Inspiration is at a premium for most of us in today’s fast-paced world. When you’re responsible for bottom-line results, it’s easy to lose sight of what (or who) inspired you to get to where you are today.
I just finished “Rework,” an unconventional and refreshing business book by the founders of 37Signals, a trailblazing software company. Their message is ultimately written for the budding entrepreneur, but speaks to anyone who is up against the challenges faced by most business professionals. One of the many pithy chapters that resonated with me is entitled “Make a dent in the universe.” The authors write, “To do great work, you need to feel that you’re making a difference. That you’re putting a meaningful dent in the universe. That you’re part of something important.”
It’s a lofty statement, but it appeals to my idealist tendencies. I want to know that what I do each day will have a positive impact on our members and the industry, not just the bottom-line. And without a passion for my work at NAFCU and for the credit union movement, would it be possible for me to have that positive impact?
It’s possible – but not likely.
I am constantly working to improve my leadership skills, and below are the top five things that I have found make a difference when it comes to getting results and building a team that is inspired to make tomorrow’s contributions even better than today’s.