ABOUT SEASON SIX:
In this season, we’re going to be talking about the context of leadership, which is all about answering the question of why. If we give both a framework and a grounding around the why of our visions, our actions, and our plans, we create the transparency, safe space, and alignment around how we can now move forward together as teams and organizations. Simple to say, right? Yes, it’s more challenging to pull off because it requires your mindset, your skillset, and your tool set to apply. Getting it right and getting it wrong has consequences, and in this season, we’ll explore all of that.
DISCUSSION GUIDE FROM TODAY’S EPISODE:
- Victor Frankl, “If you have a why, you will find a how.”
- Organizations can achieve anything if you give them the context, the why, the meaning behind what they do.
- Negative things happen in business, but being anchored in the why is how you survive, grow, and learn.
- The modern leader has all of these rolls: Visionary, storyteller, narrator, and meaning creator….to generate inspired action!
- Mindset isn’t achieve by sending someone a memo. Mindset is achieved by how you make someone feel.
- The Jigsaw puzzle: Our people need the why, or the edges of a puzzle, to give them some sort of vision of how to get where we are going.
- Operating with the right context mindset enables a leader to work ON the business, verses IN the business…focusing on the resources need to get the job done.
- Your mindset needs to focused on life-cycles too. Do we have a lot of experienced people? Or do we have a lot of raw talent?
- Language, or any type of communication, said out of context, does not help get people into the right mindset.
- Conscious competency: One has skills and abilities, but if they are the wrong competencies to deploy to achieve the mission at hand, they are useless.
- The what and the how are important, but when you communicate the why, the additional perspective achieved changes everything about how you move forward.
- A key role of leaders, and frankly, anyone within an organization, is to make the hard decisions. One of the reasons we struggle in making the tough decisions is that oftentimes we are operating in the wrong, or out of, context.
- Being in the right context provides a vision of why the decision needs to be made. Too often, it’s a decision (or a problem), that doesn’t really need to be made.
- In the end, it’s all about providing the safe space for your team to operate and do their jobs, providing them with that freedom within structure, to boldly move forward to achieve the organizational why.
ABOUT ERICA PEITLER
Erica is an accomplished leadership performance coach and high-impact facilitator who creates the conditions for change and growth with her clients so that they can take the evolutionary or transformational steps toward achieving their full potential as individual leaders, high-performing teams, and organizations operating at a level of excellence.
Erica was recognized by New Jersey Biz magazine as one of the 50 Best Women in Business in 2013 and in 2014 was elected to sit on the boards of two large, privately held companies. In 2011-2013, she served as the chair of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy board and is a member of the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) and the Healthcare Women’s Business Association (HBA). In addition, she has chaired a Vistage private advisory board and facilitated monthly provocative debate and dialogue with 15 to 18 CEOs. EMAIL or call 973.998.8082.
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