Today I had some time to catch up on a couple of the newsletters that I read. Leadership Wired by John Maxwell, Sales Caffeine by Jeff Gitomer, and Janamail by Jana Matthews.
A couple of the main takeaways are:
A few suggestions on how a manager / leader can build community from Leadership Wired:
1. Celebrate together
2. Learn as a group
3. Stay updated - at least once a week
At this point in time I have been an individual contributor with no direct reports in my professional career but I am preparing my manager / leadership playbook so I am ready when the opportunity arrives. I believe that Building community and helping your team grow and learn together will provide an excellent environment for your team and build an environment that people want to take part in. I look at the Detroit Pistons and New England Patriots in the professional sports world as role models and examples.
Also one of the Leadership Wired talked about Marus Buckingham's book "The One thing you need to know." According to Marcus the key to success is to discover what you don't like to do and then stop doing it. This sounds simple but it takes a lot of thought and self analysis, which is not always easy to do. If you are able to do this I believe that your life will be happier and you will be more successful because you will be doing something that you enjoy and not doing something where you are just collecting a paycheck and are not passion about.