By the first week in February, most of us have had enough of winter.
Even the good folks of Florida struggled with frozen iguanas as I wrote about last week.
Humans can only take so much of the same gray, cold, drab weather day after day. I mean, here in Fairhope, the temperature struggled to get above 60 degrees all week. It's been brutal.
Luckily, at this time every year our friends in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, provide our country with beacon of hope (well, sometimes).
You know the routine. Well-dressed men in tuxedo tails predict complex meteorological weather patterns for the next 6 weeks based on the behaviors of a rodent, while our fragile winter psyches hang in the balance.
I've always wondered . . . what if Punxsutawney Phil got rabies and went all Rabbit of Caerbannog on his handsome handlers. You remember the Rabbit of Caerbannog, don't you?
He was the guardian of the cave in Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail.
That would be must see T.V., but I digress.
So let's pause a second and let me ask you as a leader:
What do you base your leadership approach upon?
Is it as random as Punxsutawney Phil? Does it depend on the weather driving into the office on that particular day?
As you ponder your answer, let's shift gears to another Groundhog Day. The 1993 movie of the same title starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell.
Since it has been out 27 years, I feel ok sharing this brief plot summary. Bill Murray plays a weatherman (ironically named Phil) covering the annual groundhog festivities in Pennsylvania.
A blizzard prevents Phil from leaving Punxsutawney and he experiences some kind of time loop cycle where he is forced to re-live the same day over and over.
Initially, in the first few time loops, Phil lives for himself--binge eating, drinking, cavorting around--but then, his attitude shifts.
Rather than repeating the same old same old, Phil attempts to better himself. He learns to speak French, ice sculpt, and eventually, focuses on the well-being of others, thus causing Rita to fall in love with him.
So where am I going with this?
Many leaders I speak with feel like they are trapped in these two Groundhog Day examples:
Either they (1) aren't sure what to base their leadership approach upon because their situation is unique, or (2) they feel stuck in an endless loop of putting out fires, handling people issues, or treading water in the day-to-day operations.
There is an answer for both situations. It is called The Leadership Formula and it's coming later this week.
For new leaders, the Formula will clear the clouds and spread sunshine to help you set direction and chart a path to get there.
For seasoned leaders, the Formula will take you out of the endless time loop of facing the same issues and allow you to focus on the important stuff.
I can't wait to share it with you! Be on the lookout for it and Happy Groundhog Day!