"Accountability....why is it so important ? Accountability is about credibility !"

"Accountability is the act of holding people responsible for what they do. And are those actions consistent with what they say.  And so leaders have to hold themselves accountable and they have to hold others accountable because if we believe in what we’re saying as an organization – as a group of people – then we will all be doing what we say. It’s not just one person – the leader- but it’s all of us. So accountability is really holding ourselves to task over whether we are doing what we say. Whether we are keeping our promises. Whether our actions are consistent with our words."

My partner and I have spent years doing research on what people expect of leaders. We asked people what do you admire in a leader ...leader being  someone’s direction you would willing follow ? We got about 150 different attributes.  We were able to categorize them into about 20 different categories. Of those 20, we asked people to select the top seven. Over the last 30 years that we have been gathering this data, we find that four – and only four qualities - have been selected by 60% or more consistently over that long period of time. Taken by themselves, they are interesting but when you put them together it becomes a very powerful message.

The top four are: honest, forward looking, competent and inspiring. Three of those four -  honest, inspiring and competent are what researches in the social sciences call ‘source credibility’. Credibility ends up being the foundation of leadership; credibility is that foundation on which be build everything. Personal credibility. When you ask people what is credible behavior they say ‘do what you say you will do’. Practice what you preach. Put your money where you mouth is. Actions have to be consistent with words. So it implies two fundamental things. The first part is be clear about what you are going to say; what are you values , your beliefs? What is your philosophy? What do you stand for ? but then, the test of whether your truly believe in those or not is whether you do them.

This excerpt is from an excellent interview with Jim Kouzes, author of 'The Leadership Challenge'

'Never Eat Alone' by Keith Ferrazzi ...trust me, it's not just another book about networking

This book inspires me over and over....to favor curiosity (always), to share  generously of who and what I know and, importantly, it reminds me of the importance of continually expanding me world. As Ferrazzi says  "we are very product of the people and networks to which we are connected. Who you know determines who you are - how you feel, how you act, and what you achieve" and it inspires me to share generously
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Trust me, it is not just another book on how to network. My job IS to network and I couldn't imagine I had so much to learn. Ferrazzi frames networking as "today's primary currency" and puts it a social context tied to the communications age. As we have learned from social networks "the more people who have access and use it, the more valuable the network becomes.". There is power in numbers, much to give and more to gain in sharing your knowledge and your network.
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"Good leaders ask great questions. The greatest question I can ask (you) is what do you think?"

Entreleaderhsip Interview with John Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of ‘Failing Forward’ and ‘Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn’: Good Leaders Ask Great Questions.

 

This is a fabulous 25 minute podcast is about the power of curiosity and asking great questions as leaders.  Mr. Maxwell speaks to intentionality: the attitude and mindset that you as the leader bring with your questions. He invites us to cultivate a ‘teachability’ mindset and posture. As leaders our role is to ‘cast the vision’ while holding this key thought front and center in our mind:  ‘How can others help me make this good idea a great one?’. 

This’ teachability’ attitude is not only an opportunity to show courage and humility, but also to engage your team and to get them vested in the outcome by giving them the opportunity to participate. He says “the greatest question I can ask you is ‘what do you think?’. Because what you are saying is in fact ‘I value your thoughts, your ideas, your experience, your opinions….’  and all this adds up to developing great relationship, when you have a learning mindset.

Pharell on the Power of Collaboration: Interview by Howard Stern

This interview of Pharrell by the great and curious interviewer Howard Stern is wonderful. It is about making magic by sharing the stage - working with people and brands you respect. COLLABORATION is one of the key themes of interest to me in this Communication Age (or whatever you call the times we are living in and creating).  I believe there power in numbers. When we hit on the right collaborations - and the magic of co-creation is made - people, brands and businesses are elevated. There are countless examples of this cross pollination everywhere. I encourage you to be on the lookout for opportunities to co-create and to build win-win collaborations; therein lies the opportunity  elevate our vision, our work and our services.

 

Good Reads: 'Big Magic', by Elizabeth Gilbert

I highly recommend all things Liz Gilbert; she has exploded on the scene as an inspiring, insightful and modern thought leader. In addition to speaking about creativity, she has important insights into how we think about our work and our lives and she hammers the reader about the importance (and beauty) of cultivating curiosity.   This book is an invitation to examine and expand upon what it means to live a creative driven life. I absolutely loved it !

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