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#ThursdayThought – EI, Not AI or BI

If you look for top leadership trends in the coming year, there is a lot of overlap among the following themes of what employees expect from their leaders:

  • Change Leadership
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Connection, Respect, Open Conversations
  • Collective Leadership
  • Transparent Workplace Culture
  • Deepening Engagement through Communication and Trust

Now here are some of the top business trends for 2020:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation
  • Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data
  • Nano Technology emerges into the workforce
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more commonplace
  • Data on employees to track productivity and output

In the first group, employees want better leadership to emerge. They want leaders of integrity, servant mindsets, and most importantly, Emotional Intelligence (EI).

In the second group, business wants technology to run things. If business leaders can use AI and BI to make a better workforce, they expect success on their terms.

In spite of the advances in technology, business is and always will be about people. And leaders who recognize this will double down on their being a leader of serving and integrity, rather than bullying through old school methods and newfound technology.

As tech-savvy as the modern workforce is, they want EI over AI and BI, every time.

The evolution of business is and will be predicated by the human spirit, and how people can be connected through a vision versus micromanagement of farming out the spirit to technology.

Wise leaders will meet these needs to greater success than those who do not.

How will you make your EI evolve to become a better leader, and make those around you better?

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#ThursdayThought – Forget Others, Be You

A recent article revealed how Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon does things other CEOs won’t necessarily do, like take the subway or get his own coffee.

But the most impressive thing that David Solomon does in his off-time is spin classic rock as a DJ in New York City and other cities.

Unbecoming of a business leader you think? If anything, Solomon is being authentic, and isn’t worried about what the perception is, even though people tried to discourage him from continuing his DJ gigs when he became CEO.

If anything, he said to himself, “And why shouldn’t I — because I’m a CEO?”

Whatever you do in your career, be rounded. Be YOU.

If you think it’s uncool as a business leader to let your hair down and be who you are, think again. Many business leaders do, here are some examples.

Gary Vaynerchuck is renowned for going to garage sales on Saturdays and flipping merchandise online.

Keith Law, Senior Baseball Writer for ESPN, chronicles his hobbies of food and Euro-style board games on his personal website.

Warren Buffet plays the ukulele.

Apple founder Steve Wozniak plays polo … on a Segway.

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, likes to spend his time on the high-flying trapeze.

Cisco co-founder Sandy Learner likes to spend her time dressing in medieval garb, mounting her horse and brandishing a lance to joust. (Yes, joust).

What makes these people so genuine is that they don’t worry about the pretenses of position. They live their life, pursue happiness, and show everyone that success doesn’t have to be about living a life impressing others.

Whatever you do in your career, be rounded. Be YOU. It’s OK.

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#ThursdayThought – The Little Things Go Farther

The biggest task, most impactful initiative or largely brilliant strategy might seem like it has the biggest influence on your organization.

Any task, initiative or strategy has definitive goals, metrics and skills that drive them. In the end these “big things” become practices, procedures and policies.

Howver as more and more companies realize the neccessity of culture not only driving strategy, but being a strategy, it becomes imperative that the “little things” that drive culture go farther in driving stratgeic results.

A strong cadence of “do your job” can only go so far. If not coupled with the little things that strengthen and reinforce culture – such as simple acknowledgement, thank-yous and just connected conversations – people will not be refreshed or recharged to push further in your strategy.

Think of the marathon runner. 26.2 miles and many of them run that in just over 2 hours. Just determining to run and make that time is the task at hand, but runners and trainers know that can’t happen by sheer will.

That’s why there are people to hand cups of water to these athletes. If not for the small gesture of water, runners will be depleted of fluids which will eventually cause other problems, such as depleted oxygen, change in bloodflow and/or cramping and other maladies.

The little cup of water here and there over 26 miles may not seem like much, but the ability to provide a runner with just a few ounces of precious liquid makes a bigger impact than the determination of pace to cross the finish line.

Find the little things for your people. It goes farther than you think.

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