5 for 5 – A long time ago…

1 Dec

Good morning everyone!

Well, I think it would have been hard not to hear the news that the teaser trailer for the new Star Wars film was released online, this past Friday, the same day it debuted in theaters around the US. And as per usual, there was no shortage of articles written to document, and analyze, the newly released sneak peek into the re-boot of the Star Wars universe.

What was very interesting to me, was that several articles mentioned how the writer had shared the experience of seeing the trailer for the first time with their kids, many of whom were not even born when the last Star Wars movie was released in 2005. The article writers all noted the awe and excitement that their kids showed at seeing the trailer, which was exactly how they reacted to their first viewing of a Star Wars movie….for some of them, back in the 1970’s when the very first movie, A New Hope, was released.

The parallel into business, is that leaders need to be sharing “teasers trailers” with their teams. It is the primary job of the leader to develop their team as individuals and as a collaborative unit. However, sadly this isn’t always a priority as the urgent tasks overshadow the important activities like team and talent development. To that end, it can be that leaders aren’t withholding development maliciously, but they get caught up in meeting goals (The “Urgent”) and lose site of the opportunities to share new experiences with the team.

If you are a leader that truly wants to engage your team in their development, it can be just like what these writers did for their kids, here are some things to think about:

  • Introduce them to new experiences – It all starts here….putting the team in new situations. Sometimes those situations find you, but regardless, there is truth to the saying “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get, what you have always gotten.” The leader must have a vision for where they want the competencies, and confidence, of the team to grow. Introducing new opportunities can help to open your team’s eyes to new
  • Share your perspective on similar experiences from your past – Sharing your personal development stories are a powerful tool. I was very fortunate in my last job to have a leader that often shared from his experience with our company during his 30+ years. He told amazing stories of working with some truly iconic people from the company’s history, often with an interesting twist. But every story ended with something he had learned . Whether it was a mistake, or a piece of advice, he was constantly sharing from his experience. His insight was an important part of my development on that team and an experience that I will always be grateful for.
  • Help them see the potential in the experience – Along with sharing your experience, is to help show the team the path for their growth. When encountering a new opportunity it is easy to shrink back to what is comfortable and avoid the uncertainty. The leader is there to encourage the team and give them the tools to make following the path possible.

And while I admit, I may be stretching this post a little, I believe in it because I have seen it work. And frankly if you don’t believe me, may be you will believe what a famous thought leader shared on the subject:

“Pass on what you have learned” – Yoda

Good luck, leaders!

Here’s this week’s 5 for 5:

Minted CEO Mariam Naficy On The Lost Art Of Memorization – by David Zax – via Fast Company


SO WHAT: In the age of having information literally at your fingertips, this article is a wonderful reminder of need and pleasure of pulling out memories.

Tags: Work-life


Excuse Me, Your Attitude Is Showing – The John Maxwell Team – Via JohnMaxwell.com


SO WHAT: John Maxwell used to famously say, “Your Attitude determines your Altitude!” If you are not sure where to begin cultivating a positive attitude….start with gratefulness. Gratitude is not only the foundation of leadership, it is the foundation of a positive attitude as well.

Tags: Leadership, Attitude


Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney: Never Stop Asking Questions – by Jeff James – Via the Disney Institute


SO WHAT: A reminder that frustration + asking the question “WHY” can spark creativity. ICYMI: http://www.5for5blog.com/friday-unwind-creativitys-spark-motivation-and-experimentation/

Tags: Leadership, Creativity


15 Behaviors and Traits of Great Leaders – by Ken Sundheim – Via Entrepreneur


SO WHAT: We often see lists of this and that….this is a solid list of what makes great leaders. A suggestion: Write these out on a note card and stick it near your working desk. Glance over and think about how you are or can apply these. And remember: Leaders are built daily, not in a day……you don’t have to be perfect to be “A LEADER”……but you do have to continuously work towards these.

Tags: Leadership


How Do People Get New Ideas? – by Shane Parrish – Via Farnam Street Blog


SO WHAT: Ideas are often birthed by connecting observations or other ideas together. A way to help promote this: keeping your ideas in a common place (please click the link at the end of the article to find out more).

Tags: Creativity, Ideas


All the best,