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.

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

Change- Our constant companion

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

Change is the law of life.
      John F. Kennedy

 

 

Do you ever long for “status quo”?

Does it feel like there’s too much change?

 

Do you wish it could just slow down a bit, just for a while?

To give you a breather?

Yes, we probably all wish for that at times.

But the fact is that change is all around us, it’s our constant companion – and for various reasons – like incredibly fast technical development and globalisation – the speed of change is only getting faster.

Fear not though. Relax. Make change your friend. No change is necessarily good or bad – it’s only how we look at it that makes it so. So we may as well look for the opportunities in change; look at change as a door opener, a possibility maker, a valuable companion.

If you change the way you look at things,

the things you look at change.

Wayne Dyer

It’s good to question change, to challenge change, to explore and find answers – because there will be times when a proposed change is not the best solution. But when change is a given, when we cannot change that, then we need to accept it, embrace it and make it work. We can become proactive – as through proactivity comes a sense of control, which has a calming and strengthening impact on us – which in turn makes it easier to deal with change.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it,

move with it, and join the dance.

Alan Watts

Being able to deal with change, to manage it and even lead it, is an evergreen leadership skill, which is now more important than ever in our fast-changing world.

If you are serious about developing your leadership capabilities for the future, then take a close look at you can lead and manage change better and better. Here are a few ideas to kick-start your thinking:

  1. Become a brilliant listener and communicator. If there is anything that’s needed in change then it’s communication. Communicate, communicate, communicate – keeping in mind that you have two ears and one mouth – communication is a two-way street.
  1. Be a role model for change. People do what you do, not what you say. Think about the impact you have on others; how do you talk about the change? What are you doing to make it work?
  1. Involve and engage people in change. Change is often scary and can feel pointless if we feel like it’s being done to us. By engaging others in a change that affects them, you minimise that fear and increase the chances of the change becoming a successful one.
  1. Have courage. In change it’s hard to know the correct answer and yet you need to move forward. This takes courage – to try things out, to test and evaluate, to adjust and improve – and keep moving forward.
  1. Anticipate and lead change. Look around you; be aware of the internal and external environment you are in. What are the trends on the market? What are your competitors doing? What could be improved and changed? Look for opportunities to lead change – and empower your team members to do the same.

Change brings opportunity.

Nido Qubein

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

A story about everybody, somebody, anybody and nobody

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s Blog

 

We found this great story, which in all its simplicity perfectly describes how things sometimes are at work. Do you recognize it?

 

There are four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized

that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when

Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

 

We’re sure you would agree that this is poor teamwork. A healthy, productive team is one where roles and responsibilities are clear – and where goals are shared so that Everybody steps up to the plate when needed and takes responsibility for the outcome.

 

And the sense of achievement of having reached a goal as a team is pretty amazing – shared pride is so powerful and energizing and motivating.

 

What can you collaborate even better on in your team – and how can you make that happen?

 

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
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