Nutritional Blast: Communication, Leadership, & Millennials

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Preface: Global Interconnect, Inc. is a leading medical device and high-end industrial/commercial manufacturer for the world’s largest OEMs, where customized solutions become critical connections. Every week a different member of the GII team writes and produces a “Nutritional Blast” touching on topics related to the world of business, business culture, and industry specific ideas and information in an effort to share knowledge and educate one another. We believe sharing these ideas will generate a more interesting and inspiring conversation!

By Jonathan Goodwin, Director of Engineering 

My wife Shelley home schools our 3 girls.  I say Shelley because she does the real work and I’m just along for the ride.  During this process we have been blessed to take part in some great programs, one of them being a public speaking group.  I tend to hear and learn from the various topics being discussed around the dinner table.  One such topic was on leadership and communication.  Interestingly enough I just read an article on LinkedIn that made the exact same point and could not help but share it.

Also, to go along with the article, I discovered a great YouTube video with Simon Sinek, a motivational speaker and author of 2009 best seller: Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, on millennials, managing and communication.  Of course, GII Millennials don’t fall into this category. 🙂

 (The article is By Jeff Haden and was published on Inc.com under the title: Want to Be a Great Leader?Do This 1 Thing First (Most Bosses Do the Opposite) Great leaders know the secret to motivating, inspiring, and leading their employees. And here it is.)

 “The audience was polite but definitely not captivated. I was struggling to engage them. OK, to be honest, I was kinda dying onstage.

Maybe I was having an off day. Maybe they were having an off day.

Or maybe the fact every one of the 100 people in attendance was a CEO, an executive, or the owner of a medium to large business–meaning they were more accustomed to being listened to than to listening.

So I took a different approach. “In one sentence, what is the key to leading people?” I asked.

Throwaway question? Absolutely. I knew no one would answer. That was the point. They would sit and stare, and then I would supply an intentionally against-the-grain answer sure to spark some heat and conversation. (A little contrived, sure, but, hey, I was dying.)

So I asked my question and then paused to read the room. Some people looked down. Some looked away. As I expected, no one was going to answer. I was about to speak when a voice broke the silence.

“I think I know,” a man sitting in the back corner said, somewhat hesitantly.

A few heads turned in his direction.

Mine did too, because I was a little surprised and a lot concerned. “Shoot,” I thought. “Now I’ve stepped in it. He’s about to whip out some leadership cliché or channel his inner John Maxwell or Stephen Covey.” I started scrambling to figure out how to recover from the dead-end I was creating.

So I was only half-listening as he said, fairly quietly, “No one cares how much you know until they first know how much you care about them.”

Wait. What?

“Can you repeat that?” I said.

A number of heads slowly turned in his direction. “We think we have all the answers, and maybe we do, but that doesn’t matter. No one cares how much you know until they first know how much you care about them,” he repeated.

I stared. More heads turned in his direction.

He took the silence in the auditorium as disagreement.

“No, really,” he said, starting to sound more confident. “Yeah, we’re in charge, and, yeah, we talk about targets and goals and visions, but our employees don’t care about any of that stuff for very long. We can communicate and engage and connect all we want, but no one really listens to us. They just smile and nod and go back to doing their jobs the way they always do.”

“Our employees don’t really care about what we want them to do until they know how much we care about them. When an employee knows–truly knows–that you care about them, then they care about you. And when they know you care, they will listen to you and they will do anything for you.”

Best answer ever.”

(URL for the complete article: http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/want-to-be-a-great-leader-do-this-one-thing-first-most-bosses-do-the-opposite.html)

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