Riding the SeeSaw of Trust Together

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to infuse added trust in your relationships. Reading time: 2:47

      Balancing each other on the SeeSaw, the two elementary school girls personified a key leadership skill: trusting each other. Completely.

      SEESAWWith that well-secured bond of trust, each can soar to new heights with the reciprocal action of the other.

      But without that bond of trust linking these partners, one can come quickly crashing down when the other simply steps off the SeeSaw and walks away. At the wrong time.

      And does the other wrong.

      That’s why the most trusting leaders always FIRST discern the consequences of their own actions on another. Then they project those behaviors on to themselves with a greater sense of emotional intelligence. Indeed the most trusting leaders FIRST see themselves in the other person’s shoes.

      After all, it takes two to dance the Tango of Trust. What you give, you get. What you sow, you reap.

      No wonder the most trusting leaders focus on seeing EYE-to-EYE with their trusted partners. They see EYE as an insightful acrostic standing for the three-legged stool upon which all trust sits:

E for Experience

      E for an Experience that is shared between the two trusting parties. Together they have been battle tested. Together they have been successful, safe and secure. Together they have both trusted and proven trustworthy.

     Together they enjoy a high degree of predictability with each other and a strong sense of compatibility. Together they have proven their accountability and their availability. And together these two trusting partners have earned a reputation for being there  for each other 24/7. Fully connected.

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Generate Friction to Electrify Your Thinking

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you better cope with friction. Reading time: 2:26.

          Remember how much fun you had as a kid rubbing your hair with a balloon and sticking it on the wall ?  I do.  Oh, how fascinated I was when I first saw a balloon clinging to the wall with the magic of static electricity.  But later I saw the power of opposites in that hair-raising demonstration that still reminds me of key leadership skill: diversity.

The power of static electricity

        Diversity? Sure. The negatively charged electrons in my hair were naturally attracted to their complete opposite: a positive charge on the wall.

          Learning that opposites attract in electricity got me to thinking more about the awesome power of diversity.

       Indeed the more I learned about electricity the better I understood how leaders connect opposites to generate even greater power.

      Here’s an example:  Friction is usually something most people would want less of in their lives. Not leaders. They generate friction. On purpose. It’s the friction that stirs continuous improvement and energy.

        Likewise in static electricity, it’s the friction that gets those negatively charged electrons to move on the balloon to stick on the wall.

         And of course  it is the lack of friction that causes that balloon to come crashing down when the diversity degrades into homogeneity: when all the free negatively charged electrons hook up with positively charged mates and become neutral.

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