5 for 5 blog – What do your actions say?

12 Oct



Good morning everyone!

I was recently had an opportunity to meet with a fairly senior level team on their strategic planning for the 2015 year. There was great discussion on topics around growth and quality, and inevitably there was one on cost. And as the team opened discussion on this specific one, the topic emerged on how this would be shared with the broader organization.

Given my profession, cost is typically the primary focus of my teams. It is consistently the first thing people talk about when I meet them. However,  I took a chance in this meeting to ask the VP to step back and view these from one purpose, if you will, that transcended all items but was ultimately the connective glue that would tie them together that expressed the greater value this portion of company would provide to the whole. As I brought the idea of an overarching WHY together, I found several others in the meeting begin to add in items that were relevant and expanded the value of the team well beyond cost.

Remember,  people don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it (H/T Simon Sinek). In effect, this team began forming their own WHY. But also remember what Ralph Waldo Emerson said:

“Your actions speak so loudly,  I cannot hear what you are saying.”

The point: let your work genuinely reflect your purpose. People can a smell phony a mile away. But what this exercise reminded me of: people genuinely want a WHY to tie the real efforts of the organization together.


What’s your WHY in your work? In your life? Could someone explain it back to you?

If you don’t know your WHY, here is how I began to find mine, please watch the video above.


Here’s this week’s 5 for 5 articles:


A Refresher on Storytelling 101 – by JD Schramm – via Harvard Business Review


SO WHAT:  For new or experienced storytellers…truly great reminders. Focus your delivery on “one person with one thought” really struck me because when I get nervous, I tend to wash my eyes over the audience. Slow it down and speak directly to people.

Tags: Storytelling


The Most Important Skill for Great Leaders? Trustworthiness – by Heidi Grant Halvorson – via 99u


SO WHAT: A great follow on to last week’s 5 for 5 blog (http://www.5for5blog.com/5-for-5-blog-permission-vs-forgiveness-or-6-ways-to-start-collaborating/). As we mentioned last week, trust is not easy. See point #2, which may be the hardest of all for leaders: Trust your team first.

Tags: Leadership


The (super) power of gratitude – by Melissa Fagan – via Medium


SO WHAT: Loved this article, and I know I have written about it before, we could all do with a lot more gratitude. But I really love the perspective of this author and this article: Gratitude is fundamental to being ok with ourselves and who we are. I am grateful for everyone that has subscribed to this blog!!! What are you grateful for?

Tags: Attitude


12 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Creativity – by Scott Dockweiler – via the Muse


SO WHAT: A fun infographic with idea on how you can stoke your creativity every day. We are all creative, sometimes we need a reminder…..sometimes, we just need a spark.

Tags: Creativity


Stop Believing That You Have to Be Perfect – by Dorie Clark – via Harvard Business Review


SO WHAT: A wonderful reminder that failure is a path to growth and a reminder that we still have plenty of growing left to do. (ICYMI: http://www.5for5blog.com/5-for-5-blog-why-do-we-fall/)

Tags: Failure


All the best,