From Merchant to Manufacturer

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Our thanks to Tara Abraham, Chairwoman and Co-CEO, Accel, Inc., for a great Leadership Hour in November titled From Merchant to Manufacturer.

There were many take-aways from the session – the following is her advice for leaders:

  • Network, network, network
  • Know Financials
  • Be Community Focused
  • Your Reputation is Important
  • Find Your Passion

To watch the video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnouYy_a98&feature=youtu.be

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Coming to grips with our blind spots

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Today’s Leadership Minute was written by: Sandra Harbrecht, President and CEO, Paul Werth Associates

It seems that almost daily we read a story where a brand, a leader or a celebrity has made an ill-advised statement that causes backlash and a social media storm. It could be an elected official or TV talk show host, a small business owner or global brand. Today, nobody is immune.
The question that challenges me isn’t whether the voices and their statements are right or wrong, but rather why do these missteps keep happening?
I believe it’s a matter of discernment. Put another way, it’s acknowledging that we all have blind spots – myself included – and we need a clear line of sight to reveal what’s behind these blind spots if we are to make better decisions.
That moment we feel compelled to speak, act and share our opinion is precisely the time we should hit pause – especially if we are the voice and face of a company, a brand, or a diverse group of constituents or employees.
It’s after hitting pause where we have an opportunity for intelligent intake rather than impulsively imparting opinion that may be masquerading as fact. Is this statement or action consistent with our organization’s message and values? How might those who work with and for us interpret this? Could it be offensive to customers and fans, investors or donors?
This is easier said than done, which is why we need individuals who are markedly different from us to reveal our blind spots. That includes people in our organizations with a stake in the game and those with an outside perspective who have nothing to lose by being honest and blunt.
If we aspire to a 360-degree view that is void of blind spots, we need to commit to listening carefully and with intent … to our people, our audiences, existing and prospective customers, even those who might not share our perspective. What do they care about? What can we learn? How do we do better? This is at the heart of communications best practices that benefit every communication we send.
Social and digital media can be instant gratification tools. We need to resist that impulse. Instead hit pause. Listen and engage others. Do research and fact-find. We’ll either validate or iterate our thinking.
If we commit to doing these things, we’ll likely find that our blind spots get smaller and our public missteps become fewer.

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Sticks and Stones

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Today’s Leadership Minute was written by: David Crone based on his Work Should Be Fun! blog (with his permission). https://workshouldbefun.com/blog/

Say it with me… Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Depending on where you grew up, you might have a slight variation on the ending.

Any way you say it, the point is the same. When people call us names or say something negative about us, we are to move on and not let what others say rile us.

Eleanor Roosevelt expressed this in a different way:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” 

I recently heard someone use this adage in a presentation. What immediately came to my mind was an additional ending.

Sticks and stones may break my bones and words may never hurt me, but your silence is killing me. 

For me, I can handle criticism. I can deal with people telling me where I need to improve, even when it is done in a less than kind way. But, I can’t handle silence. For me, no response is far worse than the most scathing review.

In the words of Jeff Dunham’s character, Achmed, “Silence! I kill you!” For me, it is silence itself that is the killer.

Have you ever given someone a gift and heard nothing from them? I’m betting you assumed they hated it.

At work, have you poured your heart and sole into a project, then, when it was completed the only thing you got was your next assignment?

Have you sent a carefully crafted email to someone and received no response whatsoever? Have you posted something on someone’s Facebook wall and waited in vain for them to click “Like”?

Where does your mind go in the absence of a response?

We all crave feedback. Sure, we prefer that feedback to be positive. We prefer praise over criticism. But, any feedback is better than no feedback.

Why? Because in the absence of feedback, most of us assume the worst. Our inner critic shouts, “They hated it. That sucked. You really screwed up that time. You’re going to be fired.”

Maybe you did screw up. Maybe you did disappoint. But, then again, maybe you didn’t. It is difficult to know in the silence.

My first job was working in a bicycle shop. Every bike we worked on was checked over by one of the two bosses. They even double checked each other’s work. The best response you could get was, “OK.” Not, “Good job.” Not, “You do good work.”

Nope. The best you could get was, “OK.” I came to shoot for that response as my goal. But, even that “OK” was better than silence.

Are you with me? Do you have this same reaction to silence?

I wish I had great words of wisdom to share as to how to handle the silence and resist the temptation to assume the worst. I’ve got nothing. If you have thoughts on this, I’d love to hear them.

In the meantime, all we can do is to pay attention to when others are looking to us for feedback. Do your part to share honest feedback with them. Be overt in your thanks and appreciation.

Give others the gift of your input. The silence is killing me.

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