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LeaderValues July Newsletter – Baba Amte biography, “Playing with a Full Deck FREE eBook”, and “Key Advantages of Integrating Speaking into Your Business”

Lee Kuan YewClick here to see this month’s LeaderValues newsletter 

There’s a straight-forward “leadership” theme, this month. The leadership biography, by Victoria Yates, is on Baba Amte.

He was a passionate activist whose leadership has left a staggering legacy that continues to help and inspire people across India and beyond. In particular, he and his wife Tai did an enormous amount to help people suffering from the terrible disease leprosy.

We have two featured articles.

The first is a FREE DOWNLOADABLE BOOK PLAYING the Game of Life WITH A FULL DECKby Tom Vanderbeck. We are very pleased to be able to offer this. To quote Tom “One can effectively lead and empower others only to the extent that one can demonstrate compassion, mastery, and accountability for self-leadership”. The book has been serialised in chapters on the website, though the article below has links to the entire book.

The second is from Jason Phillips on The Key Advantages of integrating speaking into your business”. Some very practical advice. Leaders have to “speak’ to their internal teams and Jason’s advice that we have published before has been very helpful. Here he takes a different look at speaking as an external business opportunity.

7 Steps for Leaders to Deliver Results As a Team – Alexander Maasik

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As a leader it’s your job to create an environment where people can meet their potential. Moreover, It’s your job to keep the team heading in the right direction.

Most of us have our own superiors and what matters most to them is delivering results and meeting goals. Setting goals is not enough to actually get there. So, how can a leader or manager do all of these things without compromising the work environment within a team?

On the basis of our customer case studies and different successful leadership methodologies we compiled the 7 steps which will guarantee success as a team.

  1. Looking at the big picture and goals

It is absolutely vital that everyone on your team understands the bigger picture and their role in reaching the objective. People with goals tend to achieve 10 times as much as people with no goals.

To make sure your team knows what’s going on, set company goals and metrics with which to measure them. Secondly, find a place or a forum to share this knowledge. Thirdly, align the company goal with each member of the team. Even the act of writing down a goal increases the odds of achieving it.

  1. Assigning tasks according to each team member’s strengths

In order for your team members to be happy and most productive, it’s essential to consentrate on their strengths. According to the Gallup survey, employees are 61% more engaged if their managers focuses on their strengths. In addition, people feel good doing tasks that they are good at and most importantly they perform better. Make sure you know your team’s strengths and give tasks accordingly.

  1. Sharing and generating ideas

Teams are known to achieve better chemistry and results if there is a way to share ideas. You need to implement a suitable brainstorming format to generate ideas within your team. There is a lot of different formats out there to choose from.

The benefits of brainstorming are better ideas, quicker problem solving and evolution as a team. Also, you’ll need an idea bank where everyone can contribute. Idea banks can result in process, operations and product innovation.

  1. Increasing engagement by implementing methodologies

One of the key parts of achieving your goals is a system that helps to keep the work process going. I already emphasized the importance of goals and the best methodology for that is Objectives and Key Results – OKRs. It is used by the likes of Google, LinkedIN and Zynga. Using a goal setting and tracking method helps the people to start moving towards important goals instead of doing small unimportant tasks. Employees also love it because of its clarity and the knowledge of what’s expected from them.

Secondly, I you can try out the Problems, Plans and Progress – PPP methodology. It is used by Skype and it helps to enhance team collaboration and keeps everyone informed. It also helps to clarify what needs to be done in order to achieve a certain goal.

  1. Constantly improving the work process

Using PPP methodology helps to bring out the flaws and problems of your team’s work process. In order to achieve the results as efficiently as possible, it is critical to make improvements in your work-flow. As a leader, it is good to check in regularly to see how everybody is doing and if they need a push to get over the hump. This can be done in a online status update format or just by talking to your team members individually.

  1. Encouraging people

All of the methodologies and goal setting techniques are tools to help the team achieve better results, but we have to remember that we are dealing with humans. People are emotional beings and although setting goals and giving tasks according to their strengths increases the odds of success, it doesn’t mean you should not motivate them as well. The best time to encourage your team is in the beginning and in the last part of the process. People tend to get stuck and in order for them to finish their task, it is good to reinforce the knowledge that they are moving in the right direction and that they are a vital part of the outcome.

  1. Giving feedback and recognition

The last part is the emotional side of delivering results and there is one thing leaders shouldn’t forget. Give your team members feedback and recognition.

These two elements are known to motivate people more than money. In addition, regular feedback makes your people twice as happy and makes sure they are engaged.

To conclude, setting and sharing goals with your team is a good starting point for delivering the results needed. Make sure you have implemented the suitable work process for your team and urge everybody to make improvements.

As a leader, you can provide the necessary tools, but in the end it is the team that delivers the results. So, make sure you motivate them by giving feedback and encourage them if needed. Following these 7 steps should guarantee a successful outcome. Be the best leader you can be and share this knowledge with your team.


Alexander Maasik is a communication specialist and content creator at Weekdone – weekly employee progress reports. Alexander has a degree in journalism and public relations and a strong passion for internal communications and online collaboration.

Playing with a Full Deck – Free downloadable book by Tom Vanderbeck, Final Part (7)

JokerFor those of you that enjoyed Parts 1 to 6 of Tom’s new book, here is the free download of The final part (7) of PLAYING the Game of Life WITH A FULL DECK
A Primer on Compassionate, Proactive Self Leadership and Personal Accountability … for conversations at the kitchen table

What have you enjoyed about Tom’s work? What do you agree (or disagree) with?

Have you talked this with friends or family?

Please let us know!

Here’s an extract I like, which offers a little more on Tom’s approach:

“Many of us have not been aware of two essential components of human consciousness, the Negative Automatic Program, or ‘NAP’, and Spiritual Amnesia. This doubly unfortunate lack of awareness severely limits our experiences of awakening our personal potentials. I call this way of being ‘Not Playing with a Full Deck’. The truth is we were all dealt a full deck of cards for playing the game of life. However, none of us were made aware of the Two Jokers, the NAP and Spiritual Amnesia. When we feel confused, frustrated, and unfulfilled; and conclude that we have not been ‘Playing With A Full Deck'; the problem has not been too few cards, but two too many.”

Part 7: SELF ACTUALIZATION

EXCERPT

“Forgiving someone else is simply a whopping big gift to my Self! I may choose to communicate with the person I forgive, or not. He or she may no longer be available to me, or even alive. The point of the exercise is to liberate my Self from the past so that I can focus on the present.

Master. I seek to understand the meaning of life. Can you give me any wise counsel?”

Certainly, my friend! First determine and declare the meaning of you. The meaning of life will in time become clear to you without any seeking or effort.

We are not just humans having an occasional spiritual experience; but rather, we are spiritual beings having amazing human experiences. The way forward, and the path toward celebrating our lives, is through persistent, compassionate, and accountable self leadership and humanistic service to others.”

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Final Part 7

As already announced, this free download is part of a series of seven instalments of Playing with a Full Deck:

  1. Foreword by Ken Blanchard, and Chapter One:  The Quest to Find Myself
  2. Chapter Two:  The Negative Automatic Program
  3. Chapter Three:  Spiritual Amnesia
  4. Chapter Four:  Transcending the NAP
  5. Chapter Five:  Response-Ability
  6. Chapter Six:  Recovery from Spiritual Amnesia
  7. Chapter Seven:  Self Actualization

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Introduction & Foreword

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 1

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 2

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 3

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 4

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 5

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 6

Playing with a Full Deck – Free downloadable book by Tom Vanderbeck, Part 6

JokerFor those of you that enjoyed Parts 1 to 5 of Tom’s new book, here is the free download of Part 6 of PLAYING the Game of Life WITH A FULL DECK
A Primer on Compassionate, Proactive Self Leadership and Personal Accountability … for conversations at the kitchen table

What have you enjoyed about Tom’s work? What do you agree (or disagree) with?

Have you talked this with friends or family?

Please let us know!

Here’s an extract I like, which offers a little more on Tom’s approach:

“Many of us have not been aware of two essential components of human consciousness, the Negative Automatic Program, or ‘NAP’, and Spiritual Amnesia. This doubly unfortunate lack of awareness severely limits our experiences of awakening our personal potentials. I call this way of being ‘Not Playing with a Full Deck’. The truth is we were all dealt a full deck of cards for playing the game of life. However, none of us were made aware of the Two Jokers, the NAP and Spiritual Amnesia. When we feel confused, frustrated, and unfulfilled; and conclude that we have not been ‘Playing With A Full Deck'; the problem has not been too few cards, but two too many.”

Part 6: RECOVERY from SPIRITUAL AMNESIA

EXCERPT

‘It is easy to cling to ideas, beliefs, plans, material possessions, and notions of “being right.” Suffering is caused by attachment. Clinging. Holding on. Judging. Getting stuck on a point of view, or an illusion. Extreme attachment is called addiction.

I am accountable for how I experience my life. Whether or not I am aware of it, I am accountable for whether I choose to act consciously and response-ably, or to abdicate my life to the control of my NAP. How I play the game of life is up to me. Denying my personal accountability does not change the truth; even if I use elaborate and persuasive reasons, excuses, and rationalizations.’

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 6

As already announced, this free download is part of a series of seven instalments of Playing with a Full Deck:

  1. Foreword by Ken Blanchard, and Chapter One:  The Quest to Find Myself
  2. Chapter Two:  The Negative Automatic Program
  3. Chapter Three:  Spiritual Amnesia
  4. Chapter Four:  Transcending the NAP
  5. Chapter Five:  Response-Ability
  6. Chapter Six:  Recovery from Spiritual Amnesia
  7. Chapter Seven:  Self Actualization

Already released: The Foreword and Part 1.

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Introduction & Foreword

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 1

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 2

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 3

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 4

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 5