How To Energise Your Teams

Many companies now have ‘energising leadership’ as one of their key performance indicators. The reason is simple.  If people are energised, they enjoy work more and perform better.

Research from Professor Kim Cameron, Michigan Business School shows you how to make this happen.

First of all, what do we mean by energised?

It means that after someone has contact with you they feel invigorated, have more energy, experience increased vitality, more stamina and would seek you out if they needed a boost. The great thing is that you can research and map your current position and build a strategy for the future.

It’s all part of a Positive Leadership approach which we know delivers commercial benefit. Energising leadership provides a key component of KineticFuture’s Positive Leadership Programme.  We coach you to work out how to implement these ideas in your own natural style, day to day.

Professor Cameron identified ten attributes of Positive Energisers. Why not assess yourself on a scale of 1-10 across a week to see where your strengths are and where you could develop.

  1. Helps others flourish
  2. Trustworthy and has integrity
  3. Dependable
  4. Uses abundance language (strengths, things going well)
  5. Notices what’s going on and is fully engaged
  6. Genuine and authentic
  7. Sees opportunities
  8. Solves problems
  9. Smiles
  10. Expresses gratitude and humility

If you would like to run a Positive Leadership. Peak Performance Programme for your leadership team, please do contact us for more information.

Buy Kim Cameron’s book on Amazon: Practicing Positive Leadership.

Do You Laugh At Work?

Image sourced from Yahoo Inc at Flickr and cropped for use.

I thought I’d share this clever Coldplay music video with you today – we all need a bit of fun at work sometimes. Click here to watch – enjoy!

If teams in your organisation are often heard laughing, be pleased. It’s a strong indicator of high performance.

Why?

Because first, it means that there is a low level of fear. Fearful people not only don’t laugh, but they don’t collaborate well either, with less sharing, co-creation, passing on of information or willingness to back each other up. Second, a study found that individuals having fun at work were more likely to be engaged in their work. Engagement and high performance are strongly linked.

Extracts taken from Energise, the KineticFuture course for leadership development.  It shows leaders how to energise themselves and energise others to achieve their goals.

 

Self Protection for Leaders

We were asked a good question on a recent advanced presentation seminar.

“How do you protect yourself as an authentic leader?”

To connect with any audience, there is an element of personal exposure. They need to feel your belief and passion for what you are talking about. The audience may or may not agree with you. Your boss may feel this isn’t quite the ‘done’ corporate style.

But the alternative is corporate vanilla; a bland style of presenting destined to bore.

You also need to make an emotional as well as a rational connection with an audience. This is what shifts behaviour. It often requires you to share personal experiences that resonate or give examples which reach beneath their cynicism. Again you take a risk. Will it be a hit or a miss?

Once again, the alternative is an audience that simply won’t engage or follow your lead.

From a narrative structure point of view, you’ll need to inject some power on starting, include some highs and lows and some visual chemistry to hold attention and make your message memorable. But does this break all precedents?

Again, do you want the audience to pay attention or mentally switch off? The choice is very real.

Presenting really well face to face or on video does need courage but the prize is worth it to achieve an engaged and motivated team or audience. This is the job of an authentic leader.

And yes. You can protect yourself.

  • A good audience analysis and a communications strategy is the important first step.
  •  Deciding very clearly in your own mind what you will share and what is off limits is absolutely appropriate. You decide. It helps to show you are human and some vulnerability but remember we do want leaders who are strong enough to lead. It’s a balance.
  • A good understanding and application of positive and realistic mind strategies will boost your resilience, just like a great tennis player.
  • Acquiring really strong technical communications skills will allow you to be flexible enough to deal with the big stage, town halls, video and to use different styles for different situations. It will enable you to take command of any situation.

Leaders get the big bucks because it’s a demanding job, however rewarding. Take the leap into being a really good presenter so you can hold your own with any international cohort.

This is the type of work we do at KineticFuture with global leaders and we get real pleasure from helping you be successful. Do contact us if we can be of assistance to you.

Usain Bolt Gets Glasgow 2014 Jumping

Usain Bolt entertained the crowd before and after winning the 4 x 100m relay with Jamaica on Saturday night at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Jamaican danced along to the crowd’s rendition of the Proclaimers hit ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ before donning a tartan bonnet and signing autographs for the delighted Hampden Park fans.  Watch the BBC Sport video on YouTube here.

This was great fun for the crowd but also a really effective way of revving up his team to win and make life tough for the competition. The Nigerian runner joined in the singing. The English guys stuck to the game plan, kept poker faced and managed to come second.

Bear in mind that Usain has his own problems right now.  He was plagued with injury before the games and received some media criticism for his supposed off track comments. This ‘fun stuff’ was a serious strategy for him.

So now, think about your own leadership. What are your personal and team strategies to get you into a positive mindset before that key meeting, pitch or presentation? Are they working? What changes do you need to make to achieve peak performance?

You may want a quiet, relaxed routine that gets everyone focussed. You might want to use humour.  You could remind individuals about their strengths, discuss something they love or do physical ‘power posing’ work. Your goal is to boost energy and positive emotions which broadens people’s performance, creativity and resilience for the task ahead.

Extracts from KineticFuture’s Positive Leadership. Peak Performance Course. Science shows that a positive practices approach to practical problems boosts sales, productivity and engagement.  For more information please contact us.