10-Step Process To Transformation

July 28, 2016 at 8:07 am

Leading Into Transformation
10-Step Process to Transformation

Leading Into TransformationThe 10-Step Process to transformation

It was over nine years ago when I was sitting at my desk working on a global, cultural change initiative. It was a dream job. A culture rich in total conflict; emerging ideas and concepts clashing with the old-school mentality of military constructs. It was if the skies opened and the waters parted. I could not have been in a more enriched place for group dynamics than this. I LOVED IT. Then, while I was on a phone call, I was told one of the higher ups was waiting for me outside my office. He had been there waiting for over twenty minutes. I had no idea who this person was, I was completely focused on something else. Then I started to notice a small crowd growing outside my door. When someone finally came into my office, he demanded I get off the phone because this “higher up” was still waiting to talk to me.

 

“You must have screwed something up” he added. I rapidly ended my phone call and then I found the senior leader of the organization sitting in my office, asking me one question after another regarding my approach. I honestly answered each and every question asked. Finally, there was a chance to tell the real truth or just keep continuing to answer his questions. He said, of course, he wanted the truth. With a quick and honest assessment, I nailed the culture issue he had been struggling with for years.

Here is what happened in a nut shell—Leadership IS NOT a position. It is an action to move a group of people from where they want to go to where they need to go. I was not in any formal role at the time where I could coach or guide this senior leader. I had the courage, however, to speak my truth about where the issues were and what was needed to get his staff unstuck. Never in his leadership history had someone spoke the truth in such a compelling way. Why? Because leaders tend to do what they have seen. In the military, there is a culture and culture rules–that is until COURAGE in leadership emerges from within the ranks with people speaking the truth. Courage means looking at and seeing the whole system, not just a piece of it. That truth is much different than the personal truths that serve the self. It’s not a safe role to take up, however, it is needed for organizations, teams, and people to thrive!

Take one step, add a cup of courage, two cups of positive attitude, and 100% commitment.

The recipe for transformation: It doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be simple in context, but without all the ingredients in place, difficult in execution.

  1. Nothing can change without awareness. One must be willing to see the unseen in order to begin to transform.
  2. Be an active OBSERVER. Although I take pride in having an opinion and expressing it, there is great value in being an observer. Notice what you notice. It’s not about judging what you can or cannot do. Just notice what is happening inside of you.
  3. Reflection is a key to knowing how what you are seeing and noticing are impacting you. Why is it important? You will recognize and realize the impacts on you just by simply observing.
  4. Muster courage to follow what is needed to get what you desire. Know that the destination is not what is important, but the journey.
  5. One step. That’s all that is really needed–one step.
  6. Respond with action. Responding to what you are seeing is critical in gaining movement and momentum.
  7. Ensure you have a supportive environment. If need be, get a coach like me who believes in possibilities.
  8. Always give 100% of yourself. That means you never, never give up.
  9. Pace yourself. Like the saying goes: It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Train yourself to establish a pattern of success. Find your stride and stick with it until you know you need to make a course adjustment.
  10. Attitude determines your wellbeing. Science shows you heal faster when you have a positive attitude. Learn to see the good not in one thing but in everything. Train your attitude to reflect your accomplishments already happening right now.

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~Suzanne

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Execution Is the Real Game

May 19, 2016 at 11:12 am

imagesStrategic plans are great, but some organizations struggle with the real work. It’s not the ideas that make the organization, but the ability to execute those ideas that have been revealed.

Apple, Inc. is a company at the top of its game. Not because it has a great strategic plan—no, it would be silly to think that. They are at the top because their only competition is…themselves. They compete to make their newest innovation outperform their last idea. They develop and market products knowing that the succeeding products are going to improve upon what they have already produced. They don’t look for the greatest ideas, they look for a great idea and then focus on taking that idea to the next level.

We all have ideas. In fact, ideas are out there for every single one of us. The difference between a great idea and a bad idea all comes back to execution. You know—what we do with what we know!

I have been in leadership consulting for years. Continually, I have seen consultants reproduce other people’s work over and over again. It doesn’t make them bad people, it just means they’re not in touch with their own greatness.

The people who are drawn to me for my consultancy expertise know when they come to me they will be tapping into themselves. I don’t tell them how to do their work. I show them how to tap into their greatness so their work becomes their greatest piece of music.

Strategic plans are like a sheet of music. When they are played in the right tune, the execution is beautiful. The music may not start out as beautiful, but it is made beautiful by bringing in the right instruments at the right time. Each instrument brings a different tone and tune to make the entire piece complete.

So you see…the plan and the execution go hand in hand. Being In Sync is about bringing the two halves together for quantum productivity.

~Suzanne

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First, I want to thank you for reading my postings. Now, it’s your turn to join in the fun and contribute!

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Suzanne Weinstein is a Relationships Expert.


Team Sabotage

April 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

Victory is Working TogetherHow sabotage can show up in teams can be deceiving. Why? Because most people believe that they are acting as an individual. Most people have no awareness that there is always a group dynamic and group energy at play. So in essence most leaders miss clear patterns and themes that show up for teams because they are so focused on individual behavior.

Here are some obvious patterns that show up with dysfunctional teams:

Decision Making is delayed or avoided- what is often a simple decision, low impact, low risk can be discussed for hours and yet not decision or direction is clear.

Lacks of clarity- Team members are unsure or unaware of each team member’s responsibilities. This often leads to duplication of efforts throughout the organization.

Seeking Power – Many team members are seeking power and recognition for themselves vice the winning of a project that allows the organization to be successful.

Blaming – Someone in the group is always blaming another person, department, decision maker for the situation that they are grappling with.

Anytime there is a lack of responsibility within a team, there is an issue with leadership. Leadership ultimately picks and chooses what type of behavior will be acceptable moving forward. The avoidance of conflict can be detrimental to the results within every department. Teams model behavior of their leader, good and bad, it makes no difference.

Just like kids employees do as the leader does not as the leader says. So if your team is sabotaging your progress with any one of the points above you will want to take some time to reflect and get aligned within yourself.

All change begins with you.

The team is merely showing you where you need to grow as a leader. Be thankful and grateful for the lessons. Those with the courage to reflect and make adjustments, in turn allows others to do the same.


20 Super Easy Tips to Motivate Others

November 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to inspire others. But with every effort you make energy and momentum follow. Here are some super simple tips that anyone can do and they don’t cost a penny.

“Motivation” is here!

  1. Smile often.
  2. Tell a good joke.
  3. Share a personal motivational story.
  4. Watch a clip of Les Brown.
  5. Have a clear plan that everyone understands.
  6. Set clear milestones for goals.
  7. Have a motivational team song.
  8. Keep a list of motivational quotes on your desk.
  9. Celebrate–just because it feels good.
  10. Be specific and tell others what they are doing that is working well
  11. If you don’t feel happy… act happy anyways! (Fake it ‘til you make it)
  12. Have a standard open-ended question you ask yourself daily. An example would be: “What can I be grateful for today?”
  13. Re-evaluate your goals.
  14. Know what your successes are.
  15. Play the cash flow game (if you have never played, contact me–it’s fun!)
  16. Give a pep talk to someone who needs it.
  17. Stop being a perfectionist and start appreciating the gifts that make you stronger.
  18. Watch some inspiring TED Talks. ( Love this one… just happens to be the #2 most watched TedTalk)
  19. Visualize you and your team succeeding.
  20. Make plans for what you will do when you succeed at your goal.

KISS: Make Building Your Team More Fun

October 29, 2015 at 9:35 am

Laugh and Thrive

The last few years I have focused on making things more fun (for me and my clients). Everything doesn’t have to be so difficult. We make it that way by our attitudes. So why not make building your team more fun too? It can be done. Here are some simple tips that anyone can do right away.

1. Assign different team members to take the lead on team initiatives.
2. Hold your team meetings in different locations once a month or once per quarter.
3. Conduct mini surveys and share with each team member what it is they are doing that is working.
4. Bring in guest speakers to add a fresh new approach to your topics.
5. Frequently and constructively talk about how the team, as a whole, could improve.
6. Take corrective action on team dissatisfaction areas.
7. Measure progress often.
8. Take time to get to know each other and support each other’s goals.
9. Ask open-ended questions and allow team members time to reflect and answer thoughtfully and thoroughly.
10. Try a fun approach to building your team. Creating a solid team takes time, effort and energy. Be clear in your direction and the team will follow.