People-Whispering Tip: Learn to Be Bold and Make a Dent in the Universe
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Transformational Coaching Tip: How to be Bold
In many organizations, people are sometimes hesitant to speak their minds and to express bold thoughts and ideas. We’ve been taught that we need to be innovative while still being on time and within budget! We’ve been taught (consciously or not) that being too “out there” could be potentially career-limiting.
But consider this quote from the late Management Guru Peter Drucker:
“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”
So why then are we often reluctant to craft bold visions and/or to make bold moves? Most of us realize more than ever before how rapidly the world is changing. We get that we need to adapt to the changing world around us.
After all, if we don’t advocate for bold visions in our work (and in our personal lives for that matter), we run the risk of becoming about as relevant as a buggy whip manufacturer. We must “grow or die” as George Land said. On some level we all know that to be true.
We know it intellectually, but anytime you are stretching personal or organizational boundaries there will be resistance. I came across an interesting blog post from Michael Hyatt recently regarding Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art. Pressfield writes eloquently about the roadblocks that keep us from fulfilling our creative potential and was recently featured on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” show.
He outlines 11 areas in which human beings resist change. All 11 areas require some form of boldness and inspired action. He also sums it up by saying that “any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity…will elicit resistance.”
Sound familiar? It has certainly been my experience personally as well as in my work as an Executive Leadership Coach and Speaker/Trainer as I work with clients to assist them in becoming better leaders and in creating healthier corporate cultures where people and profits thrive.
Let’s face it. Boldness is uncomfortable. It can open you up to failure, blame, and criticism. But if you are going to make mistakes anyway, you might as well fail forward. Who knows?
You just might succeed.
QUESTION: What keeps you from making bold moves or from creating bold visions as a leader? Leave your comments below.
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4) The Work Leaders: How Vision, Alignment and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead by Julie Straw, Mark Scullard, Susie Kukkonen, and Barry Davis
Recall this book from my friends and colleagues at Inscape/Wiley introduces the Vision-Alignment-Execution model which synthesizes the 3 fundamental responsibilities all leaders have. Leaders must craft a vision, build alignment, and champion execution. Of course, there is a lot of skill required in each of these areas which is what the book is all about. First a few definitions are in order:
- Crafting a Vision: Imagining an improved future state that the group will make a reality through its work.
- Building Alignment: Getting to the point where everyone in the group understands and is committed to the direction of the organization.
- Championing Execution: Ensuring that the conditions are present for the imagined future to be turned into a reality.
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The Work of Leaders book recently released by Wiley
Transformational Coaching Tip:
Since I am highlighting the Work of Leaders book in this ezine, I thought it might be helpful to take each driver for each aspect of the VAE model in turn and offer some tips for how to implement it in the real world. Stay tuned for future editions of this ezine to learn about the other drivers to master in your leadership journey.
Recall the second driver of Vision is Boldness.
Here are some tips modified from p. 41 of the book for you to try:
1. Make a list of the pros and cons of making a bold move and focus on the benefits of the “pros.” As Drucker says, you are going to make mistakes (learning experiences) regardless.
2. Show your confidence in your team or in your peers by challenging them with a bold idea. Steve Jobs was famous for this by encouraging his colleagues to “make a dent in the universe.”
3. Share responsibility for the bold vision with others around you. You don’t have to be the lone ranger!
4. Gain confidence by first proposing your ideas to people with whom you feel comfortable. Avoid trying out your idea with your “toughest case.” There is a time and place for testing assumptions which we will address later.
5. Have a plan in case you find yourself intimidated by negative reactions.
6. Assume you will have to deal with resistance. I don’t get any royalties but you might want to look at The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It has some excellent suggestions for how to deal with resistance effectively.
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