An Entire Team of Opportunity Finders!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 9, 2020.

Napoleon Hill once said, “I have also discovered that there comes with every experience of temporary defeat, and every failure and every form of adversity, the seed of an equivalent benefit. Mind you, I did not say the full blown flower of success, but the seed from which that flower may be made to germinate and grow!”

Just a few days ago, a friend of mine shared a post on social media that said something about everyone having the potential to brighten a room. Jokingly, I responded that there are always a few folks we run into who contribute to a delayed reaction; the room gets brighter when they leave… 

So all jokes aside, have you encountered the person who has an uncanny ability to find a problem in every solution rather than the opposite? Yep, that’s meant to be rhetorical! We’ve all seen it… For that matter, I’ll bet you’re picturing that person as you read...

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Do They Really Know How Much You Value Them?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 8, 2020.

As leaders, we each work incredibly hard to earn belief and trust from each individual on our teams. But let me stop here and point out that I didn’t say “as managers” or “as executives” because the title alone has very little to do with leading!

Quite honestly, earning belief and trust with each of our team members is something we should be working to do on a daily basis. One of the ways we can do that is by being very intentional about showing how much we truly value the unique skill sets each of them provide our organizations.

In a recent Leading At The Next Level lesson called A MAJOR Underlying Issue, I touched on some of the issues we’re seeing across our great nation on what seems to be a daily basis. While it may or may not be quite as dramatic as the media paints it, there are some significant issues that need to be addressed. And in my opinion, it’s not a black or...

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What Are You Feeding Them?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 7, 2020.

In a recent Leading At The Next Level lesson called Different Name, Same Challenge, we took a look at how easy it can really be for any of us to get overwhelmed by fears or concerns when everything we see and hear from the media points to the world spinning out of control. When I shared that lesson, we were just a few weeks into what became the global pandemic we all now refer to as COVID-19. The real intent of that lesson wasn’t to mock the threat that virus has been to so many people but to challenge your thinking with regards to how much control you allow fear to have over your daily routine. I also referenced some great work by Napoleon Hill that dug into where that fear is really coming from…

A few recent posts in A Daily Dose Of Leadership looked at how our actions as leaders ultimately impact the overall culture within our organizations. While we closed that loop by looking at how the example we set...

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Clear Expectations with Specific Details

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on August 7, 2020.

To this point, we’ve looked at specific action steps we can take in being intentional about including team members with the first three of the four primary communication styles. Let’s close the loop by digging into some ways we can provide that same sense of inclusion with the final group: the more CAUTIOUS ones…

So how can we ensure that we’re providing those who are typically more CRITICAL and CAREFUL with what they need so they can feel like they’re accepted as part of the diverse team we’re building?

These Reserved and Task-Oriented folks are where the phrase “measure twice, cut once” had to originate! They have a strong desire to make sure everything they put their hand to yields an accurate result. One of the best ways for us to help them feel included is to be sure we’re providing them with a very clear set of expectations and all the specific details...

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Genuine Appreciation

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on August 6, 2020.

Through the last few blogs, we’ve taken a look at some things we can do to intentionally include individuals as part of our team and build a culture of authentic inclusion. Since we each have our own unique blend of all four behavior styles, this has been focused on providing a starting point based on someone’s primary style. The first two styles we looked at were very Outgoing and rarely need more than an initial invitation to begin the process of bringing them into the fold. But the group we’ll look at today will likely need a bit more encouragement, and that’s critical to recognize because this group makes up almost as much of that population as the first two combined!

Those with a primarily SUPPORTIVE style represent around 35% of everyone we come in contact with on a daily basis. These Reserved and People-Oriented folks are nearly always willing to do things for others that they’d...

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Some Recognition and a Little Fun

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on August 5, 2020.

The last blog covered ways we can help the more DRIVEN folks be more included in the team we’re working to build and I closed by sharing that they only represent around 10% of the population. The next step we can take in making our diverse teams truly inclusive will address another 30% of all the people we’re likely to interact with on any given day, the INSPIRING ones!

While this group is often just as Fast-Paced as the DRIVEN group I just touched on, control and results won’t be what provides them with the fuel they need to feel like they’re a valuable part of the team. This People-Oriented group can certainly accomplish great things but they’re far more likely to give it their all when they really enjoy the team they’re a part of and they can have some degree of fun in the process!

For those of us who are wired to just get things done, these Interactive folks can at times seem...

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You Don’t Have to Control Every Single Thing

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on August 4, 2020.

Over the last few weeks in this series, we’ve taken a look at how things can spiral out of control throughout an organization once Ethical Fading begins, then we dug into the real definitions for diversity and inclusion as we looked at why both really matter when we’re working to build a world class organizational culture. I published an article on LinkedIn yesterday called Don’t Just Say It, Do It! that was intended to set the tone for what we’ll be looking at through these next few blogs showing how to take tangible steps toward achieving authentic inclusion in every part of our team.

While there’s certainly no magic pill that can solve every problem you or I will ever encounter, just changing how we communicate with each individual on our teams can make a significant impact in building a culture where everyone truly feels more included! When orders are being barked from top down,...

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Part of a Winning Team

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 31, 2020.

Have you ever noticed how quick folks tend to be to associate themselves with a sports team when that team is performing well but how those same folks can tend to distance themselves in the bad years. Phrases like We’re going to the playoffs can be fairly common during the good years, but those are often replaced with things like They’re just really bad this year when things aren’t looking so good. 

It’s not at all uncommon to hear both of those things said by the same person, about the same team, in back to back seasons! But why?

I believe each and every one of us have a deep desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. According to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the desire for community must be met before we can really begin to feel accomplished personally.

OK Wes, what does this have to do with the topics we’ve been working through over the last several blogs?...

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Not Just More of the Same!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 30, 2020.

Before I pick up where we left off, I want to share some feedback I received from the questions I closed that last blog with. My challenge was for you to think into how you’ve been proactive about including the people on your team who may not have the same background as you and to consider what you can do to help someone who may have been on a proverbial island become a part of the team.

Truth be told, my thought process with that was geared to the BC (Before Covid) era… Here’s what a great friend sent in response: “I think you could do an entire lesson on the questions you just asked. In the last few months, I’ve been more intentional about reaching out to my co-workers through text, phone calls, emails, and Zoom to stay connected to them. I struggle though to get the message across to Senior Management that I have felt like that proverbial island since I work in an office by...

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A State of Being Included

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 29, 2020.

We looked at what it takes to build a truly diverse team in the last blog. But just having a group of people with varying skill sets and experience doesn’t promise there will ever be a high performing team…

I’ve been in a number of situations where I was always the odd man out. Now before you write me off by saying that doesn’t surprise you, hear me out…

Have you ever been part of a work group where, regardless of your expertise or performance, you just never seemed to fit in because you didn’t come from the same school or didn’t attend the same church? Maybe it was because you had only been with the organization for a few years while nearly everyone else around you had been there for decades. How a scenario where a significant portion of the management team had all come from one other company and anyone without that history was a bit of an outsider? And what if your...

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