Inspiring and Motivating – Evil Genius Leadership Book Club January 8th, 2016
As leaders we all want to be perceived as inspiring and motivating individuals by our own team, our peers and the senior decision makers that we report to. One consistent quality among leaders who are perceived this way is that they are excellent public speakers who know how to give an outstanding performance that connects with people on an emotional level. Whether we're trying to influence one person, a small group or an entire auditorium, the performance methods demonstrated by Michael Port in Steal the Show can help us put our best selves out in front to speak in a way that is inspiring and motivating to those we lead . Join us on Blab January 8th, 2016 at 10 AM Pacific time to discuss how we can all use performance techniques to get our message across and inspire others to share our vision for a better future.

Inspiring and Motivating – Evil Genius Leadership Book Club January 8th, 2016

As we frequently talk about with our clients and in our posts, personal and professional development are key to growing into strong leaders ready for the challenges of tomorrow. Approaching development from the perspective of a student of leadership as an art and science is an effective way to absorb new ideas and incorporate them into your leadership philosophy and style.  This kind of development can be difficult to do on your own if you don’t have a group of other leaders to discuss and debate with. We want to help build a strong community of leaders who have a forum to discuss the ideas that are on their minds. This month we will discussing how to use classic performance techniques to be inspiring and motivating leaders.

Inspiring and Motivating Through Great Performances

As leaders we all want to be perceived as inspiring and motivating individuals by our own team, our peers and the senior decision makers that we report to. One consistent quality among leaders who are perceived this way is that they are excellent public speakers who know how to give an outstanding performance that connects with people on an emotional level. Whether we’re trying to influence one person, a small group or an entire auditorium,  the performance methods demonstrated by Michael Port in Steal the Show can help us put our best selves out in front to speak in a way that is inspiring and motivating to those we lead . Join us on Blab January 8th, 2016 at 10 AM Pacific time to discuss how we can all use performance techniques to get our message across and inspire others to share our vision for a better future.

In this video, we share our philosophy on mentoring and the rewards that come to individuals and organizations from applying mentorship effectively.

Mentoring

In this video, we share our philosophy on mentoring and the rewards that come to individuals and organizations from applying mentorship effectively. There are many misconceptions about what mentoring is and how to be a mentor. We point out several of these misconceptions and highlight ways to build a positive mindset in order to become a better mentor.

Tips for Effective Mentoring

If we want to be good mentors we need to remember that true mentoring comes from a mindset where we are genuinely interested in the success of another person and want to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Building a strong rapport our protegé is key to the success of the mentoring relationship. Without this rapport it becomes difficult for the mentor and protegé to be open and honest with each other and share experiences and perspective. As mentors, we should seek to help our protegé by “telling our own story” and passing on the wisdom and lessons that the protegé can apply to their own situation. Seeking out protegés who come from different background and experiences than our own helps both of us expand our perspectives and come up with better solutions to the challenges we face.

We created this workshop for highly motivated Millennials who aspire to be the leaders of the future and are just starting on their journey. It is aimed at those who want to develop a strong leadership core based on a combination of proven leadership practices and more modern techniques appropriate to our mobile, digital age. There is a strong emphasis on communication, public speaking, networking and professional relationship building as the essential skills any leader needs to be successful. At the end of this intensive, 20-hour workshop you will come away with more confidence in your speaking ability, stronger networking skills and a greater ability to initiate and maintain solid professional relationships, and a greater insight into your own core values, leadership traits and leadership philosophy.

Essential Skills for Millennial Leaders, Jan 16-18 2016

We created this workshop for highly motivated Millennials who aspire to be the leaders of the future and are just starting on their journey. It is aimed at those who want to develop a strong leadership core based on a combination of proven leadership practices and more modern techniques appropriate to our mobile, digital age.  There is a strong emphasis on communication, public speaking, networking and professional relationship building as the essential skills any leader needs to be successful.  At the end of this intensive, 20-hour workshop you will come away with more confidence in your speaking ability, stronger networking skills, a greater ability to initiate and maintain solid professional relationships and a deeper insight into your own core values, leadership traits and leadership philosophy.

 

Join us in Historic Downtown Las Vegas for this unique opportunity
to practice your leadership and business skills with other up-and-coming leaders

Saturday, January 16th – Monday, January 18th, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: The Mill
1158 E. Carson Ave.
Las Vegas, NV
(map)

Instructors:
Jason LeDuc (bio)
Drew Masur (bio)

Workshop Cost: $699
(does not include food or lodging)

 

Let us help you maximize your career performance in 2016!

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The Future is Out There…Lead the Way!

One of the most important responsibilities we have as leaders is to develop other leaders who can someday take our place and grow to achieve their own successes. While it doesn't usually come with increased pay or benefits, developing leaders on our team can be one of the most personally rewarding endeavors we can undertake. To effectively develop our team members into strong leaders we need to be genuinely and authentically invested in their future career success as well as the short-term benefits that they can bring to our team.

Developing Leaders on Your Team

One of the most important responsibilities we have as leaders is to develop other leaders who can someday take our place and grow to achieve their own successes. While it doesn’t usually come with increased pay or benefits, developing leaders on our team can be one of the most personally rewarding endeavors we can undertake.  To effectively develop our team members into strong leaders we need to be genuinely and authentically invested in their future career success as well as the short-term benefits that they can bring to our team.

The Challenges of Developing Leaders

Helping people on our team grow into strong leaders for the future comes with it’s own set of challenges and hurdles. The first is that most companies and organizations don’t have a great deal of money dedicated for leadership development and training at all levels. Many companies focus on spending resources to improve leadership at the highest levels, but it often doesn’t make it’s way down to the front lines where it is needed most. Consistent leadership development activities can fall by the wayside when unexpected high-priority tasks pop up. It can also be difficult to demonstrate to the members of our team exactly why having solid leadership skills benefits them as individuals as well as advances the mission of our team. All three of these challenges can derail even the most dedicated leader from fully realizing their goal to turn their team into great leaders. It’s important that we commit ourselves through assigning the resources we do have and making the time necessary to help the individuals on our team grow into strong leaders that will carry our organization into the future.

Whether recruiting a new team, or developing the mix of skills of an already existing one, to get a team that is self-actualized, shows initiative and can take action for themselves without a great deal of supervision by you, you’ll want to focus on three main areas of skills to build your team.

Build Your Team for Maximum Performance

Building a team as a first-time leader can be an overwhelming challenge. Deciding who to choose to get the best results takes a lot of careful thought and consideration and there are no guarantees that you’ve made the right choice. It is also an exciting opportunity to guide and shape the individuals you’ve gathered to become the kind of team that produces amazing and meaningful outcomes. For others, we may be taking over a team that is currently engaged in a project, or an existing team is taking on a new project. In this case, while we may not get to choose who is on the team, we can still do a thorough assessment of the skills that the individuals on the team currently possess and compare them to the requirements of successfully completing the project. Working with an existing team to determine the gaps in the current skill set gives us an opportunity to determine which skills to develop on our team. We can look at the skills of each individual and determine what skills to develop to get the most impact for both the success of the team and the personal and professional growth of the individual. Whether recruiting a new team, or developing the mix of skills of an already existing one, to get a team that is self-actualized, shows initiative and can take action for themselves without a great deal of supervision by you, you’ll want to focus on three main areas of skills to build your team.

Build Your Team – Start with Technical Skills

These are arguably the most important skills to achieving the outcomes and mission of your team. Without these technical skills your team may not have the competencies to actually perform the work necessary. These are the nuts and bolts of what your team will be doing and should comprise most of their daily activity. Technical skills are things like web design, accounting, finance, and engineering that require specialized knowledge and experience. These are the skills that most people consider their “job” and you’ll need the right mix of them on your team to meet your goals. The absence of a critical technical skill on your team can set you up for failure. It is possible to have someone on the team learning a new required skill to the level that you need to achieve your task, but opportunities for development should be balanced with the risk that comes along from not having an expert in a key area on the team.

Soft Skills

These are the skills that help team member work with each other and outside groups. Unlike technical skills which will be highly dependent on the objective the team is trying to accomplish, soft skills are general professional and people skills that are applicable in almost every team situation

Communication skills include both being able to clearly and concisely get an idea across to the rest of the group, as well as good listening skills. Listening is perhaps one of the most underrated communication skills but one of the most important. We have all been at meetings where people continue to talk past each other to make sure their idea gets heard, but do very little listening to others. Developing these listening skills as well as the ability to share ideas clearly and concisely can go a long way towards building a high performance team.

The ability to read other people and understand their verbal and non-verbal cues is getting to be something of a lost art in the business world. Individuals with even a minimal degree of this skill are better able to connect with the other members of the team and respond to concerns that may not be explicitly stated out loud. A team member’s tone of voice or body language can indicate doubt or skepticism in a solution being presented, even if the words are supportive. Recognizing these subtle cues and encouraging that team member to speak up can unearth potential showstoppers to the plan and avoid a crisis later on.

Leadership Skills

These are the skills you will want your team members to have to keep moving forward with their work so that you can focus on the more strategic aspects of the project. There’s definitely some overlap with the soft skills because good leadership relies on being able to communicate, listen, present, and read other people.

Team members with a solid foundation in strategic planning can be a huge asset to any team. While as the team leader you’ll still want to be coming up with the overall vision and guiding the team to achieving it, having a number of people on your team with strong strategic planning skills can be a huge benefit. The ability to ask “what if?” and think through what the possible and likely branches of a plan and consequences of actions and decisions might be can be a huge help.

The ability to give candid, but respectful feedback to each other is one of the characteristics of a highly performing team. Bringing people on to your team who already have this ability can hold each other accountable for their performance while providing constructive criticism focused on making the team better and improving outcomes

One of our primary responsibilities as leaders is to develop the skills and leadership abilities of our team members. Keeping this responsibility in mind when we first take over leading a new team can help us perform an honest, thorough assessment of the skill set that the team will need to accomplish their mission and then develop the skills necessary for success.

What are the most important skills to develop on your team?