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Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Business, Engagement, Inspirational, Leadership, Winning Through Engagement | 2 comments

Leaders, Time to Get Your Shift Together

The theme in today’s “Winning Employees through Engagement” is introspection. Engagement isn’t something you do to people. It’s what you do together. And it starts with you, the leader. Salima eloquently walks you through what shifts are necessary to shift how you look at engagement.

 

In a time of scarcity, the greatest abundance is the plentiful of being more of who we already are.

Today’s leaders own a lot. We are responsible for a continuum that has the bottom line on one end, and on the other, cultivating conditions for the organization to thrive during times of uncertainty. We must empower our people to reach beyond the boundaries of imagination to enhance the customer service experience and develop innovative products and services. 21st century leaders are tasked with engineering an ecosystem of hope in the workplace and beyond. This is challenge of the new engagement paradigm.

 

In the new engagement paradigm, conversation is the catalyst for every shift

 

I believe designing a space that betters organizational and individual life while driving business excellence requires 5 key shifts.

1. Openness → Truth

Open-door approachability is no longer enough. Leaders must shift engagement from providing opportunities for autonomy, to creating a culture of authenticity. Once we recognize our truth as leaders – who we are when at our best, and we own it, we can begin to understand how to consciously influence engagement in a way that matters.

2. Values → Voice

It’s time to stop talking about what connects us, and to start talking to each other about why we’re connected and exploring how it shows up as a strength in the workplace. This shift is a trust-building exercise.

3. Performance → Play

Employees are hired to perform on time and on budget in agreement with the essential job duties they signed up for. This also grooms them to have one foot out the door. The leadership call to action is to be in the relentless pursuit of emotional, spiritual and financial profit. Happiness improves the bottom line.

 

We must empower our people to reach beyond the boundaries of imagination to enhance the customer service experience and develop innovative products and services

 

4. Dream → Dare

The impetus for implementation is shifting from creativity to bravery. Thanking your talent for being bold enough to push fear of failure aside is just as important as ideating. Curating courage to do things differently is what organizations need to transform brainstorming to building.

5. Embrace → Exchange

If we look at adoption to change as a physical action, it’s opening our arms to invite and welcome. However, as we seek to grasp and hold onto this new way of being, we end up using our energy to guard and protect what we’ve learned. It’s just as important to find ease in extending our willingness to share, as it is in accepting knowledge. Organizational resiliency lives in these exchanges that harvest collective intelligence.

Hope is not the expectation that things will turn out well, it is the belief that there is meaning no matter how things turn out. Vaclav Havel

In the new engagement paradigm, conversation is the catalyst for every shift. It starts with the one you have with yourself (personal truth), then with your talent (leadership truth) and with your customers (brand truth).

When you are clear on your truth as a leader, tell it to five people outside the boardroom and empower them to pay it forward to another five. As this exercise unfolds, the circles of truth will begin to overlap and the dotted lines will disappear. What will emerge is a sense of community weaved together through storytelling, ownership and trust. This is where the organic flourishing of an ecosystem of hope begins.

The new engagement paradigm starts from within.

 

Connect with Salima

Salima Nathoo is a Social Branding + Leadership Strategist who works with clients to transform human potential into purpose and profit. Her relentless pursuit is humanizing brands that read like stories and businesses that breathe like people using principles of adult learning, social & emotional intelligence, and change management. Salima is Collaborator at SocialHRCamp, the only global unconference event providing strategic and tactical intelligence on social media for HR professionals. Upcoming camps include San Francisco on Nov 19th and Boston on Dec 5th at Google Cambridge.  Salima also holds associate positions with innovative leadership community Authentic Leadership Global, Inc. and consulting firm ViRTUS, Inc.

Twitter: @socialsalima    LinkedIn /salimanathoo

 

Art by Nicolas Raymond

Salima Nathoo

Salima Nathoo is a Social Branding + Leadership Strategist who works with clients to transform human potential into purpose and profit. Her relentless pursuit is humanizing brands that read like stories and businesses that breathe like people using principles of adult learning, social & emotional intelligence, and change management. Salima is Collaborator at SocialHRCamp, the only global unconference event providing strategic and tactical intelligence on social media for HR professionals. Upcoming camps include San Francisco on Nov 19th and Boston on Dec 5th at Google Cambridge. Salima also holds associate positions with innovative leadership community Authentic Leadership Global, Inc. and consulting firm ViRTUS, Inc. Twitter: @socialsalima LinkedIn /salimanathoo

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  • http://www.socialhrcamp.com Jeff Waldman

    This is a phenomenal article. The key takeaway for me is how Salima encourages us to move from things that are static in nature (e.g. dream, embrace and values) to things that move (e.g. voice, dare and exchange). All too often in business we talk about ideas, concepts and philosophies but we struggle in “doing”. This is what this blog post is all about! It’s the doing because we all know that actions mean a lot more than just words alone.

    The thought mastery in this article is awesome!

  • christopher de mers

    What an important, insightful and timely article… I am in awe.