If you're a leader and your results have been going pretty good. But you're feeling like the number 1. thing that's stopping you from getting to where you want to go is that staff are leaving you and wanting to work with other leaders then stay with me. Because I am going to share 3 simple, innovative things you can do to have people queuing up to work in your team and fast track your career.
In the past, to be a good leader, all you had to do was create a good vision, and great team culture and share stories to help people get there.
Those principles still stand today…But, the team player today expects so much more than just that. They want a leader who is:
Eeeek! No wonder being a leader is hard work. Kudos to you for being one and wanting to get even better.
If you're leading a team that wants to create business growth innovation, there are some fundamental skills that you should get sorted. And there are some new innovations in leadership techniques that will catapult your leadership results if you learn them.
Now first up, some transparency. I'm not a leadership guru. Instead, I'm an expert at helping innovation leaders become the best they can to get the results they deserve. Fortunately, I've worked with and mentored many of the world's best leadership experts, from which I draw my tips today.
First up, if you want to lead, you've got to know where you want to go, which means being able to paint a vision.
What does the future look like compared to where you are now? What needs to change, stop or start to make it happen? What are the obstacles that you'll need to overcome to get there?
You need to share this vision often in multiple ways. It can be through stories, through a goal/ BHAG/ target written down in a shared space. The stories can be your own or stories of other people who wanted to achieve a lofty goal and overcome similar hurdles to get there.
Stories work because they help people bypass critical judgement and become emotionally attached to the journey and outcome.
Your people are thinking two things when you talk to them about considering doing any new behaviour or
You need to keep these two things in mind when determining what story to share, and you also need to construct the story most effectively.
To create a story that enables people to disconnect from their typical habitual activities (anti-innovation) you want to ensure your story addresses these three things:
As a leader, you will communicate either one-on-one or one to many.
This may be delivering a rousing keynote to your team (one to many) as to the vision and journey to take.
While individually, you might put pen to paper and write your thoughts and share them with one person.
There are times that you need to train your team around a skill, or individually you may need to show one person a shortcut approach (mentoring).
They're not showing people how to do something, but the modality is different.
Finally, there's the power of using questions to enable people to get the 'aha' moment themselves.
In a group, you may facilitate a session by asking, "What are the biggest obstacles that we are likely to encounter in the project?" While individually, you may act like a business coach and ask, "If you were in the shoes of our biggest competitor, how do you think they would approach this problem?"
Mia Culpa! I've been guilty of this before. I've asked my staff to step up to the plate to become more entrepreneurial, only to find months later no entrepreneurial ideas.
Why? Because being entrepreneurial is a trait, not a specific observable or measurable behaviour. I should have asked for specific, measurable behaviours that entrepreneurs would do. For example, "Identify an industry pain point for customers that no company has adequately addressed?"
One is measurable and understandable, while the trait is ambiguous and unmeasurable.
Whatever behaviours you want your team to start, continue or stop.
You have to identify what they specifically are so you can measure them and inspire people to use them.
NB: You can find a list of some specific innovation behaviours in The Relaxed Leaders guide to Getting Anyone to Innovate
Check out this blog for a more complete rundown check out how to run a business growth innovation program with no training, no support and no processes.
I've shared many of the above methods and seen fledgling managers become leadership titans using these techniques. They used to be in a world being ignored, stressed-out people struggling to convince themselves, let alone their staff, to follow their vision. Now they create game-changing results with teams that love turning up to work and are inspired by the vision, support and leadership that they provide for them.
If you'd like me to mentor you or your fellow leaders to create dream growth results via low-risk business innovation, I'd love to help you.
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Nils Vesk is a Four-Time Author and International Keynote Speaker. Nils has worked globally with over 200 bluechip companies including 3M, American Express, Canon, Caltex, Microsoft, Nestle´, IBM, Fuji Xerox, PWC, HP and Pfizer.
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