authored by Steve Chandler & Scott Richardson, reviewed by Prof.M.S.Rao 5/10 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz 8/13
“The failure to give appropriate and timely feedback is the most extreme cruelty that we can inflict on any human being.” – a Management Consultant
• Listening. “The first rule in any kind of coaching is that the coach has to engage in deep “listening”. Which means that the coach must relate to the context in which the ‘other’ is reasoning-they must ‘tune in’ to were the other is coming from. In short, perhaps the basis of leadership is the capacity of the leader to change the mind-set, the frame work of the other.”
• As a motivational practice, “leading from the front” hits harder and lasts longer, than any other practice.
• Most managers try “double negatives” as a way to motivate others, but it usually doesn’t work.
• A great motivator “doesn’t fight fires 24/7”. A true motivator leads people from the present into the future. The only time a fire becomes relevant is, when it’s in the way of that future goal. Sometimes a leader doesn’t even have to put the fire out. S/he sometimes just takes a path around (or above) the fire to get to the desired future.
• Leadership is a skill, like gardening or chess or playing a computer game. It can be taught and it can be learned at any age if the commitment to learn is present. Companies can turn their managers into leaders.
• To be the best motivational leader as you can possibly be, you might want to show your people that life with you is a game.
• It is hard to motivate others if you don’t have time to talk to them.
• One of the most vital aspects of motivating others is the ability to see what’s possible instead of just seeing what’s happening now.
• It is a fallacy to say that a great leader should be egoless.
• Always hire the best talent. The best way to create a highly motivated team is to hire people who are already motivated.
• A true leader does not try to become everybody’s big Buddy, although he or she values being upbeat and cheerful in communication. A true leader is not overly concerned with always being liked, and is even willing to engage in very uncomfortable conversations in the name of being straight and thorough.
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