Monday, 28 April 2014

12 Requirements for Powerful Empowerment

Yet another outstanding post by Dan Rockwell

Permission-askers don’t feel powerful. Permission-giving keeps people in line and subservient.
Power hungry leaders create disempowering cultures. Do the people around you feel powerful?
The person giving permission is the person in control.
Empowerment is gibberish until people believe it’s safe to act without permission.
The proof of empowerment is the absence of meddlesome intervention.
Empowerment elevates the status of others.

Empowered not disconnected:

Empowered team members need access and connection to leadership, not control.
Successful empowerment is collaborative, not isolated. Updates are more important when team members are empowered. Leaders need to keep their finger on the pulse of organizational life.
Employees who balk at giving updates are siloed, kingdom builders. Empowerment isn’t permission to do whatever you want. Help people connect:
  1. Paint the big picture.
  2. Show them where they fit in.
  3. Expect alignment with organizational mission.

3 enemies of empowerment:

  1. Frequent interventions.
  2. Foggy goals.
  3. Fearful leaders.

12 requirements for powerful empowerment:

  1. Confident leaders who elevate others. The people at the top have the most power to make people feel safe. Fearful workers reflect controlling leaders.
  2. Frequent feedback given in small doses.
  3. Clear boundaries. Transparency regarding nonnegotiable policies, for example.
  4. Predictable responses to failure.
  5. Structures that protect against catastrophic failure.
  6. Reluctant intervention from leadership.
  7. Team members who know and leverage their strengths and weaknesses.
  8. Shared values. Strongly aligned values are the foundation of trustworthy empowerment. Never give power to those who don’t share your values.
  9. Clear vision. Empowerment is chaos apart from clear vision.
  10. Short-term goals that provide daily direction.
  11. Shared and agreed upon accountability.
  12. Taking responsibility as well as authority. Empowered people own and fix their own screw ups. Running to mommy-leader to make everything OK reinforces helplessness.
What are the enemies of empowerment?
What must be in place for team members to feel powerful?

Monday, 7 April 2014

Leaders work through issues others just complain abou

 This is an excellent leadership post from Dan Rockwell!!

Most leadership conversations involve:
  1. Someone needing something.
  2. Tensions between team mates.
  3. Pressure from stakeholders.
  4. Opportunities waiting to be seized.
  5. Resources that are inadequate.
17 ways to face tomorrow’s challenges:
  1. Look for bottom up movement. Where does the team want to go? Take people where they want to go – within the confines of mission, vision, and values.
  2. Welcome the frustrations of others as expression of their passion. Explore don’t ignore frustration.
  3. Avoid solving problems for people. Leaders who solve-for spawn dependency.
  4. Declare your heart. Lower the harsh exterior and let everyone see you care deeply.
  5. Spend time with core contributors. Understand their passions. Fuel their fire.
  6. Eliminate hindrances and roadblocks. Make success easier.
  7. Give permission, authority, and support.
  8. Don’t talk about anything you aren’t going to do something about.
  9. Remember that some people need to talk. Listen and ask, “What can we do?”
  10. Explore and develop your plans with mentors, trusted colleagues, coaches, and advisers.
  11. Open your mind. You’ve formed opinions based on partial information.
  12. Relax. Avoid the tendency to slip into unproductive strategies like pressuring people.
  13. Make short-term decision that facilitate forward movement now. (Keep long-term vision in mind.)
  14. Smile when the next problem rises up. Turn problems into opportunities.
  15. Encourage key contributors. The people on your team hear problems and face pressures all the time, too.
  16. Invite others to compensate for your weaknesses.
  17. Identify wins. Celebrate when they happen.
Most importantly, bring yourself to the challenges with forward-facing optimism. You don’t have to be an exuberant cheerleader. But, you have to believe you can make things better.

Which strategies are most relevant for you as you prepare to face a new week?