Daily Quote: Keep Moving Forward

On this final day of 2011, we at WalkTheTalk.com want to thank you for your continued support. We are truly grateful for YOU.  Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and we hope to continue to be a part of your life in 2012!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things.
Our curiosity keeps taking us down new paths.”
~ Walt Disney

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Change Is Good You Go First

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Getting Rid of "WE vs. THEY" Mindsets

Dear Friends …

If you had to eliminate a dangerous and counter-productive word that’s commonly uttered in the workplace, what would it be? To be sure, there are scores of great dictionary candidates worthy of the delete key. My choice would be the word “they.”

Why “they” … why is it problematic? Two reasons! First, it can be symptomatic of US vs. THEM mindsets – thoughts and beliefs that divide organizations rather than uniting them. Second, and even more importantly, “they” far too often is a telltale indicator of passing the buck. And that’s a behavior that can be the eventual downfall of any team or organization. Not good!

Certainly, none of us have the power to actually erase a word from our language. But we can erase it from our vocabularies … and encourage others to do the same. Noted authors Eric Harvey and Al Lucia explain in their masterpiece handbook Walking the Talk Together(excerpted below).

Read this a few times and share it with your people. Then, challenge your team members to perform one simple action that’s guaranteed to ratchet-up the level of responsibility that everyone assumes and demonstrates: Replace “they” with “we.”

Excerpt from Walking the Talk Together

Ever wonder who they are?  They seem to be everywhere.  They must be a big and powerful group with a great deal of influence, because we sure do talk about them a lot:

  1. They should know better!”
  2. “That’s their problem!”
  3. They need to do something about this!”
  4. “It’s all because of them!”
  5. They’re the ones who fouled things up!”

No need to ask if these sound familiar. Who among us hasn’t pointed a finger at them before?

“They” and “them” are common pronouns … part of normal, everyday speech. And when it comes to doing our jobs and walking the talk, they may be the absolute worst words in our language. Why? Just look at what “they” and “them” mean: OTHER PEOPLE, SOMEONE ELSE.  You don’t have to be a genius to know that those words are dripping with non-responsibility.

Maybe it’s time we all did some word switching. Imagine what would happen – think of how our perspectives might change – if we stopped using “they,” “them,” and “their” altogether, and instead used “we,” “us,” and “our.” Let’s see…

  1. “(They) We need to do something about this!”
  2. “That’s (their) our problem!”
  3. “It’s up to (them) us!”
  4. “(They) We need to walk the talk.”

See and feel the difference? The next time you catch yourself starting to say or think the T-word (“they”), use “we” instead. The first step in taking responsibility is acknowledging that WE have it.

You know, pointing the finger at them probably is a waste of time anyways. We’re beginning to think they don’t exist. Every time we’ve gone looking for them, all we’ve found is US!

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

Today’s Leadership Solution comes from the book:

Walking the Talk Together

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Getting Rid of “WE vs. THEY” Mindsets

Dear Friends …

If you had to eliminate a dangerous and counter-productive word that’s commonly uttered in the workplace, what would it be? To be sure, there are scores of great dictionary candidates worthy of the delete key. My choice would be the word “they.”

Why “they” … why is it problematic? Two reasons! First, it can be symptomatic of US vs. THEM mindsets – thoughts and beliefs that divide organizations rather than uniting them. Second, and even more importantly, “they” far too often is a telltale indicator of passing the buck. And that’s a behavior that can be the eventual downfall of any team or organization. Not good!

Certainly, none of us have the power to actually erase a word from our language. But we can erase it from our vocabularies … and encourage others to do the same. Noted authors Eric Harvey and Al Lucia explain in their masterpiece handbook Walking the Talk Together(excerpted below).

Read this a few times and share it with your people. Then, challenge your team members to perform one simple action that’s guaranteed to ratchet-up the level of responsibility that everyone assumes and demonstrates: Replace “they” with “we.”

Excerpt from Walking the Talk Together

Ever wonder who they are?  They seem to be everywhere.  They must be a big and powerful group with a great deal of influence, because we sure do talk about them a lot:

  1. They should know better!”
  2. “That’s their problem!”
  3. They need to do something about this!”
  4. “It’s all because of them!”
  5. They’re the ones who fouled things up!”

No need to ask if these sound familiar. Who among us hasn’t pointed a finger at them before?

“They” and “them” are common pronouns … part of normal, everyday speech. And when it comes to doing our jobs and walking the talk, they may be the absolute worst words in our language. Why? Just look at what “they” and “them” mean: OTHER PEOPLE, SOMEONE ELSE.  You don’t have to be a genius to know that those words are dripping with non-responsibility.

Maybe it’s time we all did some word switching. Imagine what would happen – think of how our perspectives might change – if we stopped using “they,” “them,” and “their” altogether, and instead used “we,” “us,” and “our.” Let’s see…

  1. “(They) We need to do something about this!”
  2. “That’s (their) our problem!”
  3. “It’s up to (them) us!”
  4. “(They) We need to walk the talk.”

See and feel the difference? The next time you catch yourself starting to say or think the T-word (“they”), use “we” instead. The first step in taking responsibility is acknowledging that WE have it.

You know, pointing the finger at them probably is a waste of time anyways. We’re beginning to think they don’t exist. Every time we’ve gone looking for them, all we’ve found is US!

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

Today’s Leadership Solution comes from the book:

Walking the Talk Together

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Daily Quote: Finish Strong

“Regardless of what came before or of what has yet to come, what matters most right now is how I choose to respond to the challenge before me. Will I lie down or will I fight? The choice is mine and I choose to finish strong.” ~ Dan Green

Today’s Quote is in the book:

Finish Strong

Finish Strong

Pulling Together

Peter Drucker, the legendary management consultant and author says this about teamwork:

“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we;” they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”

The bottom line is that it’s easy for any organization to say…”we value teamwork.” However, saying it versus committing to the principles to grow it can be two different things. And that’s what Pulling Together is all about!

Author John Murphy presents the ten rules for high performance teams in a way that every person in your organization can understand. John is a highly recognized author of 7 books, speaker and management consultant who has helped some of the world’s leading organizations create environments that value and reward teamwork.

Today, I’d like to share an excerpt from Pulling Together called: Lessons From Geese. Enjoy!

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from Pulling Together by John J. Murphy
Lessons From Geese

Consistent application of the 10 rules of high performance teamwork ultimately generates trust, respect, unity and power within any team. Conversely, consistent violation of any one rule destroys this bond. While the author of the following is unknown, “Lessons From the Geese” is a powerful illustration from nature of the rules of high performance teamwork. As you read about the natural unity that exists among this species remember – this same unity can exist in your organization!

As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if any bird were to fly alone. If we share a common direction and a sense of community, we can get where we are going more quickly and easily because we are traveling on the thrust of one another!

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as geese, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go, and we will be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position. If we take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership as with the geese, we become interdependent with one another.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. If we “honk,” we need to make sure it is positive and encouraging.

When a goose gets sick or wounded or is shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. They then launch out on their own, with another formation or catch up with the flock. If we have as much sense as geese, we too will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when we are strong. Let us all try to fly in formation and remember to drop back to help those who might need it!

BEHOLD THE POWER OF TEAMWORK

The greatest accomplishments in life are not achieved by individuals alone, but by proactive people pulling together for a common good. Look behind every winner and you will find a great coach. Look out in front of every superstar and you will see a positive role model. Look alongside every great achiever and you will find caring people offering encouragement, support and able assistance.

Rising to this level of interdependent thinking can be challenging and difficult. Looking beyond oneself, asking for help or accepting help can feel risky. But people are not given life to simply take from one another. We are here to give. Our mission in life is to offer our gifts to benefit one another, to create mutual gain in the world. This is called teamwork, a win/win mindset stemming from a genuine commitment to the rules that allow it to happen.

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Daily Quote: Spare Moments

“Guard your own spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Quote is in the book:

175 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time

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Let's Get Our "GENERATIONS Working Together"

Dear Friends …

In the United States (and many other countries) a new demographic has emerged. For the first time in modern history, four generations exist in the workplace in significant numbers. As a result, most organizations are now faced with larger numbers and a larger intensity of “generational differences.”  And, the better we can turn these challenges into opportunities, the more successful you and your organization will be.

Each generation has been significantly shaped by its environment … by the political, social, and economic climates its members grew up in. Generally speaking, each has distinct values, behaviors, expectations, and biases which often clash with each other. Left unchecked, generational differences at work can negatively impact everything from interpersonal relationships, teamwork, morale, and overall productivity – to an organization’s ability to retain top-notch people and achieve its overall mission. When that happens, everyone loses. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With higher levels of patience, compassion, and respect, we all can find a common ground for working more effectively, collaboratively, and productively with each other.  And, says workplace expert Laura Bernstein, it all begins with accepting our “mutual rightness.”

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

GENERATIONS working together

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Let’s Get Our “GENERATIONS Working Together”

Dear Friends …

In the United States (and many other countries) a new demographic has emerged. For the first time in modern history, four generations exist in the workplace in significant numbers. As a result, most organizations are now faced with larger numbers and a larger intensity of “generational differences.”  And, the better we can turn these challenges into opportunities, the more successful you and your organization will be.

Each generation has been significantly shaped by its environment … by the political, social, and economic climates its members grew up in. Generally speaking, each has distinct values, behaviors, expectations, and biases which often clash with each other. Left unchecked, generational differences at work can negatively impact everything from interpersonal relationships, teamwork, morale, and overall productivity – to an organization’s ability to retain top-notch people and achieve its overall mission. When that happens, everyone loses. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With higher levels of patience, compassion, and respect, we all can find a common ground for working more effectively, collaboratively, and productively with each other.  And, says workplace expert Laura Bernstein, it all begins with accepting our “mutual rightness.”

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

GENERATIONS working together

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Daily Quote: The Power of Kindness

“The power of kindness is immense. It is nothing less, really, than the power to change the world.”
~Daphne Rose Kingma

Today’s Quote is in the book:

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness