Personal Impact

Positive or Negative Impact ?

Research suggests that your influence as a leader creates anywhere from 40-65% of your organization climate.  That’s a big responsibility.  And an opportunity to be a force for good.

The best leaders we know continually upgrade the ways that they interact with their teams, their peers and their clients.

Looking in a Mirror

We often say we ‘hold up a mirror’ to a leader when we are coaching. One of the ways we do that is through the use of personality inventories. Through the use of well-researched tools like the Hogan Suite, the MBTI, the KAI, FourSight and more we can help a leader learn how to leverage their preferences and manage the ‘default’ behaviors that get in their way.

The goal is to develop versatility

The leaders we work with are already extremely talented and successful. So that means we’re working on nuances. There are a lot of assessments in the marketplace (some great, some not so great) and we appreciate the variety. It means we can target the solution to your development goals.

The Triage Moment

If you didn’t have power, knowledge or influence could you still add value as a leader?

As it works out, many leaders do this and create a reputation for “knowing just the right question to ask”. These leaders excel in situations where they have no relationship, standing or expertise. In these moments they show up with curiosity (so they can see what is happening) and humility (so they can share their insights in a way the team can hear and absorb).

Curiosity and humility are often drummed out of us early in our careers.

We can retrieve them and use them to become more successful in our day-to-day leadership.

Effective Team Interactions

How can you hold a mirror up to your team?

We used to sit in the corner of a meeting room but now we just record a meeting in zoom.  There are six ways an individual can interact with the team and each serves a purpose.  For example, team members can ask questions and this serves to have the team share knowledge.  If there are no questions this is no cross-team learning.  We have created a check list of these 6 interactions.  By simply using this checklist and observing interactions you can hold the mirror up to the team.

Over time the team can build new practices that proliferate and shift team effectiveness.

Flat Team Moves

Were you trained to work on a hierarchical team in the past and are now working increasingly on ‘flat teams’, teams with no nominal leader.  Flat teams require a different set of norms, practices and tools.

Teams that are effective in their flat team work and have begun to gather together an inventory of “flat team moves”. 

These are steps a team can take, each of which helps them manage a specific situation.  For example, when a team is circling around a decision, “structured polling” can help them get unstuck.  When participation is uneven, observation can help the team adjust.