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Limitless Leaders™ Connection – 5 Questions to Turn a Performance Review Into a Proactive Preview

As 2020 is almost at a close, what better time than now to take stock of the year that has been, and look forward to what is ahead.

With so much talk of performance reviews being obsolete, I think there is still a place for them but with a different focus. Many clients we work with have annual or six-monthly check-ins, and I liken these to getting your car serviced. It’s what happens in between the services that determine how much work is done on the car.

If you regularly coach your team, the process of the actual performance review or preview (as we call them), should be effortless and there shouldn’t be any surprises. Coaching ensures there is ongoing and consistent feedback, and this results in real-time dialogue on what is working and what needs to change before it’s too late.

Ongoing feedback helps individuals and teams understand their strengths and weaknesses and how to manage them. Within the workplace, one of the best ways to promote self-awareness among employees is to foster a culture of peer feedback in conjunction with input from management. I am passionate about encouraging and educating others to share feedback, have open conversations, and bring in coaching to foster empowerment, awareness and ongoing growth to maximise performance.

Feedback is a great vehicle to promote self-awareness in and out of work. Be open to giving and receiving it so you can expand your self-awareness, as well as the self-awareness of those around you.

People are either internally or externally motivated.

Internally Motivated – When making a decision, internally motivated people will listen to feedback, but have usually already decided for themselves and will go with their original decision.

Externally Motivated – Those who are externally motivated will view feedback almost like an instruction, taking it entirely on board when making their decision.

Externally motivated people tend to like and need feedback.

Many senior leaders I come across tend to be internally focused, especially if they have been in a role for a long time. They rely on their intuition rather than seeking feedback from others. The danger of this is that they can become blinded to opportunity and miss out on feedback that could be helpful.

Ensure you give people feedback the way they like it. Some people like a lot of feedback, and some want less; some even prefer to receive feedback publicly.

When conducting performance reviews or appraisals, I believe, there should be a focus on “previewing” what’s next as opposed to spending time doing a total review on what has already occurred. You need to learn from the past; I believe 20% of the time should have a focus on the review. And 80% as a preview on what can be proactively planned and implemented.

The past is about learning, and the future is about progress.

5 simple questions to look at what’s next:

  1. Where are you now?
  2. What’s available to you?
  3. Where do you want to be?
  4. How will you get there?
  5. How will you know you are getting there?

I’m a huge advocate of learning from the past. 2020 has provided a forum for us to learn so much about ourselves and those around us. Take the lessons and meld them into what you want to happen next and who you want to become.

Lead to be limitless…

Signed Reneé


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20: The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is something I’ve been writing a lot about for my book: Gift Mindset.

And my guest today was the first person I thought of when I wanted to do an interview with someone that comes from a place of gratitude, who leads through gratitude, and I think embodies what gratitude is.

Being in gratitude and appreciating the things that we do have versus the things that we don't have I think as a leader in any role or as a business owner, or even life in general – is such an important thing to do and helps us to be and not just do.

Joining me on today’s show is Claire Summers.

Claire is the Founder of Gratitude Glass Jars.

After experiencing a series of deeply traumatic life experiences within a seven-month period, the last of which nearly took her life, Claire created the gratitude glass jar as a visual tool to help herself heal by capturing daily notes of gratitude that enabled her to rebuild herself and open her heart once more.

She decided (or dared) to try out a trade show as a sole exhibitor in the summer of 2017 in New York, where she won the award for the best product for gifts and lifestyle and was hand-selected by the team at Oprah, for consideration within Oprah's favourite thing within eight weeks of launching.

Onstage with Oprah Winfrey sharing her story, it became the number one selling product on Amazon and appeared on endless TV spots and media across the globe.

Gratitude Glass Jars has developed into a lifestyle brand with an assortment of products that encourage people to pause, share their stories, and inspire others. The movement is global glass jars are all about capturing the spirit of living, celebrating life events, sharing memories, and expressing words of love.

On the show, Claire speaks about The Power of Gratitude, including:

  • What gratitude means to her;
  • A different perspective on gratitude;
  • Separating gratitude from wants, and much more

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Claire Summers is the Founder of Gratitude Glass Jars.

After experiencing a series of deeply traumatic life experiences within a seven-month period, Claire created the gratitude glass jar as a visual tool to help herself heal by capturing daily notes of gratitude that enabled her to rebuild herself and open her heart once more after going through five distressing life events all within an eight-month period, the last of which nearly took her life.

She decided (or dared) to try out a trade show as a sole exhibitor in the summer of 2017 in New York, where she won the award for the best product for gifts and lifestyle and was hand-selected by the team at Oprah, for consideration within Oprah's favourite thing within eight weeks of launching.

Onstage with Oprah Winfrey sharing her story, it became the number one selling product on Amazon and appeared on endless TV spots and media across the globe.

Gratitude Glass Jars has developed into a lifestyle brand with an assortment of products that encourage people to pause, share their stories, and inspire others. The movement is global glass jars are all about capturing the spirit of living, celebrating life events, sharing memories, and expressing words of love.

Contact:  Gratitude Glass Jars

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Limitless Leaders™ Connection – Your Energy Is A Mirror Of Your Mindset

‘We all have the choice of thought.
Think about what you think about.’

The mindset you adopt, foster and nourish will either assist you to flourish or expire as a leader. You choose your thoughts. Your creed, gender, age, intellect or experience doesn’t matter; we all have one thing in common—the choice of thought.

Your mind is your own. Yes, it can be tainted or lifted by others but you have to own it and accept you have total freedom of what you think is true, false, hindering or empowering, especially when leading others with your purpose, direction and energy.

Energy is shown through your actions. Ultimately, it comes from your mindset. If you run a meeting and have little or no belief or commitment in the message you are communicating: how do you think you will be perceived? You can't fake energy. You can try but it will become exhausting and people will see through it. When you do things incongruent to whom you are and what you believe in, you play the game of conflict. It’s an ugly game to play.

Your actions reflect your mindset

Every action has a thought and feeling attached to it. By simply reading that last sentence, you will have produced an action or thought. Maybe you frowned, maybe you had an answer and maybe you went blank. These thoughts and feelings trigger the actions or behaviours you demonstrate to your team and yourself.

Agility is a mindset, not a process. To adapt and upgrade to agile thinking you need to be able to ‘renew your mind‘. To get to a point where you doubt things and where you openly say, ‘I don't know’, can assist you in developing yourself and the team you are leading.

Having a clear mindset, one that is open to change and new ways of thinking and doing, will serve the greater good.

A few things you can focus on:

Responsibility: This is the ability to respond and be fully accountable for all outcomes. This means you need to be ‘at cause’ and decide—no matter the circumstances— that you will be accountable and take responsibility for the outcomes. Making the choice to self-lead and take responsibility can be a real game changer.

Focus: The old adage, what you choose to focus on, you will find, rings true here. Think about an unusual baby’s name; until you heard it, it wasn't in your focus or sphere of thought on a subconscious level—now it pops up everywhere. What do you want from your team and for your team? If you look for issues, you will find them; if you look for competency and have a strengths-focus, you will also find this.

Perspective: Use perspective when faced with limited options that may be preventing you from moving forward. A limitless leader likes exploring unknown territory, like standing at a cliff face, they aren't led towards certainty. They prefer clarity over certainty and have a clear sense of what is next to achieve their overall mission and purpose.

Mindset: This is about being able to discipline your imagination. When you get to a place of, I don't know, you are perfectly placed to install upgraded software in your mindset— a new way of thinking. This takes you to a place of curiosity. Ask yourself, What if I did know? This simple reframe can open up your thinking to a world of possibility and new ways.

In a nutshell, the actions and behaviours we currently display come from what we are thinking. Take a moment to reflect on the current results you and your team are experiencing. What you are experiencing right now comes from actions resulting from your mindset and the mindset of your team.

I’d love to hear your thoughts

Lead to be limitless…

Signed Reneé



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Being in service to my clients is why I do what I do and your feedback, insight and any suggestions are always embraced.

Find out where you sit on the Leadership Ladder, your responses are anonymous and the results summarised to help us better understand where our market sits so that we can continue to provide, insights, tools and solutions to assist you to move up to be LIMITLESS, co-creative and stand out.

Renée is a mentor, coach, expert facilitator and keynote speaker, She is the author of ‘Limitless Leadership’ and co-author of ‘Leaders of Influence’.

Follow Renée on FacebookInstagramIGTV or Twitter, or subscribe to her blog here or new podcast here.

 

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5 Questions to ask yourself to end your year with a bang!

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It’s been a big year and one I’m sure all of us will never forget. We’ve been pulled up and down, left and right with so much uncertainty, it’s become the next normal of the way we live and work.

With the year-end fast approaching, it’s a great time to stop and reflect on a few thought-provoking questions that will help ensure you make the most of what is left of this year and set yourself, and your team up ready and re-energised for 2021.

There are a million questions we could ask ourselves, however, I’ve found these 5 questions are simple, impactive and help you get out of your own head. I’ve been using these during mentoring and coaching programs to regularly check-in and help leaders and their teams recalibrate.

Make the space to reflect and respond on the 5 questions below:

  1. What are you most proud of this year?
  2. What is one goal that must be achieved by the end of the year?
  3. What is one change you need to make by the end of 2020?
  4. What is one relationship you feel you need to forge, strengthen or grow?
  5. What is one habit you need to let go of and what is one new habit you need to create?

When you have answered these questions, it’s a great idea to share them with a peer or run this as a team exercise. Like anything, knowing is one thing but the action is where the magic is. Make sure you commit and take ownership of whatever you decide to do.

‘Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Accountability has many parts. A bit like ingredients in a recipe, only when combined with true ownership can the cake rise and be a success. In any role, especially as a leader, it all starts with self-accountability and I reckon these questions need to be answered, owned and ideally actioned.

Accountability and ownership are two different things. When fused together, I call it ‘Ownerbility’. It’s the ability to take full responsibility and ownership. Accountability is external and is usually the means to an end. Accountability is something that is assigned to you or something you have been asked to do. When this happens, whoever assigned the accountability is still the owner of it—a reason delegation has to be thoroughly considered.

‘Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Renee Giarrusso 5 Questions ModelSome of the guiding principles of accountability include:

  • How we make a commitment to each other
  • How we measure and monitor progress
  • How we respond when things don't go as planned
  • How much ownership we actually take to get things done

Ownership is more around possessing or the state of being an owner―taking ownership of something. Ownership cannot be taught, but, as a leader, you can portray ownership that will cascade, and in essence, become part of your team’s culture. When compared to accountability, ownership is not given to you or assigned to you; it is, in most cases, taken. When your manager gives you something, he or she cannot assign ownership. In the same way, you cannot assign ownership to those in your team.

  • The guiding principles of ownership include:
  • How we are going to make something happen
  • The success measures that can be put in place
  • Ensure full internal commitment and attachment to completing
  • Embrace a feeling of care and responsibility.

Accountability and ownership are intertwined and ensuring both are ignited, will provide clarity, focus and results. Answering these questions is one dimensional unless you take ownership and action your plan nothing will change.

Take some time to reflect and reset, you deserve it!

As always, I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas for future articles.

Lead to be limitless

Signed Reneé



PS: Want to skyrocket your success from working anywhere? We've launched our new online program and you can read more about that here.

Ever wondered what Reneé gets up to when she isn't with working with her clients? She's doing this.

 

If this article has resonated with you in any way – I’d love to hear your thoughts – get in touch.

Being in service to my clients is why I do what I do and your feedback, insight and any suggestions are always embraced.

Find out where you sit on the Leadership Ladder, your responses are anonymous and the results summarised to help us better understand where our market sits so that we can continue to provide, insights, tools and solutions to assist you to move up to be LIMITLESS, co-creative and stand out.

Renée is a mentor, coach, expert facilitator and keynote speaker, She is the author of ‘Limitless Leadership’ and co-author of ‘Leaders of Influence’.

Follow Renée on FacebookInstagramIGTV or Twitter, or subscribe to her blog here or new podcast here.

 

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19: Magic and Miracles: How to Live Your Dream Life – TODAY!

Magic and Miracles: How to Live Your Dream Life – TODAY!

Joining me on today’ show is Rodrigo Diaz.

Rodrigo is an international bestselling author, motivational speaker, spiritual teacher and creative consultant.

He is the author of the book “Sleight of Mind – How to Create & Experience Magic in Your Life”.

It is Rodrigo's purpose to help you realize you already have everything you need to start living your Dream Life today.

Listen in as Renee and Rodrigo chat about all things Magic and Miracles, answering the question: “Who am I?”, Moving the Abundance Needle, and so much more.

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Rodrigo is an international bestselling author, motivational speaker, spiritual teacher and creative consultant. He is the author of the book “Sleight of Mind – How to Create & Experience Magic in Your Life”.

It is Rodrigo's purpose to help you realize you already have everything you need to start living your Dream Life today.

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