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Week 18

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 31-03-2014



Finding Balance

From the Power of Habit – Simply giving employees a sense of agency a feeling that they are in control,  that they have genuine decision making authority can radically increase how much energy and focus they bring to their jobs. Starbucks has seen turnover reduced and customer satisfaction go up, just by asking employees  for input on where the espresso machine should be or  how the cash registers should be laid  out in order to serve customers better.  People want to be in control of their lives.

But if you recall in Week 1 “Organizations thrive on routine” from Primal Leadership, how does this case in the Power of Habit change the way we see our role in motivating or helping employees to have some control without losing control or becoming a routine in the work place?

How would you or how have you as a leader, kept the routine of the job for safety or productivity reasons but still empowered your employees to have some control so they have higher satisfaction in their work?  Has it impacted the productivity or your workplace?

Week 17

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 24-03-2014




Ones Add Up

Howard Schultz stated this in his book Onward, “We thought in terms of millions of customers and thousands of stores instead of one customer, one partner, one cup of coffee at a time. With such a mind set many little things dangerously slipped by unnoticed or at least went unacknowledged. How could one imperfect cup of coffee, one unqualified manger, or one poorly located store matter when millions of cups of coffee were being served in thousands of stores? We forgot that ones add up!

Footnote: 65 billion cups of coffee are consumed annually in the United States.  Starbucks holds only 4% of that market.

Many of you are leading organizations that have a large amount of employees and in some cases your organizations serve thousands of customers a day from students at colleges or universities to police forces representing entire communities.  As leaders, do you believe that “one’s add up”?  If so,  can you share in your case how ones added up in a negative way or positive way and how you focus on the ones – also why is it important that organizations pay attention to the singleness of their product or consumer.

Week 16

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 17-03-2014




Self Improvement = Self Investment

UC Berkeley recently calculated that in 2000 the total amount of information produced world wide was the equivalent of 37,000 times as much information that is held in the Library of Congress and in 2003 that amount doubled.  By the way, that does not include that information from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by John Maxwell

As a leader, how do you keep up with the abundance of information that is now available to help you.  What habits have you created to help you stay up to date and informed?

I have heard that great leaders also have great systems to keep information – do you use a system and if so what is it?

Week 15

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 10-03-2014



“Enthusiasm is a Muscle”

To stay enthusiastic you have to find a way to tap back into the original desire that led you on the path to begin with. I caution people who look and think that it’s money.  In my case, this was not the case.  It’s always been about the work, period. It’s always been about the love of the work –  Decisions: Making the Right Decisions. Righting the Wrong One by Jim Treliving

As a leader do you agree that keeping your enthusiasm is important and if so how do you prepare daily to stay enthusiastic?  What tools, ideas, exercises, do you use to keep you at your best?

I am also interested to know how you keep your original desire front and centre as it is easy to be overrun with every day details and duties.   Also, what motivates you?  Is it the work and if so what is it about the work that gives you so much enthusiasm?

Week 14

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 03-03-2014



With more than $38 billion in annual revenues and $7.6 billion in operating income in 2010, with more than 28,000 hotel rooms in 34 hotels and 4 theme parks, over 200 restaurants and more than 10,000 people that are called cast members at Disney you would have to call this company a magical organization – but how do they do it?

According to the book “Be Our Guest” it is this simple – Exceeding expectations by attending to the details is how you can create practical magic for your customers.  Quality Service – Quality Services means exceeding your guests’ expectations by paying attention to every detail of the delivery of your products and services. It’s simple and less than astounding but the challenge is living up to the requirements of Quality Service – many companies can wow their customers on occasion but few are able to accomplish it daily.  What is the magic that you can use to commit to building an organization that will and can exceed expectations?

What amazes me is that Disney is able to engage 150,000 employees in a vision and commitment to deliver quality service every day. So, as a leader of an organization, company, or community, how have you been able to engage your people to believe in one vision? How did you share your vision and get your people to commit to the standards that you have set?

Do you believe that quality service can be a competitive edge for your organization? If so, what steps have you taken to train your people and how are you accountable to delivering Quality Services?

I will be taking the Disney Institute Leadership Program this March to learn more.  I look forward to sharing that experience with you!

Week 13

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 24-02-2014

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I just love this statement, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” by John F Kennedy. It’s been over 50 years since JFK has left his impact on the world.  Many leaders debate his presidency and the words that he used to create a vision of a better world; with more peace and less war, a vision of a world that could dream big and go places we never thought of.  More importantly, he challenged his nation by this statement “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country”   – words that many of us will remember for a life time.

Can you share your impression of those words from JFK that every man can make a difference and every man should try? Do those words challenge you as a leader and how do you teach this message?

Do we now find ourselves in a time where we need to ask what we are willing to do for our country? Is this a time when we need a bigger vision and commitment from all of us?  If so, what steps can we take or what steps have you taken?

Week 12

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 17-02-2014

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Ronald Heifetz is the senior lecturer and co-founder of Public Leadership at John F. Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University.  He says, “Leaders, it’s not your job to actually solve their problems, it’s your job to develop their capacity to solve their problems.” 

As a leader do you agree with the statement that your role is to create the capacity to solve problems? If so, how have you supported those actions in your own leadership role or in your professional role as a leader?

As a leader, what steps have you taken in the past to help someone find a solution?

Week 11

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 10-02-2014

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Play can be a profound way to engage with the world and the self. Artists have always known that a playful mind can unlock the richest secrets. Picasso talked about remaining child-like in order to paint. Henri Matisse noted that a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play is the hallmark of creative heavyweights. Albert Einstein put it more pithily “To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play. Steve Jobs’ personal motto was Stay hungry, Stay foolish.  (The Slow Fix)

Based on those findings do you think that play helps your creativity and problem solving skills? Have you ever discover the answer to a problem that you have been trying to solve during play? Do you use play in your work environment? If so, how has it helped in areas of problem solving, creativity, employee engagement?

Have you used it to create a company culture? What kind of play have you engaged in at work?

Week 10

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 03-02-2014

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Harvard psychologist, Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson of South San Francisco Unified School District conducted a very interesting study in the 1960’s that was designed to find out what happens to students when teachers believed they had high potential. Rosenthal randomly selected 20 percent of the students in a few class rooms and labelled them “Bloomers- High Potentials” and the other 80 percent were in a controlled group. The bloomers weren’t any smarter than their peers – the difference was in the mind of the teacher. The teachers’ beliefs created self-fulfilling prophecies. When teachers believed their students were “Bloomers” they set higher expectations, engaged more and supported behaviours that helped boost the students’ confidence.  All of this in turn, boosted the students’ grades.

From this study what can we learn from the results; have you ever seen one person with your perception of high potential and another you though had low potential?  On reflection, did you invest in them differently; did they live up to your own self- fulfilling prophecies?

What do you think is a great lesson about the way we see people? How can we change the way we see people?

Week 9

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 27-01-2014

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Questions engage our critical thinking. Research shows that asking questions improves learning and performance by as much as 150 percent (Harvard Law School). Sometimes questions are more important than the answers (Author Nancy Willard).

Gandhi once said “great questions are clearly the quickest path to great answers.”

What have been some of the best questions you have asked and what did you learn because of your questions? What other benefits can be gained from asking good questions besides good answers (did it create an environment of openness and humility?).
What questions do you believe need to asked by you that you have not asked as of yet?