The Power of Winning Relationships

Have you been blindsided by a colleague’s words or actions? Are you plagued with the worst of office politics, shifting alliances and silos? Are your results impacted by poor communication or misaligned expectations? Would you like to establish rules of engagement that enhance relationships and accelerate success?

Wouldn’t we all like to have better relationships with those around us? But how do you cultivate strong, successful, fruitful relationships on a consistent basis?

Morag Barrett, author of Cultivate, shows you how to cultivate winning relationships. Cultivate is not a “be nicer” message. Morag bring years of global success and practical insight to transform your working environment. Whether you’re a seasoned leader, or new in the workplace, you’ll see the world of work in a whole new way.

If you would like to learn how to cultivate winning relationships, please join us and Morag on April 23rd for The Power of Winning Relationships, and learn how to increase collaboration & results, how to grow relationships in & outside your workplace, and practical tools to navigate every relationship in your career.

Making a Bigger Impact By Saying Less

What does it mean to be brief? For most of us it means cutting down the time spent to say or do something. But Joe McCormack provides a different definition: Brief = Clear + Compelling / Time. Being brief is not just about time, it’s also about what happens during that time.

Joe McCormack is on a mission to help organizations master the art of the short
story. In an age of shrinking attention spans, non-stop interruptions, floods
of information, the messages business leaders send out are getting lost in a
sea of words.

In our upcoming Soundview Live webinar, Making a Bigger Impact By Saying Less, Joe tackles the challenges of inattention, interruptions, and impatience that every professional faces. His proven B.R.I.E.F. approach, which stands for Background, Relevance, Information, Ending, and Follow up, helps simplify and clarify complex communication. BRIEF will help you summarize lengthy information, tell a short story, harness the power of infographics and videos, and turn monologue presentations into controlled conversations.

Please consider joining us for our conversation with Joe. It’s guaranteed to be brief!

How is Your Leadership “Health”?

Too often, people consider intelligence or experience or other qualities, such as connections and who you know, to be the secret to successful leadership. These qualities are essential, no doubt about it. However, they are just parts of the bigger picture. “Health” is the key word here, and one that many leaders overlook.

There are six forces working against leaders as they seek to move their company’s forward:

  • The speed of change
  • Impermanence
  • Demands for transparency
  • Complexity
  • Intense competition
  • And a new world order of global interconnectedness.

Bob Rosen, author of Grounded, proposes a new approach that’s designed for actual humans who must grapple with the forces of today’s unpredictable world. This new paradigm speaks to our better selves. Based on the author’s Healthy Leader model, it focuses on the six personal dimensions that fuel—and refuel—the world’s top leaders: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, vocational, and spiritual health.

Bob has personally interviewed over 350 CEOs—in 45 countries—in organizations as diverse as Ford, Motorola, Johnson & Johnson, Singapore Airlines, Brinks, Northrop Grumman, Toyota, Citigroup, PepsiCo, ING, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bob has distilled his most critical findings into the Healthy Leadership Model, which shows leaders at every level how to further develop six specific dimensions of themselves for greater impact.

If you would like to learn more about how you can bring health into your life and leadership, join us on April 3rd for our Soundview Live webinar How Leaders Stay Grounded, when we will talk with Bob Rosen about what it means to be grounded.

Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed

THE WAY OF THE SEAL

A Warrior Turned Entrepreneur

“Let’s face it. When the stakes include your own mortality, you tend to be very clear about what’s important.” As a former member of one of the fiercest fighting forces in the world, Mark Divine, who writes these words in his new book, The Way of the SEAL, is all too familiar with mortality. The SEALS are the elite group of fighters who take on missions that would seem suicidal to men less trained and less dedicated. Divine spent 20 years in the SEALS, retiring as commander. In The Way of the SEAL, he applies the mental and emotional training of the SEALs to success in the world of business and life through eight core principles.

The mix of Divine’s early background in business (including an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a job with a big eight accounting firm), years as a combat soldier, and subsequent challenges as an entrepreneur makes him uniquely qualified to help people overcome hurdles and push themselves and others to success. For Divine, who has started and led six multimillion dollar ventures since leaving the military, most leadership and management books make the mistake of offering techniques and strategies without first building the personal foundation required for success. It all begins with you, what you have inside, he writes. The following eight principles are designed to build that foundation.

  1. Establish your set point, the core values, passion and purpose that guide what you do.
  2. Develop front-sight focus — like a sniper focused exclusively on the front sight      at the end of the barrel and the target beyond, don’t let yourself be distracted or derailed.
  3. Bulletproof your mission so it won’t fail.
  4. Do today what others won’t so you can achieve tomorrow what others can’t.
  5. Forge mental toughness, eliminating the quit option.
  6. Break things and remake them — everything improves through innovation and      adaptation.
  7. Build your intuition, which includes slowing down so you can engage the senses.
  8. Think offense all the time — be confident, do the unexpected and execute without delay.

Devoting a chapter to each of the principles, Divine offers practical strategies followed by exercises to help his readers apply the principles to their lives. Bulletproofing the mission, for example, begins with “selecting high value targets” — making sure that the goals you choose fit your skills, are important to achieving your overall mission, fit the timing, and are simple and clear. Achieving the goals starts with answering four questions: What are your priorities? What are the realities of the situation? What options do your targets suggest? And what path forward will you select? The next step in bulletproofing your mission is to communicate the mission through a visual story. Finally, rehearse repeatedly.

The First Death

In his introduction, Divine tells the story of “Mr. Kane,” the owner of a family-run paper company audited by Divine’s employer at the time, a large accounting firm. To accumulate lucrative billable hours, the accounting firm kept the audit going as long as possible. Divine overheard one of Mr. Kane’s sons say that “these guys are never going to leave” and “they’re going to kill Dad in the process.” Indeed, Mr. Kane died of a sudden cancer during the audit. Kane & Co. would be Divine’s last client. He quit his high-paying corporate job and chose a new career that would put his life on the line in the most dangerous places in the world.

Readers involved in any endeavor will be fascinated, informed and guided by the often harrowing stories and practical lessons offered by this warrior turned entrepreneur.

How Do Our Beliefs Affect Our Leadership?

“When we hear ‘belief,’ we tend to think of religious views or philosophical outlook on life, but ‘belief’ has a broader meaning; beliefs, in fact, shape all of our perceptions, decisions, actions, and outcomes.

‘Belief’ has a specific meaning in the context of leadership, behavior, and awareness: beliefs are theories based on past data. We usually act based on what we believe about a situation. We were not born with these beliefs, we developed them —and they’re not irrational. Indeed, beliefs and the automated behavior that springs from them are essential for ordinary daily life and for survival.” John Grinnell

Have you ever thought about how your beliefs affect your leadership? Are there theories that you have developed based on your past experience that cause you to act, or not act, a certain way in the present? Is it possible that some of those theories are limiting your ability to respond to new issues and events, and instead have you caught in the past?

John Grinnell speaks to this issue clearly in his book Beyond Belief, using seven powerful models, case studies, and research from the author’s more than twenty-five years of experience. He clarifies the intangible psychosocial basis of organizational life so outcomes of leadership are more predictable. A lucid explanation of the way a leader’s self-awareness of personal beliefs influences outcomes lays a solid foundation for pointing out how to more rapidly cause followers to gain perspective, act accountably, and rapidly align to adapt faster in the marketplace.

We’ve invited John Grinnell to our next Soundview Live webinar Awaken Potential, Focus Leadership, to learn how our beliefs influence our ability to lead, and to explain in detail the seven models to help us to adapt. Please join us for this live webinar, and bring your questions for John.