Tips for Dealing with Diminishers

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Jan 23, 2018


 

Over the last few months I have enjoying sharing key practices of Multipliers leadership with the GovLoop community. As part of the research process for these posts I have had the privilege of connecting with many government leaders who focus on utilizing and growing all the intelligence around them – true Multipliers with truly inspiring stories.

But let’s face reality; government work is not all rainbows and unicorns. The strict hierarchies and downward pressure found within most government organizations can be a breeding ground for diminishing behaviors. Tragically Diminishers … Read the rest

Quick Tips for Driving Productive Debate

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Jan 8, 2018


 

Have you ever had the experience of making a great decision but not seeing it quickly acted upon? Not only have I experienced this at work but at home as well.

If you can relate to this situation or feel the need to constantly make quick decisions you should consider which is more important:

A) How quickly you can make a decision

or

B) How quickly others will act on your decision (aka speed to execution)

When we make quick decisions in relative isolation, others are left in the … Read the rest

This Year Resolve to Shift an Assumption

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Dec 18, 2017


 

It is that time of the year when, with grand intentions, many of us resolve to do something new or different in the coming year. If you want to improve performance or relationships at work I have a simple experiment for you to try – shift an assumption.

Shifting an assumption is a critical factor in sustaining a change. As a result of her extensive research, Liz Wiseman identified two types of leaders in her New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.

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This Year: Give the Gift of Space

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Dec 4, 2017


 

Not sure what to get your team this holiday season? Show your appreciation for their capabilities by giving them more space to produce their very best work. Like the infamous Jelly of the Month Club, this is a gift that keeps on giving, the whole year round. Unlike the Jelly of the Month Club, this is a gift that everyone will cherish!

When leaders provide space, they are acting as liberators. This is one of the five disciplines of multiplier leadership that was uncovered by Liz Wiseman, a Top … Read the rest

Not Hearing Enough Ideas From Your Team? Hold Back Some of Yours

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Nov 27, 2017


Does it seem like you are always having to generate new ideas while people around you seem idea poor?

While you may have been recognized and promoted based on your ability to generate a lot of ideas, have you considered that as a leader acting as a fountain of ideas may result in others holding back from sharing their own?

As a result of her Multipliers leadership research Liz Wiseman, a Top 50 Thinker award winner, has identified several Accidental Diminisher behavioral tendencies. These are behaviors that leaders demonstrate, with … Read the rest

3 Leadership Tips for Driving Innovation in Government

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Nov 20, 2017


If asked to name innovative organizations, how many government entities spring to mind? Not enough in my opinion. This does not mean, however, that there is a shortage of innovation in government. I was recently introduced to two government organizations whose focus is innovation – Boston’s New Urban Mechanics and the North Carolina (NC) Innovation Center.

The New Urban Mechanics was established to pilot experiments that aim to improve the quality of life for Boston’s residents, while the NC Innovation Center is transforming government through technical proofs of concept.… Read the rest

Give teams intriguing puzzles to solve: Part 3

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Oct 30th, 2017

Return to part one.
Return to part two.


 

In part two, we continued exploring how leaders can drive engagement by giving their teams intriguing puzzles to solve.

Based on extensive leadership research lead by Liz Wiseman, a Top 10 Thinker, we have uncovered the three steps for setting a direction that invites people to solve hard problems:

1. Seed the Opportunity (Take a Bus Trip)
2. Lay Down a Challenge (Ask the Hard Questions and Drop the Agency Speak)
3. Generate Belief in What is Possible (Take a … Read the rest

Give teams intriguing puzzles to solve: Part 2

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Oct 30th, 2017

Return to part one.
Continue to part three.


 

In part one, we began exploring how leaders can drive engagement by giving their teams intriguing puzzles to solve.

Based on extensive leadership research lead by Liz Wiseman, a Top 10 Thinker, we have uncovered the three steps for setting a direction that invites people to solve hard problems:

1. Seed the Opportunity (Take a Bus Trip)
2. Lay Down a Challenge (Ask the Hard Questions and Drop the Agency Speak)
3. Generate Belief in What is Possible (Take a … Read the rest

Need a more engaged team? Give them intriguing puzzles to solve

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Oct 30th, 2017

Continue to part two.


 

Let’s face it, engagement levels across the board for U.S. workers are frightening. Gallup has reported that only 29 percent of local and state government workers are engaged in their jobs — leaving an alarming 71 percent who are not. The implications are serious: non-engagement impacts government agencies through higher levels of absenteeism, turnover and safety incidents, which ultimately leads to a lower quality of public services provided to citizens.

On the encouraging side, higher levels of engagement have been correlated with positive outcomes such … Read the rest

Interview with a Multiplier Leader: Kaiser, Lieutenant Colonel USAF

By Karina Wilhelms
Originally published on April 10th, 2017

Mark Kaiser Schmidt

This year we added a new category to our Multiplier of the Year contest. The clear winner of the new Military/Government category was Mark “Kaiser” Schmidt, Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force.

Here’s what his nominator had to say about him:

“Kaiser is the epitome of a military Multiplier. As a commander, Kaiser created a positive work environment that questioned the status quo, welcomed bottom-up feedback, and purposely developed young leaders. His influence and leadership stretches the minds and capabilities of his people. As a Challenger, he seeks opportunities … Read the rest