Careers Club at Coca-Cola | Futureproof your leadership

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

We had the great honour and pleasure of talking at the WATC Careers Club earlier this week – on the subject of futureproofing your leadership.

We were at the fabulous Coca-Cola offices in central London – great place for it! The room was full of engaged, formal and informal leaders at different stages of their career. It was great to watch and hear their (or your – as we do hope that some of you are reading this today) awareness and commitment to becoming the best leader they can be.

Because there is not just one way of being a great leader – the best leaders we have ever come across are clever in seeing that they have a unique recipe for leadership, made up by strengths, knowledge, skills, experience, personality and EQ – and then making the most of that mixture in the particular leadership role they are in.

However, time doesn’t stand still and neither should we, as leaders – so even authentic leadership needs to continuously develop to meet the challenges of the future.

Education is the passport to the future,
for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

The world and our reality in which we are operating, is changing continuously and so does our leadership. Factors like globalisation, the expectations of new generations as well as sustainability goals, push and encourage a new type of leadership.

Future leaders need to be authentic, strengths-focused, inclusive, flexible, great listeners, curious and open-minded – to capture others interest and engagement, to be able to create dialogue and cross-pollination of ideas that can solve the challenges of the future.

This can sound big and over-whelming, but it really doesn’t have to be.

Just remember that great leadership is about influencing others and enabling others to do a great job.

And with that in mind, think about what behaviour(s) you can further develop to make that happen. Maybe you want to practice your listening, your feedback skills or your open-mindedness (=listening without having to be “right”) – or something entirely different. Only you know what’s going to be most useful for you.

Whatever it is, make the commitment to do it and notice the strides you take to futureproof your leadership. And with that kind of commitment, we know you’ll do great!

About the authors

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

Their latest book ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions” is out now, published by Financial Times International. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”This book is a 21st-century guide on how to build a world-class team. I highly recommend it” Steve Siebold, Founder, Mental Toughness University, Florida USA.

Are you a master of patterns?

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

Have you ever heard of Wayne Gretzy?

He’s a legendary Canadian ice-hockey player – some say he’s the best player ever. In one of his many, many interviews, he was asked what made him such a good player, what made him more successful than others.

His response was that so many players go to where the puck is, while he went where the puck was about to go. He had the ability to read the other players’ patterns, to understand what would happen next, where the game was going. He was good at observing and noticing those patterns and to use that information to direct himself to where the puck was going, and then he would head on over there.

Everything in life is a pattern. Nature has patterns. Weather and seasons have patterns. Human beings have habitual patterns, in their thoughts, their feelings and their actions.

The better we can become at noticing our own patterns (= self awareness) and those of others (=social awareness), the better results we can get. We can communicate better, create better relationships and lead better.

If we can become aware of our own patterns, we can change them. If our habits aren’t working for us, we can change them, and get better results. We all get stuck at times, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Of course we need to do things differently to get different results. Habits and patterns aren’t always easy to break, but if we can just become aware of them, then we are well on they way to change. And we can start creating new, more effective patterns, one step at a time.

And if we can become aware of other people’s habits and situational patterns, we can start to predict some of what’s coming up, so we can approach situations in the best possible way.

An increasingly important EQ skill for future leaders is to be able to observe and listen. Let’s take inspiration from the legendary Gretzky and become masters of patterns, not just seeing what’s happening right now but also what might happen next.

 

 

About the authors

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

Their latest book ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions” is out now, published by Financial Times International. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”This book is a 21st-century guide on how to build a world-class team. I highly recommend it” Steve Siebold, Founder, Mental Toughness University, Florida USA.

Have an attitude!

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

 

Attitude is everything. In life, at work, in leadership.
Attitude, outlook, perspective, approach – whatever we call it – it impacts or changes everything.

Imagine that something unexpected or unwanted happens. What if you lost your job, or you ‘failed’ at something, or you didn’t meet your goal?

Well, we can’t control things that happen. What we can control though is our attitude – we can choose our outlook on what has happened.

This may sound simple and obvious, but yet, when we really need that attitude, we don’t always look for it – we get stuck in the ‘automatic’ reaction of anger, sadness, disappointment or sense of failure. And the key word here is of course to go LOOK for the attitude. It’s a choice and it can be made at any time, in any situation, whatever we face.

And an easy way to look for it and find it, is to be ready with an attitude, a thought, a mantra if you like, which can quickly get you on the right path of taking the next step to progress, success and results.

Here are a few examples that have helped us keep an optimistic attitude in challenging situations:

                                                     “It’s all happening perfectly”

Susan Jeffers PhD

 

                                         “When things go wrong, don’t go with them”

Elvis Presley

 

                                       “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn”

Anonymous

Attitude is everything. Being able to look at ANY situation and find something good in it is a question of choosing our attitude to it.

We have met many people who have been disappointed/sad/angry when something happened and have later on realized that it was the best that could have happened to them.

  • People who have lost their job and realised that it was the push they needed to take the long overdue step of doing something new that they had wanted to do for a while but not dared to take.
  • People who have failed at something and then understood that they never would have come up with that brilliant new idea unless they had failed and had had to have a rethink.
  • People who have experienced conflict within their team and realised that it made them take a new approach to teamwork, leading to better goal achievement and team climate.

Some of the best leaders we have ever met are extremely good at this. And as we are really keen for leaders to get ready for the future…do you think this a crucial ability to have? Absolutely, so do we. So many things will not go our way – it’s part of change – but our way of looking at it is ours to choose.

Attitude is everything, and one of the few things completely within our own control – if we choose to take it.

So go on, have an attitude!

 

 

About the authors

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

Their latest book ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions” is out now, published by Financial Times International.

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”This book is a 21st-century guide on how to build a world-class team. I highly recommend it” Steve Siebold, Founder, Mental Toughness University, Florida USA.

www.leadingteamsbook.com

Are you having fun?

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

Charlie Chaplin

 

 

Work is supposed to be fun.

 How much time do you think you spend at work? It’s a lot of time, right?

So how about making the time you spend at work more fun.

Maybe not laugh-out-loud fun all the time, but whenever possible it should definitely be fun. There is after all no law against it. There should be laughter – not at the expense of work of course, but as something that promotes a better work environment, better collaboration and better work results.

“Fun is good”

Dr Seuss

 

Don’t wait to be given permission to have fun, just make it more fun. It can be contagious in a really good way. When you last laughed out loud, what was the reaction – what was the result? Think of the impact that having fun has on the environment around you.

It’s very natural to have fun. Sometimes we take work too seriously, as if work is not supposed to be enjoyable in that way. But then we are overlooking the power of fun.

There are some very cool benefits that you get from laughing.

  • Did you know that laughter relieves stress and boosts your immune system?
  • Did you know that it improves your mental functioning and creativity?
  • How about that it makes people and teams bond, creating better relationship?

Having fun is a great success strategy at work, it’s as simple as that. Imagine how energized you feel from having laughed together with your colleagues. It’s like an injection of energy – and we can all do with some of that, right?

Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun”

Nina Dobrev

Enjoy your week!

About the authors

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

Their latest book ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions” is out now, published by Financial Times International.

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”This book is a 21st-century guide on how to build a world-class team. I highly recommend it” Steve Siebold, Founder, Mental Toughness University, Florida USA.

www.leadingteamsbook.com

Leaders with high EQ

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

 

No one cares how much you know,

until they know how much you care.

 

 Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

What is EQ? And what does it mean to have Emotional Intelligence?

You could say that EQ is the ability to understand and manage yourself (thoughts, feelings, reactions etc) so that you can communicate with and relate to others – which also includes the ability to “get people”, to see and value other people, to take care of how you impact others, to understand social settings – and much more. Emotional intelligence is about being intelligent with people – yourself and others.

And when it comes to EQ in leadership it’s the same thing – it’s to connect with people in such a way that they bring the best of themselves to work, being as engaged as they can be, feeling important and wanting to do a great job.

Imagine a leader who makes you feel good about yourself, someone who believes in you, who spends time with you and makes you feel like you are important.

There’s nothing new about emotional intelligence (EQ), it’s always been there, although the term “EQ” or “Emotional Intelligence” is only a few decades old. Now what do you think – wasn’t great leadership always about emotional intelligence?

Don’t we all remember those leaders we’ve had (and I hope that you, like us, have had at least one!) who were about more than the job – more than the technical abilities, more than just a “goal achiever”. Someone who just made you want to go to work. Someone who connected with you and your colleagues and who made you see that work could be fun.

When we first became leader, in the early 90’s, there were no great attempts to try to help leaders be just that – people who lead. I might have learned the technicalities of the job as a manager, but I found it very difficult to deal with the difficult situations. A lot of is was gut instinct and either you had it or you didn’t.

Leadership development has come a long way since the early 90’s but sadly very few leadership development activities, even to this day, have the desired effect. Not because they are bad, but because they rarely change behaviours. And that’s what leadership comes down to, behaviours.

Or as Maya Angelou so eloquently said:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”

We all have emotional intelligence (in different ways) and we can create more of it. It’s all about our behaviours and how they effect others.

Leadership is changing fast. And emotional intelligence is climbing to the top of desired leadership abilities. We keep seeing that people with high EQ are moving faster in their careers than others.

75 percent of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict;

or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.

Center for Creative Leadership

 

Watch this space – emotional intelligence will continue to grow in importance. And that’s good, for people and for sustainable businesses.

 

About the authors

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

Their latest book ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions” is out now, published by Financial Times International.

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”This book is a 21st-century guide on how to build a world-class team. I highly recommend it” Steve Siebold, Founder, Mental Toughness University, Florida USA.

www.leadingteamsbook.com