When it comes to meetings with staff, colleagues, clients… anyone important to you: Put yourself in their shoes. Make no assumptions, listen carefully and ask questions so that you truly understand the motivations and circumstances of that person. The more you do this, the more you will be listening empathically. This is very empowering to the person who’s speaking. It also builds great loyalty as it also extends your understanding of differing perspectives. You will get more ideas, more news: good and bad, and you’ll get it faster. Stephen Covey calls this the a “win-win” way to lead.
Where you do get your energy? What makes you jump out of bed, ready to meet the day? What do you find worthy of your time and energy, probably the two most valuable assets you have to create the job, career or life you want? So, what gets you jazzed? What gets others around you energized? Harkening back to Covey -- What do you want to accomplish, this week, this month, this year… and why, how, with whom, for whom?
Wisdom of Caring Leaders Webcast
During these difficult times, we want to help you with your personal and professional leadership goals. Are you finding it difficult to motivate the troops? Yourself? Do you want to achieve successful outcomes but have too many distractions in the way?
In partnership with the New York Institute of Finance, Success Television presents a free live chat with Donald Van de Mark, the host of "The Wisdom of Caring Leaders,"
Donald will share the insights of people he’s interviewed: Stephen Covey, Richard Branson, Jack Welch and others and how they've succesfully tackled these same issues.
(The NY Institute of Finance will then send you the call-in information.)
Jack Welch viewed his job and that of his managers at GE… to motivate others with spirit, energy, and to imbue confidence. As he put it, the fundamental purpose of every GE manager was to go around and make everyone feel as if he was “six feet tall with hair!”
Two Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do to find motivation in yourself and others and build energy. First, realize everything is constantly changing. Opportunties and threats can surface but if you tap your own passions and that of your team, you’ll navigate change well. That requires listening… to yourself and them. In there, you'll generate and "hear" great ideas.
Second, you’ll find time to be still and reflect on where you are in your life and where you want to be. The same can certainly be said for your company. Seek more experiences that excite and delight you. Remember what the great professor of comparative religion, Joseph Campbell counseled, "It is not so much the meaning of life that we seek, but the experience of being alive."