3 Tips On Leading From Where You Are

3 Tips on Leading From Where You Are

3 Tips On Leading From Where You Are

It’s graduation season and every year there are great commencement speeches. We’ve talked about this before on the show including speeches from Tom Hanks to Steve Jobs to name a few.

Today we’ll share another inspiring story told at a recent graduation.

Click the player to listen to this episode of The BIGG Success Show Podcast. Below is a summary of our discussion.

Former Nebraska football coach, athletic director and Congressperson, Tom Osborne, gave the keynote address for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2021 graduating class.

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The First Thing to Do as a New Leader

the thing new leaders do for BIGG SuccessCongratulations! You just got promoted into a new leadership position.

What’s the first thing you should do?

Cut costs?
Allocate more dollars to a new project?
Call a meeting?
All of the above?
None of the above?

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!
None of the above.

The first thing you should do is…

Paint a wall of your office

Or do something else that’s really insignificant but will definitely be noticed.

It makes a statement: “I’m the new person in charge here.”

More importantly…

It satisfies your need to “do something”

You have to change something, right? They hired you to make an impact.

So you have to charge in full throttle.

You may be disappointed with the results. How can you prescribe the cure when you have completed your diagnosis?

So go ahead. Paint a wall in your office.

It will satisfy your need to do something.

It keeps you from fixing the unbroken

Many novice leaders jump right in and start making changes.

Sometimes they get it right. More often they don’t.

You can’t afford to waste resources fixing what isn’t broken. Worse yet, you may break something that is working!

So go ahead. “Fix” something like the wall of your office. Give it a new coat of paint.

Step back and admire it. Now you’re ready to proceed.

It buys you time

Time to get to know your people.

Time to listen.

Time to reflect.

Time to discover.

Time to determine what is broken.

Time to design an effective strategic plan.

With a little time, you’ll be able to implement a plan that moves your team to BIGG success!

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A Paint Roller Helps Manage Change

life on your own termsChuck e-mailed his bigg challenge to us. He’s starting a new job next week. It’s his third job as a manager. In the position he’s leaving, he feels he made too many changes too quickly. It created a problem with his directs. He’s hoping we can offer him some suggestions as he gets ready for his new job.



As bigg goal-getters, we often want to change things too fast as leaders and even in our personal lives. We think we need to lose weight so we jump into an exercise routine and completely change our diets. It’s too much and we end up right back where we started.

We have to be especially careful with change when it affects others. Like in Chuck’s case, any changes he makes will affect one or more of his employees.

Two of our rules for change here at Bigg Success are:

“That’s the way we’ve always done it” doesn’t mean it’s the best.

“That’s the way we’ve always done it” doesn’t make it wrong.

Change is essential to make improvements in our lives and our businesses. We want to focus on the changes that will make the greatest impact given their cost. When we talk about cost, we mean your investment of time and money – two of the five elements of bigg success


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Get out the paint roller

We heard a suggestion some time ago from a person who had learned to manage change effectively. He said that when he takes on a new leadership position, the first and only change he makes is to paint a single wall of his new office.

He feels like he’s changed something. It relieves that pressure. Everyone around him can see that he changed something. In fact, they often ask, “Why did you paint that wall? Why that color? Why just one wall?” It makes them curious.

You may make a different, but similarly insignificant, change. By doing this, you’re really buying time to find out what is and isn’t working while subtly signaling that change will happen.

Once you find out what isn’t working, you can determine which changes to make in what order based on their impact on your organization … or your life!

What are your suggestions for Chuck?

You can share that with us by leaving a comment below, calling us at 877.988.BIGG or sending us an e-mail at

Thanks Chuck for sharing your bigg challenge with us and good luck with your new gig! And we thank you for reading our post today.

Join us next time as we share a remedy for one of the most discouraging thoughts you can have.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!


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25 Things to Do to Move Up in Your Career

By Bigg Success Staff

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Here’s a starter’s list of things that will help insure that you advance within your organization.

Standing out
#1 – Take on projects. They build your resume.

#2 – Do something spectacular thirty days or less before your next review.

#3 – Look for solutions, not problems.

#4 – Become a resource for the people with whom you work.

#5 – Do the things no one else wants to do.

Getting promoted

#6 – Look to people in senior positions as models for your career path.

#7 – Constantly be on the lookout for your next opportunity.

#8 – Set your own timetable for your next promotion.

#9 – Help your boss get promoted. That opens up the position for you.

#10 – Develop relationships across the company.

Personal traits

#11 – Be likeable.

#12 – To get respect, show respect.

#13 – Laugh at yourself.

#14 – Develop a service mentality. Serve yourself by serving others.

#15 – Laugh at yourself. Master the art of self-deprecating humor.


#16 – Tell your co-workers when they do something extraordinary.

#17 – See the good in your boss and your company.

#18 – Associate with co-workers who are positive.

#19 – Don’t be a know-it-all.

#20 – Don’t gossip about your co-workers.

Work ethic

#21 – Love your job or do something about it.

#22 – Be a leader, even if you don’t have a leadership position. Lead by example.

#23 – Don’t be a “prima donna” … roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done.

#24 – Make commitments and stick to them.

#25 – Get to work 15 minutes early. Stay 15 minutes late.

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