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Happy New Year – Be Grateful

Leadership Nudge – Happy New Year, Be Grateful

As 2015 comes to a close, my team and I would like to express our gratitude for the opportunity to work with people that are creating, sustaining, and growing workplaces where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity; places where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work; places where everyone is a leader. Continue reading

Be Present

Leadership Nudge – Be Present

This Holiday Season, we encourage you to be present with your teams, your friends, and your families. Give the gift of you. It’s the best gift you can give.

Here’s an idea we try every now and then, put your “apples” in the “apple orchard.” Place a basket on your desk or your table and put your phones, tablets, or any other electronic devices that steals your attention, into the basket.

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Be present and in the moment. It is the best gift we can give the people in our lives! We wish you the best this holiday season and in the coming year!

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This month we are posting the 31 best Nudges of the year on my Facebook page – click here to see some of these classics

Give Control and Create Leaders

Leadership Nudge – Give Control and Create Leaders

You can’t “direct” empowerment programs. Directed empowerment programs are flawed because they are predicated on this assumption: I have the authority and ability to empower you (and you don’t). Fundamentally, that’s disempowering. This internal contradiction dooms these initiatives. Continue reading

Care But Don’t Care

Leadership Nudge – Care But Don’t Care

When I was reassigned from USS Olympia to USS Santa Fe, I knew I needed a totally different leadership approach. Many leaders talk about getting the right people on board. I didn’t have any control over that variable. I had the people I had. This was a powerful constraint that allowed me to focus all my effort on creating an environment where the people I had could be their best.

What’s your level of commitment? I discovered that the hardest thing about my planned turnaround project was my own fortitude. In order to maintain my commitment I had to adopt the idea of care but don’t care. Care deeply, passionately, intensely about my team and our mission; care not a lick about the bureaucratic consequences to myself.

I can’t tell you how many times I questioned whether or not I was on the right track and whether or not I should just go back to “command and control.” At the time, no one knew if we were going to be successful. No one knew the impact of what we’d achieve 10 years hence. We just had faith that treating everyone better, like leaders, would work out in the long run.

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Treat everyone on your team better. Treat them like leaders. Have faith that in the long run, you’ll develop leaders.

And remember, it’s ok to laugh at yourself every now and then when things don’t go as planned.

Let us know how it goes.

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This month we are posting the 31 best Nudges of the year on my Facebook page – click here to see some of these classics

Use Your Legacy For Clarity

This month we are posting the 31 best Nudges of the year on my Facebook page – click here to see some of these classics

Leadership Nudge – Use Your Legacy For Clarity

Many organizations have inspiring early starts and somehow “lose their way” at some later point. I urge you to tap into the sense of purpose and urgency that developed during those early days or during some crisis.

The trick is to find real ways to keep those alive as the organization grows. One of the easiest is simply to talk about them. Embed them into your guiding principles and use those words in efficiency reports and personnel awards.

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Gather and document stories of people doing things aligned to the company’s values and culture. For extra credit: Print a book on the organization’s anniversary and give it to everyone. After the initial distribution give it to all new hires.

Let us know how it goes.

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