Now that I’ve got your attention (or not!), it was almost inevitable that Barry would enter my blog world one day. I got caught out by a colleague yesterday – Barry was on the car-connected iPod – but he was fine with that. Abba’s been in the car this week too “don’t go wasting your emotion” from the song “Lay all your love on me”.
One of my very special friends had an important birthday this last weekend. We talked about our aspirations and what it takes to achieve them. Change. If you’re bothered to read this you will know that if you want to change you need to change. It sounds so obvious of course but that simple reality cannot be ignored in making changes in our lives. But often is.
Barry White’s final album has the song Get up which asks the question about what reward you get for doing nothing. Written for idle youth it has as much relevance to us all as we aspire to be all we can. Work can consume us (it is me right now!) but so can all sorts of activities – tv, making sure the drive is swept (again), computer games – are just some examples of ways in which is we can whittle away special time.
If we want to lead anyone we need to lead ourselves and making change, whatever that might be takes a conscious effort, giving some things up and doing something new. And sometimes, the change required is made available right before us and we don’t even recognise it. Who’s ended up in a new role because of an opportunity that’s come quite informally and unexpectedly? I have and I count myself fortunate for that. And what I learned is that you need to be ready for it, and don’t expect it to come with big signage accompanying it, because the opportunity provided by a change will come subtly, if you’re ready for it, and active.
In Get up Barry’s answer is “nothing, you don’t get a damn thing”.
p.s. Should I keep politics out of this blog? I’ve done religion before so what the hell! Just 5% of Democrats reckon Romney will do better than Obama in the upcoming debates. But 18% of Republicans say Obama will do better. Authenticity might have something to do with it I think. And the Authentic Leadership Course is coming up. I’m going to enjoy being there again. Looking forward.