The Point: Whether you want to admit it or not, you’re not working hard enough as a leader! Just ask Mark Cuban, the embattled entrepreneur/Dallas Maverick owner/Shark… Mark said in an Inc. magazine blog post that if he had to do one thing over again, it would be to push himself harder than everyone else around him (I imagine those that he could see as well as and perhaps more importantly those he couldn’t see!) So as a leader you control your effort/energy, where are you applying yourself? Read on and answer 8 questions to see how well you grind… Enjoy!
“I don’t regret starting a company that failed or investing in a company that didn’t make it, I think my regrets have come from not quite putting in enough effort,” says Mark Cuban. So here we have the only billionaire to sit on the esteemed ABC Shark Tank investor panel that isn’t content with where he sits.
Here then are eight (8) questions to gage if you’re not “grinding” hard enough:
- There’s an extra hour in the day… How will you use it?
- Do you take too many breathers, rather than keep on going?
- If someone outworks you, is that acceptable to you?
- What causes you to limit your effort?
- How content are you as a leader?
- What are you doing to better yourself?
- When was the last time you invested in leadership development and kept yourself on-time/on-target to meeting/exceeding your goals?
- If you didn’t achieve your 2014 goals, what are you doing about it?
Here’s the reality… There’s somebody out there that’s “grinding” as Cuban puts it and surpassing you in output.
One final question (Think of it as a bonus):
- If you’re getting outworked, is that acceptable to you/those you work with/those you support/those that support you?
PS – You can see the video of Mark Cuban here: http://www.inc.com/mark-cuban/business-lesson-my-biggest-regret.html?cid=sf01001
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