Showing posts from May, 2013

Need to change? Get FRED

As an OD and career transition consultant, I work with organizations and individuals who are surfing the transitions of change. Because of this, and because I have had a life-long obsession with the nature of change, I am attuned to change stories. Luckily such stories abound if you are ready for them.

A friend of mine has been leading a change effort since last year. He and a small group of others have been creating a brand new non-profit organization. Their efforts were born out of a disaster I won't go into here. Suffice to say, they were angered enough by what happened, that they decided to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of the debacle they experienced. They made the decision to start working on it a year ago and have been striving toward this goal with determination.

The most adept transitionists I know, like my friend, seem to have FRED. FRED stands for focus, resilience, energy, and drive.

Focus - Focus is the fixation on goals that matter, that are meaningful, and that…

Leaders, Can you RELATE?

I started teaching a series on leadership today for one of my client companies. Thanks to synchronicity, there was recently an article about relational skills for leaders in Forbes.

Called "Leadership Is A Relational Skill," the author made some very good points about what leaders must do to connect with their teams.

The article, and today's class discussion, has inspired me to create this acronym for leaders, using the word "relate:"

RELATE for Leaders:

Respect - Effective leaders have a deep respect for their followers. They show it by asking for input, by listening, by speaking the truth, by keeping promises, and by building trust.

Engage - Effective leaders practice lively engagement with their people, seeking their involvement in change initiatives, seeking their ideas and opinions on improvements, having frequent two-way conversations, and making them feel like they are part of the very heart of the business.

Listen - Effective leaders are great listeners,…