Updated: Dec 27, 2021
The Ubuntu culture, “I am because we are,” has been part of our Uncommon Leadership process for a while. It is not about me, it is not about you, it is about us. I can’t think of a more important time to develop this culture with your team, your business, your school, or your life.
What are the important things that young people will need when they graduate and go out into the real world? I believe that one of the most important things is to “be a great teammate!” The focus for 2022 is going to be centered around learning how to be a better teammate.
Both businesses and schools are telling me that they are having a tough time finding help. If they are able to find help, keeping them is a real challenge because workers are not as dedicated as they need to be. Well, this does not happen if a person learns what it is to part of a team and take a role in contributing and being a great teammate.
Even though it would help a lot by teaching these strategies at a young age, they can be taught at any age. It starts with understanding what a great teammate looks like, then developing intentional habits in becoming one.
If you read the book, “Grit,” by Angela Duckworth, “grit” is the number one indicator for future success. When you get knocked down (which we all will) you should work to get back up.
Let’s take a look at what is happening in our world with kids. We are teaching kids that it is wrong to make a mistake. Instead of learning from mistakes and improving, they are fearful to try things. They would rather wait until they are told what to do, so that they won’t make a mistake. We must work to intentionally change this mindset. Sometimes kids just need to figure it out! The Uncommon process is about “empowering and allowing” our kids to make decisions so they can make a difference.
Stay tuned for future thoughts on this.
I can’t wait for 2022 to get here! We get to make a difference!