We are often asked by managers and supervisors to work with certain Teams because they are having trouble or in crisis. As consultants, it can feel a bit like untangling a chain; every kink and knot is connected, but you really do not know where to begin. Regardless, it is imperative to create a shared experience that will help Teams to re-align their purpose, recalibrate their objectives and re-structure their practices. Today Aleasha shares a few ways to make this happen.
Posts by Aleasha Morris:
Sometimes, the most important leadership skills we need to master, are the ones that are the simplest. Aleasha reflects on what her grandparents taught her every summer at their family cabin. 5 leadership maxims that aren’t fancy or lifted from a best selling book. But they are real, honest, and wise. Indeed, they pass the critical test of time and are still relevant to the many Teams we work with today.
The mere whisper of the word feedback from a colleague, friend, client or boss can make us wince in anticipatory fear, and plummet our thoughts into the abyss of failure. It doesn’t have to be that way, especially when we utilize the language of Strengths. Aleasha explains how having a deep and honest understanding of our own Strengths, can profoundly impact our relationships with feedback.
Stories, much like Strengths, have the power to transcend time, language and culture. At a recent engagement in Panama City, Aleasha was reminded of our craving for story and the connection it creates. We can each find our own truth in the fiction. But sadly, there rarely seems to be room for story in our frenzied world, obsessed with contrived ‘reality’, status updates and vacuous tweets. Keep reading and remember, ‘We need not look elsewhere to find our riches.’
At Leadership Vision, we constantly seek to innovate our approach by connecting best practice in other domains to the integration of Strengths. Recently, we have been layering Strengths with behavioral science. A ‘cognitive miser’ is someone who finds different ways to save time and effort when negotiating the social world. We revert time and again, to the thinking pathway we know the best: a shortcut. When using Strengths with Teams, it is necessary to create opportunities for individuals to begin to excavate personal assumptions and biases to allow people to recognize their own Strengths ShortCuts. Keep reading as Aleasha gives examples how to do this.