25+ Wants & Stops for Your 2016 Leadership
I wanted to write something epic for my last quarterly newsletter of the year.
Hours were spent drafting the top five things I learned in 2015. I dashed off a bunch of brainy concepts on trends I see for 2016. None of it felt right, because it wasn’t from my heart.
What was on my heart — what is on my heart — is what I want for you as a leader. I created a self-evaluation test for you to use for goal setting with resources to assist you. Here’s my wish list for you. I hope it becomes yours as well.
25 Things I Want for You as a Leader
I want you to be courageous. I want you to tell the truth and be real.
I want you to be humble and to be confident. Call it humble-confidence.
I want you to be clear about your priorities and honor them.
I want you to communicate, and once you feel you have, then do it again six more times. I want you to connect with others in a new and meaningful way. I want you to listen, truly listen to others and hear what they are saying and what they are not saying.
I want you to delegate 50% more. You need help to do so, thus I want you to ask for help.
I want you to see people, not as objects or obstacles but as human beings. I want you to see their strengths and identify their weaknesses. I want you to focus on their strengths and encourage them to use them daily. Try coaching a weakness into a strength by positive transformation (i.e. a poor communicator can be an excellent communicator with self-awareness and instruction.)
I want you to celebrate wins and to catch people doing what’s right.
I want you to engage in healthy conflict — daily. Disengage from dysfunctional conflict. Know the difference.
I want you to seek alignment. That’s a big statement.
I want you to have clarity and to truly focus on what matters only, everyday. I want you to live with purpose and lead others in a manner so they can live their purpose.
I want you to be heard. I want you to be seen. I want you to be understood. I want you to first do the same for others, be the first to serve.
I want you to take care of yourself mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally. I want you to know your weak area and get a coach or mentor to help you with it.
I want you to call out greatness in others and I want you to be great.
Simply, “to be” is the key. I want you to be the best you can be in 2016.
AND What I Want You to Stop Doing
I want you to stop tolerating mediocrity, first in yourself and then in others.
I want you to stop wasting time on things that don’t matter. I want you to stop the tendency to blame.
I want you to stop managing people and start coaching/leading them. Manage tasks, lead people. Figure out the difference.
I want you to stop striving. Stop performing. Stop trying to prove yourself that you have what it takes. You do!
I want you to stop demanding too much of yourself. When you do that, you subconsciously demand more of others, even if you say you do not.
I want you to stop being controlled by popular opinion and do the right thing even if it costs you. I want you to stop your approval addiction. Being a peacemaker is an amazing leadership quality that quickly slips into the dysfunction of people-pleasing. Know the difference.
I want you to stop using work and “I’m too busy” as an excuse. You are accountable for yourself and you make choices all day long. You always have time to do what you want, so want something different. Fact: If you are too busy there is something wrong.
I want you to stop playing games and be genuine. Be You.
I want you to stop being a coward and tolerating lying. Instead, speak truth with love and compassion.
I want you to stop hiring people just like you. Hire people different and preferably smarter than you. Stop tolerating low performers and people who don’t “get it.”
I want you to stop getting your identity from your work. Go home and be the person you want your kids to remember. Stop saying “when I have the time, I will.”
Do it now. Live it now. If not, when?
What I Want You to Do Next
I am sure the list is not complete, but it's from my heart. Read through it again, and take the self-evaluation I created on our website. It will give you an idea of where to focus in 2016 and where you might need additional support, training — or even a coach.
If you email the evaluation back to us, we will ask you how you are doing in 90 days. Take it a few times. Each time, think about each of the roles you play and your spheres of influence, starting with yourself. Use the hyperlinks for additional tools to help you be the leader you want to be in your organization, your family and your life.
Here is to a profitable 2016, now go be the best you can be today!
Quotes to Ponder
"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves." - Ray Kroc
"Take a step back, evaluate what is important, and enjoy life." - Teri Garr
"Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people." - John D. Rockefeller
"It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives." - Marianne Williamson
"Clarity affords focus." - Thomas Leonard
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2015 - Our Year in Review
Mary Beth King has become our lead 1:1 coach. Her ability to get straight to the heart of the matter has helped our clients move to their next level faster than ever before. She is also an outstanding training facilitator. Her Communication, Delegation, EQ, and The Healthy Team workshops consistently receive rave reviews! She is certified in all TTI products and is a master at debriefing individuals and groups on the deep implications of the "WHY" and the "WHO"! Her monthly article blesses many in Seattle's Blue City Monthly and she is a frequent contributor to our Shandel Group blog. Everyone loves Mary Beth! Don’t miss any of her wisdom - subscribe to our blog here.
Shandel celebrated her one-year anniversary as Mrs. John Sutherland on 12/13/15. (Their story is fun. Read it here.) It also was epic for Shandel to celebrate 15 years in business as True Life Coaching by successfully launching Shandel Group. We are still masters at life coaching. Yet our core business is focused on organizational health and leadership transformation at the team, culture and (ultimately) profit level. It's the same skill set -- just with a larger scope of impact for the strategic alignment of all things people. Shandel is growing the Nevada/ Northern California market, falling in love with our Silicon Valley clients while remaining true to her beloved Northwest. Our Seattle office is growing like crazy!
Speaking of…Alan Andersen joined our Seattle team adding huge value as he takes the strategic planning and organizational health processes to the next level. His expertise in helping companies grow lean and fast fits nicely into the Shandel Group offering of services. This is the time of year for entrepreneurs, owners, and even mid-level managers to contact Alan for a free 30-minute Organizational Health Diagnosis. We have a quick formula to help uncover blind spots and opportunities for growth…including areas for you to celebrate!
Currently, only 10% of businesses are operating at or near their full potential in the U.S.A. Shandel Group has all the tools to help change that percentage, including a recently adapted health metric for diagnosing where you are and where you need to be. We also have management training workshops and webinars such as delegation, listening, personal accountability, conflict resolution, and many others. We continue to offer hiring assessments and on-boarding tools, as well as our classic communication and team building workshops. Get your high-potential employees a coach and attract A-players. Check out our website for more. :)
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