The Elevator Principle

  • Some people bring you up
  • Other people bring you down.

Everyone has someone in their lives who, when you see them, they just drain all your energy and enthusiasm for life. They are the energy VAMPIRES. The moment you spot them, you go ‘oh crikey, not them, what are they going to take this time?’ Duck or run, but if they spot you already…

How many of you have someone in your life that when you spot them you know they are just going to suck life right our of you?

How many of you are sat next to that person right now ?

If you are going to be a lead from the middle of the pack and influence people above you, you are going to have to be a load lifter.

How often you lift that load is going to determine the response form the leader above you

How to lift your leader’s load

  • Do your own job first.
    • I had a staff once who was really enthusiastic and always asking “How can I help you?” It was great at first and I thought how keen he was. Then later I realized that he wasn’t getting his own job done. So when he would come and ask me “How can I help you?” I responded, “You can help me by getting your own job done”. He didn’t really want to help me, he just wanted to be a pal, To be around me and learn. Well that’s great, but get your own job done first, OK?
  • When you find a problem, provide a solution.
    • Finding problems is not very impressive. It’s easy to find problems. Impress me, identify a problem and they have given some thought to it and propose a solution.
    • I had a boss in Saudi Arabia, another John, and his refrain to me as a young middle leader was “bring me solutions not problems”. And I learned to do just that. Whatever the problem I found, I would think of at least 3 solutions. And I went from suggesting the solutions to identifying which of the 3 was the best solution to saying here are some possible solutions, but this one is the best AND Can I do this? Now I was lifting the load.
  • Tell leaders what the need to hear, not what they want to hear.
    • This is not ‘venting’ what you want to say. Nor is it ‘kissing up’.
    • If you know something, it’s your duty to tell your leader.
    • It’s no use saying after the event. You know John I just knew that was the dumbest thing to do.
  • Stand up for your leader whenever you can.
    • Colin Powell – When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not. Once a decision has been made, the debate ends, loyalty now means executing the decision as if it were your own.
  • Ask your leader how you can lift their load.



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