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Limitless Leaders™ Connection – GIFT MINDSET® The perfect team gift for 2021

Renée Giarrusso Blog

As we reflect on this time last year, a lot has changed for all of us.

Overall, people have grown in more ways than one, through different experiences and situations. From facing challenges and new ways of working and thinking to achieve success in or out of work, everyone has learnt something and has a story to tell.

Challenges teach us what is possible, and successes get us to go that one step further. Click To Tweet

It’s the lessons from these experiences that can make a difference in our lives and others. As I call them, these lessons or gifts can come in many forms; we have to be open to seeing them. They come from people and situations and can be from the past, the present or the future. By adopting the Gift Mindset®, we get to live our legacy now by sharing these lessons and create a workplace culture of purpose, connection and contribution.

To embrace these gifts, we need to raise our awareness, accept these lessons and apply the gifts they present both in and out of the workplace.

We need, in other words, to adopt and foster a Gift Mindset®.

Our gifts can fall into 12 key categories “The 12 Gifts”, that are the soft skills we need to deepen and build upon in any role. Too often hard skills (technical) become the focus and now more than ever, we need to unwrap and reveal the 12 Gifts.

I am so passionate about this message that I have written a book on it, “Gift Mindset® Unwrap the 12 gifts to lead and live a life of purpose, connection and contribution.” This is being published and shared with the world late February!

This book is for you…

  • if you want to embrace challenges and successes and unwrap and share the gifts within
  • if you want to create a team and workplace culture of openness, connection and collaboration
  • if you are caught up in the “doing” of life and need to reflect on the “gifts that have got you to where you are now
  • if you would like to build on key life skills and explore the 12 key gifts to incorporate these into your life and leadership
  • if you are ready to deepen your self-awareness and acceptance of life’s lessons and share these to contribute to others
  • if you are ready to break down the barriers, you may face, and reap the benefits

If you are looking for a great way to ramp up the gift of connection, growth and gratitude within your workplace, then give your team the gift of the Gift Mindset® to kick start 2021.

In this thought-provoking book, I teach you how to adopt the Gift Mindset to learn from these experiences and appreciate them as gifts. Many workplace cultures are transactional, and performance-focused, adopting a Gift Mindset® culture promotes openness, connection and collaboration.

The stories, interviews, insights and practical tools can be easily applied to take your life, leadership and organisation to the next level.

Are you ready to unwrap your gifts?

Lead to be limitless…

Signed Reneé

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Limitless Leaders™ Connection – How are you making the Gift of Gratitude part of your workplace culture?

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Gratitude is a topic we are passionate about. We have been exploring with teams and organisations about how it can be bought in as part of the workplace culture. Call it recognition, praise or appreciation, what has stood out is that we need to take the time to show gratitude within and across the teams, we work with.

It’s been a big year of growth and opportunity for us all, and there is no better time than now to show your appreciation to others and create gratitude as a practice.

Many organisations focus on performance culture and not a culture built around gratitude. This can affect the level and deepness of gratitude that employees practice. I call this grey gratitude, it may not be intentionally stifled, but it’s not hitting the mark as part of what makes up the culture.

If you are looking for employees to go beyond the contractual obligation of their roles, expressing gratitude should be part of your leadership. Acknowledging the thoughts and efforts of people with gratitude shows that those people matter and this can build a culture around gratitude which I believe is vital.

Research shows that taking the time to develop an attitude of gratitude can:

  • Build a psychological immune system, making us more resilient to stressful situations
  • Accelerate positive emotions
  • Create a greater sense of achievement of goals
  • Fewer sick days and less stress
  • Greater collaboration and connection
  • Higher job satisfaction overall

So, what gets in the way?

Many times, people feel awkward, practising gratitude and may see it as fluffy and esoteric. The leadership team may not be on board and therefore, don’t foster openness and space to build this practice into the culture. Another key blocker is people may see gratitude as a weakness and may feel left out if they don't receive gratitude in return. Many don’t adopt the mindset.

We spend one-third of our life at work, that's over 90,000 hours, so it makes sense to incorporate the gift of gratitude into your workplace. Click To Tweet

Gratitude can connect people. It can create collaboration and anchor positive behaviour. It’s also one of the collective skills that make up resilience.

Feelings, actions and our mindset flow from the way we look at the world and how we think about the situation – to change our feelings, we can start by thinking about what we are grateful for. Often, we find our feelings scary and confusing, so we keep them at a distance. However, shutting off our feelings not only backfires, but it drains us of the psychological energy that is needed to build resilience. We need our feelings to find satisfaction, meaning and pleasure in life both in and out of the workplace.

Gratitude can maximise happiness in multiple ways, and one reason is that it helps us reframe memories of unpleasant events in a way that decreases their negative emotional impact and lets in optimism. We can let challenges deepen how we are grateful – it can show us not to take things for granted.

Looking back is about learning and looking forward is about progressing.

Accessing and sustaining positive emotion is key to building resilience in organisations, needed now more than ever. Focusing our attention on how far we have come can provide positive reinforcement, and fuel our thoughts to overcome challenges and setbacks. It’s like looking in the rear-vision mirror of a car – what you pass goes by quickly, but it’s easy to miss a beautiful landmark or a life lesson that you could share.

Think about how you could flip what I call “Grey Gratitude” in your workplace to a clearer vibrant practice?

We have workshopped this question in a few companies, and I’d love to share a few ideas and tips:

Share 1 situation or person you are grateful for

  • Kick off a meeting/workshop/project review by each person sharing who or what they are grateful for in the workplace.
  • An option is to capture these on Yammer/Teams.

3 positives to 1 negative

  • For every negative, you or the team discuss workshop 3 positives.
  • This reinforces the face we often focus on what isn’t working instead of the things we could be grateful for.

Create a Gratitude wall-virtually or in the office

  • People can leave notes of appreciation for anyone.
  • Name can be shared, or this can be anonymous.

Ask a question

  • What capabilities, qualities and skills have got me to where I am today?
  • Individually of self or share as a team.

Be specific

  • When we aren’t specific when expressing gratitude, this dilutes the impact and intention.
  • Imagine replacing “I’m grateful for that” to ‘I’m grateful for the support you have given the team and I this month”.

It is ideal to have structured forums to share as well as spontaneous recognition and ways to show appreciation. Some subtle ways of sharing gratitude every day could be as simple as sending surprise emails to others expressing appreciation or creating a forum to share internal updates and encourage people to share.

Be mindful not to do ‘gratitude’ in overdrive – this can seem false and dilute the effects of authentically being grateful.

The Gift of Gratitude should not be underestimated and is one of the 12 gifts we can build on when we adopt a Gift Mindset®.

With the year-end upon us, take the time to explore the Gift of Gratitude with your team and organisation, say thank you and reflect on who and what you are grateful for.

As always, we would love to hear how you are incorporating gratitude into your workplace!

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.

Be one of the first to receive a copy of Renée's latest book, Gift Mindset®. It is available for pre-order on Amazon,  and Booktopia.

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 in moving 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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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


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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Limitless Leaders™ Connection – How are you building your resilience muscle?

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Resilience is a key trait within us all. It’s a trait we need to embrace and build upon. This year, in particular, has provided us with more than its fair share of opportunity for us to grow in the area of resilience both in our personal and professional lives.

Shifting my entire business to online, having clients postpone work, supporting my sister through her chemotherapy and writing my new book over 14 weekends has definitely shown me, first-hand, that a high level of resilience is what has got me through. I have used it as a driver to focus on what I can do to influence and tap into past experiences and thinking that has worked previously. Like many of us, including many clients, we have all had to step up this year and grow in so many ways.

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In a nutshell, resilience is the strength of spirit to recover from adversity. It enables us to find hope and the courage to continue, even when faced with challenging or negative circumstances. Resilience is a collection of skills, mindsets, and traits built upon as we face new and ever-changing experiences in and out of the workplace.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
– Maya Angelou

Research by leading US psychologist Susan Kobasas resulted in finding three elements essential to resilience:

  1. Challenge rather than crisis – resilient people look at mistakes and failures as lessons. They tend to reframe a paralysing event as a challenge. This, in itself, can change your mindset to be even more resilient.
  2. Commitment to goals – resilient people are committed to work, relationships, friendships, beliefs, and things they care about. Being committed will give you a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning.
  3. Personal control – resilient people focus their energy and time, putting their efforts where they can have the most impact and feeling empowered and confident. Focusing on what we can influence allows us to stop worrying about events that are out of our control, making us feel lost and powerless.

These three elements are a great reference point to see where and how you can dial this up for you.

Running numerous leadership and communication programs on this topic, I really believe if we look into what a situation can teach us, we are open to the lessons we can bring into our leadership and the future leaders we are creating.

Many elements can help us ramp up our resilience, and I’ve captured a few below:

Supportive relationships

  • Strong and supportive relationships are vital, and people with strong connections are known to be more resilient to stress and often happier.
  • As human beings, we are innately wired to connect, ensure your connections serve you, as you do them.
  • We all need a strong support network to fall back on.

Foster an attitude of gratitude and optimism

  • Assessing and sustaining positive emotions is a key skill in building resilience.
  • Gratitude has the power to energise, heal and bring hope when facing adversity.
  • Helps us look at life in its entirety and not be overwhelmed by negative circumstances whilst assisting in building a psychological immune system and other health benefits.

Review to remind

  • Looking backwards is about learning and looking forward is about progress.
  • Focusing your attention on how far you have come as this provides positive reinforcement.
  • Looking ahead can fuel thoughts to overcome challenges.

Reframe the script

  • Rumination is a process of relieving an event over and over again, up until a point.
  • Reframing the experience can help you move forward and layer onto the “resilience muscle.”
  • Change your language to serve you, thoughts carry power and flow onto our feelings and actions.

Know what motivates you

  • Motivation is the energy that fuels optimism and positivity, and It can account for 65% of the predictability of success in any role.
  • Doing what you are good at and enjoy can light you up and keep you going in challenging times.
  • Tap into situations and people that motivate you and the tasks that light you up at work and the passions you have.

Confront what scares you

  • The more we avoid, the more we fear and “awfulize” what we are fearing.
  • Anything outside our “safe zone” is growth.
  • Facing our fears builds upon our resilience so slowly expose yourself to things repeatedly.

I’d love to hear how you have been building upon your resilience?

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.

Be one of the first to receive a copy of Renée's latest book, Gift Mindset®. It is available for pre-order on Amazon,  and Booktopia.

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 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 in moving 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 or new podcast here.

 

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Limitless Leadership™: Set boundaries to ensure 2020 Vision for the New Year!

So here we are, heading into a new year – let's set boundaries to ensure we get the most out of 2020!

What are you choosing?

How exciting that we have the choice to make this year whatever we want it to be. Like writing a new chapter in a book, you choose the settings, the themes and the characters. The choices are all yours.

Hopefully you have had some time to recharge and reset for the year ahead. It’s amazing what even a quick break can do as far as reflecting on what was and contemplating what will be.

Continue reading Limitless Leadership™: Set boundaries to ensure 2020 Vision for the New Year!