The following is a guest post from one of my clients, Kevin Harrison. Kevin is a Owner/Operator of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Virginia.
Fizz. Soda just isn’t soda without it. When you grab your favorite ice-cold soft drink, twist the top and hear the hiss, you know you’re about to be refreshed by something that’s, well, FRESH. Stale soda just isn’t the same. In fact, most people won’t even think about drinking it.
It’s the same with leadership. Flat leadership excites no one. Flat leadership gets flat results. But, leadership with fizz energizes, inspires and refreshes.
Leaders who want to be effective look at results. Recently, I had to face the reality of stale results and do some careful self-examination. My flat results were reflective of my fizzled fizz.
Focusing on these four areas helped me to add fizz back into my life and re-FRESH my leadership.
I know I’ve lost my fizz when my vision has become fuzzy. It doesn’t take much in this fast-paced world to get off course and lose sight of where you want to go. It’s important for me to take time to pull off to the side of the road and clarify my location, destination and direction. Creating (or in some cases re-creating) a compelling vision not only gets me where I want to go faster, it also makes the trip enjoyable for me and everyone on board.
Dr. Howard Hendricks, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, once said, “I would rather have my students drink from a running stream than a stagnant pool.” Learning new information injects fizz back into my life. Reading, going to conferences or spending quality time with people, equips me to be more effective, promotes a fresh perspective and creates valuable connections that inspire influence.
I have learned that when my fitness level flat-lines, my level of leadership does as well. Bringing back the physical “fizz” is crucial to the quality of my leadership. Exercise not only increases my physical energy; it also enhances my mental and emotional clarity and transforms my spirit. When I’m physically active, I’m more confident, positive and productive.
Many people in leadership positions feel that they ARE the coach, therefore they don’t NEED a coach. Nothing could be further from the truth. Coaches are crucial in helping us continue to be effective, “fizz-filled” leaders. Their careful observations from the sidelines of my life keep me encouraged, but also accountable. As a leader I need both.
If you’re seeing flat results in your business or life, I would challenge you to examine your fizz level.