When we think of a chameleon, we often think of its ability to change colors to match its surroundings. But have you ever watched it walk, wondering how it ever reaches its destination? It has a very jerky way of walking, darting back and forth, pivoting off on leg after another, seemingly changing its mind after each step of its journey.
Are you a chameleon? That’s not necessarily bad!
Perhaps your automotive shop is similar to the chameleon. Perhaps your leadership style is also. Are you always changing colors and darting back and forth to reach your destination? Hey, great news – that is good, not bad! Join the crowd of moving in and out of your comfort zone.
“Get Uncomfortable” is the chapter title of the book You Squared, on page 27. Here are some statements and thoughts drawn from this chapter:
When you are pushing for a quantum leap you will be in for a wild ride, uneasiness will reign, you will encounter obstacle, and your safety chain will be tight, so turn it loose and jump.
Don’t be surprised if you grow uneasy, feel out of control, make mistakes, and experience anxiety. Again, great news – press on! Remember this high comfort level means you are “playing it safe.” This means you’re experiencing the “Circle of Sameness” talked about by our friend Richard Flint.
It has been said that if you will do the thing you fear, death of fear is certain. Courage is not the absence of fear and anxiety; it’s proceeding in spite of these feelings. So press on and enjoy the chameleon leadership style.
I hope you are reading a chapter a day of the You Squared book all of 2016. It will permeate your thinking and perhaps drive you from your circle of comfort.
Chameleons are reptiles that are part of the iguana suborder. These colorful lizards are known as one of the few animals that can change skin color. However, it is a misconception that chameleons change colors to match their surroundings.
Changing skin color is an important part of communication among chameleons. A chameleon’s skin changes colors in response to its emotions, such as anger or fear, changes in light, temperature or humidity. Read More.