Become more intuitive and transparent

Focus on earning the team’s trust and loyalty to stimulate their best performance

Open your mind and value differences

Have the courage to challenge the status quo and cultivate wisdom in others by genuinely respecting them

Encourage authentic engagement and strategic thinking

Build teams of individuals that are prepared for change by continually strengthening the ecosystem you have created

Embrace diversity of thought

Allow others to have influence and foster a culture of diverse thinkers

10 Ways To Inspire Your Team

06/05/2013 06:00am

More and more people feel stuck at work and are looking for validation. Not only do they want to be heard, but more importantly they want to know that their contributions are being noticed and not taken for granted. Not for the sake of attention, but more so because they want to know that their skill sets are still relevant and useful and that they are making a difference to advance the organizations they serve. With professional development budget cut-backs in recent years, employees have had to start investing in themselves as concerns grow about where their capabilities best fit in their organizations and what their futures hold.

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5 Ways Great Leaders Cultivate Wisdom In The Workplace

20/07/2016 06:29pm

Throughout my life, my father would often remind me: “If you enrich your mind with meaningful knowledge each day, it will grow stronger – if you put it to the test, it will grow wiser.” Wisdom guides our thinking, attitude and overall mindset. It pushes us to break through boundaries, and to see beyond the obvious. It directs our personal reinvention and how our leadership influences everything and everyone we come into contact with each day.

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Three Strategies To Break Free From Complacency

29/08/2016 06:00am

Recently I lead a meeting with one of my clients to present ideas for initiatives moving forward. There were five people in the meeting, but only one person was doing most of the talking. And that person wasn’t me. Every five minutes, this one executive was speaking up constantly – so desperate to be heard that he failed to listen to what we were presenting and the problems we were trying to solve for.

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The 7 Things Great Teams Execute Flawlessly

26/06/2014 09:07pm

The San Antonio Spurs NBA basketball team demonstrated flawless teamwork in a victorious run over the Miami Heat that culminated in their fifth world championship. Watching the NBA Finals reminded me of an executive training program titled, “What Leaders Should and Should Not Do to Create Championship Teams.” For example, it taught that just because you have the best players, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the best team. Or: just because your team has won in the past, it doesn’t mean that the leader was leading the team the right way –  you don’t want to discover the team’s flaws when it’s too late and matters most.

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Relationships Without Reciprocity Are No Relationships At All

20/07/2016 06:42pm

We live in a business world fueled by greed, self-aggrandizement, and artificial relationships that lack real depth, purpose and meaning. For example, a company’s good intentions to build momentum through partnership and mutuality is met with an act of deceit when the other party attempts to get the most out of them without any desire to contribute and add value to the relationship.

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Team Building

Break down silos and break free from complacency to strengthen corporate culture and organizational teams to create competitive advantages and growth opportunities

America is transitioning from a knowledge-based to a wisdom-based economy. In the wisdom-based economy, team building is all about ethics, trust, empowerment, and transparency. It’s no longer just about what people know, but what they do with what they know. Maximizing the performance of teams thus depends on leaders listening to and learning from team members just as much as sharing their own knowledge and experience.

Departments have operated as silos for too long. Organizations must drive engagement in the workplace and growth in the marketplace by moving away from traditional models that promote top-down, hierarchical, departmental silos and one-size-fits-all approaches. They must know the wisdom behind having each other’s backs and working in a place where everyone’s best interests are taken to heart, regardless of hierarchy or rank. They must activate teams throughout the organization and strengthen competencies in which employees and consumers are at the center of their growth strategies.

Yet too often leaders find it impossible to enable the talent of others in the room. They fail to realize not only do team members want to be heard, they want to know that their contributions are being noticed and not being taken for granted; that their skill sets are relevant and useful to the team; and that they are making a difference to advance the organizations they serve.

Only when leaders are vulnerable enough to open their minds to other people’s perspectives will they see the need for greater advancement and realize they don’t have to be right all the time. But too often leaders enable the exact opposite from their team members: complacency. That complacency leads to compliance – not big thinking. A lack of transparency compounds this. When corporate culture values transparency and promotes honest and direct feedback, it empowers people and their teams to break down silos and build bridges to strengthen communication, clarity, and understanding.