Words With Teams: A Simply Insightful Teambuilding Exercise post image

I’m always looking for ways to keep remote teams connected.  Remote work drives thirst for daily inspiration and touch points.  Sharing words helps.  Words uncover meaning.  Words inform.  Words create community.

I emailed my larger team,

“what’s one word that inspires your leadership?”

Powerful responses within 24 hours, over 40% of my team shared their words with their peers.  Powerful, easy, fun.

Words Provide Insights

Words offered quick insights.  Words revealed values (and therefore what they needed from me).  Joe’s word is “challenge,” I’d  better stretch him.  Sally’s word is “balance,” something may be off.

A Few Highlights

  • Persevere: An excellent leader will persevere despite frustration, exhaustion, discouragement or opposition
  • Navigation: Anyone can steer the boat, but it takes a leader to determine its course. If you know where you are going, others will come on the journey with you
  • Flexibility: It’s important to look at others points of view outside of your own,  or change course when necessary. I think we grow more as an organization and as individuals when we are open to the possibilities
  • Energy: I believe that everyone carries with them a certain “energy” that determines their way of being. It’s not what you do, but how you do it.”
  • Succinct
  • Loyalty:   I believe that loyalty should be at the core of leadership.  You cannot expect a tem to follow your vision if you don’t have loyalty or if they don’t believe their leader is loyal to them.
  • Humor: I try to keep things humorous.  A happy team is a productive team
What word inspires your leadership?
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Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.

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Steve Borek   |   28 March 2013   |   Reply


Eric Dingler (@EricDingler)   |   28 March 2013   |   Reply

Vision. I love knowing what the win looks like and having the common goal to work towards. It also helps us know what not to spend time on verses what to make priority for time.

This is a great interview question.

Terri   |   28 March 2013   |   Reply

I love knowing my leader’s vision as well Eric!

Eric Dingler   |   28 March 2013   |  

Thanks Terri.

bill holston   |   28 March 2013   |   Reply

Great article, thanks! For me, Serventhood

letsgrowleaders   |   29 March 2013   |   Reply

Thanks for all the great words! Please let me know if you end up trying the exercise in any form… love to hear how it goes. Eric, I like the idea of using it in an interview.

Melanie Benson Strick   |   29 March 2013   |   Reply