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Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2009 ISSN # 1545-8873
“One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears.” — Dean Rusk
“The task of leadership is not to put greatness in people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.” — John Buchan
“Adapt or die.” — Fast Company
“Best efforts are essential. Unfortunately, best efforts, people charging this way and that way without guidance of principles, can do a lot of damage. Think of the chaos that would come if everyone did his best, not knowing what to do.” — W. Edwards Deming, The New Economics
“It is the paradox of leadership: you have to be completely committed to what you are doing in order to step out there and take the risks, but at the same time, with equal persistence, you have to hang on to self-doubt, always keeping open the possibility that there is a better idea out there. Otherwise, how can you ever learn and grow?” — Marty Linksky’s Blog, 5/3/09
There is nothing more stimulating for me than learning, and conferences are an excellent opportunity to harvest new ideas. I have to compliment Vermont Oxford Network for inviting Cambridge Leadership Associates (Jeffrey Lawrence & Kristin Dunlop) to present at their March 19th, 2009 meeting.
The unique idea I took from this was that Motivation has very much to do with overcoming competing commitments, interests, and conflicting values. Leaders are asking people to make great change and often encounter a solid status quo-ism push back. The core idea is that people fear not being able to do a good job, are satisfying many interests and will make very small changes (which looks like resistance) because of the conflict. Leadership’s challenge is to help people refashion their beliefs to make adaptive changes. It is a process that focuses on the person and not the technical challenges of the job.
When these practices are shared across a number of people, the alignment of execution is greater across the organization (von Donop, 2009).
The key to success is letting go of judgment, control and certainty; and allowing neutrality, empathy, and equality to exist in the relationship.
Exercises And Action Items:
Key points in a Harvard Business Review article by Heifetz & Linsky about Leadership on the Line.
Key Associates offers a courses and modules in leadership development, several addressing human motivation and peer coaching. Contact us for more information.
Send in your leadership dilemmas to email@example.com and hear a commentary on them by Cambridge Leadership Associates once a week on The Washington Post’s website, Leadership House Call. (Note: This section is no longer active, and no longer accepts email questions.)
Check out Marty Linsky's blog: Linsky on Leadership.
Keyzines on related topics: Coaching, Motivation, Dealing with Difficult People, Personal Change, Pride in Work, Dialogue: Thinking Together, Cynicism, Driving Out Fear, Having Difficult Conversations, and Employee Engagement.
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