On the surface, the idea of Terrell Owens being an inspiration seems contradictory. Yes, he’s been called selfish, arrogant, and bad for a locker room. While there may be some truth to those descriptions, his phrase, I Love Me Some Me, is worth emulating. Successful managers are those that feel comfortable in their own skin. Let’s face it. There will be many opportunities and situations when those you supervise will hate the decisions you make and even hate you for making them. These situations can make or break you as a manager. If you don’t love you some you, you may be tempted to acquiesce your position and take on the positions of your subordinates in an effort to get them to like you. So, what happens if your subordinates have different and opposing positions? How do you please them all? Attempting to please them all is one of the worst things you can do as a manager. You will not be trusted in the future as you will be seen as going back on your own decision. Employees will not know what to do since they will have opposing work assignments and they will wonder why they are doing one thing and the others are doing something else. This is all a recipe for disaster and low morale and not a good way to lead. If you’re in management, just accept that there will be times when people will dislike you and your decisions and that you’re gonna love you some you in spite of. Now, getcha popcorn ready!
How do you keep yourself hyped and motivated? Do you have a mantra, quote, etc. that you use? If so, share.