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Stonehenge Legacy

Leadership NudgeTM – Stonehenge Legacy

This week our Leadership Nudge comes from Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a fascinating place to visit and there is a great lesson in leadership just from being here.

A henge is a circular mound that usually has a ditch on the inside for a ceremonial or religious purpose. Here at Stonehenge it is unusual because the ditch is on the outside and of course we have the stones. Amazingly, the stones are from Wales, nearly 200 miles always! These stones are 4000 years old!

When one walks the grounds here at Stonehenge, you can’t help but think about legacy. Leadership legacy. What is your legacy going to be? What do you want to leave behind? What do you want people to say about you when you are gone?

Our nudge to you this week is simply that;

Think about your legacy!

Let us know how it goes?

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Give Control

Leadership NudgeTM – Give Control

For years we have been taught that Leaders take control and inspire followers. Many books, movies, and other cultural examples present leaders as people that tell others what to do and solve everyone’s problems. However, giving control and creating more leaders are what true leaders do. Giving control is the hard part, but that’s not how leadership is generally portrayed.

If you have been a Leadership Nudge Enrollee for any period of time you are aware that we encourage leaders to practice giving away control. Maybe you remember our challenge to allow someone else to order your coffee. Or maybe you remember Robert Stephens, the founder of Geek Squad, challenging us to allow the waiter to pick our meal.

We have received consistent feedback from Leadership Nudge Enrollees that those challenges might be too easy for some. So here is a new and more difficult challenge.

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Find Something that you struggle giving up control of and just do it. Maybe, like Andy, you also struggle with giving up the driver’s seat or the remote control. Whatever your challenge is, just do it and . . .

Let us know how it goes!

Enroll for the Leadership Nudge – www.davidmarquet.com

 

How to Ask for Help (without getting told what to do)

Leadership NudgeTM – How to Ask for Help (without getting told what to do)

This week let’s talk about how to ask for help without getting told what to do. Let’s say you have a leader or a boss and they have given you authority to make a certain decision. You need a little help and you want to ensure that you two are aligned. You know you need a little help from the boss, but you are worried that if you go to the boss they are going to end up telling you what to do.

Here’s the key. When you go to the boss don’t say “I need some help with this decision.” Say this instead, “I need the following information from you.” Be specific about what it is that you need. Statements like; “I need to know what success would be here” or “I need to know how you would think through this” or “I don’t need you to make this decision for me I just need the following information” can be very powerful for you and help avoid steering the boss into telling you what to do. That only results in two unhappy people; you and the boss.

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

When asking for help, be specific and say, “I need the following information” instead of “Hey I need help with this decision.”

Let us know how it goes!

Enroll for the Leadership Nudge – www.davidmarquet.com 

Attend our Educators’ Leadership Conference: “Every Teacher a Leader”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Punta Gorda, FL- click here to register

http://educatorsleadershipconference.org/

Create the Perfect Team

Leadership NudgeTM – Create the Perfect Team

So what makes a team good? What are the characteristics of a good team? Google has been studying this for the last two years. It turns out that how the team interacts is more important than who is on the team. We have been having the “get the right people on the bus in the right seats” conversation for years. Yes, that does matter, but what matters more is how the team interacts. Do we interrupt each other? Do we hog the spotlight? Do we encourage each other? Do we criticize each others ideas? Do we show up on time? These are the kinds of things that matter the most, the “Team Dynamics.”

Google came up with five aspects of team dynamics.

Number one is psychological safety. Does it feel safe to be on the team? Can I take risks?

Number two is dependability.

Number three is structure and clarity. In other words, it actually helps to have a good definition         about what I own for my job.

Number four is the impact of the work.

Number five is the meaning of my work.

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Read the full description at this link:

https://rework.withgoogle.com/blog/five-keys-to-a-successful-google-team/

Let us know how it goes!

Enroll for the Leadership Nudge – www.davidmarquet.com

 Attend our Educators’ Leadership Conference: “Every Teacher a Leader”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Punta Gorda, FL- click here to register

http://educatorsleadershipconference.org/

Change Your Environment

Leadership NudgeTM – Change Your Environment

One of the most important things leaders do is fix the environment. They do not fix people. This Leadership NudgeTM was filmed in Redmond, California when I visited Microsoft. Here is what I noticed.

At Microsoft I observed that they don’t say, “Oh get together in little groups, have serendipitous conversations, collect ideas, and be creative!” They create an environment to support that. They just give their employees seating areas where they can get together in small groups or big tables or big open areas. They create an environment where they can get together and have those serendipitous conversations, collect ideas, and be creative.

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Find some little way of changing your environment. Change something immediate and small that will change the way your people act when they come to work.

Let us know how it goes! – Share your “CHANGES” with us and we will see if we can feature you in an upcoming Leadership NudgeTM

Enroll for the Leadership Nudge – www.davidmarquet.com 

Attend our Educators’ Leadership Conference:

“Every Teacher a Leader”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Punta Gorda, FL- click here to register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educators-leadership-conference-every-teacher-a-leader-tickets-25170745377

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