040 – How to Confidently Lead a Fully Engaged & Incredibly Successful Team
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Today’s Episode: How to Confidently Lead a Fully Engaged and Incredibly Successful Team
What is going on everybody! Jamie Newman here and welcome to another episode of the Your Best Manager podcast.
And for today’s episode, I’m going to be talking to a specific group of people… now if you are not one of these people, that doesn’t mean that today’s topic won’t be applicable to you, but… well, let me explain who I’m talking to… and then who I’m not talking to.
If you’ve been following me over the past few months, or even if you’ve just recently connected, you probably know that I direct most of the content, strategies, interviews and resources toward First-Time Managers.
So if that’s you, if you are working toward a promotion to management in the next 6 months or if you have been managing people for, let’s say less than 3 years… I’m talking specifically to you today.
But as I said, that doesn’t mean that if you don’t fall into this category that today’s episode won’t be applicable. I just want you to listen with different ears so to speak.
If you are a more experienced manager, I want you to think critically about where you are at as a leader, and where you want to go. I’m going to be talking about a specific resource today, which maybe it could still be beneficial to you, but even if it’s not – I want today’s message to encourage you to find a resource that will be beneficial to you… and if you need some help with that – shoot me an email and I’ll give you some suggestions.
Another group of people whom I am NOT talking to today are business owners and executives. But here’s the thing. When you listen today, I want you to think about the first-time managers on your team and try to imagine the challenges that they are facing in today’s workplace… or potentially remember some of the challenges you’ve faced as a first-time manager.
I’m going to be talking about a resource today that while it may not be applicable to you directly, it could be something for you to consider for your own employees.
And the last group of people whom I am not talking to today are entry level professionals. Now, if that sounds like you, well, you definitely want to be listening to the message today, but this type of resource that I’ll be discussion may not be helpful to you for a couple years, so listen, learn and reach out to me if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.
Alright… let’s get into it.
So for today’s episode, I’m going to share with you something that is going to help you to confidently lead a FULLY ENGAGED and INCREDIBLY Successful Team …without the casualties of trial & error.
If you are a manager, supervisor, or ambitious professional, then you’ve absolutely experienced the challenges and frustrations that come with leading people… and you must have at least considered improving your leadership skills.
You know… leadership development?
It’s that thing that you feel is important but never seems to make the to-do list… and if it does, it’s so hard to prioritize, right?
Perhaps you recognize that there is a difference between managing people and leading people, but with all the competing demands in your business, you’ve thought once or twice that, well maybe it’s not that big of a deal.
And if you’re a hard working, top performer, you’ve probably already identified that the reason for your lack of action is a combination of the following:
- You’re not really sure what you’d get out of leadership training, so you don’t want to waste your time or money
- You’re unclear on how to measure results… and leadership development can be really ambiguous, can’t it?
- You’ve been through training sessions before and most of them have been a waste of time
- Even when you’ve received good leadership training, the results are typically short-lived as the “high” can wear off soon after.
Does that sound like you?
Regardless of these challenges, the desire to improve, to increase your influence and to grow your career has never really been pushed aside.
So, you pick up a new leadership book or you read a few articles on LinkedIn in an attempt to keep your mind sharp and find some inspiration.
Here’s the thing – YOU KNOW THAT’S NOT ENOUGH!
But the nagging question is, “If I want to become a better leader, where do I even start?”
That, my friend, is exactly what I’m going to help you out with today.
So even if you feel that leadership development is ambiguous and overwhelming…
…that there are too many options out there and too many places to completely waste your time…
…that there isn’t enough time in the day, that leadership development should be provided by your company, that you don’t get the support you need from your own boss, that leadership development these days is just a bunch of fluff about caring for others, reading books, and wishy-washy motivational speeches.
I’m not going to say that you’re wrong.
I’m going to say that it doesn’t matter.
Because there is a bigger problem.
7 out of 10 employees are unhappy going into work every day.
Yeah. The latest research from Gallup (and yes, I mention this all the time on the podcast because it’s eye opening), but the latest research from Gallup shows that over 70% of U.S. Workers are disengaged. Not to mention, only 4% of employees are ACTIVELY engaged.
I don’t need to break down too much math here because it’s obvious.
Most people. Most of your colleagues. Most of your employees. Most of your management team.
Well, because there is a big gap in leadership development.
You’ve heard the saying, people don’t quit companies… they quit managers.
Is that true?
As a general rule, yes, it’s true.
Consider these reasons why people quit.
- Work-Life Balance
- Feeling Undervalued
- Poor company structure, operation or communication
- The pressures of perfectionism
- Safety (physical and emotional)
- Social challenges and “political” stress
- The list goes on.
While every situation is different and although managers cannot control all circumstances or control the behavior of each of their team members and employees, ALL MANAGERS HAVE INFLUENCE.
So let’s talk about training & development for a moment.
The research shows that the average age of a first-time manager is 30 years old. This same research, which was shared in a Harvard Business Review article a couple years ago, shows that most of these managers do not enter a leadership development program until they are in their 40s.
So that means that if you were just promoted into a manager role for the first time, here is how long you would have to wait to receive formal leadership training and development from your company.
Congratulations on the promotion, Tim, I’ve got you penciled in for some leadership training on February 20th, 2027! Good luck in the meantime!
Did I mention that there is a leadership development gap?
It’s no wonder employee engagement is so low.
Too many managers are forced to learn through trial & error… and that results in casualties. Casualties that include apathetic, unproductive and unengaged teams. Casualties that include resignation letters from really good employees.
I’ve seen it first hand:
I spent over 8 years in recruiting and consulting, where I was privileged to be able to work with hundreds of companies from mid-market firms to Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries from Oil & Gas to Manufacturing & Logistics to Banking & Insurance to Architecture & Municipal Engineering.
I saw the same things over and over again.
I saw great managers engage and retain great employees, but I saw more poor managers lose great employees. I saw managers frustrated. Frustrated by low team motivation. Frustrated by low productivity. Frustrated by absenteeism. Frustrated because they had a job to do and they couldn’t rely on their most important asset… their people.
Not surprisingly, the employees felt the same way. They were frustrated by an uninspiring manager. Frustrated by unrealistic expectations. Frustrated as they battled stress and anxiety. Frustrated because they didn’t feel that their manager was taking them where they wanted to go.
Let me also mention that one of my primary responsibilities over those 8 years was to connect with these frustrated employees to find out what they wanted and then help them connect with a better opportunity; help them find a company, or a team, or a manager, where they could achieve the things that were most important.
Over and over again.
Alright, let’s talk about the difference between managers and leaders for a minute.
Because every now and again, I did connect with some very happy employees. Employees who were engaged and excited to go to work every day.
I also had the privilege to work with and work for some managers who did a fantastic job motivating their employees and motivating me!
So the question is, what’s the difference?
Well, as obvious as this sounds, some managers just manage. They manage to just get by while others lead.
While other managers, successful managers are able to lead effective and incredibly successful teams.
And we need to go back to this leadership gap I’ve talked about. The reason why some managers simply manage and other managers lead is because leaders now how to do different things that managers do. They’ve learned. They’ve been shown. They’ve been trained.
Trained not just how to fill out and submit a report. Trained not just how to complete a performance review. Trained not just how to complete their daily tasks. Trained not just how to fundamentally deliver business results.
The managers who truly lead have been taught these things:
- How to inspire the unmotivated
- How to coach the underperforming
- How to correct poor behavior and build a strong culture
- How to give constructive (and motivating) feedback
- How to graciously solicit and receive feedback
- How to set and accomplish goals
- How to lead people based on their potential
- How to help people identify and reach their potential
Okay. So are you ready for some cold hard truth?
The truth is: We all want to have these leadership skills, characteristics, and abilities.
Whether you are an aspiring manager, a first-time manager… or a manager at any level really, you want to be a true leader and you want the people on your team to find success… and you want your team to accomplish some great things!
True leaders are contributors. True leaders deliver results but they also make a difference in the lives of the people they come in contact with.
So we all want these things. True leadership is inspiring. It makes sense. It sounds good to listen to and it feels good to read about.
And we all recognize that there is a problem. We all realize that many employees come to work every day disengaged and frustrated. We also all know that we have a responsibility to be the change that we want to see in others… in our companies, in our industry, and in our community.
We don’t all have the luxury of sitting behind a desk all day and spending the bulk of our day reading and studying leadership… or pondering how to best serve our employees.
Despite how important leadership development may be, we all have a job that needs to get done. We have priorities in the day. We have distractions to tend to. We have fires to put out. We have overflowing to-do lists and overloaded calendars.
The cold hard truth is…
Sometimes this whole leadership development thing can be an overwhelming, pie-in-the-sky pursuit.
But imagine for a moment.
- What if your employees came to work every day fired up and excited to get started?
- What if your team came together to collaborate every time an obstacle surfaced?
- What if you knew exactly what motivated each person on your team?
- What if your team had a reputation for going above and beyond for your customers?
- What if your coaching helped people accomplish important personal and professional goals?
- What if these statements we true?
What kind of an impact would that have on your business? What kind of an impact would that have on your career? What kind of an impact would that have on your family?
I’m not sure why you are still listening to me right now.
But I do know that you care a ton about the people you serve. You are a hard-working, responsible, ambitious professional and you want what’s best for your company, for your team, for your employees… and again, for your family.
The reality is, you recognize that there is a problem and you aren’t happy to just sit back as if it’s outside of your control. You know that change can happen and you want to do something about it.
…and the way I see it, you have 3 choices.
- You could keep doing what you’ve been doing. Don’t change a thing. Just work hard, cross your fingers and hope that things don’t get too difficult.
- You could figure it out on our own. Continue searching for quick fixes, read recommended books and LinkedIn articles, and perhaps attend some company training and they implement what you learn.
- Or you could let me help you.
It really comes down to this question:
Do you have the time to figure it out on your own?
With all the competing priorities… again, we don’t all have the luxury of sitting behind our desks reading leadership books all day…
Maybe you’re an aspiring manager. You want to get promoted but you also recognize the demands and expectations of performing in your current role first.
Maybe you’re a first-time manager. You care about your team and want to be a great leader, but you are still learning the ropes of your new role?
Or maybe you’ve been managing people for a few years now and you want to make some big things happen this year but as you get more experienced, the responsibilities seem to continue to increase.
You know that leadership development is important, but there just simply isn’t the time right?
Well, you’re not alone.
Remember that leadership development gap?
It’s not there because companies don’t care about providing leadership training to their managers. It’s there because there are so many other priorities, distractions, and company initiatives, that, well, they just get in the way.
But there is a better way.
And this is the resource that I said I wanted to talk about today.
It’s called The Partnership and it is a complete leadership development program for building and managing an effective, engaged and extremely successful team.
It’s a platform where you can learn how to lead people… and actually accomplish your career goals! It’s a place where you can learn the fundamentals of management, develop leadership skills, receive direct, tailored coaching and join a community of like-minded people who are all striving to make a difference in their companies, in their teams, and in their personal lives.
You know, I started YourBestManager.com with one simple goal. To provide training and resources to managers who are looking to do extraordinary things in their careers.
I wanted to create a platform that would give aspiring managers, first-time managers, and manager who just feel stuck, an opportunity to learn not just how to be a good manager, but how to inspire… how to engage employees, how to develop potential… how to lead!
And what’s really cool is that I’ve already been able to address that leadership development gap in some exciting ways through the content and interviews I put together on this podcast!
And I know it’s helpful because of all the reviews that are posted in iTunes and because of the emails I receive from you, the listeners.
And so, The Partnership is an opportunity for me to make this type of leadership training more interactive and allow the conversation and the development to add value to you based on exactly what you need.
So let me quit talking about why this whole thing is important and I’ll share exactly what this program entails.
So, essentially, The Partnership is a 26-week leadership training program.
There are 2 streams of lessons. 13 weeks of Manager Effectiveness, which are the fundamentals of people management. Then 13 weeks of True Leadership, which are the skills that are going to help you build a legacy.
Let me walk through each of these lessons really quick to give you an idea of what we’ll be covering.
- Week 1: Your Responsibilities as a Manager
- Week 2: How to Build a Business Plan
- Week 3: How to Set and Accomplish Goals
- Week 4: Planning Your Week
- Week 5: Setting Performance Metrics
- Week 6: Managing Performance
- Week 7: Recruiting Employees
- Week 8: Interviewing and Hiring Employees
- Week 9: Terminating Employees
- Week 10: Task-Based Leadership
- Week 11: Delegating Tasks
- Week 12: Building a Team Vision
- Week 13: Identifying Career Resources
- Week 14: Developing Employees
- Week 15: Career Planning
- Week 16: Managing Priorities
- Week 17: Running Effective Meetings
- Week 18: Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Week 19: Resolving Conflict
- Week 20: Employee Engagement
- Week 21: Reducing & Embracing Stress
- Week 22: Managing Your Manager
- Week 23: Leading Teams
- Week 24: Creating Stretch Assignments
- Week 25: Celebrating Success
- Week 26: Identifying Leadership Resources
And what’s so cool about this is that all of this training is going to be delivered through live, interactive video.
Here’s how it works.
Although you can enroll today, and I’m going to share with you an incredible, but limited time opportunity to save big, but you can enroll today… however, the doors won’t be opening until March 1st.
From March 1st to April 1st, I’ll be connecting with members like you to learn about your team, your career, your company, and your business, so that when the 26 weeks kicks off, I’ll have everything tailored to the students who are going through the program.
Most online courses involved watching pre-recorded video with very limited interaction if any, but I’m offering an opportunity for you to participate in the training.
Typically you would only get something like that through live, classroom training, which is either going to cost a full week or long weekend, plus lots of money, plane tickets, hotel stays, or it’s going to cost a ton of time through night school… which is also going to be expensive and likely inconvenient.
With the partnership, each week starts with a live online video (which is recorded and cataloged in a members-only website for you, which you will have lifetime access to by the way) and then throughout the week you’ll have access to helpful worksheets, additional resources, quizzes, and related activities… plus a place to ask questions and get answers and support from the community and from me directly.
For 26 weeks!
And as I mentioned, you get lifetime access, which means after the 6-month training program is complete, you still get access to every video and all the tools and resources that were included!
Now, I’ve got to tell you what this thing costs because you are bound to be wondering…
So, the original ticket price was $997 USD. And it will cost $997, and it will actually soon cost more than $997 to be honest. There is a lot of work that goes into this, a huge time commitment, and really I want to have the opportunity to bring in some of my past and future podcast guests to share their expertise in the group, so it’s going to be expensive…
That being said, that’s still more accessible and affordable than some of the branded programs out there, not to mention the cost of a flight and hotel to attend live training will be more expensive than this.
But you don’t have to pay $997. At least not if you enroll today.
I don’t want to share the actual price on the podcast because I’m recording this on Monday, February 20th and if you don’t listen to this until after the 20th… well, it’s going to be a different price.
But what I can tell you is that it’s extremely accessible. Like, my only fear right now is that since it’s so accessible, some members may not take it seriously… but I want you to have the opportunity, no matter what your budget is, to get access to this kind of training…
So here’s what you need to do.
Just hop over to YourBestManager.com/GO and you will find the absolute best price available. And if you are listening to this on Monday, February 20th, 2017… you are getting the lowest price this program will ever be…. And I don’t expect it to be the same price on Tuesday… so if you are driving right now, all you have to do is remember YourBestManager.com/GO and you’ll be able to access this when you get a chance to hop on your computer later today.
So what do you think?
Let’s agree that there is a significant gap in leadership development and a significant problem of low employee engagement, as well as high costs that come with unexpected attrition and low productivity.
So if you want to make change happen, you NEED to take some sort of action. You NEED to make a decision. How will you invest in your career this year?
You may not have invested in leadership development like this before, but ultimately it comes down to what kind of results you want. The Partnership is literally designed to help you set and accomplish your leadership goals, your career goals, your personal goals… faster.
This is all meaningless if there isn’t a return on your investment, and I’m not just talking about money. Your time is arguably the most valuable commodity you have. That’s one of the reasons why I chose to put together a program that’s available online… because you can access the resources when it works with your schedule and your priorities.
So I hope to connect with you soon.
If you have any questions at all, please reach out!
Thanks for listening.