304.677.0296 guy@partnerscoach.com

1 min readThe Stage and the Balcony

by Guy Gage | February 5, 2012 | Business

As a partner or aspiring partner, you have to learn to do
two things: manage and lead. Both are essential, but each is very different.
You are likely to be one by nature, but you need to learn the other as well. It
could be compared to the difference between acting on stage and sitting in the
balcony.

When you’re in the manager role, you are on the stage, in
the middle of the action. You have a specific part to play in producing something.

When you’re in the leader role, you are in the balcony,
looking at the movement on the stage. You aren’t in the action; you’re overseeing
it.

Just so you know, you spend too much time in one and not
enough time in the other. And when you’re in one, you’re probably thinking
about the other.

You know when you’re stuck on stage because you get criticized
that you can’t see the forest through the trees. You’re focused on the work in
front of you at the exclusion of what’s around you. You prefer to lead by
example or demand that others keep up with you.

You know when you’re stuck in the balcony because you are
criticized for not getting much done. You’re active and involved; maybe even
talk a lot. But little work is actually done. Your preferred approach is to
lead with vision or by inspiration.

You need to function on the stage AND in the balcony. Which
one is more comfortable? Enjoy it. Which one should you pay more attention to? That’s
your growing edge. This week, know where you should be and be there fully.

Read Related Blogs:

Keep Your Promises To Yourself

Promises to Others Last week, the Message was all about making your word to others good as gold. When you make promises to others, your credibility is on the line and you earn their confidence that you are reliable. This is an important aspect of your professional...

read more

Strengthen Your Credibility

The beginning of the new year is a perfect time to determine how you will improve this year. Rather than focusing on a lot of things, how about focusing on just one thing? It will be something that should always be on your mind: how to strengthen your credibility....

read more

Get Off The Assembly Line!

Two Choices When you are in performance mode, you have you have to choose how you will execute your tasks. Option one is to complete them as efficiently and accurately as possible, kinda like being on an assembly line. Just do the same way you did the last one and...

read more
Share This

Share This Article!

Who do you know that needs to read this? Send Now!