LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2019Q2 and consider what you’ve incorporated in to your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you and your personal relationship with individual team members. Where could you be more generous, more helpful, and more accepting? Use the following recap of the Leader’s Field Guide to remind you of the lessons from this quarter. Using the lens of kindness, what challenging goals can you set for 209Q3?
- Secret Code for NOT Leading: We reflected on options leaders have when faced with a vacuum of leadership including remaining silent, providing support, demonstrating patience, and moving on.
- To Worry or Not to Worry? We highlighted three ways be to completely present especially when things stray from the agenda: balance intention with surrender, trust we are equipped, and honor the highest possible outcome.
- Work Day Treasure Hunt: We discussed tips for surviving the gauntlet of challenges that can arise from seemingly simple effort by staying focused, stubborn, and hopeful.
- Oh, I See! We looked into techniques for improving our ability to see clearly at work like: requesting more information, flipping ideas upside-down, seeing things from others’ perspective, and completely refocusing.
- Hockey Stick LeadershipTM: We talked about four quadrants of “up and to the right” leadership (fierce humility and gentle confidence) which differentiates ineffective, fragile, arrogant, and powerful leaders.
- Bonsai Leadership Training: We reviewed Bonsai techniques of maintenance pruning (breaking habits) and structural pruning (changing directions). Remember, training starts at any age, bigger is not better, and patient adjustments yield results.
- Tips FROM the Subway: We focused on how leaders must boldly position themselves in the natural ebb and flow, specifically ask for what’s needed, and selflessly help others, especially strangers.
- Not So Magical Team Building: We had a great conversation about why fearing public vulnerability, participating in silly activities, and deserting a mounting workload beg leaders to incorporate professionalism, substance, and real work during team building events.
- Can You Train Friendliness? We brainstormed about the difference between being polite and being friendly suggesting that with good and personalized reasons, we can teach team members to care and be truly authentic.
- In Case of Emergency: We learned how to walk our teams through the complexities of responding to real (and false) alarms, focusing on discovery during initial response, and protecting whistle blowers.
I challenge you to make a formal list of training or books that would round out your skills. I would especially encourage you to be kind to those with which you work and to yourself. Design a plan for 2019Q3. (A special thanks to the powerfully confident and humble-hearted leaders in our weekly Synergy Groups— I learn so much from you and our Spirited conversations.)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She founded Synergy Groups, virtual masterminds connecting all Christians, everywhere, for the purpose of Community, Accountability, Transformation, and Leadership. She also partners with high-performers and heirs-apparent especially in the STEM industries. Michelle’s formal background in technology, franchise, and project management gives her an edge on implementing best practices and scaling towards sustainable success. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.