Monday, August 12, 2019

Dr. Linne Bourget's What You Say Is What You Get® Positive Leadership Blog August 2019--Five Keys to Leaders’ Standing Out As Winners,The Dance of Lead and Follow



Welcome to Dr. Linne Bourget's What You Say Is What You Get® Positive Leadership Blog

August 2019--Five Keys to Leaders’ Standing Out As Winners...The Dance of Lead 

and Follow, How It Relates to Executive Success

Recently I attended and danced at a convention featuring professional and amateur competitions 
in swing, country and ballroom dance.  I danced with both amateur and professional leaders, 
and watched amateur and professional competitions and performances. 

I had a front row seat right on the edge of the floor, so saw everything up close. Dancing with 
and watching the pros inspired me to up-level my dancing too!

For Leaders:
What were the most powerful differences between the pros and amateurs? 
What sets the pros apart in their dancing, competition and performances?
These are the top 5 keys that stood out boldly:

1. They give more of themselves, putting out much more positive energy, enthusiasm, and smiles.
 Research shows that this  works better for business leaders also, especially for motivating 
 higher performance and retaining great talent.

2. Their moves are stronger and more expansive...they use more of the floor! In business, this means 
going for more growth and expansion, knowing they have the skills and technique to do so successfully. 
I enjoy dancing with pros as they are not afraid to move out and know how to do so!

3.They can change directions from one move to another much faster and more cleanly and 
precisely. In business, leading nimble change is essential for success in the turbulent global market.

4. They challenge themselves more, doing more advanced moves requiring greater co-ordination, skill,
 technique and strength.Where amateurs did one or two spins, pros did 6 or 8 spins, or more! 
(Although I did not compete, I can do 8 fast spins.) They can do this because they all keep training with other top professionals to increase their skills!  
They invest in themselves for greater success.

5.The connection between leader and follower(executive and employee) was much better...they were 
much more tuned into each other for the fast complex moves that determine whether or not they win.  
This is an exact parallel to what executives are facing now in the global market.

Both leaders and followers and the quality of connection between them were crucial for success.  
The best male pro placed second because his partner was not following at his level even though 
they live in the same city and dance together all the time.

The couple who won had the best leader and follow connection and I saw them correct before making mistakes. His partner amplified his leadership and improved their dances too! She matched him 
very well even though they live in different cities and do not dance together all the time.

Ask Yourself:

How well do you lead with these 5 keys, based on your strengths?

If you cannot lead your own strengths, how can you lead others’ strengths?” Dr. Linne’s Positive Power Quote

If I interviewed your employees, how would they rate you on these 5 keys?
How often do you invest in your leadership skill to improve in these 5 keys?

"The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." 
Dr. Linne's PoweQuote


Great leaders invest in their ongoing development to lead more positively and powerfully
from their own strengths and greatness. How about you? We are here to help!

Wishing you peace and prosperity!! 
I appreciate your positive leadership! 
Dr. Linne
"Build on Your Best" Positive Leadership, FAST Innovative Change without tears.

"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. Power Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

What You Say Is What You Get®--The Power of Old Habits and New Strengths Focus to Grow Your Business!


Welcome to the powerful What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership Power Mid-Month Newsletter from Dr. Linne Bourget--Spring 2019 What Are 2 Powerful Questions for Expanding/Updating Your Business?

It's Spring! Nature reminds us new beginnings, fresh starts.  A few words of wisdom from the spiritual teacher
I studied with for 30+ years:

"Springtime. Nature is always moving forward and manifesting that which is truly new! 
The blossoms on the peach tree are not the blossoms of a year ago. The grass on the lawn 
comes up and overs the yard, but each blade is completely different from the grass of last year. 
Everything begins its own life in in own place with its own purpose. Within this truth is a great 
spiritual lesson. 

Humans are creatures of habit. Repetition is not only a major characteristic of our make-up, but we even strive to follow previous patterns. We are experts at staying within the lines
and therein lies our downfall. By failing to make an experience new, we recycle ourselves into 
stunted growth patterns. By making such choices, we fall out of synchronicity with the Universe  
and produce boredom instead of development. A marketing survey taken some years ago revealed
that the two most effective words in advertising were “new” and “free.” 

This should not be so surprising since “new” IS the very word that automatically   unlocks our basic Universal longing for improvement and development." Gregge Tiffen

Client executives complain to me initially about situations in their businesses and are amazed at 
how they can move forward by:

1.  Stopping the old habits of focusing first and foremost on what is wrong, problems and crises, 
which makes things worse.
2.  Shifting up to focusing on what is going well, successes and strengths, FIRST, and applying 
their positive insights to all issues.

His words lead me directly to 2 Powerful Questions for You as Positive Leaders--Ask Yourself:

1.  What habits are keeping you bored or not "motiving" forward in your business, not keeping up 
with changes in your markets?

This might include criticism, ignoring strengths, taking successes for granted, going to the 
 same information sources, hiring friends rather than searching for better-  
 qualified executives, and being unwilling to change and grow.

Action: Make a list of these habits as an executive team.

2.  What new habits would refresh your team(s) and unleash more strengths for fuller use and 
more profits in your business?
      This might include opening your mind to new possibilities for products or services and market 
segments, focusing more on your teams' and your strengths and how to apply them, and     speaking more positively at work, appreciating strengths        and successes as the foundation for change.
     Action: With your executive team, make a list of the new habits you want to build, for greater 
profitability, lower cost, and more fun.

Old habits keep leaders and teams stuck in the status quo, or make things worse, as you cannot 
keep up with the speed of change.
Only new positive leadership habits and skills based on applying strengths and successes give you
 any hope of innovative rapid response
to fast-changing market conditions.  Enjoy the results of your new Positive Leadership habits!  
Let us know if we can help.

Research going back to 2006 shows that companies where leaders speak more positively 
are more profitable!

“This is the most important leadership choice you will ever make, the negative life 
or the positive life.” Dr. Linne’s Positive Power Quote

I appreciate your positive leadership!
Peace and Prosperity,
Dr. Linne/"Dr. Appreciation"
 
"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 Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership Power from Dr. Linne Bourget, November, 2018, For Thanksgiving--How are Gratitude and Appreciation Different?


Welcome to What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership Power from Dr. Linne Bourget, November, 2018, For Thanksgiving--How are Gratitude and Appreciation Different?  

First, honoring our Vets and their families, thank you for your service.  We know that freedom is not free and we appreciate and are grateful for your sacrifices!

This Thanksgiving, I remember the first time 35 years ago when I hosted a large Thanksgiving
group in my home and asked everyone what they appreciated. I was writing my pioneering 
Ph.D. thesis on appreciation, so was eager to see what would happen.  It turned out that 
my request set up people to appreciate each other. There was not a dry eye in the house.

Now many families do this at Thanksgiving, usually asking everyone to share what they are 
grateful for, which is also good. This sets up general answers like friends, family, good food. Rarely does this result in specific interpersonal appreciation.

What is the difference between gratitude and appreciation? 

So, why is this? What is the difference between gratitude and appreciation? These are often 
confused but positive leaders need to be very clear. 

Gratitude is an abstract feeling or positive attitude usually having spiritual connotations
...e. g. I am grateful to be alive, to have my family, to live in a country with freedoms, etc. 

Appreciation is words spoken from one individual to another or to a group, with specific 
information that goes beyond thank you, describing what you appreciate about that person, 
e. g. I appreciate that you lead meetings in a positive efficient way, covering the bases, giving people a chance to speak, and making decisions quickly and clearly based on everyone's input. 

You can see the difference, and it is indeed powerful. At Thanksgiving, as a positive leader, 
how fully do you express your gratitude AND appreciation? Both are essential. 
One does not substitute for the other. 

Think about your business. The more gratitude and appreciation you express, the more others
want to work with you, the longer they stay and the more information they share with you
...and working together is much more fun and profitable. 

In business, appreciation is usually more effective for leaders, employees, teams, customers
and strategic partners. Feedback specifics are key for employees to understand what 
behavior is most important to succeed in your company, and what they are doing well, 
so they will keep doing it!

                “Positive feedback should be earned, and it should be crystal clear 
in your company how to earn it.”
Dr. Linne's Positive Power Quote

Client Example:  A finance department responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars 
annually, was in disarray in a large technology firm. They improved their numbers 35-40%
 in a few months by our combining appreciative teamwork with Quality Management metrics. 
Their senior executive was very clear on what he wanted, which accelerated their progress.

With much higher self-esteem, they went from silent and disengaged to actively engaged, 
leading, and successful. 

“A person who feels appreciated will always do more
 than what is expected.” Author Unknown

The core of my strengths leadership work is appreciation--I trademarked this phrase for 
my questionnaire as part of the What You Say Is What You Get(R) Positive Leadership series,
based on my dissertation, as it has proven so powerful for clients and me! 

How high is your Appreciative Quotient®?  Your AQ? 

If I interviewed your employees, colleagues, and customers, how appreciated would they say they are by you?
If 1=low and 10=high, what number would they give you? 
How skilled are you at seeing and appreciating their best? 
What do you need to learn or improve?

I appreciate all of your positive leadership!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wishing you strengths, 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, 
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 
Power Course 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.