An interview with Jonathan Bowman-Perks on his Inspiring Leadership Podcast & Video Series, is like an intermission in your own life journey. When you’re in a leadership role, anytime someone asks you questions that cause you to stop and reflect on how you lead, it’s a moment to pause and think about what you are doing — right or wrong. And it gives you permission to actually think — to actually stop and watch the snowflakes for a while, not something we have the luxury of doing in these tumultuous times. And OK, for some leaders they are not snowflakes — it’s a full-on blizzard coming at you each day, snow blindness setting in, and freezing rain paving the way. It’s bloody scary for many.
So, if you have the time to listen to any of Jonathan’s interviews, you would be joining a large fan base — he’s in the top 2% of podcasts — and you’d be listening to the reflections of some remarkable people, all taking an intermission with Jonathan to share their stories.
And, when Jonathan asked me for my Top Leadership Tip I couldn’t help but blurt out a superpower tool to connect with people that I call ‘1.5.30’! It’s from my new book Manage to Engage — How Great Managers Create Remarkable Results. but it’s something we’ve practiced in Proudfoot for 75 years. We just never labeled it so simply as 1.5.30. When you understand 1.5.30. it could easily be a go-to tool for every leader on the planet, at every level in an organization, particularly during these disconnected times. It helps remind you how important it is to check-in (not up!) with your people, routinely.
In Manage to Engage, published by Wiley and in bookstores on March 30th (thanks for letting me plug my book!), I talk about the pragmatic solutions we as leaders can bring to our businesses, our teams, and our people as this global health, economic and social crisis continues. From creating new scorecards of 2Fs and 7Cs to dealing with what cheeses people off at work and the bad hair days we can inadvertently create when we don’t engage people when we don’t check in with them. I ask you to think about ‘what color is your day?’ and how you connect, collaborate, and build community at work. I ask you to go #HeadsUp and take your nose out of your technology to leverage your data and use it to better engage. Mostly, I try to remind people that if you want to be a great leader you must first manage to engage, and 1.5.30. is a great place to start. It’s all about checking-in not checking up and bringing rhythm to your day to better connect with your teams.
And, I remind anyone looking to improve their performance as a leader, to change their organizations, or to transform their businesses — nothing moves until your people are moved! We all must manage to engage!