Principle and Practice #8: Authenticity- Unleash Your Team’s Passion
Vince Lombardi, the famous football coach carried around index cards with each member of his team’s individual goals written on them gathered from various conversations he had with his players. Some goals were personal and others were professional or sports related; it did not matter as they were documented and given equal weight.
How well do you know your team members? Can you name their passions?
Passions are the factors that motivate people both in and outside the workplace. Knowing what inspires your followers and assisting them in effectively unleashing this potential is the cornerstone of our leadership methodology. At ThreeGiantLeaps, we break down passions into four categories to help leaders construct conversations that will help them to get to know their staff better:
1. Interests are those ideas or topics that stimulate you. As you identify those topics, consider things that you know about as well as those you would like to learn more about. Long-term career satisfaction is dependent upon how well and to what extent an area of interest can hold your attention. Interests include things like technology, social justice, and art.
2. Talents are skills that give you energy when you engage in them. Talents are skills but not all skills are talents. I define talents as those skills that you long for when you are not engaging in them. One way to discern the difference is to consider this: if you had a choice, you would not delegate a talent to someone else. Talents include things like using your hands to fix things, writing, speaking and leading.
3. Style defines how you are at work when you are being your most authentic. How you would behave at work if you could really express yourself freely might offer clues to your soul work. Your personal style includes those attributes that you bring to an organization or industry, beyond your talents or skills. Style includes things like a sense of humor, empathy and vision.
4. Environment defines what you need at your workplace. Understanding what you need at work will help you find the right cultural fit. Even if all the other factors are in place, the wrong environment can make even inspired work seem miserable. Think about the optimal environmental qualities that would make up your perfect work culture, whether you plan to create it yourself, or find it at an organization. Environmental attributes include a style of design, access to nature and levels of competitiveness.
Once you are familiar with the information for each member on your team, you will be better equipped to develop individuals and help them create projects and longer term goals that align with their passions, ultimately creating a more effective team.
1. Make a list of 5-10 of your own passions in each of the 4 categories above.
2. Do your best to make a list of 2-3 passions in each category for each individual who reports to you that you can refer to in the team activity.
1. Present each category to your team one at a time and ask them to make a list of 5-10 things they consider passions as you go. Discuss the results of each category as a group.
2. Brainstorm how you can work as a team to better unleash passions. If you are comfortable, share the results of what you guessed the team’s passions to be and what you learned about each individual form this team meeting.
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Whether you are sure about what is next and need help going after it, or you haven’t a clue about what type of work you would really enjoy, ThreeGiantLeaps can help you. The first step is to take our comprehensive and free career change assessment and set up a complimentary consultation with one of our qualified coaches today.