There are two basic states in nature: growth and decay.
The same dichotomy applies with respect to the employees of any company. They are either growing or they are decaying; there is no middle ground. In fact, “holding steady,” “hanging in there” and “settling in” are naught but fancy ways of saying “I’m starting to decay but I’m not ready to admit it to myself.”
As a manager, you have to learn the signs of growth and decay in your team as well as in yourself.
For example, those who are growing are constantly in a state of becoming. They are neither what they were nor what they soon will be, but you always get the feeling from them that they’re doing everything possible to make sure that their tent stakes are move out a little further each and every day.
Those who have given in to decadence, however, have hitched their wagons to entropy. They fear change, fear the worst and scamper about in the shadows of what might have been. They point to the success of others as the cause of their failure. They’d rather be given something – position, authority, titles, etc. – than let those elements blossom from within outward.
A truly inspiring person issues a challenge to his world that says: “Step up or step out of the way.” If you are inspired, don’t hold back. Be inspiring no matter what. And watch as your field of influence begins to take shape. It is a sight to behold!