Blog challenge: What revolution will you lead?

Before we begin…

This is the last post of Scott Dinsmore’s 7 day blog challenge. Since my writing has gotten a bit lazy of late I decided to light a bit of a fire under it with this. Each day I have had a new post topic to write about, not all of them were necessarily be things I wanted to write about too much but I committed to writing the post each day even if it was only a small one. Since day one of the challenge is to start the blog, and that has clearly already been done, I started with day 2 which you can read here. Onwards with day 7…

 What revolution will you lead?

Well, what a difficult question, I’m not even sure what work I want to do so how can I possibly know what revolution I want to lead? While I don’t know the type of revolution I will lead, I am sure that it will include kindness, care and understanding for others and creativity. These are some of my strongest values and I know that I will want to build my project around it. I believe that these things are crucial to have a successful project that involves others, or a revolution as is suggested.

Kindness is essential when dealing with others, and not just airy-fairy kindness, ever hear the saying “you’ve got to be cruel to be kind”? Sometimes it’s true, tough love is needed to get the message across and ultimately help. It is why criticism is only worthwhile when it’s constructive, cruel to be kind.

Care and understanding of others is key when leading or managing any team of people. If you don’t have an understanding for your people, how can you serve them best and ultimately get their best in return. People don’t do their best work when they are manipulated by money, they do their best work when they have true faith and loyalty to the people they do it for. As Simon Sinek points out here…

“You know, in the military, they give medals to people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may gain. In business, we give bonuses to people who are willing to sacrifice others so that we may gain. We have it backwards. Right?” – Simon Sinek, Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe TED talk.

And so finally, creativity. How can we possibly have a revolution that challenges people’s ideas and limiting beliefs without creativity. Creativity is a good reason we don’t still live in caves, because someone was creative enough to think outside the cave (or box). I have a million and one quotes about creativity but there are two that I want to share here for now…

“Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better” – John Updike.

Do you care about doing it right? Or better?

“Another word for creativity is courage” – George Prince.

I believe that with these three values, anything is possible. It’s another post for another day but just remember, everything was impossible once until somebody did it…

Let me know what you think…

So there we have it, last post done, and what a challenge that was. I hope you have enjoyed this mini series as much as I have, it wasn’t easy to write about some of this stuff, it wasn’t easy to know what to write about a lot of the time, but it was good to have that soul search.

As always please let me know what you think either below or on the contact page. As I mentioned above I am also struggling with thinking of new topics to write about so if there is anything you would like to see me write about, please let me know either in the comments below or the contact page. Finally if you want to be notified when I write a new post, just enter your name and email in the subscribe box on the below, I promise not to spam you.

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