Boundless Teams: What creates loyalty, the deep and fierce unshakeable kind?

Boundless Teams: What creates loyalty, the deep and fierce unshakeable kind?

Losing good staff is a serious bummer. It’s disruptive and costly. Our Boundless Team falters as we scramble to fill the void left behind. As a leader, it’s hard not to feel hurt and betrayed by someone we value deciding to leave. The default is to simmer with resentment and blame them for lack of loyalty.

If we don’t ask, “Could I have done anything differently?” we miss an opportunity to improve. The first area to look at improving is an underrated one: recognition. It’s a simple thing to implement, with astounding results.

Consider this insight from O.C Tanner*:

Boundless Leadership: Avoid nasty mutiny as the new boss

Boundless Leadership: Avoid nasty mutiny as the new boss

Let’s face it, when we finally get that role we've been seeking as leader in an amazing organisation, we can’t wait to get our hands dirty and put our stamp on the place. After all, that’s why they hired us, right? To bring new perspective from different experience. We’re meant to improve things. They expect change.

Here’s what happens...

Boundless Resources: The top 10 books I send to clients

Boundless Resources: The top 10 books I send to clients

One of the things that holds leaders back from reaching their highest potential is lack of capability. We need to be growing and learning constantly to keep up with the transformation of work today. Not learning, not growing. Not growing, we’ll be left behind.

Books are one of the best ways to immerse ourselves in the world of ideas and gain new skills quickly. Below are my top favourite books I have sent to clients to help them with their productivity, strategy, and influence.

Boundless Leadership: Focus gives freedom

Boundless Leadership: Focus gives freedom

I flipped to a page in my journal from some time ago where I’d listed my worries of the day. I remember them feeling huge and overwhelming. Getting them out on paper is always my go to strategy for stress management. I recall they still felt onerous, even down on paper.

Months later, nothing had turned out as badly as I thought it might. The consequences happened. But there were no long-lasting ill effects. I moved through the crisis.

Boundless Leadership: Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

Boundless Leadership: Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

It’s confession time. I would much rather have positive feedback than constructive. I’ve been working on this preference for years now. I *know* that constructive feedback helps me improve, shows me what I cannot see myself, and offers the pathway to elevated performance.

I know this and I teach this.

And goddamit it still bloody well hurts!

Being able to to give and receive feedback is probably the most important leadership conversation we can have. But we can get all bent out of shape about doing just that.

Big Ideas 2018 for Boundless Leadership

Big Ideas 2018 for Boundless Leadership

We are working on Big Things this year with all my clients. The energy of stepping up and leaning in is rife and dazzling.

Big Things need Big Ideas to bring them to life. Here’s what’s on the table for captains of industry, mavens of business, wizards of enterprise. These are the folks who are going Boundless - achieving more with less struggle. They are busting blocks, bridging gaps, and sailing past the headland to wild seas beyond. These are the Big Ideas they are using to keep them steady through turbulence.

Boundless: 3 strategies for the best version of self

Boundless: 3 strategies for the best version of self

I was thinking about how to become the best version of self for this year. And it really comes down to three different tactics. It's input, output, an idle.

It’s kind of like running a car.

You need to put petrol in. That's the input. You need to press the gas pedal. That's the output.  Then you need to put it into idle and rest the vehicle once in a while.

So you take those three strategies and you apply it to the three aspects of self. Those are head, or wisdom, heart, which is compassion and 'hara' which is gut or vitality.

2018 Reflection and Planner - gift from me

2018 Reflection and Planner - gift from me

In this last week leading up to the holidays, I wanted to share my heartfelt gratitude for YOU! For reading my newsletters, for sending me comments, and for doing the gritty hard work of leadership. It takes so much courage to stand up and be seen and heard, to choose to make a difference, to nudge the world forward in a better way, even with naysayers, critics, and our own inner demons.

Boundless Leadership: Cultivate celebrations that matter

Boundless Leadership: Cultivate celebrations that matter

The office Christmas party: loathe it or love it? It is a universal principle that end of year celebrations are done to foster good company culture.

This is mostly true. Our workplaces are modern tribes, and a tribe needs a sense of purpose and moments in time to know that we are progressing towards that purpose. End of year parties provide an opportunity to pause, reflect, and celebrate.

Boundless Leadership: 3 ways to boost morale and break down barriers to engagement

Boundless Leadership: 3 ways to boost morale and break down barriers to engagement

Engagement and interpersonal relationships form the core focus of my work with teams. I’m obsessed with dissolving barriers to workplace results and relationships. Morale is often a casualty of things gone wrong.

A workshop participant asked, ‘is there anything I should or should not do when it comes to encouraging positive workplace morale?’

Let’s look at an example to tease out the solution. Consider one of your workplace first day stories. Do you remember what it was like arriving in to a new workplace? What happened in your first interactions? Were they inspiring? Energising? Or cold and depressing?

In my experience, how you start is how you go on. And in this we discover the secrets of morale.