Today: Not a pale copy of yesterday

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

What are your plans for today?
How can you make it different to yesterday?

What work opportunities are there for you to do something different, to learn something new today?

You could start doing one small thing differently, those small things add up. Go on make the change…

Don’t let today become a pale copy of yesterday

It’s easy to fall into habits – and there’s nothing wrong with that – we need habits to become efficient and profficient. But, and there is a BIG but here, don’t get complacent, don’t get too comfortable. What little thing can you do differently today? What step can you take that pushes that boundary of your comfort zone? Try out a new behaviour, be more open than you have been before , dare to share more.

There is a difference between five years experience and having the same year’s experience five times, isn’t there? Which would you rather have?

Do something each day to futureproof your leadership.

Push yourself to do something new, dare to step out of familiar habits, give yourself that regular opportunity for development.

Do something today that you will thank yourself for in the future

The future is around the corner and things change at great speed. Grow, develop and be curious about what you can learn today. The greatest leader of the future will be those that rise up and meet the needs of the future. Are you ready?

 

 

About the authors:

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

Their latest book ”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 here

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.

H2H: The ”Human to Human” business focus

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

B2B – Business to Business

B2C – Business to Consumer
These are common ways of describing if a company is providing products and services to another business or directly to the consumer, the end user.

This is to some degree an important distinction as it impacts or even dictates how a business is organised and how it needs to operate.

But ultimately all business is H2H – it’s Human to Human. It’s people who make decisions to buy or not buy, to stay loyal to a brand or not, to recommend a company or not.

People who decide to sign that contract or not. If that person or those people don’t have a great experience with us, they may choose to sign a new contract with someone else.

All of this is more obvious in a B2C scenario, where a customer can vote with their feet and decide to not come back if the experience wasn’t good.

But don’t underestimate the power of the human aspect of ALL business contacts. It’s all about people. People make decisions. Connections happen between humans.

And this is why HOW we conduct business; HOW we behave in interaction with others, HOW we make others feel, is so important – and if anything, is only becoming more and more important.

Want to futureproof your leadership?

Then truly act and behave in an H2H fashion.

Every interaction matters.

Think Human to Human – it’s the only way to go.

 

 

About the authors:

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

Their latest book ”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: ”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.

Be ready with smart questions not smart answers

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

When someone asks us a question or asks for our advice it is amazing how many times we really feel that we have to have the answer. As members of teams and people who lead teams we often think that we need to have the answer. Sometimes the opposite is true
The most effective and successful people will not always just give you the answer but instead ask you really good and smart questions to help you get to the answer yourself. When you are told the answer easily by someone you don’t learn as much as you could if you found that answer for yourself.

We can use Stephen Covey’s wonderful thinking :-

“Seek first to understand then be understood .”

This is such a simple phrase yet if we apply it , it has a huge impact.

If you ask questions you can learn and then decide if your answer really was the best answer. Invaribly there is a better enhanced answer after a few open and inviting questions , This allows you to explore more, learn more and indeed get to a better result or solution. It opens us up to be innovative and get clarity of fresh new thinking which can create new ideas and thoughts.

As the world moves into more complexity and with even more change ahead we find ourslevs being a member of many teams. In those many teams we cannot possibly have all the answers or indeed keep up with ALL the changes needed. So we need to work together as a team to find the answers and ask smart questions to get us to the smart answers

For practical tips on asking questions, check out our previous post here.

Go ahead give it a go today, be ready with your smart questions and get to even smarter answers.

 

 

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.

Four ways to build trust

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

Trust matters. A lot.

Just think about how fantastic it feels to really trust someone, to know that they would always behave thoughtfully, respectfully and honestly!

 

If you don’t fully have people’s trust, your impact will be limited.

And if you don’t trust someone, you won’t give them your all, will you?

 

As a leader you must inspire trust – there can be no effective or respectful leadership without it.

It’s a funny old thing trust though. You can’t demand trust, you can only earn trust. Trust happens over time. And there’s no time like the present to start/continue building it.

 

You can’t demand trust, you can only earn trust

 

Here are four simple ways to build or further increase trust:

  • Be genuinely interested in people. Take the time to talk with others and get to know them. Could you trust someone you didn’t know?
  • Be generous. Share what you know. Give feedback. Give credit where credit is due.
  • Be consistent. Don’t keep people guessing. Be emotionally aware; manage your emotions and the impact they have on others.
  • Keep your promises. Simple, but oh so effective. Do what you said you were going to do – or apologise and explain why and what will happen next if you couldn’t keep the promise.
We’re all in the trust business

Trust is the foundation for all great leadership and teamwork. And in a world that changes faster and faster, trust will only get more and more important.

And we’re all in the trust business – every day, in everything we do.

 

About the authors:

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

Their latest book ”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: ”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.

Turn your back on the audience

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

 

Have you ever observed the conductor of a philharmonic orchestra and how they spend very little time facing the audience?
In fact, they spend most of their time facing the orchestra, which is their team. They are guiding them to play beautifully and with great impact together.

And have you noticed how perfectly the musicians play together, seemingly unaware of each other, yet obviously acutely aware as they harmonise with each other through their various instruments, providing their own unique contribution.
And then once in awhile, the conductor faces the audience and shares what’s going on – what they are doing, what we can expect, what they will or have delivered. And we, the audience, feel seen and taken care of.

All of this is an example of great teamwork and great leadership.

You can’t play a symphony on your own!

Take inspiration from the world of music. If you’re a leader, ask yourself this question: Am I focusing too much outside the team rather than giving the team the focus and guidance they really need to be able to deliver? Are you for example attending meetings all day, hence not having much time to spare for your team?

All leadership is of course a balance; you need to carefully balance all your stakeholders. Do you get the balance right? Are there maybe stakeholders that you give more focus than they need or want? Are there stakeholders that need more focus?

Take inspiration from the world of music and reflect on how you spend your time as a leader. Orchestras are also a great reminder of how important all team members are. You can’t play a symphony on your own!

 

 

About the authors

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

Their latest triple award winning 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.

You’re not alone- kick-start 2017 with your team

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

 

Welcome back to a new work year!
As a leader you probably have all sorts of things flying around your head right now about the year ahead – goal setting, planning, development talks, recruitment needs, budget and more.

And as much as some of this is your responsibility, the reality is that most of the work will be done by your team members, right? As a leader your role is to enable excellent performance – you’re there to help people do a great job.

All teams – the great and the “not great yet” – can benefit from some focused attention.

So make sure your list of things to do has your TEAM at the top of that list – think about how you can kick off the year together with your team for best results. Think about what you could and should involve them in. Spend time on building the team, forging or re-forging bonds of greatness.

All teams – the great and the “not great yet” – can benefit from some focused attention – to get even better, to be more fun to be in, to achieve more. Because winning teams don’t happen by chance, they happen through a very important decision – the decision and intention to create a winning team, a team that delivers. Look at any sports team and you’ll know what we mean – it’s all about the team.

Plan for a team day to take place as soon as possible

So, if you haven’t done it already, plan for a team day to take place as soon as possible. Sit down as a team and talk about the team’s mission for the year – and how you will achieve it together. Encourage creative dialogue, listen to ideas and share yours too – and make some decisions together. Buy-in to plans and goals is greater when everyone has been involved.

And just spend some time getting to know each other more. Have fun, laugh. And keep building that crucial trust (no lasting success can happen without trust). The best teams know and like each other – and would do anything for each other – that’s what winning teams do.

Don’t wait – start today, take your team with you on a fun 2017 journey of success!

For more ideas on how to build teams, check out our award-winning books “The Team Formula” and “Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions” or our website below.

 

 

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.