A Leadership Mints Sampler: 3 Keys to THINKING Like a Leader

What’s your secret sauce?

As a leader, you no doubt are regularly asked to share your recipe for making an effective leader.

Consider sharing these three leadership behaviors as the keys to a more productive, more profitable and more sustaining leadership stew  according to the prevailing research.

FORWARD LEANING

Leaders are vigilant to the winds of change and disciplined at the helm to reach their destination no matter how high the waves. Leaders are alert to new opportunities and ready and willing to anticipate needs, solve concerns, support their staffs and serve the customer in new and different ways.

OWNER MINDSET

Leaders who assume an Owner Mindset are diagnostic and deliberative.

OTHER DIRECTED

And leaders who adopt an Other Directed orientation step into the shoes of their constituents.

They seek to better understand the issues from the other’s point of view.

And more significantly, they anticipate the level of support or resistance their decisions are likely to receive and develop strategies — well in advance — to listen to and engage with the dissenters to solve countervailing issues.

Those 3 keys to thinking like a leader and other tips and techniques for busy leaders can be found in a 280-page book now available on Amazon.com titled: THINKING Like a Leader.

That book on thinking like a leader is the first of three books in The Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading with short stories (called Leadership Mints) you can grab ‘n go  like a candy mint.

The two other books are also available on Amazon.com. They include  LOVING Like a Leader and SPEAKING Like a Leader.

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Leadership Mints Sampler: COLLABORATING Like a Leader

Developing and growing a productive collaborating climate is a key theme in THINKING Like a Leader, one of three books in The Leadership Mints Series. Here is a quick peek at the  24 Leadership Mints (short stories on leadership principles) that focus on Collaborating in Part III.

This overview is excerpted from the 280-page book that is now available at Amazon.com. in both print and e-book versions.

COLLABORATING-Part III

In thinking like a leader, you depend on others (Mint 53).

You partner with others (Mints 54-55).

You adapt to others (Mint 56).

You conduct your meetings with a premise for and about others (Mint 57).

You wear your name tag the right way (Mint 58).

You slow down (Mint 60).

You take a time out (59).

You get a peace of the action (Mint 61).

You free others (Mint 62) to work better together (Mint 70).

You light the way (Mint 63).

You fill-in the gaps for others (Mint 64).

You consistently prepare (Mint 76).

You coach others (Mint 65) and rally your rivals (Mint 66).

You earn the permission of the public (Mint 67).

You guard against your own ego blinding you (Mint 68).

You project the face others expect of you (Mint 69).

You champion diversity (Mint 71).

You leverage diversity (Mint 77).

You praise thoughtfully (Mint 72).

You accept criticism responsibly (Mint 73).

And you maintain self control (Mint 74) especially in reprimanding others (Mint 75).

THINKING LIKE A Leader is the first book in The 3-book Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading on-the-go with stories on leadership principles called Leadership Mints that like the candy are easily accessed,  quickly digested and immediately refreshing.

The other two books in the Leadership Mints Series focus on leading with empathy (LOVING Like a Leader) featuring 77 more Leadership Mints (stories) and leading with civility featuring 52 Leadership Mints (stories) (SPEAKING Like a Leader)

Leadership Mints Sampler: CONCENTRATING Like a Leader

Enthusiastically, the four-year-old girl tugged on her dad’s hand. She looked closely at his wrist watch and pleaded:

“Dad, what time is it?”

Her father looked down at her blue eyes and blonde hair and answered simply: “Now.”

His daughter scrunched her little face into a grimace and blurted out in exasperation to her dad: “Yeah, now!” And her dad simply said: “Now.”

By now his daughter was frustrated with all this talk of now and she still had no idea of what time it was. “Dad, stop fooling around. Just tell me what time it is.

And her dad said softly:Now. Now is the only time that really matters.”

It would be a few more years before the little girl would understand the significant leadership lesson she had that morning : a sense of urgency and a spirited sense of now to achieve a desired result.

And that’s why readers of THINKING Like a Leader are treated to 15 different bite-sized stories called Leadership Mints that help you more fully concentrate from….

…..reading The Wall Street Journal more accurately to

……becoming a Roads Scholar of sorts driving a truck for more than one million accident-free miles to

…..wiping the slate clean with your own  Personal Zamboni.

To sharpen your ability to concentrate, here is an overview excerpted from page 196 in THINKING Like a Leader.

CONCENTRATING -Part II

In thinking like a leader, you get a good start (Mint 48) with a sense of urgency (Mint 49) and immediacy (Mint 50) with grit (Mint 51) and without overlooking key data (Mint 37).

You stay curious (Mint 52). You expect to see something new in familiar places (Mint 38).

You cut out the distractions (Mint 39), clear away the clutter (Mints 40-41), vent your frustrations (Mint 42), write your plan (Mint 43), memorialize your meetings (Mint 44) and assess your status regularly (Mint 45).

You treat others fairly not equally (Mint 46). You firmly anchor your sense of purpose (Mint 47).

And you gain a good deal of appreciation for the inscription on a sun dial that says it all: “One hour alone is in thine (your) hands, the NOW in which the shadow stands (excerpted from
Mint 50).

THINKING Like a Leader is the first book in the Leadership Mints Series

The two other books are LOVING Like a Leader LOVING Like a Leader and  SPEAKING Like  Leader.    All three books are available on Amazon.com in both print ($15) and digital ($8). As that sundial inscription says:

One hour alone
is in thine (your) hands,
the NOW in which
the shadow stands!

 

Leadership Mints Sampler: CREATING Like a Leader

Creativity.

Inspiring it and sustaining it is a key theme in THINKING Like a Leader, one of three books in The Leadership Mints Series. Here is a quick peek at the  36  Leadership Mints (short stories on leadership principles) that are  Creativity oriented. This overview is excerpted from the book that is available at Amazon.com.

CREATING -Part I

In thinking like a leader, you define an overarching purpose (Mint 1). You reframe today’s reality into tomorrow’s possibility because of your current circumstances not in spite of them (Mint 2). You engage your imagination (Mint 3). You rewrite your destiny (Mint 4).

Leaders improvise (Mint 25). Leaders see the opportunity within the perceived obstacle (Mint 5 and Mint 23). Leaders leverage new perspectives (Mint 6) with your YQ, your Yield Questions (Mint 36).

Leaders guard against jumping to conclusions (Mint 7) and rudimentary thinking (Mint 10). Leaders stay alert to new venues (Mint 11) and even leverage off-the-wall thinking (Mint 27).

You try to see yourself the way others see you (Mint 8-9). Leaders listen fully (Mint 12) and patiently (Mint 13).

Leaders embrace paradox (Mint 14) and seek new venues (Mint 15), new horizons (Mint 16) and virtually defy gravity (Mint 17) to continuously improve (Mint 24).

Leaders set the mood (Mints 18-19) and broaden their vision (Mints 20-21). Leaders add pizzazz to their customer service (Mint 22).

Leaders distort and orient, exchange and overstate (Mint 26). Leaders innovate (Mints 28-29). Leaders are resourceful (Mint 30).

Leaders help others understand (Mint 35) by making things simple not simpler (Mint 34). And leaders take the time to think (Mints 32-33) at 250 miles per hour  (Mint31)!

Next week we’ll take a quick peek at Part II in THINKING Like a Leader on  Concentration. In the meantime, have a creative week full of paradox and pizzazz!

How to Lead a 5-Minute Leadership Mints Break

You’re busy. Too busy to attend all the leadership development workshops you might like or read all the leadership books and blogs you might like. And you just can’t afford either the time or the money to allow your staff to take time away from the job to learn and grow and add even more to your company’s bottom line.

So what’s a leader supposed to do to grow his or her people with no time and few resources, especially in an era where your people are doing more work with fewer hands on board?

Give your team a break. Give ’em a 5-Minute Leadership Mints Break and help your team refresh their professional development skills in a time-saving, convenient format.

Consumed like a breath mint –quick and on-the-go — a Leadership Mint is a quick pick-me-up narrative of a key leadership behavior that like its candy counterpart is easily spooned, immediately reinvigorating and quickly digested in 5 minutes or less.

These Leadership Mints, these stories that demonstrate optimum leadership behaviors, are packaged in three books sold separately on Amazon.com. They include THINKING Like a Leader, LOVING Like a Leader, and SPEAKING Like a Leader.

           Here’s how you conduct a 5-minute  Leadership Mints Break during a team meeting:

FIRST : A team member is chosen the week before to lead the 5-Minute Leadership Mints Break at the next team meeting.

That designated Leadership Mints Break Leader assigns the MINT story out of

           the 77 available Leadership Mints in THINKING LIKE A LEADER, or ….

the 77 Leadership Mints available in LOVING Like a Leader

        or the 52 Leadership Mints available in SPEAKING Like a Leader 

to be read prior to the next team meeting. Invest a few minutes of reading for a lifetime of effective leading.

SECOND: At the next team meeting the Leadership Mints Break Leader then leads a discussion on the leadership principle called out in that assigned Mint (story).

THIRD: Fun option: Pass around a candy dish of wrapped mints for all to enjoy while savoring their Leadership Mints.

Recharge, rewind, and remind yourself of your values-based leadership principles while helping to develop other busy leaders quickly and easily—like digesting an invigorating candy mint.

Savor a Leadership Mint—a meaningful and memorable short story on exemplary leadership behavior that takes less than five minutes to read.

Then discuss the ImproveMINT, a one-line summary of the key leadership learning at the end of each Leadership Mint in THINKING Like a Leader for you and your team’s continued Professional Development.

Or savor the EngageMINT, a one-line summary of the key leadership learning at the end of each Leadership Mint in LOVING Like a Leader for you and your team’s continued Professional Development.

Or reinvigorate yourself with the StateMINT, a one-line summary of the key leadership learning at the end of each Leadership Mint in SPEAKING Like a Leader for you and your team’s continued Professional Development.

Dip into the Leadership Mints bowl of your choice. Invest a few minutes of reading time for a lifetime of leading.