The Self-Evolved Leader
Business & Economics
January 28, 2020
Bad habits die hard, even in fast-growth industries. In The Self-Evolved Leader, leadership expert Dave McKeown unpacks the most prevalent myths about running a business in fast-growth industries, carefully debunking the usefulness of longstanding tactics such as stepping in to save the day for your team--every day. Self-driven leadership evolution. Instead of offering the same tired, ineffective tips that just drain the mental resources of business leaders, McKeown outlines real skills, mindset shifts, and management rituals that you can implement every day to empower your people to perform at their highest level, no tedious oversight required. The book includes a comprehensive 15-week program designed to help you evolve your leadership style with the kind of flexible, adaptable best practices that work to deliver results, company-wide. The leadership practices outlined in this book can help you: * Break bad managerial habits and replace them with ones that work * Increase your company's agility in fast-growth industries * Create a culture of high performance in your workplace
Dave McKeown does a great job of promoting practical action by explaining how our ideas of leadership have evolved and making a case for what resonates now and where we may need to adjust—or perhaps even start over in how we lead.
McKeown takes a stepwise approach–laying out the principles of leadership which would be helpful to staffers with high potential as well as experienced leaders who want to hone their skills. He doesn’t sugar coat the challenges that exist in our current environment. However, he makes such good sense that tackling management challenges feels completely doable. It’s a must read.
Beyond the content, he does a great job working with all types of learning styles. It is clearly written, set up almost as a manual, and there are video summaries, additional resources, and even a Spotify playlist. If you’re not getting what you need from this book, don’t blame Dave!
Amanda Mitchell is an executive coach and strategist specializing in helping senior executives deal with disruptive drama within their teams. An advertising agency veteran, she experienced first-hand the business implications of corporate drama both with her Fortune 500 clients and within the Manhattan ad agency she led. She founded Our Corporate Life (www.ourcorporatelife.com) to help executives solve the problems no one wants to deal with. She has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, and quoted in Fast Company, CNBC.com, and Monster.com. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
Dave McKeown does a great job of promoting practical action by explaining how our ideas of leadership have evolved and making a case for what resonates now and where we may need to adjust—or perhaps even start over in how we lead. Read More...
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Taking Control of Your Career® Bootcamp Content Overview
Our Bootcamp is designed to get you back to feeling like yourself fast. To avoid overwhelm, we cover critical topics sequentially so you can make small changes quickly and experience immediate results.
1. New Beginnings
We start by creating a clear picture of your desired outcome and showing how feeling stuck can benefit you. You’ll also learn how to increase your physical and mental energy and a quick (less than 5 minutes!), easy way to improve your mood.
2. Setting Yourself Up For Success
It’s easier to succeed when your environment completely supports you. You’ll learn how to easily analyze yours and bring it into alignment. We’ll also cover techniques for viewing your work situation in a neutral, productive way–allowing you to move within it effortlessly.
3. Values & Standards
Values impact your behaviors, decisions, relationships and direction in life. Yet your values are often not aligned with your workplace. Standards are what we honor because we believe they will lead us to our goals. Logically you’d think high standards would result in a superior result but just the opposite often occurs. In this session we’ll cover how to maintain your standards when they’re not shared and how to stay true to yourself without making it an issue for others.
4. How Your Best Intentions Work Against You
If you’re like most achievers, you welcome and thrive on responsibility. Sometimes, however, your life can feel like one long “to do” list leaving little time to figure out what is working – or not – in your life. We’ll cover how to retrain your teammates, how to redefine your role and the concept of “responsibility without authority” – having one without the other makes success impossible.
5. Core Beliefs
Understanding how personal beliefs drive behavior is critical to freeing you from feeling trapped. This is a deeply personal and important aspect necessary to move into action. You’ll learn how to uncover the core belief that is out of alignment and the 5 step process you can use to replace it.
6. Who is in Control of Your Life?
Control is like catnip to high achievers – we all want it. But surprisingly few exercise control in the one area where they actually have it. This cycle of relentlessly trying to get control over an uncontrollable situation is exhausting and self–defeating. Resetting expectations so you can focus on fulfilling activities will provide the energy you need to regain your perspective and take action.
7. Setting Boundaries
If you’re surrounded by those who constantly violate your boundaries it will create conflict, drama and drain your energy. When you set and maintain appropriate boundaries you will experience an almost immediate reduction of stress. We will review the 5–step boundary setting process; discuss how to hold the line without alienating others or compromising your standards, and the implications of not being able to say “no”.
8. The Path Forward
Your work each session will have helped you uncover your personal traps and provided strategies for overcoming them. We’ll do a quick review and focus on how to use your strategic plan so you’ll never get in this situation again. We’ll also review how to appropriately take responsibility, how to manage workplace expectations and perceptions and the best habits for self–management when “overwhelm” strikes again – as it inevitably will.