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Major Challenge in Business: The Future of Leadership

Global EngagementIn my opinion, the future of leadership is always changing and it will continue to change. However, it’s human nature, that we often want to categorize everything and everyone into small, manageable boxes subject to fixed rules and processes.

It is also evident in businesses today that we are dealing with short-term thinking, a disposable view of people as assets and the persistent drive of leadership self-preservation. We seem to have devalued people, relationships and values down to simple dollars and cents which never works, if you are looking for a sustainable business.

It gets further complicated when we see the rate of change & complexity increasing daily and the challenges faced by every individual and organization are morphing, evolving and becoming more interdependent than ever before.

Today, I feel comfortable saying that successful leadership is a hybrid of art & science with no hope of a one size fits all solution.

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How Do You Build a Coaching Based Organization?

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As a business coach, I am always open & excited to discuss building of a coaching based organization.  I truly believe that companies who empower people will advance and flourish in this VUCCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic, Complex & Ambiguous) world we live in today?

As a leader, you must really be committed to providing a vibrant and engaged environment for your employees and customers to make coaching work. While there are still certain types of organizations that may require the old authoritarian structure, I believe most can benefit from a more flexible, flatter organization, especially in the long-term.

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Building Blocks for an Innovative Culture

Building a culture takes everyone at the table.

Building a culture takes everyone at the table.

As a leader, you are probably interested in the sustainability of your company, if you’re not then it may be time to find something else to do for a living. The key to continually being on the sustainable path, you really need to focus building blocks that can provide the base of a culture of innovation. That’s because, in a fast-moving, VUCA world, where people expect things to get better and better, and cheaper and cheaper, innovation is your primary tool that can be used to get ahead of your competition and stay there.

Innovation is not some mystical, close your eyes and with wishful thinking have something appear that is new, improved or revolutionary. It is something that must be done intentionally, proactively and with full participation by all within the company. Building blocks can make it easier for everyone.

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How to Grow Your Leadership: Self-Development

Pyramid S Miles FDP 2015Do you feel that self-improvement is beneficial or just a pain? Too often we feel that to embark on a self-improvement plan is a sign of weakness and should not be visible or acknowledged in public. In my opinion, this view is totally wrong and will limit your career and any legacy that you would like to leave.

Personally, I know that I will never be perfect, there will always be room for improvement. Likewise, you will not be perfect and there will always be room for improvement.

Self-improvement is vital for anyone to manage their career, it doesn’t matter if you are a company President, Operations Leader, Customer Service Representative, Sales & Marketing Director or “pick a title.

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How to Bust Procrastination

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“How to Bust Procrastination.”

I am assuming that you have passion to do what you do in terms of a business, so have you ever lacked the drive and ambition to actually get anything done? Staring at a blank piece of paper or computer screen can get frustrating, and putting in unfocused effort is a waste of time. Procrastination is one of a few inhibitors that are at the root of this type of mentality. It tends to get in the way of the creative experiences that you crave, but then end up neglecting or ignoring.

Busting Procrastination

In order to maintain success and keep things rolling with any of your goals, it’s crucial that you fight off any procrastination and negative energy that gets you in that uninspired mood. Below are a few tips to help keep you motivated to get out of your comfort zone every time you have the opportunity. Have your all of your stakeholders in mind when you’re thinking about your next set of tasks, decisions or processes!

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Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 4)

Child Leadership 2014  So what can you do to develop    your unique leadership style into one that will be highly trusted and respected? Today we continue last week’s post, here are the last three of the seven characteristics you can integrate when selecting the best leadership style, with tips for putting them into action.

  1. Be Collaboration-Focused

The best leaders are human and socially conscious. Recognizing the contribution of others and giving the team room to innovate is the best way to lead into a more resilient future. In this 21st century we are facing radical changes in business structure, communication methods and high dependency on partners for growth.

If your leadership style is silo focused and inward driven, then it will not fit well in today’s environment. People are looking for leaders they can trust, believe and willing to commit to a common purpose of vision. If your focus in on short term financial goals with no room for employees, then I would say your focus is wrong.

  • Consider “Why should my team be led by me?” Notice what you already bring them, and what they need more of from you to bring out their best.
  • Ask yourself, “What can I give my team today?”
  • Ask your people, “How can I help you succeed?”

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Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 3)

Journaling 600X400 FreeSo what can you do to develop your unique leadership style into one that will be highly trusted and respected? Today we continue last week’s post, here are two more of the seven characteristics you can integrate when redefine your unique leadership style, with tips for putting them into action.

  1. Get OUT of Your Comfort Zone & Stretch Your Leadership Style

Alongside concentrating on your strengths, actively work to stretch into the leadership style(s) you find harder.

Generally, EQ research findings in a nutshell find: the most successful leaders can consciously draw on and seamlessly integrate all leadership styles, dependent on the situation. One size definitely does not fit all.

For example, strong, aggressive working environments tend to generate a direct and pace-setting style. If this is not your natural approach, but is required within your role, find ways to blend your natural style with your “stretch style” so you’re not putting on an act. This is not a fake it until you make it process. It must be authentic.

A natural coaching/affiliate style may not suffice in moments of crisis.

However, you can be incredibly directive and punchy—forceful, if you were able to give clear directions in as human and humorous a way as you can, so that the job gets done more effectively but you didn’t feel you was selling yourself out.

Always blend with your team’s leadership strengths to best advantage. Generally, the best leaders are not well rounded however the best teams are, says Tom Rath of Gallup, which has surveyed over 3 million people on the topic of leadership style and strengths.

  • Identify your leadership style stretch areas, and find ways to authentically blend them with your natural style.
  • Determine how you can get out of your comfort zone and grow but also allow your team members to do the same.
  • Review the blend of strengths in your team or organization. Who on your team has strengths that particularly complement your own leadership style, and how could you use these better?

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Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 2)

Making surveys workSo what can you do to intentionally redefine your unique leadership style into one that will be highly trusted and respected? Today we continue last week’s post, here are two of the seven characteristics you can integrate when intentionally redefine your leadership style, with tips for putting them into action.

  1. Be Bold and Confident

Boldness is an essential for leading upwards. In reality, it really is number one for a reason. To grab the attention of your bosses, you need to confidently make your point with as little fluff or padding as possible.

Few would describe Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Enterprises, as a great communicator. Many on the other hand, would acknowledge him as a great visionary, absolutely. His boldness can be breathtaking. And most of it stems from not giving a damn about what others might think of him.

Courage fueled by a high degree of integrity, authenticity and good judgment will give you the confidence to stand out. At the core of this equation is having compassion and empowering people to integrate the change.

Be confident enough that you are willing to apologize, if necessary. This shift in mindset really frees you up to challenge, take risks, and dare to make mistakes.

  • Review where you think you have been holding back in your leadership. What elements of your personality could you allow to shine through more? Where could you be bolder?
  • For one month, at the end of each day, make a list of 3 to 5 things that worked well about your style of leadership and why. Actively use them more the following week.
  1. Understand Your Strengths

In his book, “Go Put Your Strengths to Work”, Marcus Buckingham points out that in 2001, polls revealed that only 20% of us claimed to be able to put our strengths to work every day. In 2007, when this book was published the number had dropped to 17%. It is very clear that we do not understand how to use our strengths. We know how to label them, thanks to the Clifton StrengthsFinder profile, but few take it beyond that stage.

When you have a performance discussion with your manager does the conversation focus on your strengths or on your weaknesses? If you are in the normal part of the curve the answer is weaknesses, in fact 80% of our discussions are on weaknesses. Many times the thing that is limiting us is ourselves, we are in effect stopping ourselves.

Being self-aware is critical to your growth as a leader, regardless of the styles you adapt to make your own, unique version but if you are unwilling to tackle this step then you will not grow. Remember, as you grow, you should become more of who you really are, not what someone else wants you to be.

Get to know your signature leadership style inside-out. Heighten your awareness of what you’re good at, and consciously play to your natural strengths as much as possible.

  • Ask 5 – 10 of your colleagues what they consider to be the strengths of your leadership style. Compare the input and learn from it.
  • Buy a copy of “Go Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham updated in 2010. Take action on the ideas, don’t just read it!

Remember, the most valuable thing you have to offer is yourself. Whatever your unique leadership style is, it is uniquely yours. Own it, have confidence in it, trust that it’s not about becoming something completely different or what someone else wants you to be. Look forward to next week. Please check out our website at the Transformative Leadership Group.


Develop Your Own Leadership Style (Part 1)

Pyramid S Miles FDP 2015Do you have any idea of what your leadership style is or what the legacy of your unique  leadership will be when you are gone? I have thought about this for the last few years and I hope that I have lived in the authentic way I have worked for and helped as many people as possible.

However, there are many leaders today who are still struggling with trying to understand and stand for something in the market. Many have a slight idea of what they don’t want to be known for but that is not enough.

Fortunately, the idea that you are reading this article puts you into an élite minority that is actually thinking about what you do want your unique leadership style to be known for. The vast majority just go to work, fall into the corporate line and get on with it, in whatever style comes to them by default.

While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because there will always be certain usable strengths in your default style. However, failing to proactively develop your leadership style will deny your potential full range and maximum effectiveness. It also means that certain situations will be a lot harder to handle.

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Without Workforce Planning, Your Company Could Become Extinct

Growth MeetingHaving discussed employee engagement the last couple of weeks thought I would take one element and expand it to a brief discussion. Have you ever thought about workforce planning? In my opinion, it is a key, proactive, step for long-term survival in a market where workers are aging or leaving, younger leaders are coming in, and business environments are constantly changing.

At some point, you will need to replace older workers and workers who leave. You also need to adapt to new business environments by getting people with new technical, business or soft skills.

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