Leadership on the Ground, Season Three, Episode Two!
Today, on Episode Two, Erica Peitler and I discuss creating & owning the narrative!
In Seasons 1 and 2, we focused on the individual mainly and how to acquire fundamental skills and then apply them in real time, situation by situation.
So, entry points, altitude, sequencing, calling out unproductive behaviors…all critical building blocks to get us to build a strong foundation.
In Season 3, we take our learning to a more MACRO level now. We now look at the concept of RHYTHM and how team leaders and organizational leaders can use their energy and rhythm to achieve performance and productivity.
Rhythm…if you look up the definition: is a strong, repeated movement or sound, a systematic arrangement. It is a pattern. Great leaders have rhythm in the way they lead. In fact, they are adept at:
Discussion Guide for Season Three, Episode Two: Creating & owning the narrative:
1. Erica provides an overview of creating and owning the narrative.
2. Why the “narrative” is important in the context of your team and your organization. The “rhythm” is in how to tell the narrative!
3. “Where were we? Where are we? And where are we going next?” This is a good model with which to build your own narrative.
4. It is ok for the narrative to evolve over time.
5. The narrative serves as a way to connect to people, to get them to buy, in order to take bold risks, and move the organization forward.
6. The biggest risk is that most leaders underestimate the power of the narrative.
7. Remember, the role of leadership is to communicate the vision until everyone understands and buys in.
8. How do different leadership styles come into play with regards to creating and owning the narrative?
9. Old story, new story. Leaders often struggle with the team sticking to the old story, and not moving to the new story. Leaders have to call that out. Their job is to convince and inspire people to buy into the new story.
10. You can use entry points to contribute to building the new story.
11. Any rhythm killers and narrative derailers to know about here? Rumors, breaking alignment to name two. And how to contain them…
About our host, Erica Peitler:
Erica is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!
With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.
As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.
You can find Erica’s critically important book right here:
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He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist.
Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.