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Leading Yourself to Growth in 2019

Leading Yourself First

It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking about wrapping up the loose ends and setting goals for the New Year. It may seem like all you need is a powerful resolution, the right planner or the right time management tool and you are off to a great start – which then often fizzles out. The one thing I’ve noticed about leaders who are able to set meaningful goals and actually achieve them is their ability to self-correct and lead themselves.

As a business or organizational leader, you may feel that time spent on yourself is indulgent, or perhaps even unnecessary. However, only leaders who are willing to take a closer and honest look at themselves and change what needs changing to operate at a higher level will be able to drive growth.

In order to lead yourself well, you have to understand your intrinsic motivation, your triggers, and your leadership personality.

  • What makes you uniquely you?
  • Why do you make the choices you make?
  • Where are you operating on autopilot and what choices do you make deliberately?

If you’re serious about taking your business and professional development to the next level in 2019, you’ll have to start with yourself!

I have two excellent programs coming up in January to begin this process with leaders, who are ready to take a deep dive. Both have Early Bird pricing that expires soon – reserve your spot and get ready to SOAR in 2019!

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Monday, January 14th, 2019

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

2019 Leadership Strategies and Action Planing Workshop

  1. Identify your leadership style
  2. Define your leadership goals and vision
  3. Build a development plan for yourself and your team and deliver it in 2019

$245 per person / $195 if purchased by December 31, 2018

Sign up here

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4th Fridays, January-April, 2019

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

SOAR Leading for Growth Program

The SOAR Leading for Growth Program develops and strengthens Leadership Excellence and drives Growth at Every Level in organizations. In this program you will gain powerful tools and practices that will catalyze and accelerate the growth of your people and your organization.

$2495 per person / $1995 if purchased before December 31, 2018

*Practitioner and non-profit rates upon request, qualifies for 2 CEUs

Sign up here

Butler Communication’s SOAR Leadership Labs give you an opportunity to take a closer look at the current leadership capacity in your organization, to learn and practice new communication patterns, to experience and implement collaborative management styles and to strengthen your leadership teams at all levels in your organization.

Questions? Call me: 703-599-9079

Build Committed Relationships, Shape Engaging Culture,
Inspire Agile Action, Generate Extraordinary Results

With best wishes for bold and courageous 2019,

 

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Friderike Butler

Chief Human Potential Catalyst 
​Leadership Development & Executive Coach

Your Narrative of Your Past Impacts the Possibilities You See in the Future

Backward Forward

 

This past month I had the honor to be showcased by the talented photographer Melissa Maillett in her Women Entrepreneur Success Series. I love the results of the photo shoot. What came as a surprise were unexpected insights triggered by Melissa’s thoughtful interview questions. As I outlined my professional journey, I started to see previously unnoticed patterns: a consistent series of “firsts”, a steadily growing confidence in seeing and actively pursuing new opportunities and challenges, discovering the impact of culture and culture clashes, seeing unrealized potential in others and last but not least a long line of people, who were inspired to stretch and grow with me.

My coaching business therefore feels like a natural extension of a life-long journey. When I looked at my curated notes in response to the interview questions, I was able to clearly articulate my professional purpose: seeing the almost limitless potential in the people and opportunities I encounter, discovering possibilities with others and supporting them in designing a path to purposefully living and working, and embracing change and transformation and I was easily able to create a formula for my own definition of success that previously seemed elusive:

Activation of Growth through Transformation
rooted in
Potential + Possibility + Purpose
=> energizing and inspiring delight


HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • What patterns do you discover in your past that may boost your motivation and energize your current professional life?
  • What have been consistent behaviors in your professional journey beyond your technical skills that produced positive results?
  • What do people see in you when you are at your best? Can you leverage that when you get ready to pitch new ideas or go after new opportunities?
  • Does your internal narrative support the results you want to create?

My recent work in Narrative Coaching has opened new ways of thinking and exploring for my clients. Here is the co-created progression of a recent coaching session that provided a great framework for my client to explore her narrative:

This framework can be modified effectively for reflection on past successes in order to create desired results in the future.


Self-reflection exercise:

  • List your most memorable successes.
  • What action/s created those successes? Can you see a pattern?
  • How did you feel at the time?
  • What story supports the emotion, the action and the outcome?
  • Is there an emerging event that you can explore through a similar lense? What else is possible when you shift the underlying story?


Are you curious about the potential impact of your inner narrative in your professional life?


Narrative Coaching Discovery Sessions in June FREE for first 5 inquiries

Schedule your Appointment HERE.

With best wishes for an empowered narrative!


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Friderike Butler
Human Potential Catalyst 
​Leadership Development &
Executive Coaching

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What’s SCRUM and Agile Got to Do With Adult Learning and Leadership?

 

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How organizations can remain focused and effective in an ever-changing, complex environment

Recently I have had the honor and privilege to assume a coaching role with several leaders in STEM-based organizations. To prepare myself and to better understand their world, I took several crash courses in Lean Management, Scrum and Agile Methodology. I half-expected to have to force myself to make sense of highly technical terminology and dry program management theory only to be pleasantly surprised to find fascinating parallels to cutting-edge leadership development theory.

In simple terms, SCRUM is a methodology that breaks complex scenarios (epics) down into small deliverable increments (stories) that can be completed in a short, defined timeframe (sprint). Each delivery cycle opens with a planning session during which the entire team decides what increments they will be able to complete during the cycle. The cycle closes with a review that includes stakeholder feedback and a retrospective during which processes are refined and subsequent increment specifications may be revised.

Rapid development of deliverables and regular, short-order feedback loops ensure nimble adaptations to external and internal requirement changes and quick detection of misalignment or errors. Accountability and self-governance of the team is built into the framework and communication breakdowns quickly become apparent.

Daily stand-up meetings enforce focus and commitment and team members rely on mutual respect, transparency and openness to new ideas to be able to operate at their best. The team continues to learn from and with each other. Doesn’t that sound like project management Nirvana?

While SCRUM focuses on the work of the product owner (similar role to project manager), the team and the interaction with stakeholders, Agile addresses enterprise design and leadership. More on that in a future post.

Of course there is much more to SCRUM and Agile. SCRUM professionals will be quick to admit that it is not easy to transform traditional project management and top-down leadership calling for long-term goals and defined milestones into an Agile workplace, especially when factoring the human element of resisting major change.

Yet there is a lot to be gained from taking the leap of faith:

  1. Fostering of creative adaptability, which is crucial for success in rapidly changing environments
  2. Engagement of all team members in the design and execution process, which has been proven to be essential for talent retention
  3. Encouraging dynamic collaboration, which always outperforms siloed, static work processes
  4. Continued shared learning, which results in innovation and boosts competitiveness

What excites me most about SCRUM is the notion that this way of learning, working, and creating in a collaborative whole can be applied outside of software development projects. It is a flexible and adult-learning supporting methodology that can be used for dynamic leadership development needs at all levels in an organization through effective, micro-learning deliverables.

You can deconstruct complex leadership epics into skill development sprints that focus on learning, practicing and internalizing new communication and behavior patterns, which ultimately will result in organizational learning, resilience and adaptability at all levels.

SCRUM and Agile Leadership can be an antidote to disengaged staff, unrealized brilliant ideas in the ranks, sluggish procedures, ineffective communication.

Are you curious to hear more? Inquire about our new program offer:

Butler Communication’s SOAR Leadership Labs give you an opportunity to take a closer look at the current leadership capacity in your organization, to learn and practice new communication patterns, to experience and implement collaborative management styles and to strengthen your leadership teams at all levels in your organization.

Curious? Call us: 703-599-9079

Build Committed Relationships, Shape Engaging Culture,
Inspire Agile Action, Generate Extraordinary Results