I was reminded of several facets of working with people that are important to me, however. And, every consultant has his or her own special way of highlighting these principals. Stephen Covey is an internationally renowned pro, so I enjoyed observing his process and his method of interacting with the group, too. I was also impressed with the caliber of the people who helped him onsite. Probably fourteen FranklinCovey staff members were onsite helping with the seminar and product sales.
My favorite take-aways from the day, other than enjoying the time spent with TechSmith staff at the seminar, were these: I am a teacher and a learner; these have been my life missions no matter what job I have held or in what consulting practice I have been engaged. So, Covey's take on why to teach what you learn is important. In teaching, you:
- Learn better yourself,
- Become motivated to live the information,
- Increase your ability to listen within another individual's frame of reference (empathic listening),
- Legitimize change, and
- Bond with the audience.
Leadership is communicating people's worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.
Organizations have six cancers: criticizing, comparing, complaining, competing, contending, and cynicism.
Finally, the four most chronic problems organizations experience are:
- No clear purpose or vision,
- Underutilized talents and potential,
- Bureaucratic, misaligned systems, and
- Low trust.
More About Leadership
- Secrets of Leadership Success.
- Leadership Values and Ethics: Secrets of Leadership Success
- Lead the Team: How to be the Person Others Follow. (Covey spoke of servant-leadership.)
- Leadership Vision.