By Dan Rockwell via leadershipfreak.wordpress.com Article
7 Ways to Sniff the Stink
“Success hinges on dealing with things others turn from. Plug your nose when something stinks, if you want to fail.
- Ignore anger.
- Reject worry. Tell yourself everything will work out on it’s own.
- Medicate organizational anxiety.
- Dance around challenges.
- Discuss comfortable topics – avoid uncomfortable.
- Affirm the mediocre.
- Tolerate backstabbers.
Successful leaders lean in when others lean away.
The way you deal with stink determines:
- The height of your reach.
- The usefulness of your influence.
- The effectiveness of your leadership.
Start sniffing when something doesn’t smell right. Breathe deep. Don’t plug your nose.
7 ways to sniff the stink:
- Stay curious when curiosity feels awkward. ‘I’m wondering about….’
- Bring together gratitude and dissatisfaction. …
- Don’t be happy all the time. You should feel bad when things are bad. Just don’t wallow. Unhappiness instigates change.
- Be optimistic. ‘I think we could do better.’
- Declare the pain. ‘This hurts.’
- Pick the scab. “What makes you think things will be different next time.”
- Confront negative patterns. ‘This isn’t working. What needs to change?'”