I almost got hit by a bus ?

Hi there,

Are you a high potential leader?  

It’s one of the questions I ask when someone joins my¬†Private Facebook group.¬† If the answer is YES then great, you’re in.¬† If the answer is NO, then you are still in.¬† I don’t discriminate.¬† The answer just provides me an idea of your starting place.

But after almost getting hit by a bus this week, I asked myself the question, “Is high-potential good enough?”

My daughter attends preschool in Berkeley.¬† It’s not the busiest city but I do have to park on a busy street to get her there.¬† And as I am returning to my car after drop off (thankfully she wasn’t with me), I open the drivers side door on the busy street and within seconds I hear,¬†

“HOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK”¬†

followed by an uncomfortably strong breeze less than a foot from my face.

I froze in my tracks.¬† My heart was racing.¬† And after I caught my breath, I thought “That was entirely too close.”

What if you got hit by a bus tomorrow?¬† I know it sounds grim.¬† But it’s a great philosophical question.¬† Would you be happy with where you are in your career right now?

What do you think?¬† Are you comfortable continuing to be considered a potential leader year after year?¬† How long is it OK to live in “potential”?

I have a client that came to me after receiving “exceeds expectations” on 3 performance evaluations with no increase in salary or title.¬† ¬†Instead she received more work.¬† That was considered her compensation and she had had enough.¬† Which is what led her to coaching.

On Tuesday, I got to ask myself that same question.  Am I happy in my career?

Thankfully the answer is yes!  I know I can do better.  I know I can work harder.  I am learning everyday.  But I am 100% confident that I am working within my leadership capabilities not just my leadership potential.

It wasn’t always this way.¬† For about a decade working at a hedge fund in New York, I was a follower.¬† I thought the only way to get ahead in the corporate world was to work hard, produce great results and hope to receive “exceeds expectations” on my performance reviews.¬†¬†

I was well liked.

I was well respected.

I was good at my job.

But I wasn’t making the impact I knew I could make.¬† To do that, I would need to become a LEADER instead of a FOLLOWER.

So what are you waiting for?  Is it your time to LEAD or your time to FOLLOW?

Let’s continue this conversation on a¬†free discovery call.¬† You will get complete clarity on what specifically you need to do move into a leadership position NOW (not tomorrow).

Thank you for joining me on my mission to make organizations a better place, one high-performance leader at a time.

All the best,
Stacy

PS: I want to hear from you.¬† Reply to this email with the answer to this question, “What is one shift you are going to make today to move the needle from being seen as a high-potential to being KNOWN as a high-performance leader?”

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