The Power of a Mastermind – Is it Right for You?

I am a strong advocate of mastermind or peer mentoring groups for every one.  In fact, I have participated in a mastermind group or two every year in the past 20 years.  A mastermind group is your Success Team, Board of Advisors,  and Confidant.  Together you work together for your collective success.

Whether you want to grow your career, advance your business, initiate changes in your department or keep yourself accountable to your goals, a mastermind can help you.  The father of the mastermind, Napoleon Hill (and author of Think and Grow Rich), described a mastermind group as

“The coordination of knowledge and effort in a spirit of harmony,
between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

 

In an article, “The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO  Group”, author Christopher Haan discussed how a peer mentoring group can help you manage your business and your better.  The same can be said for managing your career.  In his article, Haan states that participants  in a mastermind or peer mentoring group must be ”active participants …– doers, not just listeners”.  Mastermind participants who are CEOs, executives, or leaders participate because they are most likely not always going to hear what they need to hear from employees, the Board of Directors or colleagues, he says. “They come because people will tell them what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear. They really like having an objective sounding board of CEOs whose only agenda is to help you and your business get better.”

 

How does a mastermind group improve your business or career?

When you join a mastermind group you have an opportunity to join a select group of motivated and dedicated business leaders who are open and willing to take the steps toward collective success. Each participant brings their knowledge, skills, experience and insights.  They also embrace the concept of sharing & supporting each member of the group.  Receiving honest, frank feedback is not always what you want to hear but when given in a supportive environment, it allows you to seek solutions to turn negatives into positives, gain insights into how others perceive a situation or brainstorm new ideas.

 

A spark sets you in action, allowing you to gain velocity and sustain momentum.

 

Virtual or In-Person

There are a variety of different mastermind groups available for entrepreneurs, professionals, CEO’s and more. Each group brings its own culture and can be run in both facilitated and non-facilitated formats.

Virtual groups offer you the ability to connect with others in your city, province, state, country or globally all from the comfort of your home or office.  There are great time savings because you don’t have to travel to the meeting location.  Technology allows groups to video-conference together and improve the connectivity over telephone calls alone.   Not meeting in person takes self-discipline to turn off your cell phone, email notifications and any other distractions.  A mastermind only works when every member of the group is fully engaged and involved.

I have loved my virtual groups.  My current mastermind team is global.  We meet via Zoom.us because members of our group live and workGlobal Virtual Mastermind and Mentoring in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands and Hong Kong,  Each of us are business owners or senior managers, some in similar fields, others very different.  It is the distance geographically that works to our advantage as we are better able to share our approaches and we learn the differences between cultures, specialties and more.  The bond we have created and the support we each garner has helped members grow their business, write a book, take action on a dream to spend a month in Peru, and connect with new opportunities that may have passed by otherwise.

In person groups offer participants very focused meetings where you can connect in-person with other participants.  For some, this format works much better than a virtual group.  I have participated in this type of mastermind as well.  In fact, I really enjoyed getting together with my mastermind team.  We created a great environment to share and gain the support we needed to really step up into new arenas.  A face-to-face group does have some drawbacks — most importantly is that everyone must live in the same geographic area and you have to allow extra time to travel to the meeting location. Timeliness is also critical – Time is money! Respecting each other enough to arrive on time, stay focused on the topic at hand, and being willing to discuss the “hard” areas will make this type of group a valuable addition to your business or career.

Facilitated or Self-Run – There are two different approaches to mastermind groups.  Some groups are self-run, usually with one or two members taking on the role of leader.  Many self-run groups have a loose agenda and experience a shorter lifespan.  I have belonged to several self-run masterminds in the past two decades and two of them have survived for more than 10 years, although a few members came and went. the core remained in place thus offering stability.

On the other hand, facilitated masterminds offer members an opportunity to focus on their business or career.  Rather than having to organize and lead the group, energy is spent on participating in the mastermind.  The facilitated meetings generally have a fee attached and the facilitator will organize and lead the group, keep everyone on schedule and help coordinate resources, guest speakers and screen new members.

To Retreat or Not

In many facilitated mastermind programs, an in-person retreat is included.  A retreat usually include only the mastermind participants.  Others may invite other people to participate to ensure the group size will maximize the benefit a retreat can create.  A Retreat may include fun activities, guest speakers, learning sessions, mastermind “hot seat” sessions and more! Getting away from your daily routine to focus on what’s important to you, and interacting with other motivated and supportive individuals make these retreats, in my opinion, the most valuable part of a mastermind.

 

Few things can accelerate you toward your goals faster than a mastermind group. Michael Hyatt

 

Take the next step

If you are ready to take action and ignite your career or business and reach new goals, a mastermind group maybe tGo Confidently Quotehe solution for you! As a mastermind facilitator, I bring groups together who are at the same phase or have a common focus,  In September 2016 I will be hosting a virtual mastermind.   The Gold Spark Mastermind is a 6-month program designed for experienced managers, executives, entrepreneurs, CEO’s.  Groups help to create their own mastermind culture.  Members also have input into the approach, topics, schedule and format.

Three options exist —

  • Mastermind alone,
  • Mastermind + Retreat or
  • Mastermind + Retreat + 1:1 Coaching

As a member of a mastermind you will be supported in your goals and accountability is a built-in component of each group.  You will receive a Mastermind Success Tracker, access to monthly book reviews, expert interviews or tele-seminars for added support.

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If you have questions, book an Ignite Session with me and we can explore this option for you.

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Building Team Focus

I’ve written before about how important it is for a team to have a common focus in order to be successful.  This is one area where diversity of though is not good.

 The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.  You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.  — Babe Ruth

Once a team culture is created it can be a challenge to change, yet it is possible to improve it.  In their book, The Discipline of Teams, Katzenback and Smith stated, “teams have four elements—common commitment and purpose, performance goals, complementary skills, and mutual accountability.”

Does your team have a common commitment and purpose?  If not, you have a group of individuals not a team.   Teams are link jigsaw puzzles, they fit together and interlock to create the bigger picture.  One broken or missing piece leaves aConnected team-StuartMiles_ID-100146283 gap.

High performance teams adopt the four elements of a team.  They come together for a common purpose, remain focused on that purpose as a collective.   As a leader of a team, your role is to help every team member identify the
key purpose and operating principles of the team.

  • Why is the team together?
  • What is the purpose of the team?
  • Who is responsible for what tasks and actions?
  • How will the collective results create a positive impact on the organization?

 

Aim higher. Stay focused.  — Brandon Adams

The vision and operating principles are created by the group as a first step in achieving a common focus and commitment from each member of the team.

Secondly, high performing teams revisit their operating principles regularly.  Are they still applicable.  What, if any, changes are needed and why?   When changes are needed, its important to understand why the changes are needed.

Lastly, it is important for each member of the team to be held accountable to the operating principles.  As discussed in the post “One Bad Apple – Can One Person Impact a Team” when a team member goes rogue, the focus and productivity of the entire team can be negatively impacted.

A point for Team Leads

If your team cannot see how their efforts are helping the entire organization and how working together is good for each individual as well as the team, there is work to be done to build a high performance team.  Consider a dedicated meeting to address the differences, gaps and challenges, identify solutions and celebrate what’s working well.  Team leader trust and transparency can make all the difference in this process.  You must also demonstrate you are on the same page with your team, supportive and willing to pitch in.  Remember, great leaders lead by example.

Is your team focus waivering?  We can help you be a better leader, build trust and engagement through focused conversations, leadership coaching and training.  Ask us how one of our solutions could benefit your team. 

One Bad Apple – Can One Person Imact Team Success?

Can one person impact the dynamics of a team? Absolutely!

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi

We only have to look at our work environments or sports teams for examples.

Recently, the Montreal Canadiens traded P.J. Subban for Shae Webber which shocked many fans.  P.J. was a key part of the Montreal hockey team, very active in the community and a fan favourite.  Why would they trade away a key resource?  Some say the downturn in the teams performance on the ice wasn’t related to the loss of the goalie. Instead it was reflective of strained dynamics in the locker room.  Webber brings a leadership component which is needed to ensure this decline in performance doesn’t happen again.

Another example is here in B.C. with our football team, the B.C. Lions.  For the past two years we had two new head coaches and results were a complete reversal of prior performance.  This year, former head coach and GM, Wally Buono returned to the sidelines and its like watching a different team.  Reports are Buono treats every player the same- whether they are a rookie or a veteran.  He also has the same expectations — come to practice and games prepared to work and give it their best effort.

Although these are sports examples, the same occurs in business.  A negative nellie can ruin a motivated and productive team.  A leader who lacks trust in their team can lose the respect of team members and morale will drop, leading to turnover, poor productivity, conflict and more.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie

Here are three ways you can ensure that one bad apple doesn’t ruin your team’s efforts.

  1.  Create a positive culture with a strong vision, mission and purpose. If a team lacks focus or understanding of their role and what’s expected of them, they will flounder.  Each member of a team needs to have a role and understand how their role is part of the whole.  The team leader may not always be the manager or coach.  Sometimes it will be a member of the team who will have the most impact on ensuring everyone stays on track.   No matter who or why the team isn’t on track, we do know that a team that attracts the very best and deals with negative nellies before they do damage.
  2. Take action fast when ‘negative nellie’ shows up! If a team member is not embracing the roles and behaviours acceptable to the team, its important to step in and address it quickly.  Feedback is one of the most effective ways to address negativity or a lack of engagement.  A conversation with the team member is vital for them to recognize the impact of their behaviour or actions on the entire team, and to identify a solution to the issue.  Sometimes the ‘negative nellie’ has to be removed from the team so that other members can achieve their best.
  3. Recognize differences and outcomes.   Every team is made up of different personalities and people with different perspectives.  It is this diversity that adds to the strength of the team, much like a mastermind.  Together the team is stronger when all perspective are brought together to create a new solution.   As a team lead, your role is to ensure everyone has an opportunity to contribute.  Some will prefer to be more visible than others.  Recognize the contributions of each member (not just those who are more vocal or visible) and celebrate positive outcomes or positive learnings from mistakes.

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” — Phil Jackson

Team dynamics are a key factor in achieving a successful outcome.  Don’t let one person stop the team from pulling the whole team down!  Whether you are the team lead or a team member, you have a role to play — be the difference maker!

 

Does your team experience challenges?  We have a number of solutions that can assist you. Contact us to explore how our solutions may benefit your and your team and boost results.

Green Your Horizons – 3 Steps to a Better Business

Greening your horizons doesn’t mean becoming a ‘tree-hugger’ or anti-establishment.  In fact, I believe that incorporating a MoreThanGreen™ approach to your business gives your business heart and will “do-good”.  You will have a better business and better customers and more profits to do more good!

What is business with heart? 

In today’s business world, a self-centred focus on your own profitability is not enough to be truly successful and to have longevity. Businesses must remove their blinders to create and maintain a positive impact on their own employees, the community they live and work in, and on the environment.

A for-profit-businesses is traditionally, and continues to be focused on wealth building.  In addition, today’s Comtemplation Reap Action ILIprogressive and most successful businesses also now recognize that wealth sharing is a critical facet that cannot be ignored. Giving back to the community and reducing their impact on the environment are a necessity if they want to engage and retain top talent, attract loyal customers and build strong relationships with community members.

A business with heart considers all facets on the triple bottom line – people (employees, the community, clients), planet (environmental impact) and profits. They strive to create economic value while also creating social or environmental value at the same time. Each factor is important in all decisions and actions are transparent and well documented. Corporate philanthropy is as important as profit-making components of any business.

What Steps Can You Take?

1. Integrate your Values

Are you clear on your own personal values?  Do your values and those of your organization align with those of your employees / team members? Are employees clear on what the business’ values? If not, this is the place to start! If values are not clear and in alignment, there will be challenges – a true misfit!

One of my top values is education. This has become an integral focus of my business endeavours, my own professional development and is part of my charitable focus. This alignment creates a strong link between the three and allows me to maintain a strong focus. It also sends a clear message to my team, colleagues and clients of what is important.

2. Set SMART goals.

Setting goals should be a routine activity for every business, department and leader.  As you know, goals should be SMART (Specific, Measureable, Actionable, Realistic and Time Specific).  One area where new goals for business can be set are philanthropic goals.  Many organizations claim to “do good” but they fail to have clear and measurable goals in this area.. In my business, I have set a goal to donate a minimum of 1% of gross sales to charities that align with my values.  Learn more on my efforts on my website

Can you measure the impact of your social and environmental efforts? Are your efforts transparent so others can clearly recognize that you do what you say? If not, it is important to establish a method to both measure and report on actions taken and results achieved. Be specific. Rather than state “a portion of profits,” state a specific amount of total revenue ie: 1% of gross sales, or $2.00 of each book. These numbers cannot be manipulated or branded as a “green-wash.”

3. Engage Others

Getting employees at all levels engaged with your business goals and endeavours is a critical component.  Are your philanthropic goals resonating with members of your team and with your customers? Are your efforts more than lip service to a cause? How do you demonstrate this commitment? Employees are more motivated to help you to achieve your goals if they are part of the process. Do you support their desire to volunteer for causes important to them?

Many large corporations are now encouraging their employees to volunteer in the communities where they live and work. They support these efforts by allowing time off from work and/or providing financial, marketing or physical resources such as equipment. Millennials and Generation Y’s now expect this involvement from employers. Failing to integrate and involve them in social enterprise efforts means they will look elsewhere for employment. If you want to attract and retain top talent, engagement is critical.

Isn’t it time for you to seriously add heart to your business and green your horizons? Your community, the environment and your bottom line will thank you!

Start a Conversation – Gain More than You Expect

When was the last time you had a good conversation with a colleague or a team member?  Did this conversation result in new insights?  Did you learn something new?  Did it up-lift you or provide valuable information?

Fancy action plans don’t create engagement; ongoing two-way dialogue creates engagement.


A conversation is described as an informal exchange of information between two or more talk bubblespeople.  A conversation involves two aspects — sharing information and listening.  Too often listening, I mean really listening so you hear what is actually being said to you, is lost.  Communicating by email, text or notices shares information but lacks the engagement and “hearing” components of a conversation.

 

Nothing managers talk about will affect engagement if they don’t listen to what associates tell them.


According to Gallop, “Great managers who have meaningful ongoing discussions with their employees also take ongoing action based on what they hear in those everyday conversations. They ask good questions, including disarmingly simple ones, and they pay close attention to the responses. They keep the wheels of engagement turning all the time, just by talking.”

In my role as a Consultant I have the opportunity of observing the interactions of many different people in the workplace.  I also see and work with the impact of poor communication and the lack of meaningful conversations.

 

When you make eye contact you acknowledge the other person’s existence


Make Eye Contact

What does eye contact have to do with conversations?  You can’t connect and initiate a conversation if you don’t see and acknowledge a person.  How many times have you walked down a hallway at work and not made eye contact, smiled at or acknowledged the other person?

eye_blue-eye-pic54When I am working with clients who are disillusioned with their job or their workplace, they frequently say they don’t feel valued.  Many also tell me “the boss just ignores me unless I’ve done something wrong.”  Others report they don’t feel heard because their boss doesn’t make eye contact, but looks at paper on their desk or their computer screen.

Eye contact during a conversation can be difficult for some people but it is vital for effective communication.  People are more willing to talk to you when you make eye contact and you are more likely to hear them too.

Your challenge… When you get to work make a point of making eye contact and saying good morning to every member of your team.  Make a point to acknowledge each person you pass in the hallway or who gets on the elevator… see what happens.

 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller

Huddle Up


One way to build engagement with employees and to connect with what is happening around you is to have daily huddles.  A huddle is an opportunity for you to connect with your team and to plan your day or gain insights. Huddles are short (less than 15 minutes) and to the point.  They are not for problem solving or lon

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g-term planning. Huddles are probably one of the most effective interactions you can have with your team.

A huddle isn’t just a “report out”.  Instead, its an opportunity for every member of the team to share information, insights and to ask questions to help them move forward.  You’ll build connections, improve organizational productivity, enhance the culture and keep your finger on the pulse.

I also have used huddles to connect individually with team members during the day.  I’ve used these exchanges to touch base, learn more about employees and share.  These meetings don’t have an agenda other than to connect but I’ve shared positive feedback, asked questions about a challenge I’m aware of or to check on progress and to offer my assistance.

Your Challenge — Connect with every team member in your team and have a conversation.

 

Learning without thought is labor lost. ~Confucius

Boost Learning


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One of the best opportunities a manager has to positively impact their organization’s learning and to lead change is to teach.  I don’t mean in a classroom style, but through a conversation.  Traditionally, when people attend a workshop or conference they become excited about new information or insights they have learned but this goes by the wayside when they return to their desk.  Why?  There is no mandate to integrate it into their job.

After an employee attends a conference, have a conversation to identify what their key insights were and if there is something they would like to integrate into their work?  Can you help them set up a personal challenge to instill an action plan into their work?  Book follow-up conversations to monitor progress.

Do you provide in-house training sessions?  Coaching has helped organizations to support employees to actually implement skills they have learned into their daily work habits.  Daily conversations can also help improve employee engagement on skill integration as well.

Your challenge —  Establish regular conversations with each member of your team as a way to integrate learning into their daily work habits.

 

You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way. ~Marvin Minsky

 

If you are interested in how to integrate daily conversations into your workplace to improve employee engagement, learning or productivity, contact us for more information on the options we have available to assist you.

Luck Has Nothing to Do with It

With St. Patrick’s Day upon us, the concept of luck and how people associate it with success in business got me thinking.

How many times have you heard a successful business leader say their success is “just luck”?  They may feel as though they were in the right place at the right time, or an opportunity just came their way.   Anyone who has achieved their own business or career success knows there is no such thing as an overnight sensation!  Success doesn’t just fall in your lap.  You have work to do to prepare yourself.

In an Inc Magazine article, author, Eric Holtzclaw, said

To claim that you are just “lucky” is
a disservice to those considering following an entrepreneurial path.
If success is just based on luck,
then small business owners have no control over their eventual success
and “being unlucky” becomes
an excuse for failure or choosing never to start.”

Richard Branson shares a similar, yet different view.  In fact, Branson says “people and businesses that are generally considered fortunate or luckier than others are usually also the ones that are prepared to take the greatest risks and, by association, are also prepared to fall flat on their faces every so often.”  He goes on to say “You can’t get lucky if you’re playing it safe.”

Luck ispreparationmeetingOpportunityI know I don’t attribute career or business success to luck.  In fact, I believe that luck is the result of making decisions and taking action!

One client I worked with started her path to change by making the decision to seek external help.  I was the person she decided to work with during the transition phase.  These two steps, decision and action, lead her to identify gaps in her team which she addressed, systems that were not working for the team or for her business, and clarified the results she wanted to achieve.  Our collaboration resulted in set expectations for client interactions by each team member, development of tools and resources to assist in improving client retention and to boost sales.  This didn’t happen overnight, and at the end, she indicated she “felt lucky that I came along to help turn things around”.  Her determination, hard work and a willingness to make tough decisions and take action lead to her new success, I was just there to help her remain accountable to herself and her goals.

In the well known book, Good to Great, Jim Collins shares his insights on luck.  He says luck is part of pattern he coins “the window and the mirror“.  He explains Level 5 leaders (individuals who let go of their ego and self-interest while being very ambitious and focused on their organization), will

look out of the window to apportion credit to factors outside themselves when things go well (and if they cannot find a specific person or event to give credit to, they credit good luck).  At the same time they look in the mirror to apportion responsibility, never blaming bad luck when things go poorly.

If you want to enjoy your own luck, now or in the future,

  • recognize what you have accomplished to date and
  • recognize the steps you must take to prepare yourself to be ready to capitalize on opportunities that present thomas-jefferson-luck-wallpapers_18165_1024x768themselves to you.
  • build a good network of like minded people, such as a mastermind group, to keep you focused and moving forward.
  • consider working with a Coach to raise the bar and
  • be willing to take risks and stretch out of your comfort zone!

Are you ready to take action?  

Book your complimentary Ignite Call to explore how we can help you to build your own luck!

How We’re Making a Difference

It’s our year-end and as part of our “MoreThanGreen“™ program, we are proud to share how our 2016 donations are making a difference this year.

We contribute at least 1% of gross revenues to charities.  Learn more about our efforts by visiting our sustainability page

Our donation to Canadian Athletes Now Fund will benefit two athletes in their bid for the 2016 Olympics.  As a self-proclaimed Olympaholic, I am thrilled to share this information on these two talented people.  I know I’ll be cheering8944 CanFund COL Logo FR FA.ai them on in Rio this summer!

Adam Froese – Field Hockey

From Abbotsford British Columbia, Adam made his National team debut in 2009 and has quickly developed into one of Canada’s top defenders.  He has appeared in over 120 international games including representing Canada at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and most recently the 2015 Pan Am Games where Adam and his teammates won silver.  At the 2015 Pan Am Games Adam scored the 5th goal for Canada in the semi-final shootout which also clinched an Olympic berth for Canada to the Rio 2016 Games.  Rio would mark Adam’s first Olympic Games where the squad is looking for a top performance in 2016.

Magali Harvey – Rugby 7s

From Quebec City, Magali has exploded onto the international scene becoming one of Canada’s top offensive players since making her 7s debut in 2011.  She has also represented Canada in the 15s at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup where she most notably was named the 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby Player of the Year after leading her team to a silver medal and finishing the tournament tied for second with 61 points.  At the most recent 2015 Pan Am Games Magali and her teammates won gold in the 7’s and Magali finished tied for first in tournament scoring.  The Canadian Women’s Rugby 7s team has qualified for Rio 2016 where rugby is making its Olympic debut.  They are currently ranked second in the world so are training hard with their sights set on the podium in Rio.

 

Our donation to SoldierOn will help assist them in their aim of supporting ill and injurBanner-1_E-aug-13ed military personnel with a permanent or chronic disability, both still serving and retired, and their families to attain an active and healthy lifestyle. Our donation helps support these personnel in increasing their independence, in developing new skills, in achieving goals and opening the door to other life opportunities. It furnishes an opportunity for them to socialize and explore common interests, and share learning experiences.

 

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Our donation to KidSportbc will help children to become involved in sports when they otherwise wouldn’t be able.  When kids are involved with sport, they learn leadership, teamworkhave , fun grow great friendships and stay healthy.  “So ALL Kids can Play!”  What could be better than that?

 

 

And our donation to the Alzheimer’s Society will help find a cure for this devastating disease that affects adults of all ages.   In fact, I was surprised to learn that more than 70,000 British Columbians have Alzheimer’s disease or alzheimers_bcanother form of dementia. And the numbers are increasing as younger people are being impacted and baby boomers are aging. Every year 15,000 British Columbians are developing dementia.   We are happy to help find a cure and offer education and treatment options to these adults through the Alzheimer’s Society efforts.

 

We want to thank our clients who have supported us in the past fiscal year, so that we could support these worthy causes.

 

Tap Your Introverted Side in Change

As a strong introvert, and a Coach and Consultant frequently asked to work with leaders (both introverts, ambiverts and extroverts), taking time to plan  and leading change while instilling calm comes as second nature.  I have also learned that my introverted clients are more likely to take action rather than step back when chaos hits.   But, before you tell me this isn’t true for all extroverts, I agree.  It’s just they manage chaos and change differently!

Have you noticed that when you are in the midst of change you feel like you are in chaos, even when things are going Ask an Introvertas planned? I know I do. When my clients are experiencing change in their careers or businesses, they frequently want to place things on hold so they can catch their breath. More often than not I help them see that it is better to live in the chaos and push forward than to stall their progress.

Change is hard and I think its only human to resist rapid change that pushes you into overwhelm.  I also believe it’s normal for things to feel somewhat chaotic when you are making progress.  As you learn new things, change routines, you have to stop and think.  Each change pushes you out of your comfort zone and may feel like you have lost control.

The key to managing this ‘lack of control’ or ‘chaos’ is to have a good plan in place.  Introverts often step away, even if only for a short time, to have quiet time to contemplate and consider the situation and next steps.  They can be very decisive yet thrive with a moment of quiet.  Extroverts frequently have a tendency to jump in an take action immediately.  This may come at the expense the longer term plan.

The plan will help you know when you are on course or detouring. When you ensure  your plan has key milestones included — times when specific items will be completed or are transferred to someone else to complete. These milestones allow you to recognize progress. They will also enable you to “weather the storm” when everything seems to be off-kilter.

Remember, review your plan. Tweak it regularly as new information comes to light and keep on marching forward. Before you know it, things will get back to normal and you will get back into your ‘normal grove’.

Regardless of your leadership style or personality traits, when in the midst of change, it is important to find an approach that allows you to continue to lead, go with the flow and instill calmness with your team, accept the uncertainties that you may feel, work your plan and celebrate your successes. You will be glad you did!

 

“So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multi-tasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way.”

 Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Contemplation to Action

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What are you contemplating that can result into a great harvest if you just take action?

Can we help you make that shift?  A Strategy Huddle is a day dedicated to your goals and creating an action plan you can implement right away! Let us partner with you to Ignite Results! Book your Ignition Session to see if a Strategic Huddle  is right for you?

Powerhouse Team

During an episode of “The Property Brothers at Home”, the twins were discussing a project they were working on.  Each had ideas they wanted to include in the project – almost polar opposites.  During the show they were bantering back and forth and a new (and better) idea surfaced that they both liked.  Interestingly enough, they commented about how they frequently bring different perspectives forward and through their discussions land on an even better solution than they would have arrived at individually.

This is a very simplistic example of how two (or more) minds coming together usually come up with better solutions brain ideas pd 11575587_sthan would occur individually.

Is a group always better?

When a team within an organization come together, they too can mastermind to enhance the decisions and solutions.  Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen.  In most work situations, people attending a meeting have different levels of authority.  If the meeting is not structured to encourage the sharing of ideas and perspectives regardless of position (rank), then employees will most likely refrain from speaking up when they hMeeting Teamave a different perspective or idea than their boss.

Another phenomenon that happens in many groups occurs where complacency reigns. Group Think occurs when everyone on the team begins to think alike.  The status quo is embraced and innovation and varied perspectives are fail to be embraced and encouraged.

Challenge the Status Quo

As a leader of a business, division or committee, creating and sustaining an effective group is important if you want to have a positive impact.  To help prevent group think in your team, always be willing to challenge what seems obvious.  When you challenge teams, they will be more creative and innovative and new and more successful solutions can result.

My recommendation is to always ask Why. Not just once, but many times throughout the process.  This one simple word can invoke a wide variety of thoughts, ideas, and new solutions.

Case Study

I was working with a client, who I’ll name Joe.  He had a team of managers who worked well together but results from the management team were not helping them keep pace with competitors.  When we looked at past decisions and outcomes, a pattern became apparent.  Most of the decisions were introduced by one manager, and after a short discussion, minor adjustments, that solution was implemented.  It was quick, easy and painless.  What they learned is that it wasn’t the right approach.

Our solution was to create a structure which would guide the decision making process so that they would compete more effectively and grow their business.  This decision making process included brainstorming, risk assessment, resource evaluation, and a beta test before final launch.  Through the beta test they can ask what is working, what is not and most importantly why!  The answers fueled their future discussions and decisions and led to more innovation and better profits.

Working Alone or Looking for More Diverse Perspectives?

Small and medium business leaders often have a small leadership team.  Their ability to ask for feedback, gather different perspectives or garner support (cause it can be lonely at the top) is limited.

Arrow up ID-10022718So… a mastermind (peer-mentoring) group can be the solution!  Why!  You become part of a unique group of motivated, goal oriented, successful business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs who, like you, are focused on being a good leader, better business person and make better decisions that ignite results, engage employees, grow business and helps them professionally and personally.

A Mastermind Group offers all participants unprecedented opportunities to lead change, grow business and become a stronger leader and a confident person.   Learn more about our Achieve More! Mastermind Sign up today to reserve your spot!  The Group is limited to 10 participants.

 

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