We use magical to describe those experiences, interactions, and results that are special, miraculous, extraordinary, fascinating, exciting. . . Happy New Year! Be #inspired. Be #intentional.
#13 Acting Not Reacting
Act on the important. Don’t react to the urgent. Create a weekly plan connected to your goals. Organize and schedule your work around the “big stuff.” Stay out of the gravel. Be an effective delegator and leverage technology to enable your productivity. Franklin Covey’s Productivity Matrix is a great resource for prioritizing and producing amazing results.
Inclusive Leaders Are Your Most Valued Asset
We know that inclusive leaders have a positive affect on retention and the employee experience. For leaders to engage their workforce to deliver maximum value, they must learn how to fully utilize the talent of all employees. Deloitte quantifies the “long shadow” of inclusive leaders as driving up the percentage of employees that feel valued versus those that do not by 70%. In the same study, inclusive leaders improved team performance by 17%.
In addition to building trusting relationships, inclusive leaders tend to be adept at collaborating, managing change, and listening for understanding. They are also profoundly self-aware, curious; and demonstrate high degrees of self-control. Inclusive leaders operate at the higher end of the cultural intelligence scale. In the webinar “Coaching To Support Diversity & Inclusion,” our Principal & Chief Talent Officer, June Stewart discusses the impact and success our clients are having as they invest in growing people leaders’ capabilities. The correlation between improved employee retention, employee satisfaction, organization performance, and culture is palpable all the way to your bottom line.
Employees want to know that what they are spending their time producing, creating, designing, delivering, . . . has meaning. Employees want to know their work is significant to their manager, leadership, team, and the broader organization. They also want to know that, in the process of their work, they are learning and experiencing that which will help their continued development and growth.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is helpful in understanding at a very basic level, human motivation. Inspiring engaged employees means affecting people at the highest point in the hierarchy – self-actualization. This is the place where people are seeking to become all they are capable. Leaders in pursuit of more engaged employees can use any of these probing questions in group or one-on-one situations:
- How can I better support you?
- What can I do to help you?
- How can I enable your success?
- What else should be considered?
- What suggestions do you have for my continued improvement?
It takes courage, humility, and discipline to graciously ask, hear, and act on what employees’ share. There’s much to be gained for everyone in this process. However, if this type of inquiry is new for you, proceed thoughtfully. The winning formula to inspiring employees to be more engaged requires leaders to ask questions and respond timely and meaningfully.
The truth is none of us started where we are. With every experience and interaction we mature, evolve, and transform. Top Coaches share personal reflections they wished they’d known sooner in their careers and tips on reducing workplace stress. We’re delighted that our Principal, June Stewart joined the discussion.
June Stewart, Principal and Chief Talent Officer, with Amplify Partners, LLC (amplifypartners.co) a boutique management consulting practice based in Ohio, has been accepted into the Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches.
June Stewart joins other Forbes Coaches Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.
Forbes Councils combines an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized one-on-one support.
“I am thrilled to join this prestigious network of professionals,” said June Stewart. “Our work at Amplify Partners, LLC is about transforming individual and organizational performance from good to great. My membership with the Forbes Coaches Council is the right compliment for my brand and business. I look forward to tapping into the Council’s resources and network to further enable my delivery of game changing executive coaching.”
Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome June into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”
For more information about Forbes Coaches Council, visit https://forbescoachescouncil.com/. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit forbescouncils.com.