommend that you spend a few minutes completing one for yourself… based on what you have learned today and over the previous two days.
- What are your Strengths?
- What are your Weaknesses?
- What are some Opportunities available to you?
- What is Threatening your future success? What are some things, external circumstances maybe, that could hold you back?
DAY 3 Workbook Notes:
Identify and LEVERAGE your STRENGTHS.
Uncover and TRANSFORM your WEAKNESSES.
Focus on and MAGNIFY your OPPORTUNITIES.
Respect and DEFEND AGAINST your THREATS.
This is the fourth lesson in your 5-Day Leadership Challenge!
Leadership is ultimately sales.
As a leader, you are essentially telling people that they should spend their most important resources, their time and energy, doing what you tell them to… in expectation, that the rewards are worth it.
That’s why we use the term “bought in”. There is a purchase price and a value attached to it (hopefully).
So while the topic for today is “Your Why”, what we are really talking about is sales.
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it” – Simon Sinek
I put that quote in the top right corner of your workbook for today’s lesson because I think the golden circle concept that Simon presented in his 2009 TedTalk hit it spot on.
Of course, he is talking about business here (and his main example references computer sales), but I’d like you to think of two different types of customers today.
Customer #1 – Your Employees
Customer #2 – You
I’ve already mentioned that leadership is a form of sales, but I am also going to suggest that self-motivation is also a form of sales.
Here’s what I mean.
When you are faced with adversity, when you are getting ready to face a new challenge and when you are preparing to step outside of your comfort zone. The only way that you move forward a take a step is because you have “sold” yourself on the reward of taking action.
So the lesson today is this: Your WHY is the Return on Investment.
And it’s critical to your ability to uncover and reach your leadership potential.First and foremost, if it’s true that people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it, then in order to make a lasting impact on the people you lead and serve, well, they need to know why you do what you do.
Similarly, if you are going to take big risks, accomplish great feats, overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and face adversity with confidence, you need to have a good reason why the pain, the frustration, the risk, the hurt… why it’s worth it.
Manipulation won’t be enough.
Here’s a short passage from Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why:
The Price You Pay for the Money You Make
I cannot dispute that manipulations work. Every one of them can indeed help influence behavior and every one of them can help a company become quite successful. But there are trade-offs. Not a single one of them breeds loyalty. Over the course of time, they cost more and more. The gains are only short-term. And they increase the level of stress for both the buyer and the seller. If you have exceptionally deep pockets or are looking to achieve only a short-term gain with no consideration for the long term, then these strategies and tactics are perfect
Beyond the business world, manipulations are the norm in politics today as well. Just as manipulation can drive a sale but not create loyalty, so too can they help a candidate get elected, but they don’t create a foundation for leadership. Leadership requires people to stick with you through thick and thin. Leadership is the ability to rally people not for a single event, but for years. In business, leadership means that customers will continue to support your company even when you slip up. If manipulation is the only strategy, what happens the next time a purchase decision is required? What happens after the election is won?
There is a big difference between repeat business and loyalty. Repeat business is when people do business with you multiple times. Loyalty is when people are willing to turn down a better product or a better price to continue doing business with you. Loyal customers often don’t even bother to research competition or entertain other options.
DAY 4 Challenge:
Write out your Top 5 Priorities in Life. This will help you brainstorm your “WHY”. From there, write down some notes or include some pictures that remind you of “WHY” you do what you do. Attach your notes and priorities to the back of your workbook.
DAY 4 Workbook Notes:
Your WHY is the RETURN on INVESTMENT.
Rewards come with SACRIFICE.
Priorities avoid COMPROMISE.
Can you believe it! It’s FRIDAY! …and what a week!
We are on the last day of the 5-Day Leadership Challenge, Uncover Your Leadership Potential, and I CANNOT wait to show you how everything we’ve discussed over the past 4 days is going to come together and turn into a 5-step plan to get you on track to not only uncovering but actually reaching your potential as a leader.
So there isn’t actually going to be too much content in today’s lesson because the majority of today’s training is going to come through the Facebook Live video.
What I’d like to do is give you an agenda and a bird’s eye view of how everything fits together.
LET’S START WITH A RECAP:
Day 1 – You were challenged to come up with 1-3 job descriptions (either specific opportunities or something you create as the future version of yourself)
Day 2 – You were challenged to reflect on your team and the people you surround yourself with. You considered the performance of your employees, the quality of your peer relationships and the significance and effectiveness of your relationship with your boss or mentor.
Day 3 – You were challenged to complete a self-assessment and identify what leadership categories you are strong in and which areas could use some improvement. You were also challenged to solicit some feedback from your team based on how you show up as a leader! You also took some time to think about how to leverage your strengths, counter-balance your weaknesses, magnify your opportunities and defend against your threats (SWOT Analysist)
Day 4 – You were challenged to think about and write down your personal life priorities as you search to answer the question, “What’s Your Why?”
…So here’s the thing.
This entire challenge was about completing a 360-Degree review of where you are at as a leader… whether that’s as an aspiring leader/manager, a growing manager in your company, or even as a business owner.
You’ve done that to a certain extent. If you’ve followed along and given this thing 100% you know where you stand.
The question is, now what?
Knowledge is meaningless without action and it’s flat out depressing if you don’t even know what action to take.
So let me lay on today’s challenge for you.
I’m going to explain how this works during the training video, but essentially, I want you to create your next 5 steps.
Today’s podcast episode (#39) is with Wally Bock, who is another member of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership and Management experts.
When we started talking about self-development, he was adamant in saying that the key to personal development is a little bit every day.
He said, “If you work on one specific thing every day… you will get better without realizing how much until you look backward.”
So these 5 steps are small. They are tiny bites of the elephant that is your potential… but they are powerful steps nonetheless.
Step 1: Pick a Mentor/Accountability Partner
Step 2: Pick a Resource (Book, Program, Course, etc.)
Step 3: Pick a Habit
Step 4: Pick a Visual
Step 5: Pick a Date
Now watch today’s video as I’ll be unpacking exactly how this 5-Step process works.