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NOVEMBER 2006 

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Instilling "Want To" In Others

Leadership lessons from Brent Filson can be understood within the context of his four laws of motivation:

Law 1. Motivation is physical action, not just what people think or feel but what they physically do.  

Law 2. Motivation is their choice, not yours. Motivation can't be done to people. People must "do" motivation to themselves. Leaders communicate and the people they lead motivate themselves.

Law 3. Emotion drives motivation. The words emotion and motivation come from the same Latin root "to move."  When you want to move people to take action, engage their emotions. Motivation involves emotional commitment.

Law 4. Face-to-face speech is generally the best way to motivate people (i.e., have those people choose to be motivated.)

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by Brent Filson

When leaders take delight in and inspiration from the people they lead, they are emulating great leaders the author has encountered both in the Marine Corps and civilian life. He says, however, that such delight should be manifested only when three principles are put into play.

1. Delight must happen within the context of high results-expectations. In your delight, don't be hampered by the bigotry of low expectations. After all, leadership is not about having people do what they want to do. If they did want they wanted, you wouldn't be needed as a leader. Leadership is about having people do what they may not want to do and be committed to doing it.

2. Delight must be truthful. Don't try to manipulate people through your delight. When the circumstances called for it, brutal honesty may be the best policy.

3. Delight must be practical. Your delight isn't meant to have people feel good about themselves but to motivate them to take actions to be continually better.

You may not have thought about delight as a leadership tool, but it is one of the most effective because it goes right to the heart of getting results through the cementing of right relationships.

Cited and used with permission from ActionLeadership.com. Read the entire article here.

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In the October 2006 edition of Leader Points, we explored three of the six areas of awareness crucial to a leader?s timing: the needs around you, the reality before you and the influencers behind you. In this edition, we delineate the final three.

#4 Awareness of the Mentors Beside You
Would my mentor do this?; Does my mentor believe I can do this?; and Can my mentors teach me?

#5 Awareness of the Victories Under You  
Acing past tests of timing inspires hope in making the right choice at the right time in the future.

#6 Awareness of the Courage Within You
Major decisions are accompanied by major sacrifices. Leaders show resolve in the face of adversity. They have strength to inspire the team to follow through on prior decisions, even when the going gets tough.

Cited and used with permission from Leadership Wired. Read the rest of the article here.

Bob Rosenfield describes eight principles that underlie the human aspect of leadership innovation.

1. Innovation starts when people convert problems into ideas.
2. Innovation needs a system.
3. Passion is the fuel, and pain is the hidden ingredient.
4. Co-locating drives effective exchange.
5. Differences should be leveraged.
6. The elements of destruction are present at creation.
7. Soft values drive the organization.
8. Trust is the means and love the unspoken word.

Cited and used with permission from Center for Creative Leadership. Read the entire article here.

A Great Electronic Leadership Resource

An organization that builds leaders is building its business on a sound structure. You can find leadership skills by if you interpret these signs:

    ?  Is your employee a protagonist of any sort? Does s/he like to champion a cause?

    ?  Does your employee have a history of leadership positions in social and professional setups?

    ?  Do other employees find your budding leader to be dependable? Do they look for direction or guidance from your budding leader?

    ?  Does your employee display a high degree of independence? Is s/he internally motivated? These and many more signs can reveal the leadership talent in your employees.

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