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Jul 22, 2014 | Post by: regangossett 1 Comments

Leading and Dinosaur Bones

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Leading a business is about getting things done. It is about finding the magic potion, the right words, the right personal ju-ju to inspire people to want to give their best in order to produce the best results. And you know how to make that happen, right?

Just one thing: How long can your people give their best without burning out?

I just presented a series of leadership workshops along with my friend Rob Nielsen, CEO of LGL Leadership, Inc., to roundtables of CEOs in TEC (“The Executive Committee”) groups. These were retreats held at the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, WI. Look for more about the EAA in the next post. Today it is all about those CEOs.

One of the things TEC learned about these executive roundtable groups some years ago is that the members never seem to have enough time just to be with one another in an informal setting. Sure, great speakers are brought in to present to these groups and the group members engage in most impactful discussions in order to learn to be the best they can be. But they also have a need to simply connect as human beings and group retreats provide the venue for that. They renew their relationships and become more effective in working together because of their connection and that renewal. There is a lesson in that for every leader.

Your people are neither units of production nor assets. They are human beings and, like all people, they crave human connection. So, your job is to connect people. Because you are the leader, you can arrange for a venue for that to happen and everyone will be the better for it. So will your business.

Go ahead – schedule an offsite, a philanthropic activity, a day at the beach or a trip to dig for dinosaur bones in the Dakotas. Pick something that lets your people just be people together. It’s what great leaders do.


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One Comment to Leading and Dinosaur Bones

  1. Paul Winsor
    July 22, 2014 1:59 pm

    Jack

    We have an annual recognition event. It is a great opportunity for our staff to get together, share stories and get to know each other in a non-work environment.

    This year we did a Niagara Falls trip. One of the events was Wine Tasting and team building event. Teams of 8 people visited wineries in different mini buses. Each team would have a number of things to achieve at each location. An example could be having the whole group picture along with the winery owner or video taping our “corporate elevator pitch” etc. We also used twitter to highlight what we were doing.

    It was great fun, but also created a twitter storm that was looked at by 100’s of thousands of people. Needless to say, the tour guide gave us more free stuff than normal.

    This kind of activity improves moral and communication. Paul

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