Building Blocks for an Innovative Culture

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Building a culture takes everyone at the table.
Building a culture takes everyone at the table.

As a leader, you are probably interested in the sustainability of your company, if you’re not then it may be time to find something else to do for a living. The key to continually being on the sustainable path, you really need to focus building blocks that can provide the base of a culture of innovation. That’s because, in a fast-moving, VUCA world, where people expect things to get better and better, and cheaper and cheaper, innovation is your primary tool that can be used to get ahead of your competition and stay there.

Innovation is not some mystical, close your eyes and with wishful thinking have something appear that is new, improved or revolutionary. It is something that must be done intentionally, proactively and with full participation by all within the company. Building blocks can make it easier for everyone.

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How to Grow Your Leadership: Self-Development

Pyramid S Miles FDP 2015Do you feel that self-improvement is beneficial or just a pain? Too often we feel that to embark on a self-improvement plan is a sign of weakness and should not be visible or acknowledged in public. In my opinion, this view is totally wrong and will limit your career and any legacy that you would like to leave.

Personally, I know that I will never be perfect, there will always be room for improvement. Likewise, you will not be perfect and there will always be room for improvement.

Self-improvement is vital for anyone to manage their career, it doesn’t matter if you are a company President, Operations Leader, Customer Service Representative, Sales & Marketing Director or “pick a title.

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How to Bust Procrastination

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“How to Bust Procrastination.”

I am assuming that you have passion to do what you do in terms of a business, so have you ever lacked the drive and ambition to actually get anything done? Staring at a blank piece of paper or computer screen can get frustrating, and putting in unfocused effort is a waste of time. Procrastination is one of a few inhibitors that are at the root of this type of mentality. It tends to get in the way of the creative experiences that you crave, but then end up neglecting or ignoring.

Busting Procrastination

In order to maintain success and keep things rolling with any of your goals, it’s crucial that you fight off any procrastination and negative energy that gets you in that uninspired mood. Below are a few tips to help keep you motivated to get out of your comfort zone every time you have the opportunity. Have your all of your stakeholders in mind when you’re thinking about your next set of tasks, decisions or processes!

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Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 4)

Child Leadership 2014  So what can you do to develop    your unique leadership style into one that will be highly trusted and respected? Today we continue last week’s post, here are the last three of the seven characteristics you can integrate when selecting the best leadership style, with tips for putting them into action.

  1. Be Collaboration-Focused

The best leaders are human and socially conscious. Recognizing the contribution of others and giving the team room to innovate is the best way to lead into a more resilient future. In this 21st century we are facing radical changes in business structure, communication methods and high dependency on partners for growth.

If your leadership style is silo focused and inward driven, then it will not fit well in today’s environment. People are looking for leaders they can trust, believe and willing to commit to a common purpose of vision. If your focus in on short term financial goals with no room for employees, then I would say your focus is wrong.

  • Consider “Why should my team be led by me?” Notice what you already bring them, and what they need more of from you to bring out their best.
  • Ask yourself, “What can I give my team today?”
  • Ask your people, “How can I help you succeed?”

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Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 3)

Journaling 600X400 FreeSo what can you do to develop your unique leadership style into one that will be highly trusted and respected? Today we continue last week’s post, here are two more of the seven characteristics you can integrate when redefine your unique leadership style, with tips for putting them into action.

  1. Get OUT of Your Comfort Zone & Stretch Your Leadership Style

Alongside concentrating on your strengths, actively work to stretch into the leadership style(s) you find harder.

Generally, EQ research findings in a nutshell find: the most successful leaders can consciously draw on and seamlessly integrate all leadership styles, dependent on the situation. One size definitely does not fit all.

For example, strong, aggressive working environments tend to generate a direct and pace-setting style. If this is not your natural approach, but is required within your role, find ways to blend your natural style with your “stretch style” so you’re not putting on an act. This is not a fake it until you make it process. It must be authentic.

A natural coaching/affiliate style may not suffice in moments of crisis.

However, you can be incredibly directive and punchy—forceful, if you were able to give clear directions in as human and humorous a way as you can, so that the job gets done more effectively but you didn’t feel you was selling yourself out.

Always blend with your team’s leadership strengths to best advantage. Generally, the best leaders are not well rounded however the best teams are, says Tom Rath of Gallup, which has surveyed over 3 million people on the topic of leadership style and strengths.

  • Identify your leadership style stretch areas, and find ways to authentically blend them with your natural style.
  • Determine how you can get out of your comfort zone and grow but also allow your team members to do the same.
  • Review the blend of strengths in your team or organization. Who on your team has strengths that particularly complement your own leadership style, and how could you use these better?

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