“Organization as a plant” metaphor

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s book titled “The Infinite Game”

No matter how strong an organization or plant is , no matter how tall it is , if a plant is not able to produce new seeds , if an organization is not able to produce new leaders , then the ability to thrive for generations is at risk.

What goes into forming “high performing teams”?

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s book titled “The Infinite Game”

Trusting teams are those which are based on the foundation of trust.People trust each other , collaboration is a byproduct and people feel free to express their vulnerability.

Biologically human beings are hardwired to protect outselves.When we do not feel safe feeling of mistrust results and performance gets hampered.

High performing teams are those where people trust each other , are willing to protect each other’s interests and are willing to give their blood sweat and tear to advance a just cause.

Trusting teams are pioneered by infinite minded leaders willing to take the requisite risks to create the right environment

Willingness to express vulnerability

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s book titled “The Infinite Game”

Trusting teams are those where the members feel safe under an infinite minded leader.Collaboration is the key snd the members are willing to give their blood , sweat and tear to advance a just cause.

When members work in Trusting Teams , they feel safe to express their vulnerability.Feeling safe to raise hand and admit mistakes , brings out the best in the team members.

What is meant by “decision paralysis”?

Adopted from the book titled “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath.

Our rational brain referred to as the “rider” of the “elephant” or emotional brain gives us the unique capability to analyze a situation and take decisions.

In the absence of a clear direction , give a multiple range of options this unique rational brain lacks ditection and gets confused.This phenomenon is referred to as “decision paralysis”

A crystal clear direction helps prevent this phenomenon

Emotional vs Rational brain arousal

The rational brain or “neo cortex” gives human beings the unique ability to analyze , rationalize & brainstorm , given a problem statement

On the other hand , limbic or emotional brain has been inherited from apes , gives us emotions e.g. feelings of love , affection etc.

To understand the respective arousal , nothing can be more apt than the following saying from Simon Sinek , adopted from the book titled “Together is Better”

Our minds can be convinced but our hearts must be won”

Role of “rider” & “elephant” in influencing change

The rider or the rational brain analyzes situation and provides the necessary direction to influence change.

The elephant or the emotional limbic brain understands only signals and provides the passion to influence change.

Thus for change to be driven both the “rider” and “elephant” need to be influenced with the necessary arousal to complement each other and produce the desired impact.

Adopted from the book titled “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath.

Scientifically driving change , in 3 steps

Adopted from the book titled “Switch” from Chip and Dan Heath.

Three 3 steps to drive change are:

1) Direct the Rider The rational brain referred to as the “Rider” needs to a crystal clear direction to be able to drive change

2)Motivate the elephant – Engaging the emotional limbic brain of humans that understands only signals , we encourage cooperation to drive change.This would help to get rid of mental exhaustion

3) Shape the Path – The situational problem can be influenced by better shaping the path to make change more likely

Leadership lessons for the day – Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek’s Together is Better is a leadership masterclass.

The following have been adopted from the book:

1) Leadership is an education.The best leaders think themselves as students and not teachers

2) A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him become stars.

3) A leader must be inspired by the people before a leader can inspire the people

Difference between “stress” and “passion”

Simon Sinek “Together is Better” highlights the difference in the simplest possible manner.

Working hard for something we don’t care is called stress.Working hard for something we love is called passion.

A true masterclass.

Assessing “true value” of a leader

Simon Sinek in his book “Together is Better” provides key insights related to the same.

The true value of a leader is not measured by the work they do.The true value of a leader is measured by the work they inspire others to do.

A true masterclass in leadership