Patrick Lencioni has written some of the benchmark business books of this generation.
In this conversation, he explains how saying no to Steve Jobs moved his life in a whole new direction. He unpacks the keys to motivating young leaders and why he thinks Millennials are not lazy. He also explains the three essential qualities you should look for to create the ideal team.
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3 Insights from Patrick Lencioni
1. The biggest problem for most leaders is understanding and embracing humility
Servant leadership has become a popular term over the years, but the root of it is so important for leaders to understand and live out. When a leader truly believes that he or she is no more important than the lowest level personnel in the organization, when that is fully embraced, it’s everything.
Pride is the root of all sin. It just is. And it’s so easy to get caught up in the trappings of pride. When a leader is doing it all for pride, or even just struggling with that, it’s tough for the organization to remain healthy. Humility is the antidote. Humility is the key to sustaining a healthy working environment and it’s the leader who sets the standard for the entire team.
2. Meetings should be enjoyed, not loathed
Meetings are critical, wonderful and necessary. Participants should be looking forward to them, not surviving them. The problem is that a majority of leaders don’t know how to structure a meeting that sets a team up to win.
The trick to fun meetings is making them effective. Avoid piling everything into the agenda at once. There’s no reason to throw tactical, strategic, longterm, short term, administrative and developmental topics all together. Odds are more than a few people will leave frustrated, because all of those conversations aren’t meant to be in the same setting. Different contexts call for different conversations. Separate those out and everything gets easier. When like-minded people are trying to do good together amazing things can happen – like actually enjoying a meeting.
What are the underlying virtues necessary to be a team player? Whether building a team oriented company or evaluating what you personally bring to the table, possessing these 3 qualities will take things to the next level:
Quotes from Episode 222
People in churches get hurt more than in any other organization not because people who work in churches are mean, but because they mistakenly confuse niceness for love. @patricklencioni Click To Tweet
Nobody wants to work for me and nobody wants to work for you. They want to work for something bigger than me and bigger than you. And if you can find that, you can motivate people. @cnieuwhof Click To Tweet
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