No excuses is an important part of my belief system as a leader. Employees don’t want to hear them, and deserve better. As leaders we don’t want them, right? We don’t want to hear them from vendors. It is the worst thing to hear when you are on the phone and someone else blames another. I have spent a life time living and learning that excuses sound like defending. And defending it just not useful in any situation. It drives a wedge right down the middle of the situation.
How wonderful is to hear no excuses? The best thing in the world. When my son or daughter actually listens when we ask them to pick up their towel off the bathroom floor without hearing, “it is not mine”, that is a good thing. In business, no excuses is a rare commodity. It requires each of us to be humble. We might need to accept responsibility for something that is not fully ours. We might want to simply say “I can help you”. We need to learn it is ok to be wrong and to admit it. Think of the last time that you saw a press conference on TV and someone made excuses! All we want to say is if they had simply made “no excuses” and took responsibility, the whole thing would go away very quickly and the media would have very little to talk about!
So as a leader make no excuses, and try on the following today in your workplace:
- Don’t campaign for the job you have. Everyone knows you have it. No one wants to hear about how hard things are.
- Try to practice the advice your mother shared. ” If you have nothing nice to say than keep it to yourself”. Employees and customers have enough to think about without our problems.
- Listen to the great words of Dale Carnegie. “Be thankful for the problems of your job. They provide about half your income. Because of it were not for the things that go wrong, the difficult people you have to deal with and the problems and unpleasantness of your working day, someone could be found to handle your job for half of what you are being paid…”