What would occur if you treated your employees like partners instead of serfs? We don’t know who our competitors are or where they will come from. New low entry competitors emerge daily. Some more obvious than others.
Today the most important function of leadership is for constant improvement in everything. This comes as the result an abolishment of routines and processes. Doing so causes rancor where protective silos create bureaucratic nonsense that rapidly become par for the course. So, what does a leader do when the bottomline is constantly and urgently thrust before them?
One make sure everyone innovate everything all the time. Certainly leadership and innovation have become ubiquitous terms over complicated by inept leaders and consultants. That means a change in behavior: Personal mastery. Andrew Joseph writes in the 5 Essentials for Leadership Excellence Gleaned From Champions:
“Be in mastery. A champion in their art or skill set is in mastery. For mastery to be achieved, one must always integrate mind/body/spirit and constantly refine every element of their craft.
One way my clients embody personal mastery is to be in stature at all times. Stature is not simply good posture. It is the embodiment of what you know to be true for you. Practice the statement, “I am an extraordinary person, and I do extraordinary things.” In the beginning, it may not feel authentic but in time you will feel the truth of what you are saying.
Practice in front of a mirror “pulling a thread from the top of your head.” You will notice the first thing you do is inhale and you become taller. Your core muscles engage and your chest opens. Again, this may not feel natural at first but it very shortly will.
Learn how to believe in who you are. I call this, “the talking myself into it stage.” In any empowerment work, a teacher can never empower the student. Rather, the teacher helps the student empower himself.”
How does this improve your teams? Spur innovation? Drive revenue?
How doe you obtain competitive advantage? This is an era of relentless uncertainty. The new normal is absurdly more complex than ever before. Excellence, then is a personal achievement before organizational.
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An engagement of people to deliver inordinately supreme quality and matchless service.
Where does this drum beat begin and end? Not leadership.
This new age modicum of excellence drives from the bottom up from employees who think entrepreneurially assuming responsibility for everything beyond their cubicle.
Why? Because they are partners not serfs. Below are ideas from Jack Welch:
“Exercises to motivate
Craft a scary story
Success leads to complacency. “Your job is to create paranoia about what is coming around the corner. You’ve got scare the bejeezus out of everyone.”
Develop a “what’s in it for them” pitch
“If you don’t spend enough time sharing what’s in it for them [they won’t change].” You have to say, “If we don’t change [this is what will happen]. If we do change, there will be growth, job security … always show where we are, what the threats are, and where we need to go.”
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