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Highlight Greatness


This week’s Leadership Nudge comes from Brendan Quinn, our Head of UK Operations. He delivered this week’s Leadership Nudge from the William Wallace Monument overlooking Scotland’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

“When William Wallace became the guardian of Scotland,” Brendan shared, “his leadership was not that of the Scottish Nobles.” The nobles preferred to lord over people and Wallace displayed vastly different leadership traits.

Brendan noted, “Three of Wallace’s Leadership attributes that align with Intent-Based Leadership™ are;

One – he served the people

Two – he fought for freedom so that the people of Scotland could have control over the future

Three – he inspired them to greatness.”

Brendan’s focus on the third attribute is where this week’s Leadership Nudge comes from. Our intent at Turn the Ship Around, LLC is to help organizations create the type of environment that releases the greatness that is present in our teams. One of the ways to foster that culture is to acknowledge and highlight greatness.

Our Leadership Nudge to you this week is:

Highlight something great that your team or one of your employees achieved this week. Look for examples where your team took responsibility, showed initiative, or provided solutions!

Let us know what how it goes!

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Leaders Listen

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-12-45-40 Leadership Nudge – LEADERS LISTEN

One of the most important things a leader must do is listen. This week, Wendy Qian from Kardex Remstar shares some incredible insight about listening.

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-15-12-40Wendy showed us the Chinese character for “listen.” She identified the embedded meaning for each part of the character.  “This part,” pointing to the left half of the character, “is your ear. To listen, first you need to use your ear. It’s a voice, it’s inevitable, you must listen first.”

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-15-14-23“This part,” she continued, “is your eyes. When listening you are not only using your ears, you also use your eyes.” This is how we detect body languages. Seeing how another person communicates, helps us to grasp the full meaning of the information exchange.

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-15-15-18“And then,” she showed, “finally you use your heart.” She likened the encounter to a train passing by. If we only use our ears and eyes and not our heart, it’s like a train passing. We hear it, we see it, but we don’t grasp any meaning. It’s not an efficient way to listen. “In the very end,” Wendy shared, “you must use your heart to listen to really remember what you have heard and seen. Then, it is efficient listening.”

Our Leadership Nudge to you this week is this:

When listening, use not only your ears, but your eyes and heart as well.

Let us know what how it goes!

Enroll for the Leadership Nudge –  www.davidmarquet.com

Learn All Beats Know All


This week’s Leadership Nudge™ comes from an awesome distillery in Bavaria. I found whiskey here! Who knew they made whiskey in Bavaria. I thought I would only find beer. It reminded me of this principle: Leaders say “I don’t know.” Saying I don’t know opens the door to learning.

A person with a “learn all” mentality, someone who is constantly learning will trump the “know all” mind set in the long run every time. Leaders want to have a “learn all” mindset. The way you get there is to practice saying, “I don’t know.”

Our Leadership Nudge to you this week is this:

Take a situation where you think you know the answer and instead of giving the answer, say: “I don’t know – let’s find out – let’s run an experiment – let’s look it up.” See what you find out.

Let us know what you learn!

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The Sherpa Shuffle

Leadership Nudge – SHERPA SHUFFLE

This summer I spent a week hiking in the Swiss Alps. I had a full seven days to hike, think, learn, admire, and reflect, among other things. In my Leadership Nudge™ this week I want to share one of the things I learned and how it applies to changing your culture.

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On the third day of our hike, we ascended to the top of the Col de Torrent. In a matter of hours, we climbed from 6000 feet to 9000 feet. For a guy who lives in the flat state of Florida, the hike was pretty demanding. To help me, our guide, Hashmat Singh, taught us the Sherpa Shuffle.

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To execute the Sherpa Shuffle, one takes the small steps and exhales strongly. The Sherpa Shuffle saves energy on the mountain. It minimizes load on your cardio-vascular system, and it also helps you maintain your balance because your body weight is over your feet. You can do it all day long!

Our Leadership Nudge to you this week is this:

When changing culture in your organization, take small steps. The important thing is that you make progress. Take a look your objectives and ensure they are a fit for your group. If it seems like you are biting off too much, make your steps smaller and continue making progress.

Let us know how it goes!


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