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

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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

Interview with a Multiplier Leader: Ken Fenoglio, VP of AT&T University

By Karina Wilhelms
October 24th, 2017

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This year, the overwhelming majority of votes for a Multiplier leader in the business/corporate sector went to Ken Fenoglio, Vice President of AT&T University. It was exciting to see how many people at AT&T wanted to demonstrate their support for this inspiring leader in their company and share his example with others.

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

“Ken Fenoglio was a Multiplier before Multipliers were cool. Early on, Ken learned that amplifying others’ brainpower was more effective than having all the answers. As he progressed through corporate ranks, Ken honed Read the rest

Interview with a Multiplier Leader: Dr. Erum Shahzad, Assistant Principal MHS Texas

By Karina Wilhelms
October 24th, 2017

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Dr. Erum Shahzad is one of those rare people who attended high school, taught high school and now is a leader – all at the same school! Dr. Shahzad is an Assistant Principal at Marcus Ninth Grade Campus, Lewisville Indpendent School District, located in Flower Mound, Texas.

Here’s what her nominator had to say about her:

“Dr. Shahzad is an unparalleled Liberator. She has a calming leadership style which yields trust from myself and other educators when working with her. With this, we take risks in our work with students, bringing innovation to education Read the rest

Want to truly help your team? Stop rescuing them!

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Oct 23rd, 2017


 

Hello, my name is Jon, and I am a Recovering Rescuer.

Do you have the reputation of consistently being the hero who jumps in and saves the day? When someone on your team brings you a problem, do you assume you need to take ownership for resolving the issue? Do you ensure your team is on the path to success by paving it for them?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a fellow Rescuer.

We commonly heap praise, recognition and promotions on leaders … Read the rest

Leadership Strategies for Attracting Top Talent in Government

By Jon Haverly
Originally Posted on govloop.com
Sept 21st, 2017

With the retirement rates across government continuing to increase, surveys show that recruiting and retaining qualified personnel is one of the most important issues facing government human resources managers today. While attracting top talent is typically seen as a function of human resource departments, managers and leaders also play a critical role in attracting talent to their organization.

Have you ever worked for a manager who you would follow if they left the department or organization? What is it about these leaders who consistently attract and retain top talent?

Liz … Read the rest

A True Mentor

Have you ever had a true mentor? Someone amazing, who you held the deepest, most authentic respect for – who also poured him or herself into you and your professional journey? I had that once – a person whose ideas about the world, the workplace, and me who not only shaped me professionally, but who played a vital role in the creation of the book Multipliers. It was something that he said about me that sparked the question core to the Multipliers research of why some people become smarter, even brilliant, around a great manager. My mentor has since died, … Read the rest

Want More Engaged Employees? Stop Being Such An Optimist

By Karen Tiber Leland President, Sterling Marketing Group
Originally Posted on inc.com
May 30th, 2017

CREDIT: Getty Images

A decade of research shows why a sunny outlook may not be the best way to lead.

Decades ago, when I was just beginning my journey as a management consultant, I had the good fortune to work with Liz Wiseman, who at the time was the Director of Learning and Development for Oracle. Since then she has gone on to found The Wiseman Group and author several best-selling books including the newly released 2nd edition of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone SmarterRead the rest