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

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

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

8 Trends for Leaders in 2015

Over the past year, I had the opportunity to interview a number of executives, managers, directors, and specialists to gain measured insight and share trending practices facing leaders in the New Year.

8 Trends for Leaders in 2015

These amazing thought leaders represent our schools, businesses, and agencies and span widely across geography, gender, and generation. I believe their straightforward responses will resonate appropriately to the challenges each of us faces in the transition of Becoming. Read more

A Quick Thought on Leadership Challenges

“I’m on the skids”
“I don’t believe I have what it takes”
“I’m frustrated and discouraged”
“They don’t seem to understand me”
“I’m bored and going through the motions”
“I am weary and don’t believe I have much left in the tank”
“No one seems to value or appreciate me”
“I’m stuck and don’t know how to move forward”
“It seems like I am only appreciated as much as last quarter’s numbers”
“My home life is a mess”

These are the familiar refrains of pain-points lurking behind the walls preserving masses of limping leaders today. Each of these expressions embodies the struggle to make sense of the dizzying context of complexities in present day leadership. The ache is personal and intense. You may personally resonate with a number of the statements above.

A Quick Thought on Leadership Challenges

Without sounding too drab, let’s enhance the lighting with the fact that healthy organizations from across varying sectors ARE lead by energized, engaged, and empowered leaders. The raw reality however is that this once sturdy and well-populated raft is beginning to swamp with much of its cargo falling adrift. Read more

4 Demands of Heroic Leadership

“Now is not a time for sadness and despair, but a time for heroes, champions, in great deeds” -anonymous

When we think about heroes–we all have certain images come to mind. It might be an image of Superman, a soldier, a police officer, a doctor, a firefighter—but the definition of a hero is really pretty simple: someone who is known for courage, outstanding achievement, and high moral character.

4 Demands of Heroic Leadership

So, can we all be heroes? Certainly.

The more important question is… do we want to be heroes? I hope so, as we certainly need more. Read more

What is the First Step of Empowerment and Opportunity?

Answer? Becoming.

Once one moves beyond the lore and the hype behind leadership, what really remains? For most, it is another book on the shelf or a keynote in annals of your organization’s memory. Why is understanding leadership that important? What does it actually mean to Become a leader worthy of followers?

What is the First Step of Empowerment and Opportunity

It is a widely studied fact that effective leadership is the differentiating factor between the good, better, and best organizations. Why? Because most people, families, teams, and organizations are so preoccupied externally on tasks and service, they simply fall inattentive to the needs of Becoming, Building and Leading. Read more

Get In There and Grit it Out

Social science has taught us that in order to perform well, complete tasks and succeed at reaching your goals you have to believe you are capable of succeeding.  This fundamental core belief will impact the way you make decisions, your motivation, and your ability to persevere.  A low-level belief in your capacity to succeed at whatever you are going after may result in stress and depression.

Get in there and Grit It Out

Give yourself a percentage number: How much do you really believe you are going to succeed at the dream, vision, or plan you are working?  ______

Here are three lessons that will help you increase your percentage:

1. Practice until you have breakthrough.

Breakdown the learning into manageable phases & practice until you have breakthrough.  Practice until if I were to bump into you in the hallway and ask you about whatever it is you are working on, you could on the spot talk to me for an hour out of the overflow of your heart.  That is one evidence that you are moving toward mastery.  Practice in the mirror, in the car, and solicit feedback from someone who has mastery of the competency or area of growth.

2. Find someone to imitate.

No substitute here.  If you want to raise your belief that you can succeed, you have got to find a master craftsman and imitate them.  Not mimic them, but imitate their patterns and practices.

3. Get in there and grit it out.

The very things that will take you to the next level are likely the things you are resisting or procrastinating right now.  If you want to grow in self-confidence, you must banish your hesitance.  You can’t wait until you are feeling it, neither can you stay put until your nerves are all calm and you’ve got it all together. You have got to get in there and grit it out. Action will create the desire and inspiration you now lack and long for. Stop trying to ready yourself for the very thing that will make you ready.

The Gratitude Attitude of Leadership

Hands down…Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year! I am a huge fan of all of the accouterments of this season and a fanatic admirer of those who lead their families, teams, organizations, and communities from a heart of encouragement, empowerment, and gratitude.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Gratitude Attitude

In his best selling book, Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, Martin Seligman describes a particularly profound assignment that he has his students carry out called a “Gratitude Visit.” Seligman regularly cherishes the mounds of feedback he receives from this very simple, yet life impacting experiment with his learners; many who express the experience as a life-altering event. Seligman explains the following instructions to his students that I believe are quite transferrable to you and I today. Bonus – This task is free and transferrable across all sectors:

  • Select one important person from your past who has made a major positive difference in your life and to whom you have never fully expressed your thanks. (Do not confound this selection with newfound romantic love, or with the possibility of a future gain.)
  • Write a testimonial just long enough to cover one laminated page. Take your time composing this.
  • Invite that person to your home, or travel to that person’s home. It is important you do this face to face, not just in writing or on the phone.
  • Do not tell the person the purpose of the visit in advance; a simple “I just want to see you” will suffice.
  • Bring a laminated version of your tribute with you as a gift. Read your testimonial aloud slowly, with expression, and with eye contact. Then let the other person react unhurriedly.
  • Reminisce together about the concrete events that make this person so important to you.

Appreciative Leadership

The offering of gratitude comes easily for the secure leader grounded in wisdom and maturity. Healthy organizational culture infused with gratitude widely manifest behaviors of civility, compassion, respect, and courtesy. Gratitude based cultures are not weighed down by the toxicity of complaint and manipulation, but rather empowerment and opportunity.

At GiANT Worldwide, we are so very grateful and blessed to work with some of the finest; most humble, and sharp leaders across the globe. Our esteemed clients are also genuine friends who have profoundly influenced us to raise our game of Becoming, Building and Leading.

So, if you were looking for a leadership lesson, realize you have been. Remarkably observed is the fact that the great leaders we serve show their gratitude freely and genuinely. If you wanted a motivational spark, know that your modeling of liberated leadership is making a difference and spurring others to become leaders worth following.

To the valiant taking on the “Gratitude Visit Challenge,” we would be gratefully encouraged to hear from you.

Stay thoughtful in your thankfulness. Continue to be gracious in your giving. Abound in your plentiful praise of others.

Best wishes to all and a Blessed Thanksgiving to our GiANT Worldwide family and friends!