Monday, January 11, 2010

Take Charge of Your Life

Take Charge
by Matt Mattson
from our Friends at Phired Up Productions

“Take Charge!”

I’ve found myself saying and thinking that a lot lately. It seems as though there are a shortage of people in the world who are bold enough to take charge of situations.

Recruitment: Someone just take charge. Often what is missing is just one person willing to step up and confidently, boldly command the organization’s members to take action. I was just talking with Jessica Gendron today about how when she’s coaching a chapter, sometimes the real magic happens just because she’s taking charge of the situation. You know what? Sometimes you don’t even have to a) know what to do, or b) actually be confident. Just fake it, make it up, and take charge of the recruitment situation. You’ll be amazed at what happens.

Conversations: Socially excellent people know that it is their responsibility to take charge of every conversation they’re in. We’ve talked before (here) about being the quarterback of every conversation you’re in. Take charge of your social environment at every moment, and appreciate it (and learn from them) when others are bold enough to take charge.

Dinner: Off topic? Yes, but I’ll tell you what helps some relationships… Take charge of what’s for dinner tonight. Tired of the conversation with your partner that goes, “What do you want for dinner?” “I don’t care, what do you want?” “I don’t care.” Annoying. Just take charge – “Chinese food tonight, from your favorite place. I’m calling now to order, what is something special I can get for you.”

Organizations: Take charge. I don’t care what your position is. People follow the person causing action and getting results. Take charge of the moment, take charge of your organization.