Shortcut To a Business Without the Crap

smart-725843_1280Does your corporate culture set the foundation for a sustainable business without the drama that exists in “confusing” organizations? Great leaders are capable of managing – lead – their organizations through a corporate culture that embraces changes (=sustainable growth).

Through their groundwork, based on self-awareness, they have identified and set strategies that lay the foundation for a conscious, empowering culture. But how do you do that? How do you make your organization smarter?

In today´s manifesto, Geoffrey James shares some tools with you for this work. Get the manifesto Smarter Company here.

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True Team Building

team buildingTeam building is much more than just recreational activities.

The purpose with teambuilding is to create a team spirit – a “we”-feeling – where your group works towards the same purpose and goals, and where all your team members work in harmony with each other.

However, improved relationships are only part of effective team performance. Find out more about true team building here: True Team Building

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Conscious Leadership – Awareness for Greatness

Character is the essential facet of leadership that allows leaders to earn their employees’ trust and to exercise influence both within and outside their organization. Throughout their day-to-day activities and actions, leaders communicate symbolically to their employees about who they are as individuals and what the organization represents in terms of its values and purpose.

Conscious leaders focus on identifying and meeting the needs of others rather than trying to acquire power for themselves. They embrace a holistic approach to leadership, one that also demonstrates humanistic values such as self awareness and empowerment of others. The awareness that conscious leaders possess enables them to easily understand what their employees need to be performing at a high level and they are working hard to get them to that level. These leaders also recognize and value the interdependent relationships they have with their stakeholders, such as business partners, vendors and the community in which they exist.

“Conscious leaders focus one ‘we’, rather than ‘me’.”

One of the most central principles of conscious leadership is listening to the people around you and listening well. However, conscious leaders not only listen well but they are also experts at recognizing what is going on beyond that which is being said. These leaders seek to discover the truth, decide what is right and then demonstrate the courage to act accordingly.

Here are suggestions for ways to build the conscious leadership mindset into your day-to-day activities at your workplace:
– Take time in the morning to meditate on your intentions for the day
– Ask your employees what you can do for them to make their jobs easier
– Stay thoughtful throughout the day
– Strategically place others where you fall short
– Create a safe and sustainable work environment
– Ensure that any employee, regardless of position, feel comfortable to bring forward new ideas and ask questions
– Listen, listen and listen
– Before going to bed, reflect on how your day was: what was good, what was less good and what can you learn from it
– Practise gratitude

Do you want to know more about conscious leadership and what it is? Get in touch with us for a dialogue about how conscious leadership can improve YOUR leadership and organization!

 

 

Are you communicating effectively?

students-703003_1280Communication is the key to overcome differences and to understand one another. Effective communication is simple yet complex, easy to do and easy to blunder. Communicating effectively helps build trust and respect, encourage learning, and accomplish goals.

Practice some of these tips for effective communication:

– Direct & Assertive
You must be able to speak what you think and feel in a clear and concise way. Be clear about what you want and are willing to give. When being direct and assertive use “I” statements so the listener does not feel blamed. For example, instead of saying “you are wrong” say, “I see it differently”.

– Active listening
To improve communication, recognize the importance of listening. Listening is more important than speaking.
Here are five steps of active listening:
1. Acknowledge the thought first.
2. Rephrase what you heard.
3. Ask open-ended questions.
4. Summarize and clarify.
5. Give an opinion.

– Body Language
We communicate more through body language than speaking. Body language includes facial expressions, eye contact, stance, and movement of arms, hands and legs. Be aware of the body language you use and the body language that is being used on you. This is an example of the body language of an engaged versus disengaged individual;
– Engaged: Open body stance. Sitting on the edge of the chair, and strong eye contact
– Disengaged: Crossing arms. Slouched and sideway glances.

– Dialogue
Dialogue is a continued, thoughtful exchange about what matters the most. Its purpose is to honor the development of individuals, teams and organizations. Important dialogue skills include:
– Allow others to finish their thoughts.
– Respect others’ thoughts and ideas.
– Listen without need to argue or resist.

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Are you prepared for the leadership challenges of the future?

future leadersAdaping to the new demands on leaders

Today’s leaders will need to abandon much of their current thinking and behavior in order to succeed as leaders over the next two decades. If you want your business to not only survive but also thrive you’ll simply have to adapt to the new skills and competencies needed.

We can already see changes taking place within organizations, slowly adapting to the new work culture. There’s a clear moveChange towards greater individualization as current work processes are being modified, to better suit individuals rather than the organization. Independent work and time management is also being promoted, allowing employees time for their personal projects if they so wish. Old school hierarchical organizations are being flattened as employees are demanding accelerated leadership and continous feedback.

Employeeship – with responsibiliy, loyalty and initiative – is on the rise and conscious leaders are already learning to balance the roles of coach, boss and mediator. As a future leader, you’ll be expected to manage through influence rather than authority and be able work through collaborative approaches inside and outside your organization. But that’s not it, you’ll also need to have a deep sense of integrity, curiosity and transparency as trust will be a keyword in order to create loyalty amongst your employees.

Work CultureDoes it make you feel overwhelmed? Don’t be. It just takes a little bit extra courage to go against a culture of hierarchies, micro-managing and low employee appreciation. However there are great organizations to learn from, all over the world.

Organizations in the Scandinavian countries are decades long experts on employeeship – it’s even a legal requirement to involve employees in major decisions. Which in itself creates problems at times but that’s a subject for another post. Other great examples are also companies that successfully are practising servant leadership as parts of that “philosophy” are transparent influential leadership and active employee engagement.

What is your organization doing to attract and keep the new generations of employees? And how are you personally developing your leadership to meet the new standards?

Saturday’s Wisdom: Swedish Communication

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