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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

For Positive Leaders, Three Levels of Leadership Skill--How Do You Rate?

Hi, Everyone,

Welcome to the mid-month short powerful What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership Power Newsletter from Dr. Linne Bourget, April 2018  Three Levels of Leadership Skill-What Level Are You? How Do You Rate?


Leaders come in all skill levels...how high is your skill level?

Why does this matter for your business results?

What results so leaders at different skill levels produce with their teams?

Using the dance of lead and follow as a metaphor for your business, here are three categories of leaders:

1. Champions: I dance with leaders who are national champions and have invested heavily with professionals for their leadership skills.

2. Competitors: I also dance with competitors who invest in working with professionals to build their leadership skills and are working their way up, not at the champion level. 

3. Social Dancers: I dance  with men who come to an occasional workshop or watch videos but do not invest in working with professionals to build their leadership skills, they are there socially rather than for dance (business) leadership excellence.

What impact do these leaders have on my dancing, i.e. your business results? I have extensive training from professionals, no longer compete, but do showcase performance dances and work with a national champion to keep building my skills, am an advanced dancer (business contributor).

Bottom line results of leadership skill level:

1. The champions
I dance with know more moves, lead much better, have much better technique, are much better partners, try new moves they are working on with me, and collaborate superbly in improvisation.  They dance the music (respond to the external business environment) faster and more fully, are more fun to dance with, see my dance strengths and dance me at my ability.  They are all  younger and do not “dance down” due to the age difference. They see what I can do and give me challenging moves. (Strengths-based leaders get the most from their teams.)

They always make it clear where they want me, (give clear direction) and give me space to add my own moves (create room for different styles on the team). I love the fun, presence, challenges and as a result I dance (perform in business) better, follow more precisely, more creatively, more energetically, and match their style better while adding my own moves (focus more on what you as the leader want, add creative innovation in your teams). They never hurt me (they know protecting team members is crucial). I trust them with unusual moves even while my back is still recovering from the car accident. (I.e. Your teams trust you when you take business risks.) We "accomplish" much more per song (per meeting) than lower level leaders do.
“Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.” Warren G. Bennis

2. With competitors,
we collaborate well, they do fun moves, and some are very talented at co-creating a dance to the music (again, responding to the business environment).  They are usually clear in direction, protective, creative, present, and leave me space to add my own moves....but not always. Some dance me at my own level, and some under-dance me due to age, assuming I can’t do some types of moves, which I can do. (Agism in business is frequent.) Sometimes they do some weird move that hurts my neck, because they don’t have the training on how to lead neck moves yet. Result:  I dance well with them but don’t give them 100% until they prove they will not hurt me, I follow carefully but again unless I can trust them consistently, I will not add as much of my own creativity if they pull me out of my move, not paying attention. In business, this means you are not getting the full ability, commitment and innovation from your teams unless you consistently show great leadership skills.  Hit or miss always misses. We often accomplish much per song (meeting), but not consistently.

3. Social Dancers: I dance less with them, as they do not invest in their leadership skills and may hurt me, under-dance me hugely, make me look awkward, not hear or dance the music, provide no challenge, lead roughly, and do not collaborate, but just expect me to follow all their moves and add nothing of my own.  Frustrating, boring and no fun! You can see how this affects your teams, they are not likely to produce great results for your business! We "accomplish" much less per song (meeting).

Which type of leader are you?
How do you rate?
How committed are you to invest in your leadership skills, to be the best leader and get the best results from your teams for your business?

Positive Paradigms Promote Profits! My clients are committed to their success and invest accordingly.

“Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth.” Dr. Warren Bennis, consultant to 4 U.S. Presidents, author, 30 leadership books.


I appreciate all your positive leadership!
Peace and prosperity,
Dr. Linne
"The greatest challenge is taking responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne's Power Quote
 "Build on Your Best" Systems for Leaders, Consultants and Coaches
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph.D.
www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com
480-767-1717
http://www.linkedin.com/in/oldpowernewpower
Blog: http://drlinnebourget.blogspot.com/
Economist, Change/Leadership Expert
Fortune 10, 50, 100 Consultant to Executives
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership,
Founder/CEO Institute for Transformation Leaders & Consultants
Consultant, Speaker, Author: 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® Positive Leadership Series:
The Secret Language of Great Business Results
Positive Quotient® PQ & Appreciative Quotient® AQ Questionnaires
"Build on Your Best"

Copyright 2004-2018. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Friday, March 16, 2018

HI Positive Leaders!

Fun story about an entrepreneur's strengths-based success, from Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A, M.B.A, Ph.D. , Strengths Based Leadership Trailblazer! March 2018

Got Strengths? Why Did the Entrepreneur Jump Up and Down?


As it is Spring, the time of new starts and expansion, here is a fun story from my new Strengths-Owning Manual in my What You Say Is What You Get®: Positive Leadership Series

Invited to teach an Open University class for managers and entrepreneurs, I had them list their strengths. After much moaning and groaning, which did not deter me, they had their lists completed. At the end of Week 1, I assigned homework to focus on their strengths daily! 

At the start of Week 2 “Jerry”, an entrepreneur, was jumping up and down in his chair, waving his hand in the air. He was very excited, wanting me to call on him first. 

He said, “This has been the best week at work I have ever had! Things went so well...!!” He said he had the most productive and exciting week of his life, and had gotten twice much done as usual. He had opened doors to several new customer bases and was thrilled at the possibilities at expanding his business. Plus he was having more fun than ever as his business accelerated! He was very appreciative
for this breakthrough!

“Clients are grateful to discover they are ‘greatful’.” Dr. Linne’s Power Quote

He said he never knew what focusing on his strengths would really do for him. His strengths were a secret from him! Others in the class told similar stories, especially those who actually did the homework! I could see on some faces they had not done the homework and were really regretting it, missing out on the benefits. Clearly strengths are results-friendly!

“You can only use what you know you have, and you can only get results with resources you use.”  Dr. Linne’s Power Quote

What Are Your Positive Power Takeaways?

1. It Pays to Focus on Strengths - “Jerry” saw that by being open to the positive innovative focus on strengths, and doing the work in good faith, he got great results in his business and was more excited and productive than ever. He raised his Positive Quotient®, or PQ, making friends with his strengths!

2. He saw that he had never focused on strengths because the business culture was focused on problems and weaknesses instead of strengths-based solutions. It was not that he was resisting the positive...he just never thought to focus on it!

3. He saw that by doing the homework faithfully, new business worlds opened up to him with much greater opportunity, from his expanded concept of himself! In just one week his life and business were transformed!

Got Strengths?  How Do You Rate?
 
How fully do you know your strengths?
How systematically do you and your team apply them for great results?
If I interviewed your teams, how high would they rate you as a Strengths Leader?

“I think the most important thing is to look for the best in people and get the best from them…”
 Sir Richard Branson, CEO, the Virgin companies.

Of course, this includes yourself!  Enjoy working with your strengths!  Notice the results!

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

Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
"Build on Your Best" Systems for Leaders, Consultants and Coaches
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph.D.
"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, & protect
www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/oldpowernewpower
Blog: http://drlinnebourget.blogspot.com/
Economist, Change/Leadership Expert
Fortune 10, 50, 100 Consultant to Executives
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership,
Founder/CEO Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants
Consultant, Speaker, Author: 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® Positive Leadership Series:
The Secret Language of Great Business Results
Positive Quotient® PQ & Appreciative Quotient® AQ Questionnaires, more
 "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, February 15, 2018


Welcome to the short powerful What You Say Is What You Get® Positive Leadership Power Blog
for Feb. 2018, from Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A, M.B.A, Ph.D. , Appreciative Leadership Trailblazer!

How High Is Your Appreciative Quotient®, or AQ, as a Leader?

Now that we are launched into our 2018 goals, and since it is Valentine's week, it is a great time to checkon your Appreciative Leadership Power skills!

*How often do you appreciate those who work with you?
*If I interviewed them, how would they answer this question?

As I often say, giving Appreciation helps you as the giver as much as it does the receiver, for it keepsyou focused on the positive in your business and associates. 

Always be sincere and specific so you are a credible feedback giver!

Research shows that people remember the negative more than the positive, so repeating the positive helps anchor it!
 
But research also shows that positive companies are more profitable, so giving appreciation is a good investment!

In my recent showcase dance with a national champion, I learned that great leaders also need to learn how to leadnew things and need appreciation even though they are highly skilled top-notch professionals.  I thought I was the one who needed to learn as I am experienced but still an amateur, but he needed to stop and figure out how to lead a sequence we had never done before, so it was an "aha" moment, as I thought he already had it down.

Leaders need appreciation too! I appreciated him often!

President's Day is coming up...send appreciative thoughts to the President too...toughest job on the planet, especially now!

"Whatever you appreciate, appreciates."  Dr. Jean Houston

I appreciate all your positive leadership!
Peace and prosperity, and Happy Valentine's Day
Dr. Linne

Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
"Build on Your Best" Systems for Leaders, Consultants and Coaches
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph.D.
www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com
480-767-1717
http://www.linkedin.com/in/oldpowernewpower
Blog: http://drlinnebourget.blogspot.com/
Economist, Change/Leadership Expert
Fortune 10, 50, 100 Consultant to Executives
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership,
Founder/CEO Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants
Consultant, Speaker, Author: 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® Positive Leadership Series:
The Secret Language of Great Business Results
Positive Quotient® PQ & Appreciative Quotient® AQ Questionnaires

Monday, February 05, 2018

The Silent Grinch CEO's Huge Loss--How High is Your Appreciative Quotient®?

The Silent Grinch CEO's Huge Loss--How High is Your Appreciative Quotient®
What You Say Is What You Get® Positive Leadership Power Newsletter 
from Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A, M.B.A, Ph.D.

 "Larry" the CFO had never made a bad decision in his 5 years there, but his CEO never appreciated him, so Larry left for another job. 
 
The CEO was shocked, then telling Larry, "You have never made a bad decision."  Larry said, "You could have told me that." 
 
Worse, the CEO pretended losing him was no big deal, which angered Larry's team, who respected him highly! So 5 of Larry's top finance team left, offended! 
Imagine the chaos in their financial operations and the risk of financial loss! 
Very scary!

This CEO (not my client!) was a silent Grinch...he did not criticize Larry, but his silence and lack of positive feedback were deadly. 
 
That CEO had an Appreciative Quotient®, or AQ, of ZERO plus no behavioral risk management skills!
Giving appreciation is so much better, easier and more cost effective!

This shows the financial power of appreciative leadership and the connection between the leadership heart and the bottom line. 
 
Many think appreciation has no financial impact, but research shows that more positive business cultures are more profitable!

Be sure your Appreciative Quotient®, or AQ, is high! If you are skilled, it bonds your teams together and creates better results. And it strengthens your family relationships!

“What strengthens the human spirit strengthens results.  What weakens the human spirit weakens results.” Dr. Linne’s Power Quote

Wishing you every joy for Valentine's Day and a peaceful prosperous 2018!

I appreciate all your positive leadership in your company and all the good you do in the world!

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.