A New Perspective on Your Followers

If no one is following you, you are not leading. You may have employees who are doing a job, but you won’t have followers who go above and beyond ordinary expectations. I’m convinced that we don’t spend enough time thinking about the quality of our followers and what that says about our leadership. Here we go…

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Warren Bennis said that the essence of leadership is inspired followers. I want to take his thinking one step further: in our current reality, marked by rapid change and complexity, the essence of leadership is empowered followers. Empowered followers have been given responsibility to do something important and authority to call the shots on how it gets done. They are also courageous enough to say no to you because they are passionate, well-informed and deeply connected to the nature of their work. Read more

Does Your Business Need a Leadership Development Reboot?

Leadership development is one of the most talked about and written about subjects on the planet. It is also the most misunderstood and, often, most neglected area of competency in organizations. In a work world largely populated with leaders who spend excessive amounts of time managing the inevitable and fostering the unremarkable, there is little time left to spend understanding their team’s genuine development needs.

Rather than being intentional and equipping teams with the leadership tools they need to succeed, many managers float along with the misguided illusion that individual and team growth just happens. And they wonder, when the dynamics are off and productivity hits the skids, “Why?”

Floating — the kind enjoyed in a calm, blue ocean — may be desirable on vacation, but in business, where a competitive advantage is desired and success and growth are important, it’s dangerous. You’d never float your finances and expect to get ahead. So why do we think it’s okay to do that with the most valuable resources in a business, the human ones?

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Float along here all you want, but don’t try that with your teams at work. Photo courtesy of Jay Mantri.

Here’s the reality: our people and their performance can’t be left to casual coincidence. What becomes necessary, then, is a reboot in how we view leadership development: rather than being the nice “extra” we focus on when we have the time, we must view leadership development as essential to our overall success. Read more

Join Us Thursday 2/12

This Thursday, Jeremie Kubicek (co-founder of GiANT Worldwide) is going to be hosting a live webinar to discuss what it means to become a liberating leader. A liberating leader is a leader that people want to follow, not one they simply have to follow. They empower others, lead from a position of humility, and make things healthy.

If you’re available, we’d love for you to join us. You can go here to claim your spot.

Jeremie will be discussing some big ideas for your own leadership transformation, including the following:

  • What it means to be a leader that other people want to follow
  • Practical tools you can use immediately in the work place and at home
  • How to build a system of intentional leadership development regardless of your organization’s size
  • Why most leaders are “missing it” when it comes to influencing others around them
  • Some potential next steps for your own development, including an opportunity to join us for the Executive Core starting this April.

An important message we’re telling leaders right now is this: the opposite of intentional is accidental. Most leadership is accidental.

How are you going to be intentional about your own development this year? And, how are you intentionally developing those around you?

To join us for this conversation, you can click here or copy & paste the following URL: https://giantworldwide.com/gtm

The Most Powerful Leadership Commodity: Not For Sale

Amazon made its humble beginnings as an online bookseller about 20 years ago.

Today, founder, Jeff Bezos has stretched Amazon’s influence to include everything from fine art to groceries. What can’t you buy at Amazon Right?

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You might be surprised. At least for now, today’s online shopper won’t find a number of items @amazon.com including real estate, cars, lottery tickets, pets, and prescription eyewear. Read more

3 Points on Delegation You Cannot Ignore

You’re overworked or out of your skill set. Something needs to change.

3 Points on Delegation You Cannot Ignore

You want to delegate, but you’re smart. You’ve already thought this through and here’s what you’ve been thinking:

“It’s easier if I do it.”
“Matt can’t do it as well as I can.”
“I’ll just end up re-doing the work.”
“It will take way more time if I have to train someone else to do this.”

These are all symptoms of a wrong view of delegation. You’re viewing delegation as an event, not a relationship.

Delegation involves a relationship where you are not simply giving something away never to have influence, but you are inviting someone else to share in the work with you. Read more

Can You Improve Your Hope G.P.A.?

A leader’s ability to generate hope is a significant game changer.

You have the ability to shift others’ perspective from despair and doubt to hope. Think about the impact this could have on the success and satisfaction of people you are influencing. It’s massive!

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Research on the human heart has shown us that the heart is a powerful emotional conductor. Jon Gordon in his fun book The Energy Bus described how the electro magnetic field in our heart is 5,000 times more powerful than the brain, radiating our emotional energy to every cell in our body in such a way that positive emotions can be felt 5-10 feet away from us.

As leaders fighting for the highest possible good in the lives of others, learning to be generators of hope is something we must understand and commit to. Read more

Survival Tips for Leadership Wayfinding

Have you ever been lost in the woods?

I mean really twisted around with nothing but the eerie quiet of the wind, similar looking trees, and grey overcast sky to signal your next move?

Survival Tips for Leadership Wayfinding

This is a different kind of lost than poking your way around in a new city with full access to the perks of mobile devices and helpful convenience store clerks. I’ve been there and know personally how scary loosing the trail can be.

For those of you feeling a bit disoriented in your wayfinding in life and leadership, take note.

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

Was it your wrong interpretation of the map? Were you daydreaming when you should have been paying attention? Were you missing a trusted guide to help in navigating within your new environment?

Regardless of the factors that caused your disorientation, know that losing direction is common. Staying lost is dreadful for you and your sphere of followers. Read more

How Do You Become Unstuck?

I would imagine that each of us could recall times in our life and leadership journey when we have been jammed.

We stand aware of stretches in our road to “Becoming” when we were absolutely stuck, and believing the internal voice of cynicism chattering discouragement and leaving us powerless to progress forward. This internal noise may have come at predictable moments such as the loss of employment, a break up, loss driven by addiction, or the death of a loved one.

How Do You Become Unstuck?

These feelings of gloom may have also come at unpredictable moments such as when the opportunity of a lifetime actually turned out to be a sham, or when we just couldn’t seem to crack into the right social circles at work or community. Most of us have experienced soured times of challenge amplified by the yearning for more significance in life, love, and adventure.

At these moments, hopelessness can take occupancy in the heart and our sense of direction and purpose may fade quickly. At work we may feel stale, unchallenged and fearing being log jammed toward a more rewarding position. In our personal lives we can feel agitated, deflated, or downright bored. We may become desperate to discover a meaningful way to contribute at work, to find a reinvigorated spark with our families, and to drive authentic meaning from our lives in general. Many of us live our lives as American actor and writer, Stephen Write explains, “living on a one-way street that’s also a dead end. I am not sure how I got there.”

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” – Zig Ziglar

When encroaching upon this belief of being stuck, each of us can become emotionally and mentally paralyzed and incapable of accessing the joys found in the struggle of leading both self and others. Metaphorically, when our ship runs aground, we are jarred, scared, and bewildered. Unaware, we fail to realize that crisis can be perfectly timed and remarkably strategic in our bumpy journey toward Becoming. Challenge and suffering is commonly the login and password for breakthrough. Becoming stuck is frequently the next step of progress in becoming unstuck.

The shock of the experiencing crisis and dead end can overwhelm us. The old issues and the memories they evoke can seem so painful that we suppress or isolate them from our consciousness altogether. We may choose to retreat and hide away. “Just let me bust through this so I can get back to my routine,” we might tell ourselves, or “I know this calls for my attention, but I just can’t face it right now.” These responses are quite natural and not a sign of weakness.

Sometimes what life presents IS over the top and unbearable. A sobering number of us stay stuck because it is the path of least resistance. We seek harmony over discord. Staying stuck allows us to accept the familiar and to remain the person we think we must be. While defensive dodging may get us past the immediate circumstances of the crisis, it is simply a put off and postponement to resolve the real symptoms underlying the issue at hand.

  1. Are you feeling stuck in your attempts to lead?
  2. Are you eavesdropping to internal noises of pessimism distorting your personal reality of truth?
  3. Have you become emotionally and mentally paralyzed and struggling to access joy in work and life?
  4. How can we encourage, equip, and empower you toward breakthrough?

Big Ideas of “Becoming”

Staying effective in life and leadership is no longer a choice. It is the ticket of admission if you are compelled to be successful. Surviving, thriving, and transforming in this new reality will require each of us to build upon and reach beyond effectiveness to a new calling, a new era of significance.

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Becoming significant is intentional and will require grit, endurance, and smarts. Becoming requires a new mind-set, a new skill set, a new tool-set, and new tendencies of responding to our well-worn habitual patterns. Read more

Breaking Beyond the Surface to Become “Worth Following”

There were two young fish swimming together on a beautiful day, when they happened upon an older fish swimming the other direction. The older fish approached the two younger fish with an energetic greeting, “Mornin’ fellas, how’s the water?” The two young fish look at each other, swim a bit further, when eventually one of them looks over at the other and says, “What the heck is water?”

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Fish don’t always realize they are immersed in water. They are continually surrounded by it and unmindful of its very quality. Like fish, we can also be lulled unconscious by our ever-present surroundings to the point that we don’t even realize that there may be something beyond the surface of our every day realities. Read more