Leaders: Find the Connection

Today’s post might be a little more about opinion than it is facts- and that’s completely fine with me because sometimes we need a little thought provoking blog post to get us all thinking. As I thought about some of the best and worst leaders I’ve dealt with over the years, I considered some of the qualities I appreciated in the leaders I truly felt strongly for. There are a few people in my life that had made me believe in them and their goals. Call me a skeptic- but this is something that’s hard to accomplish with me. And I’m sure many of you have dealt with the ups and downs caused by the economy, so there are probably plenty of you out there that are feeling the same way. So what qualities of a leader made you not have your doubts about them?

For me, it’s all about a leader that can take the time to find the connection. In my crazy and idealistic mind, I truly believe that everyone has something to relate to with someone else. Tiny things or “Hey! We’re practically twins!” things are what can really help build a relationship between others. Sometimes, leaders almost seem unattainable because of their status or how busy their schedules are that many of us never really get to know our leaders for who they are and they don’t get to know us, either. So how can we put our faith in our leaders if we feel like we’re following blindly? Will this person lead us over a cliff? And how can leaders expect to gain the allegiance of their followers if they don’t even know what their followers value?

Ok, I get it- leaders are busy but that’s no excuse for them not to make a periodic presence to help build a connection. Whether you are running a 2 person start up or a Fortune sized company, you need to make the effort. Relate to people, find the connection, and make them feel like “my leader really gets me.” I don’t care if it’s every day, once a month, or once a quarter- you need to make that effort. Unfortunately, over the last few years, the changes in the workforce have weakened loyalty among employers/employees. If the loyalty and devotion isn’t there, then how can you expect to get the best out of your workforce? Are they 100% in or are they 50% in and 50% securing other options if things go sour?

The best leaders are the ones that get involved. They’re not always the singer on the stage in front of their loving fans. They’re the ones that dive into the crowd and get in the middle of all the action. They take it all in, listen, and emerge themselves in the bigger picture.

Leaders- isn’t it time we did this together?

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Gamification Spotlight: GOLD™

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A few months back, I had a pretty interesting Skype call with Martina Mangelsdorf, the Founder of GAIA Insights. Martina and I had originally became acquainted through various discussion groups on Linkedin in which I soon learned that her company dealt with customizing leadership development to work with Generation Y talent. I found her concept extremely interesting, so we had multiple conversations about how it works. She soon saw that I was interested in gamification and gave me some great details about the gamification she created called GOLD™ (Game Oriented Leadership Development), which is targeted for Gen Y.

Here are some of the amazing details Martina told me in regard to GOLD™:

  • GOLD™ was created for the workplace that is targeted for Gen Y and is considered the future of learning.
  • It is a built on the principle of games, focusing on methodology of leadership development.
  • It caters to the values and attributes of Gen Y.
  • It aims for emotional engagement and transformational insights.

The benefits of GOLD™ are:

  • It engages Gen Y on their terms.
  • It offers unique experiences to develop leadership capabilities.
  • It addresses defined learning objectives in unconventional ways.
  • It fosters sustainable learning through emotional memory anchors.
  • It develops better leaders which will directly impact your business and bottom line.
  • It finds ways to engage employees, so lessons stay with them down the line.

What makes GOLD™ unique?

  • It has a defined learning objective.
  • It creates engaging interaction.
  • It promotes social collaboration.
  • It allows transformational insight.
  • Participants can receive instant gratification.
  • It is a memorable experience.
  • And, of course, it’s fun!

Martina shared her version of GOLD™ that gave me some fantastic insight on what the benefits and principles were. I was really impressed that a game could promote learning that can easily be absorbed by employees through memory anchors. Being a Gen Yer myself, I felt that this was an amazing way to engage employees to learn quicker. I think this could help benefit any company, hands down.

More information about GOLD™, GAIA Insights, and Martina:

GAIA Insights

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