How to Show Up, Stir Up, Build Up, and Shut Up

If you let your mind wander, you’ll end up where you don’t want to go.

Give your personal leadership focus and direction.

#1. Show Up.

Bring your best self to work by determining how you want to show up BEFORE you walk through the door.

Show up to seize opportunities, not simply solve problems.

Drucker said, “Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”

A problem solving focus stumbles over untapped opportunities. The question isn’t, “What problems need solving?” The question is, “What opportunities need seizing?”

Show up to notice people.

  1. When are they at their best?
  2. What holds them back and how can you remove it?
  3. How can you put people in situations where they thrive?

#2. Stir Up.

Teams slip into comfortable patterns that feel like success but blind them to their power and potential.

  1. How might you take this to the next level?
  2. Why are we doing this?
  3. What if we stopped doing this?
  4. If you were the boss, what would you do next?
  5. If you couldn’t fail, what would you try?

#3. Build Up.

Day-to-day challenges wear your team down. The leader’s job is filling tanks with gas and expanding people’s potential.

Immerse your thoughts in ways to energize people.

  1. Let your team hear you expressing gratitude for them to the boss.
  2. Acknowledge their challenges. Don’t try to fix them.
  3. Celebrate their strengths, more than fixing their weaknesses.

#4. Shut Up.

After you show up, stir up, and build up, shut up and get out of the way.

#5. Clean Up.

Bring projects to useful conclusions.

  1. What worked?
  2. What did you learn?
  3. What will you do differently next time?

Walk into the office with clear ideas of how you want to lead. If you don’t, the river will drag you into a spiraling whirlpool.

How might you expand on ‘UP’ leadership?

What ‘UP’ might you add to the list?