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We live in a society in which individual achievement is the predominant measure of success. As children in school, we are graded individually. At work, our performance is evaluated individually. But in order for organizations to successfully compete, employees must work seamlessly as a team. So, how do employees of an “I” culture let go of an inherent self-interest that permeates the business culture? Perhaps lessons can be drawn from professional sports, where effective teamwork is the only way to win. After coaching collegiate and professional football teams for more than 30 years, Brian Billick is a master at building winning teams. He shares:

  • How to merge a group of “individual contractors” into a functioning team;
  • His method for ensuring that a team strives toward a common goal;
  • Ways to emphasize the primacy of that goal;
  • How to create a “we” environment with a vision that ultimately leads to success.

What is the essence of a team? According to management gurus Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, “It’s the genuine understanding that none of us is as smart as all of us. Putting your needs, your pride, and your agenda on hold and letting the team’s needs, pride, and agenda become your priority is an essential step in developing teamwork,” they say.

Within the traditional pyramid or business hierarchy, the boss is always responsible and the staff is supposed to be responsive to the boss. When you turn the pyramid upside down, those roles get reversed. People become responsible and the job of management is to be responsive to their people. That creates a very different environment for implementation. If you work for your people, then what is the purpose of being a manager? To help them accomplish their goal. Your job as a manager is to help your staff win.

The Four Dimensions of Servant Leadership:

The Heart—Motivation or Intent/Leadership Character:

  • Effective leadership starts on the inside
  • Are you a Servant Leader or a self-serving leader?

The Head—Assumptions and Beliefs/Leadership Methods:

  • Leadership begins with a clear vision
  • Two aspects of leadership
  • A visionary role—doing the right thing
  • An implementation role—doing things right

The Hands—Application/Leadership Behavior:

  • Leadership methods and practice
  • People who produce great results feel great about themselves

The Habits—Daily Recalibration of Commitment to Mission and Values
Five Servant Leadership Disciplines:

  • Solitude
  • Prayer
  • Student of Servant Leadership
  • Unconditional love
  • Support and accountability relationships

The Secret of great leaders is one that might baffle many. A great leader serves their followers. Through this program, you will discover and explore the five fundamental ways a manager leads through service- see the future, engage and develop others, reinvent continuously, value results and relationships, and embody values. In understanding these simple principles, you will benefit yourself, your organization, and those that look to you for guidance.

See the Future:

  • What is the purpose of your team?
  • Where do you want your team to be in five years?
  • How many members of your team could tell you what the team is trying to become/achieve?
  • What values do you want to drive the behavior of your team?
  • How can you communicate your vision of the future to your team?

Engage and Develop Others:

  • How much time do you invest looking for talented people to join your organization?
  • What are the key characteristics you look for in the people you select?
  • To what extent have you successfully engaged each member of your team?
  • What are ten specific things you could do to engage individuals more effectively in the work of the team and the organization?
  • What have you done to suggest to them that when it comes to Heads Down implementation activities, you work for them?
  • How are you encouraging the development of your people?

Reinvent Continuously:

  • Who are your mentors?
  • What are you reading or listening to on tape?
  • What systems or processes in your area of responsibility need to be changed to enhance performance?
  • How could the areas under your leadership be structured differently to enhance performance?

Value Results and Relationships:

  • How much emphasis do you place on getting results?
  • How many of your people would say that you have made a significant investment on their lives?
  • What are the ways you have expressed appreciation for work well done in the last thirty days?

Embody the Values:

  • How can you better integrate your organizational values into how your team operates?
  • What are some ways you can communicate your core values to your team over the next thirty days?
  • How can you alter your daily activities to create greater personal alignment with these values?
  • How can you recognize and reward people who embody these values?

George Blankenship (Exclusively WSB)

Learn how to equip your company and deliver what your customers most want and need as George Blankenship conveys animated stories of challenge, strategy and demonstrated results. How far do you need to go to change the way people think and act? With 30 years of strategy, retail and real estate experience, the former Tesla and Apple executive believes in order to develop brand loyalty and earn the trust of customers, companies must first dedicate themselves to understanding the customer experience. Blankenship captivates audiences and energizes them with the tools they need to remove barriers to innovation, deliver outstanding customer experiences, and create a culture of service excellence. His high-energy presentation inspires audiences to rethink the challenges that face consumers in a modern market and develop groundbreaking, consumer-centric strategies that will transform and elevate organizations into global icons.

Laszlo Bock (Exclusively WSB)

Laszlo Bock's New York Times bestselling Work Rules! synthesizes a decade of explosive growth at Google, the latest cutting-edge academic research and examples from the worlds of sports, art, nutrition, and business into 10 steps any organization can take to make work better. He explains how to build an unbeatable culture and hire better, why you should "pay unfairly", when to be frugal and when to be generous, and why your smallest actions can have the biggest impact. Taken together, he offers a roadmap to building an unbeatable organization. As John Doerr, managing director of the seminal venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers explained, "these principles are the handbook for high performance teams that win."

Laszlo Bock (Exclusively WSB)

Some people work to make a buck. Some people work to climb the ladder. And some people work because they know deep in their souls that their work *matters*. That they are building something greater than themselves. Something that has an impact way beyond the day-to-day. And that makes them happier, more committed, and even more productive. The amazing thing is that people who find meaning in their work exist in every profession, from doctors and executives to cleaning staff and deli workers. Laszlo Bock explains how to find the deeper meaning in your own organization's work and how to cultivate that connection in your people. If you want to be surrounded by passionate, motivated, high performing people, you need to connect them to a mission that matters.

Laszlo Bock (Exclusively WSB)

Everyone tells you they have the secret to innovation. Have crazy, aspirational, "moonshot" goals. Invest in a secret skunkworks facility. Brainstorm. Use "design thinking." But that's all wrong. As psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote, "[I]f the only tool you have is a hammer, [it is tempting] to treat everything as if it were a nail." There is no single path to innovation and creativity.  Different situations, different teams, different problems all require different approaches. Drawing heavily on Google's history of innovation, Laszlo Bock details why the best way to innovate is to innovate in many ways.  

Imagine what you could do with the time you spend sitting in meetings and writing emails every day.

Complexity is killing companies' ability to innovate and adapt, and simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time. Drawing on research and themes from her latest book, Why Simple Wins, Bodell inspires leaders and their teams to proactively move beyond the feelings of frustration and futility that come with so much unproductive work in today’s corporate world, to create a corporate culture where valuable, essential, meaningful work is the norm. By learning how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity, and make simplification a habit, individuals and companies can begin to recognize which activities are time-sucks and which create lasting value.

Using engaging stories and techniques, Bodell shows that by using simplicity as an operating principle, we can eliminate the organizational and individual busywork that puts a chokehold on us every day, and instead spend time on the work that matters.

SIMPLE is the new solution. Drawing on her work with global companies, Lisa Bodell shares tools and takeaways on how organizations and individuals can eradicate complexity, and allow Simplicity to be their new operating system and North Star towards an innovative workplace culture.

George Bodenheimer (Exclusively WSB)

Consistently named one of the most respected leaders in the media business, George Bodenheimer will engage in a wide-ranging discussion on critical issues impacting business. Bodenheimer draws from his varied and vast experience as a global business leader to discuss issues such as: innovation and encouraging organizational risk-taking; leadership and growth; the business of sports; traditional media in the digital age; recruiting and retaining top talent; cultivating next-generation leaders; and more.

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