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Experts Chime in on "Energizing Leadership:" A Frontline Festival

by | May 15, 2015 | By Karin Hurt, Frontline Festival |

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our May Festival is all about energizing leadership. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors, ! Next month’s Festival is all about beginnings, fresh starts, and launching well. New contributors welcome.

Energizing Ourselves

We often plough so much energy into the big picture, we forget the pixels. – Silvia Cartwright

Wally Bock of Three-Star Leadership tells us time off is good for you and your team. Set the example, by taking breaks, building downtime into your schedule, and taking time off regularly. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC  asks “Who motivates the motivator?” Leadership is like that. Who does the leader follow to evolve into the optimum model to follow? Leadership must be renewed from within. Follow Michelle.

Every time Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks  reads Getting Things Done, he grows. In this post, he explains four ways GTD enhance’s a leader’s skills and capability. After all, who wants to follow a confused and disorganized leader? Follow Bruce.

Chery Gegelman of Simply Understanding posits that leadership is all about connections, and connections create energy–and that those connections are especially meaningful when they happen in unlikely places and with complete strangers…   Follow Chery.

Terri Klass of Terri Klass Consulting points out that sometimes leaders spend more time focusing on their weaknesses and blind spots, rather than on their strengths. We often compare ourselves to others instead of seeing our unique gifts and abilities. When we do recognize our talents, we can shine as leaders.  Follow Terri.

Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents Have you had your sabbatical yet? where she shares that taking “mini-sabbaticals” weekly, or even daily, helps to cleanse your mind, refresh your spirit, and focus on things other than your work – so that you can bring your best to your work, your leadership, and your life overall. Follow Lisa.

Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership advises that the ability to generate energy consistently over time has the power to elevate you to your potential as a leader. If you need a boost, looking to your core values is a great place to start. Follow Susan.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference reminds us that energizing others begins with energizing the self. When you deeply know your values and gifts, the next step is bringing that true self outward – with authenticity and honesty. Follow Jon.

Jennifer Miller of The People Equation Jennifer V. Miller read the book “Energize Your Leadership!” and was given a boost by the personal leadership stories from 16 different authors. Read her take-aways at 16 Stories to Energize Your LeadershipFollow Jennifer.

Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com shares that “Trust is how I feel in my gut about what you will do with my gift (ideas, knowledge, feelings) when I share a piece of myself.” Follow Michelle.

Ever had a physical or emotional crash? Leadership Coach Julie Pierce of Empowered by Pierce talks about how to prevent and recover from this common leadership experience. Follow Julie.

Alli Polin of Break the Frame  offers, “Just like you edit your writing, you can edit your personal leadership to re-energize and create stronger results.”   Follow Alli.

For Lalita Raman of LalitaRaman.com, identifying and connecting to her vision, helped her energize her brand and what she does. Follow Lalita.

Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context reminds us that our future success is in the hands of our leaders. They will be the ones to tackle the seemingly unsolvable problems of the future. Are they ready? Follow Linda.

Energizing Others

We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy and the creativity of all our people. – Roger Wilkins

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited suggests that play and fun are necessary to energize ourselves and our staff and provides an engaging and simple team building activityFollow Beth.

Dr. Crystal Davis shares that servant-Leaders who focus on serving rather than being served energize and renew people’s loyalty and commitment to an organization. Energizing leaders listen authentically and are concerned with the others through the full range of knowledge, skills, emotional, and behavioral dynamics. Follow Crystal.

Susan Fowler  of SusanFowler.com gives us tips on how to energize employees to preform at their highest level because they themselves want to genuinely thrive, not because there might be “something in it” for them to do well right now. Follow Susan.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement encourages us to build a culture with respect for people that encourages joy in work and builds intrinsic motivation.  Don’t try to motivate with extrinsic motivation gimmicks.  Follow John.

Dan McCarthy of About.com Management & Leadership  asks “What’s the single most important measure of an effective one-on-one? Make sure they leaved more energized than when they came in!” Follow Dan.

Matt McWilliams of Matt McWilliams Consulting asks, “What is encouragement and what is it not?” and provides six ways build others up and grow your influence as a leaderFollow Matt.

Tony Vengrove of Miles Finch Innovation says, “There’s no silver bullet for making innovation “happen” or leading any other worthy endeavor. Leading innovation and change is a circuitous journey filled with hard work, patience, and persistence–it requires a spirit of whatever it takes.” Follow Tony.

Call for Submissions. The June Frontline Festival is about beginnings, fresh starts, and launching well. Please send your submissions no later than June 20th. New participants welcome. Click here to join in!

In other news:

energizing leadersI’m excited to share that April 20th marked the release of a collaborative book, Energize Your Leadership, written by 16 thought leaders (many of whom are active contributors to this Festival.) Read the story of our collaboration here AND View the trailer.

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1 Comment

  1. Bruce Harpham

    Karin, well done on how you organized this festival. I agree that it makes sense to start by creating and sustaining personal energy before one looks to provide energy to others.


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Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, and hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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