Wednesday, June 9, 2010
So what is HOPE? It is the wish for something better than the current reality that generates energy to get through today. Without HOPE you are left with the immediate and in many cases that is like suffering through an eternity of Monday’s – nothing to look forward to and no indication positive change is on its way. Have fun grinding through each day because the land of burnout is on its way.
How do you embrace and establish HOPE? The first step is accepting that not everyone has the ability to give HOPE. Line workers can try hard and focus on their own attitude and generate a little bit of HOPE, which equates to addition – one by one. Ultimately it begins with the leader. I’ve seen leaders pull HOPE out of thin air and inflate people to the point of bursting. When leaders cast vision, connect with people and communicate timely they build HOPE and re-establish trust. The leader has the ability to generate HOPE, which equates to multiplication – many are affected at one time. Have you ever seen a clip from a movie where the leader rallies the troops? Braveheart, Gladiator, 300, Hoosiers, the list goes on and on. What are those leaders doing? They’re building massive quantities of HOPE.
No one chooses to feel HOPEless. If you are a leader reading this BLOG, I challenge you to find ways to establish and drive HOPE. Every team needs it, but only you can give it. I HOPE this helps!