Tuesday 21 March 2023
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Leadership on the Ground, Season 3, Episode 3: Establishing forums for productive engagement

Leadership on the Ground, Season Three, Episode Three!

Today, on Episode Three, Erica Peitler and I discuss establishing forums for productive engagement!

Leadership on the GroundIn 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 Three: Establishing forums for productive engagement:

1. Erica leads us off by explaining what she means by establishing forums for productive engagement.

2. Having these types of forums are mission critical, but too many organizations don’t even think about it…

3. Are you creating safe space for people to have meaningful interactions where progress can be made?

4. But don’t we already have too many “meetings?” Don’t people hate meetings? What’s the difference between a standard meeting and a forum for productive engagement?

5. “Task-driven or information-sharing vs. Purpose-driven! This is how a leader can establish rhythm for meaningful action.”

6. Erica futher explains “productive enagement.”

7. We’ve talked about how to look for entry points to make impact. And forums are golden opportunities to use them. In fact, a forum is designed to ENCOURAGE you to do so.

8. Note: these forums need a very specific purpose and objective.

9. What are some types of forums that leaders can orchestrate? Business performance, organizational, workshops, retreats, and people forums (coaching circles, succession planning, etc.) to name a few.

10. Some organizations have too many forums, but most have too few. What are the pitfalls of this?

11. It’s hard to conceive of making any kind of organizational progress WITHOUT having these kinds of forums…

12. There is a natural rhythm to forums, and forums contribute to the rhythm of the organization, but…there are obviously some rhythm killers here to understand too. [Pink Elephants, from Season 2, to name one…]

13. “You cannot have one forum to DISCUSS EVERYTHING…”

14. Most meetings that achieve little are just poorly-organized forums…

Erica Peitler, intrepidNOW

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:

Leadership Rigor: Breakthrough Performance and Productivity–Leading Yourself, Teams and Organizations


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Co-founder of the intrepidNOW Media Network, Todd Schnick is a media + business strategist and talk show host + producer. 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.