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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.

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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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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.

 

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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’.

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Limitless Leaders™ Connection – Give yourself The Gift of Re-energising

If you’re like me you are ready to take a break!

It’s been a huge year! Personally, I can count the days I’ve had off on one hand. Saving two businesses, transitioning our entire business online and writing a book amongst other things there has not been any downtime.

Living life as our full, energetic selves is vital to function at our highest level, both physically and mentally. In my new book “Gift Mindset”, The Gift of Re-energising is one of the 12 Gifts or skills we all need to deepen and develop in any role and life in general.

One of the key tips is to make time to re-energise and:

Reflect

Make it a habit to create a regular practice of self-reflection. This will create a space for self-awareness and help you to be in touch with when your energy needs replenishing. Knowing what being fully re-energised feels like for you will make it easier to identify when you are feeling depleted and need to act. Be aware of what has
energised you in the past, and what and who depletes your energy.

Refocus

You can now refocus on what you need to do to re-energise. Think about what is depleting you. Maybe you’re working too many hours and lacking sleep and peace of mind. Maybe you aren’t living on purpose or your values are misaligned. Maybe certain people are draining your energy and you are giving too much of yourself.

Recharge

We can only re-energise when we find a compelling reason to do so. Unfortunately, for many people, this only happens when they are burnt out, stressed or ill. Take the time to feed your soul and do the things that put a pep back in your step.

Every person will be re-energised differently – do what works for you. My hope is that by the end of this chapter, your Gift of Re-energising will emerge (or re-emerge). Look back to when you felt the most energised and tap into what you were doing at the time.

When we work through the three-step process, we need to apply targeted effort in each area, as illustrated in the below model, to create the necessary changes to re-energise.

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 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 – 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 – 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



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 – #Goal – When you get to interview one of your favourite authors!

Bob Burg Podcast

In times of uncertainty, growth and change I’m super excited to have recently interviewed Bob Burg for my Limitless Leaders™ Podcast.

Bob is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, and International Best Selling author of The Go-Giver, one of my all-time favourite books. I read a lot of books, and it's a book I refer back to often.

In his book The Go-Giver, Bob shares how a subtle shift in focus is not only a more uplifting and fulfilling way of conducting business but the most financially profitable way, as well.

Although for years he was best known for his book Endless Referrals, over the past few years it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver (coauthored with John David Mann) that has captured the imagination of his readers.

The Go-Giver, a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek Bestseller, has sold over 950,000 copies. Since its release, it has consistently stayed in the Top 25 on Porchlight’s (formerly 800-CEO-READ) Business Book Bestsellers List and also translated into 28 languages. The book was rated #10 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the Most Motivational Books Ever Written and was on HubSpot’s 20 Most Highly Rated Sales Books of All Time.

Bob is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales approaching two million copies.

The Go-Giver contradicts the notion that to be successful; you need to be a go-getter, a competitive hard-charger focused on getting new clients and making ever-bigger deals. I love how the book is written, it's easy to read and the lessons throughout I have bought into my life since I first read it.

Renee & Bob Burg Screenshot

 

 

This book reinforces that giving rather than getting is your first priority in business and in life—and success will follow.

Becoming a “go-giver” means giving value to others, not as a strategy or quid pro quo, but as a way of leading a satisfying life.

 

The key Five Lessons we explore in the interview:

  1. The Law of Value: How much more you give others in value than you receive in payment defines your worth.
  2. The Law of Compensation: Your income depends on how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
  3. The Law of Influence: Your influence (social capital) is determined by the extent to which you put the interests of others' first.
  4. The Law of Authenticity: The most important thing you can offer is yourself.
  5. The Law of Receptivity: For effective giving, be open to receiving.

I absolutely loved interviewing Bob, and I know you, an important person in my community, will glean so much value from the Podcast interview.

You can sign up and listen to the podcast below or you can also listen via Apple or Spotify.

17: The 5 Laws of Success with Bob Burg

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.