Thursday, September 13, 2018

What You Say Is What You Get®-What Can Dance Leaders Teach You about Leadership?


What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership Power from Dr. Linne Bourget, September, 2018
The Dance of Lead and Follow--What Can Dance Leaders Teach You about Leadership?

Advancing the Dance of Lead and Follow as a business metaphor, I interviewed 20 advanced,
all star and champion dance leaders, all competitors, at a recent convention. I asked what 
was the most important thing to do as a leader in social dancing? 

Why These Leaders and This Question?

1. These higher level competitors have training and experience to provide wise insights..
no beginners...like my executive clients.
2. In social dancing, they lead all levels of followers, like business leaders with employees.
3. As competitors, they understand and are proficient in dealing with a competitive 
environment (dance partners, judges, audience, music, floor, fans/supporters/friends, competitors, social media, international conventions), like business leaders 
have to adapt to dealing with employees, customers, strategic partners, competitors, 
media/social media, and global market dynamics.

What Did They Say Was the Most Important Thing to Do as a Leader? 
What Do These Dance Leaders Teach You as Business Leaders?

Here are their top 6 responses/priorities, in this order and the business leadership
implications of each:

1. Keep my partner safe, no injuries. This is crucial for the advanced dance moves I enjoy
and the turbulent global market requiring advanced leadership! This is analogous to a 
business leader protecting the business and employees, via physical, financial, psychological,
and cybersecurity strategies. Advanced leaders do this well!

2. Adjust my level of dancing to hers. This is the Collaborative Leader, skilled enough to 
adjust his/her communication and leadership strategies to different levels of employees
for creating greater relationships in business.

These higher level leaders understood this well. This is crucial for leading in the complexity
of the global market with demands for rapid change and innovation, and for talent retention, 
so employees feel seen and heard.

3. Smile, make her feel good, comfortable, be positive. This reflects the need for leaders 
to create a positive culture by offering positive energy and communication. My current 
Manual for the Strengths Awareness System in my What You Say Is What You Get® 
Positive Leadership Series discusses this in depth. Only a Positive Culture can support 
successful FAST change and innovation and strengthen keeping your best talent.

“Business momentum follows positive energy
and is destroyed by negative energy.”
Dr. Linne’s Power Quote

4. Give her a great connection. This relates to having the leadership skill to know how 
to connect with different personalities and styles in business, a crucial skill, while keeping 
your own leadership strength and skill present to guide interactions. 

5. Be aware of how I impact her, relax, be calm and mindful of my leading, my partner, 
and the music. This means being able to attune to those you lead, seeing your impact 
on them, not just focusing on yourself as leader.  This is essential for success as a 
Collaborative Leader, and crucial for leading rapid innovation, now a major challenge. 
Millenials expect this, so retaining their talent requires this.
  
6. Give the lady a clear signal, leads that convey what I want. This sounds basic for business leaders, but often leaders’ messages leave room for multiple interpretations and confusion. Sorting this out and resolving the difficulties caused by this wastes your company time and money! Clarity is money in the bank and creates higher employee engagement. This is highly valued in dance leadership, and leaders at this level immediately apologize when they (rarely) give an unclear lead.  Unclear leads happen more often 

in business, as leaders may not realize theygive unclear leads.Many executive clients’ 
messages have a different impact than they intend due to lack of clarity. 

A beloved Senior Vice President client in  a Fortune 150 firm joked about leaving. His entire Division was upset! I spent the whole day undoing rumors and re-assuring them he was just joking! No  other work got done! He did not intend to or realize he would upset them!


Economically and psychologically expensive!

“No leader can be the forest to his/her own trees”.
Dr. Linne’s Power Quote

How Do You Rate? If I interviewed your leadership team, what would they say?

1. How safe do they feel?
2. How well do you adjust your communication to their level?
3. How positively do you come across, making them comfortable?
4. How well do you connect the them?
5. How aware are you of your impact on them?
6. How clear are your leadership communications?

In my experience, clients rarely do all these well at first...they need to build their skills in order
to succeed, so always be willing to invest in building your skills! 

I appreciate all of your positive leadership.
Peace and Prosperity,
Dr. Linne
 

"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, &; protect 
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D.
 www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com 
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System 
Founder/CEO 480-767-1717 Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants 
Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? 
Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom 
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results 
Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2018. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Two Types of Leaders, Which Succeeds? Which Are You? What You Say Is What You Get® Positive Leadership Blog from Dr. Linne Bourget,

Welcome to the powerful What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership Power Blog from Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

August, 2018  Two Types of Leaders--Which One Succeeds? Which One Are You?


HI Everyone,

Reflecting again on the dance of lead and follow as a business metaphor, I see two types of leaders in my dance world, and they have very different effects on followers (your employees).

What are these two types of leaders?
What effect do they have on followers?
Which is more successful? Which one are you?

These two types of leaders are:

1. The Pattern Leader
  leads followers (your employees) through his same patterns over and over regardless of the song.  The song represents your external business environment, your industry and global market. He may give me a few beats to improvise, but it is his habitual dance, not our dance.  These are amateurs, without professional training. They are not committed to getting better, only go to lower level workshops, do not get private lessons, and are mostly just there socially.

He does not dance differently from song to song, and misses the rhythm breaks, phrasing, and mood changes in the song. I.e. He misses the shifts in his external business world, and does not flexibly adapt to them, a weakness in the fast global economy, and more traditional, less transformational.

What is the impact on me as follower (your employees)?

Some of the patterns are fun and challenging, yet I get bored by the same patterns and the lack of responsiveness to the music, which limits my creativity and musical expression, as I was trained to dance the music (respond to the external business environment quickly and creatively). I do not get to use as many of my skills and am frustrated and disappointed from our not succeeding in dancing to the song (innovating real-time in your business environment).

2. The Collaborative Leader.
  These leaders are trained from early on to be more collaborative and dance to the music.  They hear changes in the music and dance to them, while making a great connection and time for the follower (your employees) to join them in creative interpretation, in the moment, to the song, I. e. Respond to the business environment quickly and creatively. They transform the dance (business) experience by their quality of collaborative leadership. 

They are professionals, and even the collaborative amateurs who do not teach and compete in dance for a living do much better in their competitions.  They are judged on teamwork and creative improvisation to the song, and are serious about getting their training to be able to dance at this level. They are constantly taking private coaching and working on their leadership skills, so they are far more successful in competition (marketplace competition for your business).

“The ability to create is the ability to adapt.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

My teacher/showcase partner and I were both trained this way, so we dance this way.  We have some patterns, they always fit the music, and the rest we create together to the song in the moment. This flexibility requires training, skill, a great connection, and awareness for both leaders and followers.

What is the impact on me as follower (your employees)?

Collaborative leaders are much more fun, ask me to step up to a higher level of performance, which I enjoy, and call for using more of my strengths, skills, and extensive training. This also inspires me to get more training, to be better! Never a boring moment!

We both have greater satisfaction and success in responding to the music (external business environment) in the moment, and creating moves we have not done before (fast innovation is crucial in the global market). Note that although I am a boomer and he is Gen X, our style is preferred by Millenials in business, as it is more creative. At the same time we honor the discipline of skills and training, technique and connection to support the creativity.

These are all learnable skills, and leaders must learn them to succeed in this turbulent constantly-shifting market.
Every day is a new song. How well do you dance to the music?

Which type of leader are you, a Pattern Leader or a Collaborative Leader?
How do your employees view your leadership approach?
If I interviewed them confidentially, what would they say?
How quickly and creatively do you lead your employees to respond to the changing business environment?
How successful and timely are you innovations?

“This is what freedom is all about - a chance to be better.” Albert Camus

We can help you learn these skills quickly and easily, based on identifying and applying your strengths and greatness. (I am just finishing my Owner's Leadership Manual for my Strengths Awareness System.) This is the fastest, most powerful and most fun foundation for stepping up to the music with better results, fast!

I appreciate all of your positive leadership!
Peace and Prosperity,
Dr. Linne  

Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D.

 "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne
"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, & protect 
www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com 
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System 
Founder/CEO  Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants 
Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? 
Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom 
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results,
Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire, Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage
 Copyright 2005-2018. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership-The Power of Fathering


HI Everyone,

 What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership Power Blog from Dr. Linne Bourget, June 2018--The Power of Fathering in Leadership

Honoring Father’s day, I am reflecting on my best client executives and how “fathering” their teams made them so successful...what was it that made their employees think so highly of them?

From research for my new leadership manual on leaders’ seeing strengths, I found 
studies showing 57-90% of employees are disengaged! Scary and expensive in terms of lost productivity and commitment! 

What type of “fathering” might create more employee engagement?

One executive, a Senior Vice-President in a Fortune 100 firm, was so beloved that his executive assistant told me
that if anything ever happened to him, the place would collapse emotionally. 
One morning he cracked a joke about leaving, and for every meeting that day 
I had to deal with the rumor, as everyone was so upset.  I had to go back to him 
and recommend he set the record straight!

Usually I worked with him and his teams for a week at a time at their corporate 
headquarters, and he and I would have debriefing meetings at the end of the day. Time after time I saw people come 
from field locations, who were not his direct reports, sometimes several levels lower 
on the organization chart, to update him on what they were doing.  

This was remarkable, and I watched carefully to see why they would do this.  
Their consistent theme was telling him what they were accomplishing, 
their successes, not their complaints! What they wanted from him was 
listening and appreciation, and he was great at giving both. His appreciation 
drew them in from afar! His Appreciative Quotient®, or AQ, was very high, 
a strong factor in his success. It was no accident that he had received a 
double promotion! His organization was filled with highly engaged employees!

I was excited to see this as appreciation is the core of my Positive Leadership Systems and was the topic of my pioneering Ph.D. dissertation on the topic. But at that time consulting was all about finding out what was wrong with you and fixing you, so I was NOT popular.  Now Positive Leadership is more accepted.

v How about you? 
v How skilled are you at sincere specific appreciation?
v How high is your Appreciative Quotient®, or AQ?
v If I interviewed your teams, how high would they rate you on positive listening and giving appreciation?  

This is an essential part of fathering, at work and at home, yet often overlooked. 
To get and keep great talent, you and all leaders in your organization need to be 
highly skilled at this. So remember to appreciate what is going well, regularly!

“A leader who appreciates the best will create more of it.”
Dr. Linne's Positive Power Quote

I appreciate all of your positive leadership!
Peace and Prosperity,
Dr. Linne


"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, & protect
 Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D.
www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com 
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System 
Founder/CEO 480-767-1717 Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants 
Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, 
Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom  
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage Coming soon!! Power System on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne 
Copyright 2005-2018. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.