February 2010 Newsletter

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Leader HQ Newsletter

February 2010


It’s already February and 2010 is off to a fast start. Here is this month’s Leader HQ Newsletter.

Become a Person of Interest

Given the choice, most people would not volunteer to come to the attention of law enforcement as a “person of interest”. However in the workplace, that may be exactly what is needed to help create meaningful relationships with the people that you lead.

There was a time when being interesting was a good thing. However since law enforcement agencies began using the term “person of interest” in the mid-90’s, becoming a person of interest tends to make your neighbors suspicious and you a target for the paparazzi.

In the workplace, being a person of interest shouldn’t have a sinister meaning. Being a person of interest to your team can mean nothing more than taking off your “boss’ mask” and displaying your genuine self and the things that make you an interesting person.

Not quite sure if you want to let everyone know about your bobble-head doll collection? Making the decision to let employees know that you have a life outside of work, doesn’t mean you have to expose every gory detail of your private life. In fact, every interest and every subject is not appropriate for workplace discussion. You will want to exercise some discretion and not divulge every detail of the drunken brawl during your last girl’s night out.

The interests that you have when work is done may also provide you with benefits during your 9 to 5. As a leader you are constantly developing yourself and learning new things, whether you are “leading” a Boy Scout troop or “being lead” as a violinist in your community orchestra. Sharing these details about the “real you” allows you to tell a seemingly unrelated story to illustrate a point while at work.

Taking the time to share information about your activities outside of work can improve communication, as your employees may see you as more approachable. At first, revealing your leisure time activities to your team may leave you feeling a little vulnerable. It also goes a long way toward demonstrating to them that you are a real, authentic person, with outside interests and responsibilities, and not just another wanna-be corporate robber-baron. Unless that really is your authentic personality, and that would be interesting.

Online Resource

“Connect the Dots” puzzles are a regular feature in childrens coloring books. However, recent news stories have brought new life to the phrase. Dan McCarthy of the Great Leadership Blog recently posted on “What Prevents Leaders from Connecting the Dots”. You can read his post here.

On the Bookshelf

Being authentic is a key leadership behavior. At a minimum, it will save you having to remember what kind of person you are today.

Bill George in his 2007 book True North discusses how many of today’s business leaders have been influenced by their life experiences, and how your life experiences can shape you as a leader. George provides biographical information on many prominent leaders and provides the reader with strategies for finding and developing their own authentic leadership style. You can find it here on Amazon.

Recipe For Success

Building a strong team is a key ingredient to reaching workplace goals. Call Leader HQ and let us help you create your Recipe for Success.

This month’s recipe is for Loaded Baked Potato Salad. Whether for the watching the big game or a summer picnic, it’s always a hit.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

2 pounds potatoes (about 6 medium)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
6-8 slices crisp fried bacon
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped onion (1 small)

Directions:

1. Place the potatoes in a pan with enough water to cover, add 1/4 teaspoon salt, and bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer potatoes until fork tender (about 20 minutes). Let the potatoes cool enough so that you can peel and cube them.

2. While the potatoes are boiling, in a large bowl mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and sugar.

3. Crumble finely or chop the bacon. Stir the bacon, cheese and onion into the mayonnaise mixture. Add the potatoes and toss lightly to coat. This salad may be served warm, or cover and chill for a few hours if you prefer it cold.


In This Issue
Become a “Person of Interest”
Online Resource
On the Bookshelf
Recipe for Success – Loaded Baked Potato Salad
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