As soon as someone says, “mic drop”, you get the visual, right? You know exactly what it looks like. In fact, you may even catch a grin arise as you recall the last time you saw this. Maybe on TV, at a comedy show or concert. Even President Obama incorporated a virtual mic drop at the end of a speech last year! That single term and action, really says a lot: “I’m done. Out. The end. I’ve given it my all.”
It’s an analogy and a modern-day colloquialism that’s defined in Urban Dictionary; “When a performer or speaker intentionally drops/throws the microphone on the floor after an awesome performance.”
In some ways it’s really self-recognition for a job well done. As leaders we are trained to recognize and celebrate the performance of others. But, wow…celebrate and recognize your own success? Isn’t that boastful or bragging?
Nope. It’s not. It’s actually a healthy part of self-awareness. In this Forbes article (http://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2013/11/18/all-successful-leaders-need-this-quality-self-awareness/#28ecdf0857b4) they revealed data which showed a high self-awareness score was the highest predictor of success overall for leaders.
But what does that mean? Self-awareness. It means that you know your strengths AND your challenges. With this knowledge, it means you can then build a well-rounded team who has strengths in areas that may not be your own. It means you are attuned to how your actions and behaviors affect others – which in turn affects the bottom line.
Self-awareness is not a solo gig. It has ripple effects that allow you to be more authentically connected to your team. When your team shares in your success, it’s also theirs. It says to them, that they are a part of something big and inspires them to move toward their own mic drop moments. It’s leading by example.
When I’m coaching teams, the biggest challenge is not that they are not aware of what needs to improve, but in their not recognizing their strengths and what’s already going well AND being comfortable celebrating them.
So what about this mic drop? How can you use a mic drop idea to help your team create more mic drop moments and reasons to celebrate?
3 Mic Drop Opportunities to Build a Successful Team
epic mic drop. This gives them license to think big, be collaborative and have some fun landing a winning concept.
3. Before a big presentation or event, have your team “imagine” or visualize the experience from start to finish.
What did it look like? More importantly, what did it feel like? This is a chance to practice the “nerves”, reconcile them,
so when the real event happens, physiologically their body already knows how to conquer the jitters. And of course,
end with a virtual mic drop! Out. ~Paula G. Rosario, Chief Spark Plug
So it’s a new year with lots of resolutions being set, goals being formulated and dreams being built. Now, I have a question for you? How’s it going so far at not even one month into this year? Are you discouraged yet? Changing course yet? If you are waning in your convictions, don’t lose heart…you are not alone. Sadly, statistics say only about 8% of people who make resolutions actually reach their goals.
AND, that is why I don’t make resolutions! It’s not because I don’t have dreams or goals, it’s because I see the opportunity to create, re-create and re-create some more, no matter the date on my calendar. And this takes grit!
What is grit you ask? Grit is part courage, part creativity and part sticktoitiveness. It’s the ability to ride the ups and downs with grace and a good dose of humor. It’s digging deep and doing what needs to get done. It’s taking a hard look at what’s not working, what is working and choosing behaviors to create more of the latter. As a leader, the ability to demonstrate grit can make or break your team’s effectiveness because your actions become guideposts for their actions. Here are my top grit-building tools to help set you up for success in 2017!
Top Grit-Building Techniques for Leaders
Be Flexible: It may seem counter-intuitive, but being flexible actually requires planning. Always build in an extra cushion of time when creating deadlines, so if/and when things go awry, you can still maintain pulling the project through on time and on budget. When you have this breathing space (literally and figuratively) scheduled in, you can explore more creative options as well.
Be Sticktoitive: To quote Zig Ziglar, “Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.” In all the day-to-day busy-ness of a deadline-driven world, it’s easy to forget you have choice. So…slow down a bit. Remember to choose how you feel and then respond. Remember to remember the prize (your goal). Choose again, get up and start moving forward. That’s sticktoitive.
~Paula G. Rosario, Chief Spark Plug
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