Dear Change Leader, Change Yourself.

by blogadmin 3. June 2019 02:37

  

 Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership In Action | Leadership Edition 

Why is change so difficult at work? Often, it's because leadership uses a logical approach to deal with the implementation of a new process, but ignores the emotional side of the equation. Put yourself in your others' desk chairs when it comes to change:

(1) It is unknown. We can't be sure if the change will be positive or if it will work.

(2) It requires us to change our pattern of behavior. Most people enjoy a routine pattern or a way of doing things. Change disrupts our routine. 

(3) It requires energy. Most of us would rather continue our current practice because it takes less work. We prefer autopilot mode.

(4) I am losing something of value. Most of us feel that with change we lose something important. Something we value about our status, our work, our relationships. We may even feel that we are out of control. 

You may think the ability to empathize and fully understand what's going on in a team member's head is easy, but today's leaders need to be REAL change leaders. Draw people into the story by making them active participants. The trick is to uitilize your soft skills and address the real concern of what's in it for them. Great change leaders make people see the positive side of change, show them how they will learn, grow, and improve, and make the status quo seem unappealing.

Personal Challenge:
With upcoming changes that need to be made, what can you do to improve your own soft skills? In what ways can you involve your team in the change process? How can you include them in the journey? Where can you demonstrate your enthusiasm and gratitude for their roles in making your company thrive and become even more successful?

Here's wishing you great success in all that you do! 

Is Your Team The Perfect Blend?

by blogadmin 29. April 2019 02:25

"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note." ~Doug Floyd

 A number of years ago, a good friend and I were asked to prepare some punch for an event. We had talked about what type of punch to serve and decided that we would take every type of juice we could think of and mix it together. We were sure it would make a tasty, healthy punch.

Yes, it turned brown and muddy! The flavor was good, however, as some did venture to try it! We realized we had spoiled the beauty and color of the individual fruit by trying to mix it with every bottle we had selected for the punch.

The same method could be a mixed result with people. When we draw on each other's strengths, our team is enriched and it works well. But if we try to mix everyone together to come out with one style or one approach, we lose the very characteristics that made each individual stand out. Appreciated should be the unique perspectives that people bring to the team. Results will show how your organization's work will be enriched and fruitful! 

 

The Most Valuable Currency in the World

by blogadmin 15. April 2019 01:56

  

What is the most valuable currency in the world? Gold? Diamonds? While they have monetary value, they are not a match for the true answer to the question. TRUST is the most valuable currency--in relationships. You cannot buy trust or manufacture it.

Some say, "Just trust me"! We expect people to trust us because we are nice enough. But trust is earned based on several factors. Reflect on how you answer to the below questions.

-Integrity: Do you tell the truth and act in a way that people feel is consistent to what you say?

-Sincerity: Do you convey that you are sincere in what you are expressing or is it merely a script; something you feel you are supposed to say? 

-Accountability: Do you willingly admit to yourself and others about mistakes you've made?

-Follow-Through: Do you follow through and do what you say?

Nobody is perfect. But if we want to develop strong trust with others, we must practice and master these key areas. Trust is critical to every relationship we want to build and every goal we want to achieve.

Personal Challenge:

How will you strengthen your trust with others this week?

All The Best,

John Karle

Senior Sales Consultant 

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