Sean: What do you think are the things that keep leaders and entrepreneurs from being their best self? What is keeping them from being successful?
Jason: I would say that the first thing is self; lack of self-awareness because the problem tends to be that the more successful you are, the less people will tell you the truth and that you will listen to them.
And that a lot of times your blind spots that you’re not aware of are the things that end up causing you the most problems. And pretty much I’ve found that universal typically historical patterns stem back from things that we’ve done as a child or learned. Right. And that’s how we play it forward.
The problem now is when you’re leading people, if you don’t listen to them and value them and hear them, they start to reject and avoid you and dislike you. And that causes a lot of problems. Well, when you give people negative feedback, they tend to not like that in a recoil because it’s a function in your brain about how we see the world. So when you show people a pattern, they’re much more receptive to it because then they know that it’s neither good, nor bad.
It’s something that they’ve done because they learned it from something else that has just happened over time. And so a lot of that is really helping people understand their own beliefs, values, framework for seeing the world and showing them places that it’s really getting in their own way, because.
Like I said before, the other problem is the people around them. Like if you’re the CEO of a company who’s sitting down to tell you that you’re making a mistake and why, right. I mean, the only time you may be doing that is a board may be doing that, but that’s in a really conflict driven way.
They’re not usually giving you feedback in a positive way to be helpful. They’re giving you negative things, right? And the people that you’re managing, aren’t going to most likely, I mean, rarely come to your office and try to give you feedback and do that because they’re worried about losing their job or like some repercussions in their career.
So there’s not a lot of people that are telling you the truth and sharing with you information and feedback. And that really is the first place where people don’t really do that. I would say the other thing that happens is that people don’t invest in learning management and leadership skills, right?
I would say the third thing is really people don’t understand the value of teamwork and that it’s a, it is a company strategy to get people to work together.
And do it in a way that’s effective because all of the conflict and not getting along creates disruption, slows down processes, people miss deadlines right? And all these other things start to happen across like I think its teaching people and learning ourselves. How do you do great teamwork and how do you keep people, you know, collaborating?
So I tell everyone like, that’s how you can create and scale businesses way faster, way quicker with way less people and way more competitive. It’s about the team. And how do you get them to work and get the best out of them?