In our Vistage meeting this week we had a very dynamic speaker by the name of Andrew Bennett. Andrew has a very interesting background and actually uses magic in his presentations to aid in engaging his audience. He spoke about analyzing your business through the skills magicians use: appear, disappear, and restore. Using slight-of-hand, Andrew evokes concepts: what in your company do you need to take on as a new initiative to grow your business, what do you need to eliminate from your business that is unproductive or preventing growth, and what needs to be fixed – worth keeping, but hasn’t been tweaked to operate at full capacity.
Key areas we discussed were culture and employee engagement. It all starts at the top and filters down to employees. Look at how you use your words, how you inspire, develop relationships, develop your self-awareness, display your authenticity and utilize discipline; apply the appear/disappear/restore analysis to your business. Let’s look at each of these areas individually.
- WORDS – Researchers say you have 60,000 thoughts a day – 57,000 were thoughts you had the day before. What do you ask yourself so as to drive yourself to be successful? Be intentional in your thoughts and in the questions you ask yourself. To change your thoughts, change your words. Think in terms of, “what I speak is what I create”. Think about what you say to others and more importantly, to yourself.
- INSPIRATION – the definition is “to breathe life into”. Inspiration comes from the inside, so touch what matters to others – help them believe the impossible is possible. As a leader, deliver the power of WOW. Passion and hope come together and become inspiration. Build on emotions and sense of accomplishment. Think about what inspires you about your business? What are you willing to suffer to get what you want? Why is that important to you and why does that matter to others.
- RELATIONSHIPS – Your individual supervisors and the amount of communication they have with your people are critical to employee engagement – know personal things about your people to build trust – recognize other’s mannerisms to determine how can you help them.
- SELF AWARENESS – What we believe is what we see. What do you see? Who fosters these beliefs to encourage you to greatness? How do my beliefs result in how I show up each day? Pay attention to this area – how you show up is critical to the culture you are developing.
- AUTHENTICITY – Transparency and vulnerability are your keys to authenticity. Ground yourself in reality but be hopeful. What are your challenges or struggles and how will you overcome them? Be true to yourself and you will be authentic to others.
- DISCIPLINE – do what I say, it is that easy!
Things to consider as you contemplate these topics:
- What excites you about our organization? Communicate this with others.
- Who are your trusted allies? Seek them out and ask for feedback.
- Where are your blindspots? We all have them and your trusted allies can help guide you through discovering them.
- Deliver your message consistently but paint the picture in different ways to appeal to your team members.
As you move in this direction be passionate about what you do, help make a difference in other’s lives and build something greater than yourself through inspiring others to achieve more. Get it? Got it? Good.
Now, go build something!