Soderquist Blog

Are You Valuable?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 23, 2016 3:30:00 PM

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This is a challenging question.  It's a whole lot easier to answer when altered to "do you create value?" In a business context, we are used to this concept of value creation. Is creating value the requirement for being valuable? Well, certainly economically we could take such a rational stance.

What do we do with someone who is failing to create value in a role? In a career? Are these folks inherently not valuable?

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics

Excuse Me, Your Values Are Showing.

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

 

Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you, but I felt it was important you know that everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - can see your values.

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics

This Is the Work

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 16, 2016 4:39:43 PM

 
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Client meeting.  Presentation to leadership.  Line review with an account.  Shift run at a plant.  A project management review. This is not the work.  Sure these are the activities that make up our days.  It is what most often is listed in a job description.  But it is not the work.  The work is how you are showing up in all these activities. 

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics

The Secret to Winning Your Follower's Commitment

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Keep your promises.

I would suggest it is that simple.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Values & Ethics, Practical Tips & Tricks, Employee Development

6 Questions To Determine Your Team's Alignment

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 4, 2015 6:45:00 PM

Achieving the extraordinary isn’t reserved for superheroes and you don’t have to enlist Captain America as your team leader to accomplish something remarkable. In fact, most high performing teams are comprised of fairly regular members. History offers plenty of examples of teams that have taken individuals from average backgrounds and created something truly extraordinary. The Miracle Mets of 1969, the Rolling Stones, and SEAL Team 6 are just a few.  Of course, you’re saying to yourself, my team isn’t made of professional athletes, rock stars or Navy SEALs. How can we become remarkable?  

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics, Practical Tips & Tricks, Creating Culture

How Aligned Is Your Senior Team?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 28, 2015 3:30:00 PM

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Performance Matters.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask any results-oriented executive, group of shareholders, or board of directors.  It also matters in the athletic arena and the classroom.  Expectations are high in these environments and teams that win embrace them.  But as a senior leader, how can you know whether your team is really a high-performing one?  And how can you know if you are really aligned?  Let me offer three pieces of evidence as a bit of a litmus test.

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics, Practical Tips & Tricks, Creating Culture

Building Shared Commitment in Your Leadership Team

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 21, 2015 3:00:00 PM


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The senior team of any organization is like the foundation of a house. It is constructed to carry the structure above that is seen while resting appropriately on the bedrock of talent that truly supports the organization’s success.

Shared commitment is like the reinforcing bars placed in that foundation.

Lack of shared commitment among the team can compromise the integrity of the foundation and put undue pressure on the bedrock, causing the visible structure to show signs of distress. Even more things are revealed to be true about the reinforcing of that foundation when extreme external forces put added pressure on the bedrock or structure. Things can quickly crumble or fall.

Here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you as a leader as you look to build greater shared commitment:

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics, Practical Tips & Tricks, Creating Culture

4 Conversations Leaders Must Have

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 6, 2015 12:33:00 PM

Leadership is all about improving the process in order to produce better results, and leadership shows up most in conversation. Here are four conversations to have with your team in order to improve leadership, influence behavior of team members and increase productivity.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Values & Ethics, Practical Tips & Tricks, Employee Development, Personal Development

Hey, Millennials: Are You Really Being Honest?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Honesty goes beyond just not telling lies. Our society agrees that deception should be avoided; you don’t need a blog post to tell you that lying is unethical.

Honesty has multiple dimensions, though. One facet of honesty is that of being open and direct. As a twenty-something, it can be intimidating to be candid at work, especially with coworkers who are older and more experienced than you. Still, there are several reasons why millennials shouldn’t shy away from telling the truth just because we’re young. Namely, honesty contributes to Authenticity and Growth.

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics

What’s your price? (The Cost of Values)

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 24, 2015 7:30:00 AM

I’ve often heard people say, “Values don’t matter until they cost you something.” When I’d hear someone say that, I’d usually smile and nod my head in subtle agreement, never fully considering the meaning of that statement. It wasn’t until I actually faced an important values dilemma that I realized both the meaning and the irony of that phrase. Each of us employs values to guide everyday behaviors, and by extension, nearly every action and decision becomes a trade-off of competing values. Most of the time we do this work without thinking, and as a result, we are woefully ill-prepared to calculate the costs of our values until it’s too late. I learned my lesson the hard way, but I believe there is a more effective and practical solution.

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics