In 1776, Coach Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. After a fashion, the events of the American Revolution transpired, and this week Americans celebrate our independence…our freedom.
We’ve all grown up with this tradition, and it happens to be my favorite holiday. Something about summertime, being poolside, and celebrating with friends and family makes us happy, gets our minds right, and reminds us what life is all about.
Freedom for America is a sentiment we’ve all lived and experienced since we were born. Our founding fathers laid the groundwork, and our men and women in the United States Armed Forces keep us safe and free, every single day. Our public servants, on both sides of the aisle, in D.C. and in every state in the Union, devote their lives to keep America free. Thank you, for your service!
America is free, but in Corporate America, so many feel the opposite of free. I hear it, and you hear it, almost daily. You and I also experience it.
Corporate Corporateness is a total ‘thing’. Blame, finger-pointing, grandstanding, power moves, and passive aggressiveness come out because of fear, insecurity, and doubt.
And so despite the bosses constantly calling for “results, results, and more results”, employees, managers, directors, and even vice presidents feel trapped inside a box with all four walls closing in on them. With every email, phone call, or text message from a “boss”, digging, digging, and digging, those walls close in further and further.
The actual “result”…the opposite of freedom!
Breaking Free From Corporate Corporateness
Freedom from it all is possible. It’s simple, but not always easy. It is possible to break free from the corporate corporateness of it all.
Ironically, the best way to break free is to let go of the very thing that we feel looming over us, and that is control.
We feel controlled by it all, and therefore we feel trapped; as if we can’t possibly be who we want to be or do what we know we need to do. We feel as if they have control over us.
Let go of control.
Some of the best advice I ever received was the following, “part of becoming a great leader is realizing organizational realities.”
Understanding and being able to decipher that which you can and cannot control has a way of setting us free – mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Take the simple, but sometimes not very easy, step of letting go of control of what you cannot control, and I will do the same.
Then call me or message me later this week or next month, and we’ll continue celebrating our freedom! (…and in the process we’ll be reminded of what life is all about…and it’s not impressing the bosses.)
How do you break through the corporate corporateness where you work?
I welcome your comments, as we continue to build and share with each other in the Ballgames To Boardrooms community.
One For the Road
I’ve been thinking about this all week and weekend.
The reason I wrote a book is to help people, myself included, experience this “freedom” at work. This post merely cracks the surface, but letting go of control is more than a crack…it’s a huge breakthrough to experiencing more meaning, happiness, and fulfillment at work. I share this principle and about 26 other simple, yet not very easy, principles in the chapters of Ballgames To Boardrooms.
I am so excited to share Ballgames To Boardrooms: Leadership, Business, and Life Lessons From Our Coaches We Never Knew We Needed with you. After nearly 20 years, working in various line of business and levels of management, my purpose of the book was to compile about 184 pages, in 26 chapters, of what has worked and what hasn’t worked.
The goal is to simply help others become all they can and will be, while experiencing as much joy, meaning, and fulfillment as possible. My belief is that all we need to do in order to achieve this is to simply do what our coaches always taught us!