Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursdays with CC: When You Bow, Bow Low

Don't let it get to your head. Success, I mean. I didnt say you shouldn't take pride in your achievements. You should. You could even talk about it. But don't take it to heart. If you let your achievements define you, then what will your failures speak of you? You are simply much more than what you have achieved (or failed at).

As you climb up the ladder and start to manage people, you will start to taste 'power'. things you use to do yourself, you now get to 'delegate'. you push one button, and things get done (or are supposed to get done). it's easy to start feeling high and mighty. Don't. You are just doing your job like every one else. It's not who you are.

There should be nothing that your direct reports (i hate the word 'subordinates') do that you wouldn't do yourself. Think about that. You should be able and willing to do whatever they do, even if you are boss. Standing in line and waiting for your turn. Picking up litter. Cleaning up after you are done with your meal. Carrying your own stuff. Nothing should remain too 'small' or too 'low' for you to do.

And this will earn you their respect. And you become even more effective as a manager.

It is ultimately so liberating to not be so beholden to your position, your title. I am reminded of this when i travel. Out there, I commute, I do dishes, I fix my own bed (which I still do even here). I am ordinary person. Because I really am.

We all are. And that's what makes everything great. All small, ordinary people working together to do great things.

8 comments:

~Carrie~ said...

I'll remember that, CC, when I get there.

nimmy said...

i am clicking an imaginary SUPER DUPER LIKE button. :)

really really really nice advice mister. i have to share this with my friends :)

Ming Meows said...

coming from a CEO yan ha..

Anonymous said...

thanks forthe tip cc... when i get there.. you would be my inspiration. in short just be humble. ;D

galing...

JR said...

Nice..thank you for the tip, I will take note of this in my next adventure ;-)

orallyours said...

oh wow.
If you let your achievements define you, then what will your failures speak of you?(i really like this line). thank you

hairybrainy@yahoo.com said...

you are worthy of emulation CC! sana lahat katulad mo. i wonder why it is so easy for some to get success into their heads. i so agree with you when you said achievements do not define a person. you have a brilliant mind! i should read your blog more often.

mave said...

*smile* as usual i guess i just have to throw in a different perspective even though i agree with all that you have said. Just wanted to share some views on leadership.

It ended up as a very long comment, so i decided to post it in my blog instead. Below is the link to it.

http://thinkingsquare.com/?p=41