Musthafa Ebadi
by Musthafa Ebadi on November 25th, 2014

When I look back on my career so far, leading and mentoring teams for the best results has been the most fulfilling among all my experiences.

While a lot has been written on what examples leaders can set for their teams, not much focus is there on what leaders can learn from their teams.

Leaders and their teams are part of one ecosystem – to succeed and grow, BOTH leaders and their teams need to keep the channels of learning open.  

This week, I took the opportunity to list down a few of the valuable lessons that I have learnt over the years from my team:

1: It is OK to pass on your leadership hat to the team sometimes 
There are times when you have to lead from the front, but there are also times when you need to sit back and let your team lead. Not only do you get a break from the “always on” mode, you also get to see a fresh perspective in action. Empowerment benefits the leader the most.

2: Sharing Bad news is as important as sharing Good news
As a leader, my first instinct was always to “protect” the team, to not let anything demotivate them.  I have learnt now that transparency is extremely critical, you have to trust your teams enough to process all information – good or bad – for them to feel valued and empowered to deal with all situations.

3: Learning happens best when experienced and not “taught”
 We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. A leader has to be patient and wait for the right time to transfer wisdom – and the right time is when the team is ready to learn. You have to allow people to make their own mistakes, it’s tough but it is only then that the lesson is most valuable.

4: No matter how big the challenge is, a tightly knit team can overcome it
Everyone has unique skills and strengths that can be leveraged to face difficult situations – much like a herd of buffalos facing lions and hyenas, the strongest circle around the herd protecting the one ones who have not grown strong horns yet – all moving together in the same direction.

5: Influence is longer lasting than Authority
Today’s organizations are complex and most often have matrix structures. We can gain credibility and make a larger impact in business, without the positional authority of a job title by persuasion, motivation and engagement. The satisfaction and results that I get through these relationships go on longer than titles and reporting structures generally last.

I have learnt so much from my teams – possibly more than they have learnt from me – I end with a big THANK YOU to all my teams, present and past for being my companions on this journey of growth and discovery.

​Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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by Musthafa Ebadi on November 24th, 2014

Procrastination is the mother of most failures.

If you add up the time you waste every day, every week, every month, and every year by putting things off it could add up to half of a life time.

You should always be moving the needle. As the needle gets moved momentum us built and as moment is built need is moved faster.

Its unbelievable how small steps every day leads to big changes, accomplishments, and achievements over time.  
Below is my 5 techniques to stop procrastinating:
1. Set Yourself a Goal to Achieve
One of the most effective ways to fight back against procrastination is to have a goal to work towards in your life. Whether it is something as simple as completing your next assignment or as big as forming your own company a goal will help you focus your energies and provide impetus to get up and get things done.
2. Break Goals Down Into Smaller Parts
Another excellent strategy for making work easier  is to break goals  down into smaller tasks. For example if you want to form you own company start with steps required such as registering, services you offer, marketing, hiring etc.
You could then break each part into further steps until they become tasks that you can complete in few hours – in other words moving the needle.
3. Identify Crucial Work & Attack it First
Although I’m a big fan of trying to get everything complete, I also believe that prioritization of work is extremely important - and is something that can really help you to become more motivated and fight back against procrastination.
You need to identify the most crucial/important work on your schedule, and then do that first. There’s no point in wasting your time, energy, and drive on doing insignificant tasks first.
Make sure you tackle any mission-critical work first, so that you can dedicate the maximum amount of energy possible to it.  
4. Discover Your Biggest Distractions
Whether it is social media, texting, TV, online games and entertainment there is bound to be something that has a tendency to keep you distracted from your work.
You need to identify your biggest distractions and time-wasters, and then try to eliminate or block them when you need to get work done.
5. Use Productivity Apps
In the age of the smartphone there is an almost endless supply of quality apps and programs that you can carry with you wherever you go, which will help you to beat procrastination and manage your time more effectively.
I’m a big fan of using “to-do list”apps that allow you to create a list of tasks you wish to complete in a day, and then check off as you complete them. I personally use wunderlist.
6. Improve Lifestyle Factors
In order to stop procrastination, find motivation, and become more energetic, you need to also look at lifestyle factors. I’m talking about things like diet, exercise, and sleep.

If you have poor diets, exercise infrequently, and get insufficient sleep, are all more prone to procrastination. The reasons for this are numerable; what matters is the change you can make!
In order of importance, I would recommend that you focus on:
  1. Getting regular exercise to elevate your mood and enhance mental focus
  2. Ensuring you get sufficient sleep, so that you have the energy you need to be active
  3. Improving your diet (reduce the amount of processed/junk foods you eat, and increase the amount of vegetables, fruit, and “brain foods”, such as oily fish in your diet). 
7. Force Yourself to Take Action
Last but not the least ensure you take action. Forcing yourself to take those baby steps will have a grand effect in your life. Get over the feeling of not wanting to do something, and just do it. After all, the best solution for procrastination is to get something done.

Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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by Musthafa Ebadi on November 21st, 2014

​If you are leading a team you know that its incredibly important to have a team that gets along, like each other, pull for each other, and help each other.

As leaders we have a responsibility to be the driver of the aforementioned requirements.  

In order to have a well functioning team you should ensure you have a transparent operation, a character team - paired on projects and initiatives, resolve any differences among them, and root out any bad influencers.   

You should also ensure there is constant dialog among team, clear & concise communication, and regular team meetings where they bring each other upto speed with whats going in their domain and the help they may need or are able to extend. 

And last but not least its important to have fun.  You should ensure the team is having fun while working with each other day in and day out, and you should also try to organize some type of regular outing. 

You may have noticed that most of the sports team do a team building exercise before the season starts, and continue it on regular basis mainly during road trips. There is tremendous  value in doing something outside work. It helps immensely with bonding with each other.  

One of the things we do as a team is play ball hockey every Monday as a team against other members of the organization.  I have noticed that there is tons of the fun in the rink, there is real bonding, and the next day all we do is talk about the game which brings us all that much closer. 

We recently organized a bowling night and apart from being loads of fun we saw each other's other side with our guards down and simply trying to have fun. We have 5 people that are fairly new to the team and I could tell after the outing they are more closely integrated. 

As a leader you should encourage periodic outings however let them decide what they want to do. If it was upto me I would have organized a poker tournament instead of bowling but I know majority of my people wouldnt have liked it. Be the catalyst to make the event happen however let them run with it because its their outing.  

Its incredible how these team outings go a long way in having a team that functions as a well oiled machine. 

If you dont have something regular on schedule make it a priority to do so. However ensure that its something that everyone on your team is behind and you have 100% buy in so you have some work ahead of you. 

​Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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by Musthafa Ebadi on November 19th, 2014

In today's world leadership is one of those things that every executive must have in order to succeed, but identifying what good leadership entails may not always be enough.

You should also be very clear about the styles of leadership you want to avoid.

I have listed the top 10 type of leadership styles we should avoid.   

1.  Providing Too Much Info

You look like a know-it-all. People are less likely to share their ideas, because you will just roll over them with your own “better” ideas. 
The Fix: 
Next time you have a better idea, don't just share it. Instead, invite your colleagues to build on the idea and come up with an even better solution.

2.  Using “But” or “However” 
These words simply mean that you don't approve. “I like your idea, but...” “I will consider what you are saying, however....” Your intention may be to try to soften the blow. But in reality you are not. Instead of jabbing a knife into their gut, you are stabbing it into their back. 
The Fix: 
Stop using those words, and don't look for another work-around to pass down your criticisms. Just stop using the words.

3.  Sharing Your “Smart” Stories
If you add to discussions by sharing the smart stuff you have done, you are pointing to an inferiority complex. You feel you need to puff out your chest in order to get noticed. No one likes a bragger. 
The Fix: 
Recognize that the most successful leaders have an “air” around them. They don't need to brag and show off. They simply bring confidence to the table.

4.  Communicating When Angry
Sharing your thoughts when you are angry can be dangerous. Emotions will cause outbursts and may do irreparable harm. 
The Fix: 
Remove yourself physically from a situation that makes you angry. Then give yourself a 24-hour break. You will be in a better position to talk when your emotions are not dominating.

5.  Withholding Helpful Knowledge.
Keeping secrets that adversely affect other people's performance is another sign of an inferiority complex. And when people find out you held them back, you will lose their trust. 
The Fix: 
Ask yourself what else you can share to help others. Then share it.

6.  Failure to Give Individual Recognition. 
This is simply another version of “all for me, none for you.” You are keeping all the credit, and others don't feel that you value them. 
The Fix:
 When a project is completed successfully, publicly recognize the individual contributions everyone made.

7.  Claiming Credit You Don't Deserve.
This may be even worse than not giving credit to others. In this case, you are actually stealing it from them. Not only are you a jerk, you are a thief, too. 
The Fix: 
It is far better to give someone else credit for something you have done than the reverse.

8.  Making Excuses.
The buck stops with leaders. If a leader makes an excuse, they lose credibility and integrity. When Bill Clinton was president and had the Monica situation, what were your thoughts about his excuses and denials? (And I quote “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”) Kind of lost his credibility and integrity, right? Don't do the same thing. 
The Fix: 
Next time you are thinking of an excuse, instead make it a declaration of what you will permanently fix.

9.  Refusing to Apologize. 
Everyone makes mistakes. And everyone hates someone who can't admit to their own. 
The Fix: 
Apologize quickly, apologize fully, and mention an action that you are going to take to fix – or at least improve – the situation.

10.  Not Listening. 
This is a problem of many leaders (and something I admittedly struggle with). It is a bad problem. It says only one thing, loud and clear, to the person speaking: that you don't care. 
The Fix: 
Remove yourself from physical distractions (e.g., e-mail, crackberry, etc.), lock eyes with the person, and repeat back the stuff they tell you.

Dancing your way through all the leadership styles that you should avoid may take some practice, but you will become a more effective leader, once you are able to do it and focus more attention on what it takes to be a great leader.

John Quincy Adams said it best, when he reminded us: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” 

​Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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by Musthafa Ebadi on November 18th, 2014

If you follow read this blog often or follow me on twitter you know that I am fan of Robin Sharma! 

Few months ago I re read his 50 New Rules of work and realized how accurately he captures today's reality.

Follow these rules and you are bound to succeed.  

I decided to write them here not only to share them with you but they say if you write something you remember them more easily. 

Please read and try to incorporate them in your day to day life/work and success will chase you! 

  1. You are not just paid to work. You are paid to be uncomfortable – and to pursue projects that scare you.
  2. Take care of your relationships and the money will take care of itself.
  3. Lead you first. You can’t help others reach for their highest potential until you’re in the process of reaching for yours.
  4. To double your income, triple your rate of learning.
  5. While victims condemn change, leaders grow inspired by change.
  6. Small daily improvements over time create stunning results.
  7. Surround yourself with people courageous enough to speak truthfully about what’s best for your organization and the customers you serve.
  8. Don’t fall in love with your press releases.
  9. Every moment in front of a customer is a moment of truth (to either show you live by the values you profess – or you don’t).
  10. Copying what your competition is doing just leads to being second best.
  11. Become obsessed with the user experience such that every touchpoint of doing business with you leaves people speechless. No, breathless.
  12. If you’re in business, you’re in show business. The moment you get to work, you’re on stage. Give us the performance of your life.
  13. Be a Master of Your Craft. And practice + practice + practice.
  14. Get fit like Madonna.
  15. Read magazines you don’t usually read. Talk to people who you don’t usually speak to. Go to places you don’t commonly visit. Disrupt your thinking so it stays fresh + hungry + brilliant.
  16. Remember that what makes a great business – in part – are the seemingly insignificant details. Obsess over them.
  17. Good enough just isn’t good enough.
  18. Brilliant things happen when you go the extra mile for every single customer.
  19. An addiction to distraction is the death of creative production. Enough said.
  20. If you’re not failing regularly, you’re definitely not making much progress.
  21. Lift your teammates up versus tear your teammates down. Anyone can be a critic. What takes guts is to see the best in people.
  22. Remember that a critic is a dreamer gone scared.
  23. Leadership’s no longer about position. Now, it’s about passion. And having an impact through the genius-level work that you do.
  24. The bigger the dream, the more important the team.
  25. If you’re not thinking for yourself, you’re following – not leading.
  26. Work hard. But build an exceptional family life. What’s the point of reaching the mountaintop but getting there alone.
  27. The job of the leader is to develop more leaders.
  28. The antidote to deep change is daily learning. Investing in your professional and personal development is the smartest investment you can make. Period.
  29. Smile. It makes a difference.
  30. Say “please” and “thank you”. It makes a difference.
  31. Shift from doing mindless toil to doing valuable work.
  32. Remember that a job is only just a job if all you see it as is a job.
  33. Don’t do your best work for the applause it generates but for the personal pride it delivers.
  34. The only standard worth reaching for is BIW (Best in World).
  35. In the new world of business, everyone works in Human Resources.
  36. In the new world of business, everyone’s part of the leadership team.
  37. Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well.
  38. You become your excuses.
  39. You’ll get your game-changing ideas away from the office versus in the middle of work. Make time for solitude. Creativity needs the space to present itself.
  40. The people who gossip about others when they are not around are the people who will gossip about you when you’re not around.
  41. It could take you 30 years to build a great reputation and 30 seconds of bad judgment to lose it.
  42. The client is always watching.
  43. The way you do one thing defines the way you’ll do everything. Every act matters.
  44. To be radically optimistic isn’t soft. It’s hard. Crankiness is easy.
  45. People want to be inspired to pursue a vision. It’s your job to give it to them.
  46. Every visionary was initially called crazy.
  47. The purpose of work is to help people. The other rewards are inevitable by-products of this singular focus.
  48. Remember that the things that get scheduled are the things that get done.
  49. Keep promises and be impeccable with your word. People buy more than just your products and services. They invest in your credibility.
  50. Lead Without a Title.
​Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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by Musthafa Ebadi on November 17th, 2014

I believe one of the easiest ways to start a smooth conversation is through ice breakers. While I have few that I use depending on the situation one of my favorite one is about me being an IT Manager.
It goes something like this:  I have been an IT Manager for the last 12 years and I cannot tell a different between a router and a switch.

While its not far from accurate it often get a surprised, curious, and non believing reaction.  The trend for managers in IT, Finance, HR, and Legal continues to be the individual who rises through to the ranks from the same departments so its not surprising to get reactions that I get.
I explain to them that I got into IT management by chance not choice and the reason that I have sustained this long is because I am a people manager.
Being people manager requires you to have people skills and below is the list of 8 people skills I believe are important for you to succeed:
1. Understand People
People not only come in all shapes and sizes, but they come with different personality types as well. People are individuals, with as many similarities from one person to the next as differences. To communicate most effectively, each will require you to communicate with them in their own individual preference style, using their language, their body gestures, and their pace and intonation. How do you find out how best to communicate with someone? Spend time with them!
2. Express Your Thoughts Clearly
Our brains can only take so much information in at any one time. We are bombarded with messages every second of the day, so to compete with the barrage of 'noise' a person faces, your message needs to be clear, succinct and to the point.
It is very worthwhile taking time to plan your communication to ensure that you are taking the least amount of time to express the right level of thought in the most receptively simple manner.
3. Give People Respect They Deserve
Every person you meet deserves the respect for who they are. Its essential to show them that respect and appreciate their knowledge, experience, and skillset. When people are treated with respect they respond more positively. Its easier to build relationships when you respect people for who they are.
4. Listen To Them
I am amazed at how people still struggle with this basic people skill. There is a difference between hearing and listening. When you listen to people you make them part of the conversation and hence part of the process. No single person has answers to everything so when you listen to your people you get the required answers as well as 100% buy in to execute on plans and action items.
5. Ask For Feedback 
Alongside assertiveness techniques, the giving and receiving of feedback is a key communication skill that must be learnt if you want to have any hope of developing long-term relationships. Remember that truthfulness is a subjective view. What you may find distasteful in someone may be equally desirable from another's point of view.

6. Influence How Others Think and Act
We all have the opportunity to influence how others think and act. All the way from Cialdini's Persuasion principles down to simple violence (of a verbal or physical nature), we are daily able to shape the thoughts and actions of those around us.
From something as simple as smiling and saying, "Hello!" as a way of influencing someone's mood, to leading by example during an intense period of change, there are many ways of either leading to or drawing out of others required behaviours and attitudes.

Every attitude leads to a specific emotion that triggers a particular action/reaction. Shape the attitudes and you have a more reliable way of predicting actions.
7. Bring Conflicts to Surface & Resolve Them
Over the years I have learnt the importance of bringing conflicts and resentments to the surface where they can be more easily managed.
Your employees might be harbouring secret resentments of you, and unless you find out what they are, bring these 'dark secrets' out into the light of day, you are never going to be able to successfully deal with them.
It's embarassing, potentially humiliating and requires a strong level of patience not to launch straight into a defensive mode, but giving people the opportunity to express their concerns, disappointments and anger, face-to-face, gives you tremendous opportunity to put things right, or help them see where their thoughts and feelings are misplaced.
8. Collaborate With Others
The quickest way of burying yourself in excess detail and workload is to try and do everything yourself. Yet sharing the workload can be the smartest thing you will ever do. One bricklayer can only lay a certain number of bricks in an hour, but that same bricklayer can train 15 mates to lay bricks and suddenly those 15 bricklayers are building monuments while the first bricklayer is out securing more work for them.

The lesson is simple: try and do it all yourself and the 'all' will bury you; teach others to do what you do and you build a monument.

​Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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by Musthafa Ebadi on November 16th, 2014

I am a big believer that a title doesn’t make you a leader and a leader doesn't need a title to lead. .

One of the books that had the biggest impact on me was Robin Sharma’s The Leader Who Had No Title. Its a must read if you are or want to lead.

Often times  I think what do you need to be a leader and over the years I have been able to deduce to these 7 attributes:   

1. People – The leader knows that people are the key to any organizational success and works to develop and empower others.

2. Vision – A  leader understands the value of a big picture, and therefore keeps an eye on something worth attaining. The leader is able to translate the vision such that everyone is able to understand.

3. Strategy – The leader knows that vision without strategy is dream. He is able to layout a strategy on how to transition vision into reality.

4. Initiative – The leader takes initiatives, encourages innovation, change, and forward progress as well as believes in taking calculated risks

5. Morality – The leader places a high value in character and integrity, knowing that ultimately everything rises and falls on these qualities.

6. Timing – The leader uses sound judgement and is patient, knows there is a right time to act and and there are times to wait.

7. Diligence – The  leader continues their work with proper diligence and knows that reaching a goal is worth the struggles to get there.

​Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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by Musthafa Ebadi on October 22nd, 2014

For those of you know me or follow me on social media you all know one thing that I am very loud and proud about is my home town: Ottawa!

Even though I moved to Toronto 6 years ago I still go back every weekend because my family and 3 of my 5 best friends are in Ottawa. Its where I feel at peace, relaxed, and laid back. I find it the cleanest, friendliest, and nicest place on earth.  And it’s the home of my passion – my beloved Ottawa Senators!

The other thing that you may or may not know is that I normally don’t show emotions. But there was nothing normal about today! Its started like one, waking up at 5, going to gym, heading to work after, working while sipping coffee, looking outside the windows of my office, and looking forward to the hockey game between my beloved Ottawa Senators and the Stinking Toronto Maple Leafs. 
Just another normal day….. another normal day till few minutes past 10:00AM when I started reading about shooting in Ottawa. 

For the next few hours I didn’t know how to react! To be sad for what was transpiring or to be angry at those who did.
To be helpless because I was far away from the people I love and the city I adore or to be astonished that such a thing could happen in the city that I felt the safest.

One thought that was in my head throughout the day was I wish I was in Ottawa today. I know I wouldn’t have made a difference but to  be in my city when tragedy struck would have made a difference to me.  The other thought was that we will come out of this stronger than ever!

Later there were videos of officers firing inside the Parliament Hill and then armed personnel running in and around Rideau Centre. There was also the news that everyone was hoping against of Corporal Nathan Cirillo succumbing to his injuries. A father in his mid 20s literally Standing on Guard for Canada!  

The NHL rightfully cancelled the game since in a small town like Ottawa this was our 9/11. Someone tweeted that for once both Ottawa Senators  & Toronto Maple Leafs ( I will not call them stinking today) were united and I just wished it was under better circumstances.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they will play national anthem of Canada before the game with their arch rivals even though no Canadian team was playing and after watching the tribute I don’t dislike them as much as I used to after few playoff battles against them.

Everyone at work was talking about tragedy in Ottawa and everytime they mentioned it my heart would rip.

I never wanted Ottawa to be center of conversation for wrong reasons.  I was finally done work and came home to change and go play poker. I couldn’t wait to start playing and focus on something else.But even at poker the topic of discussion was my beloved Ottawa and again for wrong reasons.

By this evening the identity of the gunman was leaked and few uninformed and ignorant people attributed it to Islam. They don’t know that slam didn't rein terror in Ottawa today. If we were to believe the same descriptions that they are reading/listening to the person who committed this heinous act was someone who was born and raised in our country, was jailed twice for violence,  and then willfully converted to become a Muslim to do something that is 100% against Islam. But I was in no mood to argue with them as I was still thinking about my city and its wonderful people!

I then heard the speeches by our PM, the leaders of opposition parties, and while I agree with them that we shouldn’t bend to these radicals and our resolve in face of this should be stronger I come from a culture of accountability. I wanted to hear more. I wanted to hear who is taking responsibility and who will be accountable to put our national security at risk. That probably is a question for another day.

I have been impacted so much by the events of today that I literally left my chips on the table, paid my bill, and left to come home.

I decided to write down to make me feel better since I don’t talk about emotions. To write how a day that started normally with jokes and chatter with friends in the gym ended with such a sadness. 

I tried to focus as much as I could but my emotions got the best of me today since I felt my home was under attack and I was helpless. I have rarely feel sad but today I did….. very sad, very helpless, and very angry.

As  I retreat to bed I know I will wake up stronger tomorrow, and while I will never ever forget today I will put one foot ahead of the other, hope and pray that those who are responsible for act of terror in Ottawa and around the world are destroyed and wiped from the face of this earth.

Pierre Lebrun of TSN said to those who are attending Saturday’s game in Ottawa to belt out O’ Canada for the whole nation and to let it rip. I will do my part this weekend at Canadian Tire Center  for Pierre and rest of Canada!

Good night and like I have said all day #OttawaStrong!

by Musthafa Ebadi on October 22nd, 2014

I saw a post by one of my close and smart friends on Facebook this morning (see the picture on the side) which basically said that if you are not happy you don’t have to wait for a holiday, an occasion, a season etc to be happy.

You could make happiness happen!

While some of this can be applied in your personal life I am writing this post to give some tips on why you might be feeling stuck in a rut at work.

Here are the 5 reasons why you might think you are making no progress or getting now where with your work life:

#1. Waiting for perfection – Like the picture says you are waiting for perfection to happen.
Perfection is the enemy of progress.

#2. How-focus Syndrome – You are probably suffering from how focus syndrome which is spending too much time thinking  on “how things get done” more than on “what gets done” which in turn paralyzes your progress.

#3. Lack of prioritization and delegation – There is an inability to prioritize or delegate. The belief that you have to touch or do everything is a ball and chain which in turn keeps you tied.

#4. No vision – There is no vision and the day to day urgencies are creating a fog that obscures future objectives and opportunities.

#5. Fear of opinions – You are over-concerning yourself with what other think about your or your actions.

Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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by Musthafa Ebadi on October 21st, 2014

Over the last few days I noticed few of my team members were growing beards. In one of our team meetings they actually had it on the agenda as something for the entire team participate in to get comradery going because we have four new teammates.

It started to gain steam quickly, and by the end of the discussion everyone was onboard including yours truly.

For those who know me they can attest that every day that I go to work I am clean shaven. I simply hate growing facial hair. And when they were discussing the idea and seeing who is in or who isn’t I was one of the people that put his hand up without any hesitation.

Why did I do it?

There are two reasons:

First, I have always been a team guy. Whenever there is an idea that people on my team or my peers want to participate I am always in – I am just wired that way.  Some of the hobbies that I have right now has been a product of me joining teams as part of team building/activity.

I started watching hockey because my team members at work watched it and it was our past time as a team. I am playing poker because I put up my hand for a poker tournament at work. And recently I started playing ball hockey because few members of my team were playing.

Second, as a leader you are never above the team. If you approve of a team building activity then you should try your best to take part in it. We live in a world where the best form of leadership is servant leadership and the least you can do is make your team feel that you are one of them and not above them.

Of course servant leadership shouldn’t get confused with setting goals, deadlines, deliverables, and enforcing accountability. Part of your responsibility as a leader is to avoid chaos, un-organization, and inefficiency however making your team feel that you are one of them and at their service is the best thing you could do a leader.

We all have a responsibility to serve our people!

I am going to do a photo before and after of this challenge and will post it after the challenge!

And for the next two weeks I am not shaving because I am part of a team!

Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.
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