It’s the first Lead with Ease blog post. Whoop! Whoop! My aim is to share beneficial information and ideas to facilitate easy leading, my area of “expertise”. However, the first thing I’m going to say is this; sometimes it’s easier to ignore expert advice. Nothing like starting off with a little irony. And how my recent disregard of totally valid, proven counsel, makes things easier for you! Please note: this is longer than my usual posts, but there is a pretty cool story in it, so bear with me.
On this occasion, there was a special guest at Pitch Practice. He is a seasoned entrepreneur, started several successful businesses and sold them, teaches entrepreneurship, works on pet projects for fun and is an all around rocking the world kind of guy. Who, for some reason, seemed really familiar to me, although I was pretty sure I did not know him. (No, this is not some drunken hook up, 20 years later story. Get out of the gutter people!)
Turns out he is the brother of one of my besties from my Porsche days, whom I'd never met. This world is amazing isn’t it? Anywhoo, of course I offered to give him a ride to the airport. I mean, he’s my friend’s brother. Plus Friday traffic in Atlanta, even at 2PM guaranteed me an hour with someone who is a business leader, fits very nicely into my target market and likes to give advice. Hehehehe
During our ride I explained the process of Lead with Ease, which he dug and agreed it is a great program (shameless plug!). Then I shared my plan for getting it out into the world. Which is to share the best stuff I have and if people like it, they will come back for more.
He immediately said. “No. Do not do that. DO NOT lead with your best stuff” He's the expert, right?
I attempted to take his advice for this first submission of Lead with Ease by looking around for an interesting piece of someone else’s best stuff. And, frankly, I didn’t find much. I spent a few hours poking around the Internet, reading other blogs looking for something that may be in line with what I KNEW I wanted to post. Which was not effective, kind of frustrating and exactly the opposite of how Leading with Ease works. Duh!
So I’m ignoring great advice and back to doing what is easiest for me. Which is to lead with my best stuff. So here it is. THE SECRET to Leading with Ease, in ANY situation, is…
Actually ask the question, “What would make this easier for ME?”
If you are thinking, "Ok, that’s it? What’s so great about that?"
A. It’s so great because by asking for ease, you give it a chance to show up. Meaning, you will become aware of an easier way. And B. Have you ever tried it?
Give it a whirl and let us know if this is a piece of advice worth taking. Please retweet, share and spread it around.