– Larry Broughton
Strategic Vision. Peak Performance. Elite Team Building. Transformational Leadership.
– Larry Broughton
When playing in the big leagues of business, it can be a challenging to walk among the shadows of industry titans. Sometimes, it seems we’re forced to follow in their footsteps and do as they do to improve awareness and market share of our product or service. We’re often tempted to take action by following a similar path, releasing a similar product, or even running a similar marketing campaign—because, hey, if it worked for them, it should work for us, right? Wrong! This is where practicing innovation will set us on our own path to living a life of significance. Focus less on competing, and more on collaborating—and do things your way. Are you playing Follow The Leader or Catch Me If You Can?
I read somewhere that by the age of twenty one, the average millennial will have spent 10,000 hours playing video games … for us older folks, we shout in glorious victory when we get in the fastest moving checkout line! Why? We all enjoy the challenge and the reward of competition. According to game designer Jane McGonigal, the positive traits that gamers develop include: the drive for productivity, “urgent optimism” and the ability to “weave a tight social fabric.” Sounds like great attributes for any high-functioning team! And so enters the concept of gamification: since gaming is here to stay, doesn’t it make sense that we apply the dynamics of a game to a non-game environment to reap the benefits of increased stimulation? How can you apply gamification to your team?
– Larry Broughton
At the core of many great leaders throughout history is the concept of servant leadership. This concept encourages leaders to lead by being of service to their team members. When our role exists to be of service to others by supporting and developing them, we bring out the best in those on our team … and team member gratitude, productivity and loyalty skyrocket as a result. As an added bonus, it’s absolutely rewarding to see folks move closer to their fullest potential while in our charge. When contemplating the leadership strategies we hope to deploy, its helpful to think of leaders we admire most: what qualities, traits and values do/did they possess? How will history define your leadership legacy?
– Larry Broughton
When on fire, we know to stop, drop, and roll. In life, we must stop, drop, and reflect.
Reflection could be the most underrated resource in our lives, businesses, and projects. It may not take much time to “take five” to quiet our minds and unwind after a stressful day or interaction or to ask our clients and stakeholders how things are going, but it does take effort. It’s easy to postpone this critical task, instead focusing on the urgent matters that vie for our attention. Regular reflection and introspection, however, provides the opportunity to fine-tune our thoughts, communications, relationships, products and services, which leads to increased confidence that our efforts are bringing value to those we love and serve. The only thing worse than being misunderstood or missing the mark is not even knowing it. What project or area of your life requires additional reflection and introspection?
This question comes from a caller who asked us to settle an argument he was having with his father-in-law regarding changing leadership styles settled. Our first point is that arguing with your father-in-law is probably a no-win proposition! Our second point is that leadership styles that worked 30 years ago simply aren’t effective in today’s dynamic business environment. We suggest you focus on the following:
1. Lead with the Three E’s: Top down leadership just isn’t effective in today’s work environment. Fancy titles and big corner offices don’t motivate many younger team members; they’re seeking significance in addition to success. Consider leading them with the 3E’s:
* Evaluate: Use objective evaluation assessments to discover the real strengths of your team.
* Empower: Don’t waste time telling team members how to accomplish a task. Give them the desired objective or outcome and empower them to use their strengths to accomplish the task the best way that works for them (provided it’s ethical and legal, of course).
* Engage: Allow team members to self-select for projects and initiatives that really speak to them and best utilize their strengths. Consider allowing them to spend 10-15% of their time working on their own projects or supporting community projects they are passionate about.
2. The-Times-They-are-a-Changin’: The command and control leadership style of past generations, with its rigid “carrot and stick” reward/punishment system is being replaced by a more inspiring and encouraging leadership style. Today’s workforce is more socially conscious, socially aware and serious about making in impact that isn’t always measured in dollars.
3. You Shouldn’t Be the Smartest Person in the Room: Many leaders of yesteryear were always concerned with being recognized as the “smartest person in the room.” No longer! Today’s leader understands the need to engage those that are bolder and brighter to create enduring success. In fact, you should strive to never be the smartest person in the room!
To learn more about today’s most effective leadership styles, please listen to the replay of our November 2012 Virtual Jam Session