Friday, March 29, 2013
Our thought bubbles broadcast information. Like a key that beams an invisible code to unlock a car door, how we think is a signal that influences relationships and outcomes.
For example, if I think you are stupid and give you a compliment you will most likely receive a message of incompetence and wonder why you don't feel empowered in my presence. If I believe I am better than you my arrogance will probably diminish your willingness to collaborate and innovate. If however, I assume positive intent and respect you'll more likely tell me what's really going on (vs. what you think I want to hear). If I know you are creative and resourceful, you'll express your best and resolve problems more quickly.
Energy follows thought, so it behooves us to be more aware of what our minds are transmitting and the degree to which our thoughts are aligned with desired results.
Start by tuning into your own beliefs, assumptions, expectations, interpretations and stories and notice how they influence the results you are getting. Then consider the degree to which your thinking is aligned with what you really want.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Part of leadership is knowing who you are and how you best add value. For example, at his core St. Nick is full of wonder. This wonder is central to his work.
Check out this 2 minute scene which invites you to ponder who you are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ms4O6Ytc8
What were you born with? What is special inside of you? What do you put into the world? What is your center?
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Manager of Managers
- Don't exhibit uncertainty or delay decisions. Learn to make choices that are directionally correct.
- Expand alliances outside comfort zone. Rely less on previous team members and friends.
- Seek differing opinions and views. Value diversity.
- Hold direct reports accountable for leading and developing others. Inspire and feedback.
- Embrace new ideas. Explore new ways to achieve results.
- Align function with enterprise. Move beyond tactical focus.
- Don't rely too much on expertise. Develop broader knowledge and experience to drive innovation.
- Build positive climate within the team. Focus on employee engagement.
- Trust others to do the work. Coach and mentor.
- Don't allow a few trusted colleagues to influence views and decisions. Expand your network and promote your "wins".
- Develop strong cross-functional working relationships. Invest time here.
- Balance and align regional/business leadership with enterprise. Focus on longer-term strategy.
- Understand all aspects of the business. Focus on how growth and profit will be achieved.
- Trust others. Make your thinking transparent and encourage others to do the same.
- Invest in people. Accurately assess and manage talent.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Is because we:
- Ignore or fear our own emotions?
- Enjoy zingers (humor at the expense of others)?
- Have experienced ineffective or poorly run team building events?
- Find it is easier to focus on tasks than people?
- Need a lot of personal space?
- Believe there is no place for emotions at work?
- Experience discomfort or embarrassment around people?
- Fear the reactions of others?
- Believe vulnerability is a weakness?
Make the time to explore your own thinking about human connection in the workplace and notice what beliefs, assumptions, stories or mindsets help or hinder your achievement.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Leadership effectiveness is directly correlated to business success. Want to accelerate your impact? According to research by The Leadership Circle focus on the top three correlations to leadership effectiveness:
- Purposeful & Visionary- Live and work with a deep sense of meaning and stay focused on envisioned results even in the face of obstacles.
- Fostering Team Play- Create a positive climate that supports people doing their best.
- Mentoring and Developing- Support the learning and career goals of your direct reports.
And, minimize the top three negative correlations by being less passive, distant or critical. Strive to:
- Advocate your ideas, be more decisive and address conflict gracefully
- Connect and truly care about your peers, colleagues and team members
- Shift focus from "what is wrong?" to "what is going on?"
Saturday, January 5, 2013
- Connect Greet people in the eye. Make time for family, friends and colleagues.
- Be Active Do something to get your heart rate up 30 minutes a day.
- Take Notice Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Be aware of the world around you.
- Keep Learning Try something new. Take a class. Add a new skill to your toolbox.
- Give Do something nice for someone else. Thank someone. Smile.
For more go to www.nationalaccountsofwellbeing.org
Thanks to Michelle for the resource.