I really enjoyed the conversation because so much of it is in alignment with what we’re learning and uncovering through our interviews here at Exploring Forward Thinking Workplaces.
Below are highlights from that conversation:
- Most companies copy what other companies (Bellwether’s) are doing without really thinking about it.
- They get themselves into trouble because it often doesn’t work for the companies they are copying or may not fit their particular circumstances or needs.
- The question at the heart of the book is why do we mindlessly implement things without thinking about it?
- The characteristics people most admire in great leaders are things like visionary, builds great teams, motivates, strategic thinker, and so on.
- The characteristics people most admire in a great relationship are things like intimacy, vulnerability, passion, truth, trust, love, caring, and humility.
- The whole idea of the warrior at work, the great leader who is a General Patton type of cut out, this is simply obsolete. It doesn’t fit with what people want.
- We are one whole human being, and we need to be those things we admire in relationships — everywhere.
- We have become very good at motivating, which is a fear-based system.
- Inspiration is exactly the opposite of motivation. It is not about me, it’s about you.
- All leadership is a relationship. It either works or it doesn’t.
- We all need to slow down a little.
- We’ve got this misunderstanding about what leadership entails. Many people think it means creating a strategic plan and then telling other people how to get there.
- Leadership is actually about coaching the best out of everybody that’s on your team.
- One of the things that is slowing us down is something we have been given by the Bellwether companies, which is a mission, vision and values.
- Great organizations have a dream.
- It isn’t just about changing the name from mission to dream. It’s trying to answer the question how will this make the world a better place?
- It’s amazing how uninspiring we are today.
The Bellwether Effect is a movement. The Forward-Thinking Workplace is a movement.
To your great work life & success!