In his book, A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger reasons that the value of an answer is quickly becoming next to nothing. With Google at our fingertips, Alexa and Siri at our beck and call, and other artificial intelligence technologies invading all aspects of our lives, we can quickly answer common questions about history, scientific facts, and even opinions on current issues.
Great leaders use communications as a tool to motivate and inspire, gain alignment behind a vision or strategy, persuade others to join them in a new cause, convey critical thoughts and ideas, and to maximize their own impact. Great leaders also tailor their communications style and message based on who they are speaking with and the format and medium of the conversations. Learning to adapt your communications style to the audience offers a number of benefits. Keep reading to learn more.
Leadership is a nebulous and often hard topic to define. Many people conflate leading and managing, which is ultimately about marshaling and directing human, physical, and intellectual property resources toward the achievement of a set of business objectives. Leadership on the other hand includes aspects of management, but also has an elevated set of responsibilities including creating vision, instilling purpose, and aligning a team behind a North Star as well as a focus on empowering, motivating, and inspiring individuals, teams, and groups to achieve a common goal. Leadership entails the many facets detailed above and more, but underneath it all are 3 foundational elements needed for success.
Projects large and small fail at an alarming rate despite the best plans and intentions. Recent studies show that IT projects fail more often than not and for every billion dollars that is invested, 122 million is wasted due to poor project performance. To help leaders mitigate the risk of this happening in their organizations, I have described 5 common reasons projects fail as well as a few suggestions to prevent it from happening.
As an executive coach focused on developing leaders, I have observed a number of parallels between my professional work and coaching kids on the sports field. In particular, the values I introduce to our rec sports teams overlap with those adopted by some of the most successful leaders. While they look a bit different on a wide-eyed 6 year old versus a seasoned and sometimes cynical executive, they do hold up quite well. Below I have depicted how the values come to life within our youth sports teams as well as how I apply them in developing leaders.
After being exposed to the impact and benefits of taking a Strengths-based approach to leadership, leaders and executives will typically ask us, “What are some quick tips to help carry this forward?” Read on for some quick hitters to take the next step in using Strengths and integrate them into your day-to-day role.
We all face doubt, from the most elite athletes and performers to successful executives, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and even military special forces. It’s part of human nature that doubt will creep in from time to time (and more!) for even the most confident among us. Below are some useful tips that I have learned along the way that can be helpful in tackling doubt.
Darren Reinke, Managing Director of Group Sixty, is distilling leadership strategies and tactics from Group Sixty's leadership development practice into a book to be released in the first half of 2018. The book is titled The Savage Leader: How to Unlock Your Potential for Personal and Professional Success and will be available to friends of Group Sixty before it is released to the general public. Click the link to learn more and join the waiting list so that you will be notified when it's available.
As we look to 2018, goals are one of the first things that leaders set to ensure success in the coming year and beyond. As leaders, we set organizational goals as well as team goals and possibly individual goals focused on new hard skills to obtain and behaviors to adopt. However, our goals are often not ambitious enough and focus merely on incremental change.
During the holiday season, and Thanksgiving in particular, many of us take time to appreciate all of the wonderful gifts that we have. While it’s important to focus internally and be grateful for all that we have, during this holiday season I would encourage you to take it one step further, shift the focus externally, and acknowledge those members of your team and organization who are not just achieving, but who are making CHANGES to their mindsets and trying on new behaviors in support of greater career and life success.
On September 26th, Darren Reinke, Group Sixty Managing Director, was interviewed by Kevin Brown on The Wealth Development Hour on WS Radio. Darren talked about Group Sixty's approach to accelerating revenue growth of its clients as well as how it transforms managers into leaders by using a strengths and values based approach.
Collaboration continues to be a buzzword among leaders. Read the “Mission and Values” statements of companies in any industry, and you will surely see a common theme centered on “Collaboration”. However, in practice driving collaboration into your organization is more difficult than it may seem. In this article, we have cataloged several ways collaboration gets short-circuited and what you can do about it.
I have long been a proponent of a strengths-based approach to developing people, both in work and in life. Though, it wasn’t until I endeavored into executive coaching years ago that I realized my approach to leadership development, coaching youth sports, and mentoring more junior staff was rooted in strengths. This article highlights 6 benefits of taking a strengths-based approach to developing leaders.
Have you ever showed up at a conference, tradeshow, or networking event and not felt ready to make the most of the opportunity? Or walked out of a happy hour with a bunch of your target customers only to leave empty-handed? This article includes a set of practical tips used by the most successful business leaders to make the most out of every opportunity to connect.
Many CEOs and executives struggle with the challenge of creating a high-performing leadership team. Leaders wonder if the focus should be on assembling a team of “A Players” or a team that has a wide array of experiences and skillsets. According to the research from Google’s Project Aristotle, the number one trait of the highest performing teams is the presence of psychological safety. Below is a set of practices that have been proven to be successful with our clients.
The most successful leaders tend to be decisive, strategic, innovative, and experts in key domains required of their industry.However, the best leaders also understand they cannot do it all alone. In particular, we often overlook the ability of a leader to act as a coach to their team members. In fact, developing your team may be the single most important thing a leader does.
The end of December marks the time when many of us make commitments for the next year in the form of New Year’s Resolutions. New resolutions sound simple and easy to stick to in concept, but seeing them through is a much different proposition. In fact, according to Statistic Brain, only 8% of people follow-through on the resolutions they make in January.
One of the common problems we see in our work with executive coaching and consulting clients is companies, teams, and individual leaders defaulting to a mindset of incremental thinking instead of training the eye towards step-wise or exponential growth. A focus on incremental growth is rooted in very rational thinking...
We are excited to announce the addition of an "Ask a Coach" feature to Group Sixty website. In our day-to-day work with clients, we are asked a variety of questions and we wanted to open ourselves to receiving questions from the broader community. Use the Ask a Coach page to ask a question related to accelerating the growth of your business, leadership team, or career.