Wat is Leiderschap?

Een moderne definitie

Wat is leiderschap, volgens jou? Modern Dictionary definieert het zo, vertaald naar het Nederlands:

Leiderschap: Het beter maken van anderen als resultaat van jouw aanwezigheid en ervoor zorgen dat impact blijvend is in jouw afwezigheid.

wat is leiderschap?

Wij zijn het hiermee eens. Natuurlijk geldt dit niet alleen voor mensen met een officiële leiderschapsfunctie: Het geldt voor iedereen. Leiderschap is een persoonlijke kwaliteit, die iedereen moet kunnen ontwikkelen en cultiveren. Vision Forward kan je hierbij ondersteunen.

Geef eerst leiding aan jezelf; daarna kun je pas leiding geven aan anderen.

Wat is de belangrijkste soft skill volgens ondernemers?

En 5 manieren om deze te cultiveren!

In het onlangs gepubliceerde Global Talent Trends van LinkedIn kwam naar voren dat ‘soft skills’ van essentieel belang zijn voor het groeien in je carrière. Wat is de belangrijkste soft skill? Creativiteit.

Waarom is uitgerekend creativiteit zo belangrijk? Eigenlijk is het niet heel gek. Creativiteit is de kunst om de wereld op een andere manier te bekijken, om ongewone patronen te herkennen, en om ‘losse’ zaken aan elkaar te verbinden. Vervolgens ben je veel beter in staat in om innovatieve oplossingen te bedenken, en deze aan te dragen als echte oplossingen op echte problemen.

Creativiteit is key in elke functie

Heb jij een échte leiderschapsfunctie in jouw organisatie? Dan zul je creatief met mensen, producten, en situaties om moeten kunnen gaan. Iedereen heeft op een andere manier leiding nodig, en aan jou om daar elke keer op een innovatieve manier mee om te gaan.

Zit je echter in sales? Dan weet je als geen ander dat elke prospect, elke klant, en elke relatie zich in een totaal unieke dagelijkse praktijk bevindt. Geen enkel bedrijf is hetzelfde, dus aan jou om creatief tot oplossingen te komen en dit zaadje op een onderscheidende manier in het brein van jouw gesprekspartner te planten.

Natuurlijk zijn leiders en verkopers niet de enige mensen in het bedrijfsleven waarbij creativiteit van belang is. Of je nou in finance, marketing, of de operatie zit: Altijd kom je wel een situatie tegen waar de standaard oplossingen niet werken. Aan jou om daar creatief mee om te gaan.

Branson, Ferriss, Spielberg, en Jobs zeggen het allemaal: Creativiteit op werk is essentieel.

Hoe kun jij er vervolgens voor zorgen dat jij jouw creatieve capaciteiten vergroot? Allereerst begint het natuurlijk bij de overtuiging dat jij daadwerkelijk creatief bent. Als je begint met het idee dat creativiteit niks voor jou is, wordt het complex.

Als je je deze overtuiging (“Ik ben creatief!”) eigen hebt gemaakt, zijn er nog 5 dingen die je kunt doen om de belangrijkste soft skill bij jezelf te cultiveren:

1. Wees niet bang om risico’s te nemen

Wanneer je nieuwe dingen probeert, zoals creatieve oplossingen, ideeën of initiatieven, is er natuurlijk altijd de kans dat het volledig de plank mis zal slaan. Laat dit je vooral niet ontmoedigen! Als je jezelf de vrijheid geeft om nieuwe ideeën zonder angst aan te dragen, zou je zomaar op iets kunnen komen waar niemand ooit eerder aan heeft gedacht.

2. Houd tijd vrij om je creatief te denken

Eerder hebben we al geschreven over het dagdromen met intentie en een doel. En het lijkt tegenstrijdig. Echter, mensen die vaker dagdromen scoren hoger op creatieve en intellectuele tests. Daarnaast werkt het ook mee dat je tijd vrij maakt in je agenda, om zo ruimte vrij te maken in je hoofd. Als jouw brein relaxter is, zal creativiteit ook eerder komen.

3. Wees open-minded

Onbekrompen kijken en luisteren naar nieuwe ideeën. Dankzij de associatieve capaciteiten van het brein kan creativiteit van anderen ook jouw creativiteit vergroten. Heb jij een fixed mindset? Dat is killing voor creativiteit.

Zoals Richard Branson het ooit zei: “The most thought-provoking, game-changing people are never ‘normal’.”

4. Houdt bewust je aandacht erbij

Ongeveer 7% van de tijd zijn we écht bewust. De overige 93% staan we op de automatische piloot en zijn we dus onbewust. Wanneer je zo af en toe bewust kijkt naar alle informatie en gegevens, kun je jezelf trainen nieuwe dingen eruit te pikken. Kijk met oprechte nieuwsgierigheid naar deze, verbindt de zaken en ideeën, en wie weet met welke creatieve oplossing je zult komen.

Steve Jobs: “Creativity is connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they don’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile.”

5. Stel grote vragen

Stel de vragen die anderen niet snel (durven te) stellen. Dat daagt de conventionele manier van denken en handelen uit. Zo kom je tot oplossingen die je eerder niet voor mogelijk had gehouden. Daag de status quo uit, en neem vooral geen genoegen met ‘Zo hebben we het altijd gedaan!”

Tom Bilyeu omschrijft het als volgt: “Whatever problem you’re facing, ask yourself a simple question: All politeness and political correctness aside – with total disregard for what is socially acceptable or what you WANT to be true – what would it actually take to solve your problem?”

Wat is de belangrijkste soft skill, volgens jou? En hoe ga jij ervoor zorgen dat jouw creativiteit vergroot wordt? En dat van jouw team of afdeling? Jouw gehele organisatie? Laten we daar samen eens naar kijken. Neem contact op!

The Next Best Leader

Leadership Development for Middle ManagersL

What is a great indicator for the success of your company or organization? According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s the ability of your middle managers to inspire the people in their teams. Leadership development and execution, not just by the CEO, but by everybody who leads a team.

The study that triggered the WSJ article, is done by Gallup, on the future of work. “Five years ago, the Gallup organization embarked on one of the most ambitious deep dives it has ever conducted; an analysis of the future of work based on a decade of input from nearly 2 million employees and more than 300,000 business units. The results confirmed something Gallup had seen before: a company’s productivity depends, to a high degree, on the quality of its managers.”

What else did that study show? First of all, it showed that managers didn’t just influence the results their teams achieved. Due to that influence, it even explained 70% of the results. In other words, if you want your company to be full of excellent teams, getting the right manager is 70% of the battle.

Mentorphile commented on the article by the WSJ and the Gallup study. He stated: “What sort of return can businesses expect from doing this? According to Gallup, the top 10% of companies, ranked by engagement, posted profit gains of 26% through the last recession compared with a 14% skid at comparable employers.”

As a result of better leaders, teams perform better

Want to get the leadership of your middle managers to the next level? And consequently allowing your teams to exceed their own expectations and results? We have a program just for that.

#leadership #development #training #subconscious #nerdsofhumandevelopment #success #middlemanagers

Stop tracking and start inspiring

Improving results by improving leadership

“Are your performance evaluations improving your organizational culture? Do you think evaluation systems really engage people, make them feel heard and help them to grow? Because an overwhelming number of companies review their people infrequently, and in a way that is not engaging or effective. Yet, engaging employees is crucial. Especially with today’s multi-generational, technology driven and app savvy workforce.” writes Stuart Levine. Are you improving your results by improving your leadership?

But what are you doing to engage your employees? To inspire them? How are you supporting their professional growth? What effects does that have on the experience of the customer? Above all, if you don’t take care of your employees, they won’t take care of your customers.

Do you need help in setting goals for yourself and company? Or do you want to get out of the subconscious patterns that are keeping you where you currently are? Let’s get in touch. Because we know that you can be a great leader. One who can inspire instead of track and punish.

#success #leadership #nerdsofhumandevelopment #subconscious #visionforward

A Essential Lesson On Leadership

Learning from ancient emperors to become a better leader

Marcus Aurelius held the most powerful position in the world. The adage that power in absolute absolutely corrupts has been repeated throughout history for a reason. It unfortunately tends to be true. But as the famous historian Edward Gibbon wrote, under Marcus, the last of the ‘Five Good Emperors,’ “the Roman Empire was governed by absolute power, under the guidance of wisdom and virtue.” Do you want to become a better leader?

The Daily Stoic writes about the 12 lessons on leadership from Marcus Aurelius. For the entire article, click here. In this post, we focus on 1 essential trait of leadership:

EXPECT TO CHANGE YOUR OPINIONS

93% of the time, we are ‘unconscious’. Which means that we let our auto-pilot take over. It means that we tend to get stuck in our subconscious patterns. When we are conscious, it takes real effort and sweat. Because that’s just how our brains work.

In a meritocracy, which is a culture that works in favor of the best ideas, you sometimes have to change your opinions or ideas about what works best. But if you’re a capable leader, you’ll do that. However, it comes at a cost. Because you’ll have to put your own ego aside.

Are you ready to become a better leader?

“Remember, if there is one core teaching at the heart of this philosophy, it’s that we’re not as smart and as wise as we’d like to think we are. If we ever do want to become wise, it comes from the questioning and from humility—not, as many would like to think, from certainty, mistrust, and arrogance.”

#success #leadership #stoicism #subconscious #nerdsofhumandevelopment

5 Resolutions for Sales Leaders

Make the next 12 months successful

If you’re in sales, you have got a lot of things going on. Following up on leads, calling prospects, managing customer experience. Depending on the size of your organization, you’re also setting meetings, creating proposals, and checking up on delivery. We all know it’s a lot. So what should sales leaders focus on?

Imagine you manage a group of sales executives. You’ve got all of the above ánd checking up on your people to make sure they’re on target. Meetings with the people ‘above’ you, meetings with the people ‘below’ you, and meetings with all other stakeholders.

Because you’re all so busy with the day to day operational side of the job, it’s easy to get stuck in that. You’ll keep on managing dissatisfiers, and you’re focus won’t be providing extra value or differentiating from your competitors.

Aside from the operational dealings, which have to happen, what should you focus on? It doesn’t matter if you’re an account manager, sales executive, or sales manager. We mention 5 resolutions that will enable any forward-thinking sales leader to hit target easier than before.

Have strategic conversations with your clients. Not just tactical conversations.

The world is changing daily. Technological innovations, new legislature, or key economic events. Mike Houghton says: “Understanding your customer’s mindset can help you have a strategic conversation about or guide the conversation towards one focused on business outcomes. In fact, it’s useful to think of yourself as a consultant rather than a salesperson. When you start to think of it [your conversations with the customer] that way, talking about type, brand, feeds and speeds will often be irrelevant.”

Spend time daily developing your skills and mindset.

If you’re not on top of your game, you will lose to one (or several) of your competitors. As a result, it is important that you spend time daily to develop yourself. For instance: Develop your skills. Develop your mindset. Develop your knowledge.
If you’re a manager, enable your sales people to develop themselves. Provide training, books, and courses.

Focus on what you do best, not what everybody else is doing.

At Vision Forward, we know what we do best. We enable people and companies to be highly successful. That means we’re narrowing our focus to ensure that our resources are well spent on providing that value to our people, our clients, and their clients.

Help your customer act, not just react. Think proactively.

Mike Houghton states: “Addressing your customer’s desired business outcomes – whether those include reducing costs, increasing efficiency, or improving safety – means that a 30,000-foot approach to their environment.” That’s your only job as a sales person or consultant. So make sure that you enable your clients to reach their goals faster.

Look to the future – not the past.

If your focus on the things that happened in the past, you won’t be able to step forward into the future. It sounds cliché, but that is because it’s true. When you do the things you’ve always done in the past, you will not get different results in the future. It’s that simple.
That does mean, however, stepping out of your subconscious patterns.
Look out for the innovations that might change your business, or the businesses of your clients, and anticipate. Where are the opportunities? Where do possible risks lie? If you’re providing value to your clients based on what you know and they don’t, you’re one up.

#success #sales #nerdsofhumandevelopment #salestraining #deveopment #subconscious

Click here for the Mike Houghton article on Forbes.

The Art of Active Listening

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply

Everybody has heard this cliché. It’s not new. But somehow, most people don’t practice the art of active listening – which is listening to understand. To really comprehend. To be emphatically engaged in a conversation, and trying your best to understand the other person’s point of view, and digging deeper if you need to.

The people who do practice the art of active listening, radiate something special. And why? Because they have put aside their ego and are really involved in your story. They have set aside their subconscious, automatic patterns.

These people are the leaders that truly inspire. Or the team members that can bring order in a team that was chaotic before. The sales rep that gets new business deals again and again, because (s)he is actually trying to create win-win situations with clients.

Glenna Fulks gives a practical trick to improve your active listening: “Count to eight before you reciprocate.  I have been guilty of hi-jacking a conversation and realizing that I spoke too soon and cut off the other individual’s response. It will seem like an eternity, but be smart and give the person with whom you are communicating the time to acknowledge your comment or statement. It builds respect and credibility. Not only does this expand the opportunities for communication, but you also allow yourself time to hear and take notice of their cerebral nuances.”

#success #nerdsofhumandevelopment #listen #art #subconscious #visionforward #sales #leadership #teambuilding

Read the original article on LinkedIn.

It’s Not Enough to Be Right—You Also Have to Be Kind

Takedowns and clever quips are easy, but empathy and persuasion are better

Ryan Holiday writes about the difference between being right and stating blunt facts to prove your point, and being kind and persuading others to come and share your point of view.

Pushing your opinions, facts, and studies might be ‘true’, but that doesn’t mean that others will accept it, act on it, or even believe you (on a subconscious level). If you work with others, and you’ve pushed your point of view on them, you’ll probably experience the backfire that comes from that.

If you’re in a leadership position, and you push your ideas on others, what happens? How intrinsically motivated will they be to pursue the goals you’ve set together?

If you’re in sales, and you push your ideas on your prospects, will they leave every experience they’ve ever had behind and pursue your vision on their company and results? Chances are slim.

Don’t try to persuade others. It doesn’t work. The best you can do is guide them into new insights that they ‘come up with’ themselves. We can help with that.

Holiday ends his excellent article, which can be read here, with this thought: “If you can’t be kind, if you won’t empathize, then you’re not on the team. That team is Team Humanity, where we are all in this thing together. Where we are all flawed and imperfect. Where we treat other people’s point of view as charitably as we treat our own.”

#success #kindness #pushversuspull #subconscious #nerdsofhumandevelopment #visionforward