Business: Owning 100% of your 1%

As a leader, you will often find yourself in a leadership position because your thinking
is the right thinking. But each of us has blind spots, and blind spots can prevent us
from accurately evaluating situations and challenges. This is where humility is
needed – what we call owning 100% of your 1%.
It is easy to identify another person’s part in any problem because we judge others
based on their actions and ourselves based on our intention – this is why so many
issues go unresolved. But, if someone will acknowledge their 1% of the problem and
fully embrace that 1%, there is a real chance for positive change. As part of what is
widely regarded as the most profound message in shifting human culture ever
spoken, Jesus of Nazareth instructed people to deal with the log in your eye before
trying to attend to the speck in your brother’s eye (Matthew 7:3-5).

Many leaders are pretty comfortable acknowledging that they know they aren’t
perfect. Still, unless they are willing to own their contribution to a problem and be
ready to work on it and change, it is only a thin veil of humility. Understanding does
not = healing. Clarity does not = restoration! In a recent Business Forum event, we
covered a simple activity that assists leaders in owning 100% of their 1% to see
positive change. It’s called the Left Page – Right Page exercise, and here’s how it
works.

Step 1, take a simple piece of blank paper and fold it down the middle. Step 2, write
down the situations or challenges leaving you most frustrated on the left-hand side of
the page. On the right-hand side, write down the role that you may have played in
the issue or problem. For example, leaders may feel frustrated with the performance
of their employees. When in reality, we hired poorly, haven’t reviewed or trained our
employees well, and haven’t created or inspired others with a clear vision for the
future. Finally, in Step 3, commit to what action you need to take to own 100% of
your 1% and to see positive change in your area of frustration.
This simple process can help anytime, anywhere! Whether dealing with a spouse,
engaging with your children, or coming up with a solution to a business issue. As
leaders, we are influencing the good and bad behaviour of everyone we lead. So,
let’s start leading with humility and owning 100% of our 1% before looking to other
people to change.

By Trevor Hartley