Leading F.A.B

Still working on upping my Elvis

What that means is, working on becoming as unique to my 9-5 organisation so I stand out like Elvis did (as told to me by the workshop facilitators and founders)

This week, it’s all about creativity and how managing one’s state helps unleash that creativity so you can have the most impact

I discovered how to pull apart a work brief and decipher what the client really wants by asking questions that fall into four quadrants

Context: what they say they want, how you are hearing what they say they want and whether you’re both on the same page

Constraints: the deadline, budget requirements or limitations, man power and other resource considerations

Politics: who is currently involved? who would you need buy in from in order to get the brief carried out most effectively, is it the CEO, your direct reports? etc etc

Vision: what does success look like? when it’s all said and done, what will you being successful look like?

Getting clear on the four points will help you maximise the results on any brief you are assigned

Then we discussed the concept of leading people creatively and how to do it in a FAB way

Leading Forward:

You direct the team and take them through what you want, how you want it and how to achieve it. You are the influencer in this style of leading, the team should and will rely on your input to get things done. This style of leadership is especially helpful when you are the ‘expert’ in the given moment

Leading Alongside:

You join the team and make yourself feel part of the team, although you are leading them, the team feel as though you are in it with them, experiencing the same thing as them. This often encourages the best teamwork

Leading Behind:

you empower the team to find the answers themselves by taking more of a backseat/consulting role. You ask more questions than you give answers, you encourage each individual involved to bring something to the table. This style of leadership is effective in making others feel empowered and becoming leaders in their own right in the future

Of course, the key is to switch the style up and use each one as and when necessary and most useful. This style switching could be done within one session, at different points of the session

The most important thing is to have the skill and tools within your reach and to learn how to masterfully use them

Two days to go

Be well

SRZ

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