“I got scared, so I came back.”
When the executive admitted this,
everyone on the video call smiled.
Last week, I delivered a
virtual keynote for 300 sales reps
at a large company summit.
A few days prior, there was a tech
run-through for anyone presenting—
myself and various internal leaders
—as this particular virtual platform
was fairly advanced.
As part of the rehearsal, the exec
who was kicking off the meeting
was asked to exit “backstage”
(where 25 of us were gathered)
and switch over to “front stage webinar” mode.
but then quickly returned “backstage.”
When the tech advisor asked
her what happened, she responded,
“I went over there but didn’t see anyone.
I got scared, so I came back.”
A wave of smiles and chuckles
spread across the video squares
of team member faces.
I loved this moment so much.
Leaders often talk about values
such as authenticity or vulnerability
in theoretical terms, but there’s
nothing quite like seeing a value in action.
When it comes to a word like
authenticity, vulnerability, integrity,
fun, honesty, respect, etc.,
it’s one thing to list it on a website
under the OUR VALUES tab;
it’s another to show it in action,
even in the smallest of ways.
The effect on a team culture
of demonstrating a value
in what I call a Micro MomentTM
cannot be underestimated.
Risk Forward & Rock On,