Key Learnings From This Episode
- Gordon’s passion. Gordon enjoys surprising people, in either what he does or in helping them realize what they can do. Through coaching, he looks to inspire people. Motivational speakers give people a motive, a reason to do things. Inspirational speakers fire the imagination and get people to take action. They help give you the vision, the plan, and the belief that you can do something, which gets people excited to get started. People are not afraid of hard work, they are afraid of failure. When you can show them how they will be successful, if it is aligned with their aspirations, then people will do it.
- About Gordon’s book, FAST. The book is about inspiring people. It is about:
- Focus – clarity about what you are going to do
- Accountability – knowing who is involved, making sure they understand and taking ownership of it
- Simplicity – how you do it. If the plan is simple and you can understand it, then you believe you can do it
- Transparency – knowing what is involved and then measuring your progress along the way.
- Gordon’s advice to new HR Leaders on staying focused on your plan. An HR Leader needs his/her team to be focused; to keep goals to a minimum; and to ensure those goals are not conflicting or competing. If the team is working on initiatives they feel are conflicting or competing, they begin to feel they are not making progress and become demotivated. If you can get all of your team pulling in the same/right direction, they are going to be more effective and more motivated. If you are a first time leader, make sure:
- Instructions you give to your team are clear
- Your team is aiming at the right target
- There’s no confusion, conflict, or competition between those goals
- Being accountable is about owning up and accepting your own mistakes. Accountability builds trust – trust is the cornerstone of leadership. As a leader, make sure you have identified clear roles and responsibilities so people know what they are doing. Hold people accountable for outcomes - not results, and then be accountable. You get people to take ownership when you, as the leader, take ownership yourself. Ask your team ‘do you have everything you need to do this job?’ It is a yes or no answer.
If someone says ‘no’, they are unable to take ownership because they do not believe they have all of the resources they need. It is then the leader’s job to fill that gap. When they say ‘yes’, they have taken accountability. You cannot delegate accountability, people have to accept it. Congratulate them when they succeed. If they fail, ask them what happened - ‘you had everything you needed and yet it still didn’t happen.’ If you are in charge and a good leader, you want people to come and tell you ‘I need help’. If they tell you ‘after the ship has sunk’, ask ‘couldn’t you have mentioned this before?’
Research shows that for projects that fail, 70% of the time the people on the team knew it was going to fail before they even started. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy – if they don’t think it is going to succeed, once it starts to fail, they say ‘I told you’, and they watch it fail. If people are watching a project go off the rails and are asking themselves ‘what can we do to fix this?’ they have gone into solution mode. It might be that there is a valid concern and you might be able to fix it.
- On Simplicity. When we overcomplicate things, we don’t believe it is going to succeed, and it can stop us from trying.
‘Life is simple, man complicates it.’ Confucius ‘Complexity is the enemy of execution.’ Tony Robbins.
- Transparency is about what is involved and monitoring and tracking your progress. Do your due diligence, maintain visibility in monitoring your progress, and adjust as appropriate.
Recommended Reading and References from this Episode
- FAST: 4 Principles Every Business Needs to Achieve Success and Drive Results by Gordon Tredgold. In his book, Gordon offers a revolutionary approach to leadership that simplifies exactly what is needed in order to be successful.
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