09 Sep Will You Join Me?
I am committed to exploring proven ways to improve the performance, engagement, and results of teams. Your teams determine the success of your organization. However, much of the leadership excellence work I see is about the individual. That limits our potential for organizational success if we are all not learning and working collaboratively with all our teams towards a common vision and collective goals.
I know for a fact, it does not matter how great you are as a CEO or as a divisional, departmental or functional leader if your team is not on board with you… you are limiting your potential for success.
I’ll begin with a fascinating compilation of interviews in Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris, author of The 4 Hour Work Week. Though a 4 Hour Work Week intrigues me… it is the 1, 2, or 3 best suggestions or tips made by world-class performers, athletes, business people, and billionaires in The Tools of Titans that I believe will help our teams and our businesses most.
I will share one idea and then pose a question and/or comment to help this collective community of amazing people shorten the learning curve and more importantly maximize the “doing curve”. Remember all the greatest ideas in the world when not put into action are simply daydreams.
The first idea which stood out for me was from an interview with Chris Sacca, an American venture investor, entrepreneur, and lawyer. He had invested in seed and early-stage technology companies such as Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Twilio, and Kickstarter. He also worked at Google leading the alternative access and wireless divisions and worked on mergers and acquisitions. And he appeared as a “Guest Shark” on ABC’s Shark Tank! I think his experience alone warrants a quick read!
“Whether you are raising money, pitching your product to customers, selling the company, or recruiting employees, never forget that underneath all the math and the MBA talk, we are still emotionally driven human beings. We want to attach ourselves to the narratives. We don’t act because of equations. We follow our beliefs. We get behind leaders who stir our feelings.”
Your thoughts? Does this quote ring true for you? Do you believe employees follow leaders who stir their feelings? If so, why and how do those leaders do it? If not, why not? How do we make sure our teams are behind us, as leaders, and just as importantly behind each other?