originally posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I was attending my first managers’ meeting in my new management role. Sitting at the same round table were several other managers/peers.
One of them addressed me and stated she didn’t see how I would make it in this business as I was ‘quiet as a mouse’.
My former boss/manager was sitting at the same table. Upon hearing her statement, he burst out laughing and replied “the mouse that roared”!
I remember some of the thoughts that went through my mind at the time; how silly; why bother to attempt to intimidate the new hire; is this junior high; hmmm, how interesting.
In the years that followed, my team consistently achieved metrics that placed us in the top 20% of about 900 offices nationally. On one metric, we placed #l over 3 consecutive years.
As a leader, was I just a lucky mouse?
I didn’t know how to be anyone other than myself. This wasn’t my first management role. I trusted myself, not that I wasn’t anxious, sometimes, but I knew that authenticity mattered before the word authenticity became a buzz word. I knew where I was strong and where I was challenged. I sought assistance for my areas of challenge.
From a coaching perspective, I use tools to uncover and emphasize my clients’ strengths. I encourage action taking from a position of strength.
Being who you are will serve you and those around you best.
Be who you are.
What’s your ROAR?
I recently attended Tory Johnson’s ‘Spark and Hustle’ program in Boston.
She does a fantastic job of finding small business owners who are successful.
Generously, they shared their stories, thoughts, and advice.
Each individual made a point to state they were following their dreams, their passions, being themselves.
Here are some of their companies:
They are not afraid to ROAR from their strengths and sense of confidence.
Also, they are not afraid of their ROAR!
Embrace your ROAR!
P.S. Thanks J.W.!