Who can you help today?


From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leaders blog

There’s nothing quite as great as the feeling when you’ve done something for someone else. Contributing to something beyond ourselves, something greater than ourselves is endlessly inspiring.

“We rise by lifting others”

Robert Ingersoll

Helping someone else – by for example giving your time, sharing your knowledge, ideas, skills or network, is just great to do.

Do it unconditionally. Don’t do it expecting something back. If you get something back, then great, but never let that be the reason why you do it. Help because you want to.

To lead is to be of service to others, to enable others to do more, to be more.

Who can you of service to today? How can you help solve their problem, make their day easier? Who can you help today?

Thanks for helping!

About the authors

Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.

Praise the setbacks!

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leaders blog

It can be tempting to constantly wish for great results and going from success to success. Smooth sailing basically. But that’s rarely how it is, is it?

We all experience setbacks, we all make mistakes. And it’s supposed to be that way.

Progress requires setbacks; the only sure way to avoid failure is not to try.

Henry Spencer

It’s the same for teams you’re in or lead. Sometimes things go easily, success is right there – and sometimes you need to come across hurdles, you need to learn to get over them, to find new solutions – learn new ways of approaching new challenges and situations.

So the next time your team stumbles, welcome it.

Look for the learning. Look for the creativity it can bring. Get the team discussing and finding solutions together, as great ideas are rarely a solitary Eureka moment – ideas feed each other and with great teamwork there are no limits to what you can achieve.

Here’s to success, yours and your team’s – spiced up by challenges, setbacks and changes!

About the authors

Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.

Culture is created leader by leader

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s blog
“Culture is always present, it never stops”

Corporate culture is more and more recognised as a force to be reckoned with. “How things get done around here” matters. Culture matters.

Many organisations want to change or adapt their culture – to be more inclusive, innovative, collaborative, successful etc. But changing culture is not an easy task. In fact, it’s complex, as it involves people’s behaviours and feelings.

If you want to change or impact the culture, turn to yourself first. Think about how your behaviours shape the culture you’re in – and think about what you can do differently to shape a different culture.

What is culture then?

Culture is always present, it never stops.

In a way culture is quite simple, it simply determines “how things get done around here”. It is usually implicit rather than explicit and can be hard to pinpoint. It is not the “what”, it is the “how” of business. It is how people react, behave and interact every minute of every day. It is not something complicated or fluffy, it is something quite simple. It is the glue that holds an organisation together. It is however not determined by a framed poster on the wall in reception, it is more complex than that. And this is the challenge with culture, the concept is simple but the implementation can be very complex and habits die hard, and to change behaviours takes time.

The questions to ask, for an organisation that wants to embrace the power of culture, are these:

  • Do we have a healthy culture that drives the organisation forward, that makes it easy to operate effectively and efficiently?
  • Do people enjoy working there?
  • Does the culture deliver results while creating a true picture of an organisation with integrity?
  • Does it create trust and build confidence?
  • Does it attract customers, employees and investors?

These are relevant questions, because it should do all those things. Culture, as we’ve discussed, is “how things get done” and for that reason it should be on every board’s agenda as well as every executive team’s and every leader’s agenda. Leaders at all levels should be setting the tone for “how things get done”.

Culture definitely starts at the top, and at the same time it can’t just be dictated from the top. It needs to resonate with people at all levels, it needs to feel right for people, as something they would “stand for” themselves. It gets propagated by role modeling not just by words.

So think about what are you doing to help and support the culture that you are creating, it starts with you. You can influence it more than you realise. Start today

About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.

What is culture then?

Culture is always present, it never stops.

In a way culture is quite simple, it simply determines “how things get done around here”. It is usually implicit rather than explicit and can be hard to pinpoint. It is not the “what”, it is the “how” of business. It is how people react, behave and interact every minute of every day. It is not something complicated or fluffy, it is something quite simple. It is the glue that holds an organisation together. It is however not determined by a framed poster on the wall in reception, it is more complex than that. And this is the challenge with culture, the concept is simple but the implementation can be very complex and habits die hard, and to change behaviours takes time.

The questions to ask, for an organisation that wants to embrace the power of culture, are these:

  • Do we have a healthy culture that drives the organisation forward, that makes it easy to operate effectively and efficiently?
  • Do people enjoy working there?
  • Does the culture deliver results while creating a true picture of an organisation with integrity?
  • Does it create trust and build confidence?
  • Does it attract customers, employees and investors?

These are relevant questions, because it should do all those things. Culture, as we’ve discussed, is “how things get done” and for that reason it should be on every board’s agenda as well as every executive team’s and every leader’s agenda. Leaders at all levels should be setting the tone for “how things get done”.

Culture definitely starts at the top, and at the same time it can’t just be dictated from the top. It needs to resonate with people at all levels, it needs to feel right for people, as something they would “stand for” themselves. It gets propagated by role modeling not just by words.

So think about what are you doing to help and support the culture that you are creating, it starts with you. You can influence it more than you realise. Start today

About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.

Don’t be a know-it-all, be a learn-it-all


From WeAreTheCity’ Future Leader’s blog

Don’t be a know-it-all be a learn–it–all”

Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft

As leaders and influencers we are always learning, we can’t possibly have all the answers, how could we know everything? Yet so many leaders think they have to have all the answers. When leaders are comfortable and confident with who they are, they are OK with learning rather than feeling they have to know it all.

It is like kids at school – if one of them is a know-it-all and the other is a learn-it-all, the learn-it-all will always do better than the other one even if the know-it-all starts with more capability because they are demonstrating a desire to learn. This desire to learn creates inspiring Leadership, where others want to follow on the journey with that Leader.

It comes back to our emotional intelligence and our ability to be humble. As leaders we want to:

  • Create a learning culture, one that encourages and allows others to learn
  • Remember that if we don’t keep learning we stop growing. And with the speed of change in our ever changing world we can’t possibly be complacent and stop learning.

We are not saying you don’t need knowledge, of course you do, but it is how you use that knowledge and continue to gain it that is the differentiating factor in the future and how you will be more successful.

This desire to learn creates engaged followership, who wants to follow a know-it-all?

What learning culture are you creating?

What behaviours do you want to role model – those of a know-it-all or a learn-it–all?

Start learning more today; be inquisitive, be courageous! It is endearing and others will want to follow you. Not many people want to follow a know-it-all. After all, what can you learn from them if they don’t keep learning?

About the authors

Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams”: I bought in from the first paragraph; ten chapters of real and practical examples on how to lead a team with characters skilfully portraying the tensions faced by leaders every day. A leadership masterclass.

Lynn Hill, Deputy CEO, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Turst, Hertfordshire.

Learning from today

From 2020 Vision leader’s blog

What has happened today that you can learn from?

What went well? How can you recreate that tomorrow?

What didn’t go well? What can you do differently tomorrow?

What went OK but could have been better? How can you make it better tomorrow?

Learning never stops. Grab every opportunity to expand your knowledge, experience and expertise.

What can you learn from today that will help you in the future? Keeping in mind that the future starts tomorrow…