“I did a bad job.”This is how Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens described his performance after the Celtics were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2019 NBA playoffs.When was the last time you heard a prominent business or political leader make this claim? Leaders may acknowledge that there are problems and challenges for their organization. It is rare to hear someone own the failure of their performance like Stevens.
Imagine having a clear sense of what you believe about yourself, being able to say with conviction, “This is who I am and what my purpose for impact is.” From this perspective, we have somethingto offer an employer or a clear direction for the future. This is not simply a picture of our usefulness in life. It goes deeper than that. It is a picture of what motivates us to be at our best. It helps us to see ourselves functioning with impact in the social and work situations that we encounter every day. It helps us to know where we do not want to be.
One of the Circle of Impact Guiding Principles is that we should ‘act locally.’ The focus on these actions is our local community.What constitutes a ‘local community’?Is it just a place where people live?Is a local community simply a place for economic activity?Communities are not just places where people sleep and shop when they are not at work.They are where their kids go to school, where first responders protect and serve, and where generations of families live.What creates a local community isn’t stores and houses, but people. With people you get traditions and values that create a distinctive community culture.
Over the past several months, I have been traveling to events around the country to promote my book, Circle of Impact: Taking Personal Initiative To Ignite Change.What began as a book promotion tour has transitioned into being a listening tour. You would have to be with me to understand the extent of insight that I’m gaining from talking to people on this tour.In these moments, I say the book is about:Personal Leadership, and,How we are all in Transition, personally, socially and organizationally.When I say these very words, people look me squarely in the eye, and step closer towards me. They want to know more. After some amazing conversations, most walk away with a signed copy of my book.Here are three things that I am seeing from this experience.
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