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This is a reminder to stop and acknowledge the success of your team before you move on to the next challenge in never ending task list. 

It is a great opportunity to build your personal leadership brand (the way others perceive, thank and feel about you as a leader), and inspire your team on to even greater success. Tie this in with the corporate vision of celebrating success and you create a strong image and reputation for not only driving for success, but celebrating the wins it brings to the company. 

10 reasons to celebrate wins:
  1.        Reminds you of the goal and the rationale behind it
  2.        Reminds you that the process to achieve goals works
  3.        Provides motivation to continue to deliver results
  4.        Unifies the team around the success and positive outcome
  5.        Reminds your team that they are working for a “cool” winning organization
  6.        Reminds you of the opportunity to focus on positive rather than negative
  7.        Builds momentum
  8.        Takes a step away from the daily grind with a “high five”
  9.       Allows a positive connection with team and colleagues
  10.       Allows recognition and reward for group and individuals

Don’t underestimate the profound effect of a “well done!” or a “you rock!” in building your leadership brand and the motivation that this recognition brings to your team.  You might be wearing the gun belt that shows the notches of success that the organization sees, but you didn’t get it without the hard work of your team.  


 
 
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I’ve been thinking about accountability a lot lately, and what it means.  The word “accountability” is used often but true accountability is hard to find. 

Accountability is the understanding of and responsibility for the impact of the decisions we make and the consequences for our organizations.  It comes from the presence of trust and respect and the absence of fear.  When a leader is trusted and trusting, all the players know where they stand. This builds the secret sauce holding an empowered and cohesive team together.

 Ultimately, we are responsible; we are accountable for our decisions and actions creating an outcome.  Hopefully, our decisions and actions will produce the intended outcome. But what happens when we get it wrong?

What happens when trust is undermined?  Fear finds its way in. Fear of failure, fear of consequences.  Accountability means more than being willing to take the blame; it means owning it, cleaning up the messes the situation caused.  It means proactively working toward an outcome with a plan that acknowledges what went wrong.  It means accepting responsibility and dealing with the cause and effect relationships to make it right. The time to build the trust and feelings of accountability is when decisions and changes are made, not when the steaming pile of our mistake is in front of us.

 It means cleaning up the mess and making it right before it is tracked so far into the corporate carpets that there is no stain remover that will fix it.  It means cleaning up your messes.  Poop happens. 


 
 
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Are you a placeholder keeping the chair warm until either a) you find something better, or b) they find someone better, c) your work is done, or d) some/all of the above?

The placeholder position can be one of positivity and growth for both you and the team.  At first glance you might say, nah, not so much. But the position is a reality, so embrace it.

Consider this; as an emotionally intelligent leader, the placeholder position offers you the opportunity to increase the elements in your life that will contribute to your well being, your own growth and  happiness and that of your team. 
  1. The emotion. Practice positive emotion - your dreams, your enthusiasm and finding the good. It's there.
  2. The engagement. Be engaged.  True engagement comes from factors of trust and respect in what you are doing. If those elements are there, it is easy to be engaged. 
  3. The relationships. Build positive relationships.  Building relationships involves strong foundations and  shared visions.
  4. The meaning.  We all want to feel that there is meaning to us, to what we do.  The value.  Acknowledge the value you bring. Acknowledge the value the team brings to you. 
  5. The accomplishments.  Allow yourself to shine. You have accomplished much.  Use those accomplishments to build future plans and actions moving forward. Share the shine with your team.  Accomplishments are intricate little critters dependent on more than just you. 


As organizations flex and bend there are placeholder positions created or identified.  The  position is there as we succession plan and mentor to build the organization, just as it is with building our strengths and talents moving us forward into new adventures. 

Remember, the placeholder position is flexible, moveable, transient.  Some individuals make a career of holding the placeholder position and enabling the sand to level with the tides and then moving on to the next challenge. Bring the emotionally intelligent elements to the placeholder position that will build success for everyone. Have some fun with it, too. Kind of like a game of musical chairs. 

 
 
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Celebrating International Women's Day this past week -

1) Sitting in the back seat on the way to dinner when I hear one of the two guys in the front  say "yeah, like a 65 year old grandma........er.......a....... 75 year old .........

What made this "that awkward moment" are the dynamics that have been at play with the characters, the incredible pause, then clarification in acknowledgement of the derogatory comment it was initially meant to be. For clarity, I am not a 65 year old grandma, but close to it, and proud of it. But it didn't feel like a good moment. 
 
2) At an event celebrating International Women's Day, I met an amazing woman. She used to be a man. She shared some of the colours she has seen through the prisms of her journey and with a wicked sense of humour, some insight into leadership challenges she has faced. It did feel like a good moment. 

Yes, "we have come a long way, baby" in some ways, and we still have miles to go to appreciate and respect the women we are and the women in our lives. To not be known for our bra size, or the birthdate on our driver's license, or the deeper voice than expected, but for who we are and what we bring in the moment to the tables we are at.  After all, isn't that all any of us want - a few good moments?