This week, I attended the International Leadership Association conference. I was tired from too much travel and sick with a bad cold. I didn’t know another soul at the conference and my first thought was that I would just do my talk and then go back to my room to get work done. Am I ever glad I talked myself out of that plan.
One of the tenets of my new book You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done is that each team member has a responsibility to Add Your Full Value. The idea is that we have to fight against the overloaded feeling we have that causes us to shut down. We have to be very careful that our desire to focus doesn’t cause us to tune out things that are important to our teams. Read more about Adding Your Full Value here.
The good news is that you don’t have to have all the answers inside you (phew!). Adding Your Full Value means looking up every once in a while to see what you can learn from others. It turns out that the ILA Conference was a great opportunity for me to do exactly that. And whaddayaknow…I attended multiple sessions that will be of assistance to myself and my team in work we’re doing right now.
My colleague Tammy Heermann designs and runs truly inspiring leadership development programs that change leaders’ mindsets, build their skills sets, and establish deliberate practices to sustain those learnings. For her, I found some techniques that are similar to our own, but better leverage the creative part of the brain.
Our Managing Director Vince Molinaro is very interested in how the obligation of leadership is becoming more global. For him, I attended a session with two scholars who are pioneering methods of assessing the global readiness of leaders. Turns out we were on the right track and there are things you can train, but other things you just need to select for. I can’t wait to share what I learned with Vince.
And of course, there was lots for me. I really enjoyed a session that applied John Gottman’s work on conflict in marriage to work teams. We saw the “Four Horsemen” of Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, and Stonewalling and had a great interactive session on how these harbingers of doom show up and how to shut them down.
TGIM, I say. “Thank God it’s Monday!” I have lots to share with my team and I can feel the energy and excitement that comes from knowing these ideas will trigger other ideas and we’ll have a mini innovation boom in our team. Today I’m adding my full value by bringing the value of others into my team.
What can you read, who can you talk to, how can you learn something new that will help you add your full value today?