What’s Your Leadership Style?

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What's your leadership style?  Okay, that may be an unfair question to ask so early in this article. However, to be an effective leader we need to know our strengths.  Plus, it's helpful to know how we developed our own unique approach to this role. So that's where we'll start.

Subconsciously we learnt about leading from a very early age.  We watched our teachers, Scouts leaders and older relatives and noted good examples of their leadership. We also noted some that were not so good and thought 'I won't do that when I'm in charge!'

Then in the workplace we noted more examples plus we worked hard and are finally rewarded with this key business position. However, the chances are that despite all this experience, many of us are still not prepared for our new role.

We're now expected to plan, make tough decisions, manage resources and then it gets complex. You'll have to delve into the messy world of people! You have to manage, inspire, motivate and delegate.

To begin with you'll use your natural style, and that's fair enough because that's what you know. But unfortunately your default style will only get you so far.  This is because your team is made up of unique individuals with different needs that you'll have to meet.

There's lots of quotes and evidence to support the need for top notch people skills and here's the Carnegie Institute's findings: 15% of success is due to tech skills, 85% is due to people skills.

So, in order to connect better with others what do you do?  You need to go beyond your autopilot approach and discover new behaviours. And there's good news here because you are not trapped in your leadership style, you can break free!  You can choose other ways of thinking and behaving in your role from today onwards.

There's good news here too. Psychologists, business consultants and experts have devised theories, models and frameworks for us to use. And that's what we're going to do next week, take a simple framework that will help you lead better, whatever you level.

You'll discover your own primary leadership style so you can connect better with your others, lead with success to create a healthy organisation and beat your competition too!

However, if you're a man on a mission (or lady of course) a week is a long time, so call me now and discover your leadership style today!

Best regards, Jon.

Top Tips For Dealing With Mr Steady

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Bill's team were working on a priority job that had to be submitted by the close of play. They got stuck in, worked well and by lunchtime everyone had just about got their parts complete. That is everyone except Sam. He rarely gets his work done early, but this time he sure was under pressure to crack on.

You see, Sam is motivated by co-operation, so throughout the morning he was always on the lookout for opportunities to collaborate with and support his colleagues. He is a talented multi-tasker although he works at a slow and steady pace until something is complete. Because Sam is a team player he knew he had to catch up so he got his head down and conscientiously worked through his lunch.

Great effort! Although for some people this wasn't enough. Time was ticking. Bill was getting tense and cross. He was also doing a poor job at hiding his frustrations. Couldn't Sam at least look as if he's getting a move on? But rushing around like a headless chicken isn't Sam's way. He's patient and tolerant but he's also resistant to change. He works diligently but steadily.

However, it got too much for Bill who yelled suddenly at Sam, accusing him of being slow and putting the whole job in jeopardy. Although this hurt Sam, he didn't react, he never does. Being aggressive with Sam isn't helpful, it simply causes him to hide in his shell. People with Sam's working style are passive. They avoid conflict and may also hold grudges when they experience frustrations and resentments instead of facing issues head on.

Working with people like Sam is such a dilemma because they're patient, warm, friendly and always willing to help. But they're also rigid, slow, and have difficulty with prioritising. Don't they?

Use these 5 Top Tips to get along better with people like Sam

1. Show concern for their feelings
2. Offer your thoughts but be easy going
3. Be logical and organised
4. Tell them about change early
5. Avoid being forceful or confrontational

These Top Tips are a good start to helping help you get along better with your more cautious and reflective colleagues, but we can do much more. By digging a little deeper we can learn how to connect better with them, especially when problems need solving and things get a little tense.

So jump on the phone and speak with me for up to one hour absolutely free of charge and I'll tell you how to handle those tricky conversations with people like Sam because they deserve help with they're deadline dilemmas!

Best regards, Jon.

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I hope you've enjoyed reading Top Tips For Dealing With Mr Steady and you can find many more right here!

5 Signs Your Organisation Is Healthy

It's easy to see when some things are healthy. Your dog eats breakfast like he's never been fed, your child does twenty laps of the kitchen table because he can and when you jump in your car the dashboard doesn't light up like a Christmas Tree.

But what about your business, is it healthy? This might not be something you think about everyday but whatever your business, it needs to be healthy to be successful.  This is because it’s the best opportunity to improve your business and gain a sustainable competitive advantage.

A business is healthy when it has the ability to align, execute, and renew itself faster than the competition to provide sustainable high performance.  I'll put in plain words.

'Smart' and 'Healthy'
To start with, we need to know that any business aiming to maximise its success, must comprise of two essential parts.  It must be 'smart' and 'healthy'.

Smart organisations are good at the classic fundamentals of business including strategy, finance, marketing and technology. No surprises there then.

But although the smart side is critical for success it's only half of the equation but takes up almost all of the time and energy of it's leader.

Daft eh? Here's why. When well educated leaders attempt to make improvements they look in the smart side because this is what they know, they've been trained in strategy, finance, marketing or technology. They feel comfortable here working with spreadsheets and Gantt charts and measurable data.

The messy side
The flip of the healthy side of the equation involves people.  They try to avoid this side because it involves subjective conversations which can become difficult, emotional and messy.  Even though they know that politics and confusion are causing pain in their business.

They miss the opportunity of creating a healthy organisation and go back to shifting figures around which only gives small and brief gains.  This is because knowledge is everywhere and is spread so easily that the advantage gained is short-lived.

Why healthy wins
Most organisations have plenty of intelligence, knowledge and expertise to be successful but their culture can be way too unhealthy to sustain a competitive business.

Smart is important but leaders should prioritise healthy over smart for the reason that healthy organisations get smart over time. This is because leaders learn from each other, identify issues and recover quicker from mistakes.

They can get over problems and create solutions faster than their competitors because there's no politics and confusion to get in the way.  The best way to see if an organisation is healthy is to look for signs.

The 5 Signs of a Healthy Organisation

  1. Minimal politics
  2. Minimal confusion
  3. High morale
  4. High productivity
  5. Low turnover of best staff

Right now you're probably thinking 'that's it?' or 'I knew that' because everyone recognises this stuff.

You see, when you get rid of egos, dysfunctions and politics you'll tap into the intelligence of your people and teams to make better decisions a whole lot quicker than your competitors. In addition they create environments in which their employees do the same.

So where do I start to create a healthy organisation?

The best place to start is to create a cohesive leadership team and that's why I want you to jump on the phone and speak with me for up to one hour free of charge.

Because although organisational heath is straight forward enough, it's hard work and I want your business to succeed too!

Why some businesses are simply better

Why some businesses are simply better

Why some businesses are simply better














Some businesses are simply better than others, they just seem to get things right, don't they?

For example, we might choose Costa because we think it has better coffee and a more relaxing atmosphere.  We might choose Apple electronics because of their slick designs.  Or we could choose a local garage because we trust them to look after our wallet as well as our car.

These businesses probably aren't excellent at everything. But they're doing some things incredibly well, and this is their competitive advantage.

What is a competitive advantage?

A competitive advantage is simply anything that we do which is better than our competitors.  This can be doing things faster, cheaper, better, having more knowledge or talent, better customer relationships, and so on.

And your business really needs a competitive advantage because without one it's going to be a mighty struggle!

But there's a snag. A competitive advantage comes and then goes when your competitors catch up. This means it has to be sustainable so you can get ahead again. It's survival of the fittest out there!

So how do we gain the ultimate competitive advantage?

The answer to this has been around for years, but very few businesses today still don't get it, or if they do they don't get on with it!

You see, the greatest single advantage your business can achieve is still organisational health, yet it's ignored by most leaders.

Employee satisfaction, communication, co-operation and true team work are just some of the benefits that will dramatically improve your business.

And there's more.

Organisational health isn't restricted to just your business. Just in case you happen to take the Sunday Service in your parish church or are on the board of governors at your local Primary School you can use it to transform these organisations too!

Next time I'm going to tell you exactly how organisational health can be a driving force for your business to beat your competition.

Of course if you can't wait until next week, you can take a look here for more about Organisational Health  or jump on the phone and I'll tell you now!