O V S O N Communiqué

July 2013

A Note from Alan:

Self Leadership: You Got It, You Win

In today's highly competitive organizations, traditional command and control management styles don't work well. Cutting-edge leaders are looking for managers and employees who motivate themselves, take more responsibility, and participate in decision-making situations. They want employees who are self-leaders.

Studies show employees who practice self-reflection gain insights into their behaviors and are able to make immediate changes, engage in innovative behaviors, and enhance their personal and business effectiveness.

Self leadership is simply the process of influencing ourselves through well-defined strategies of personal improvement. Here are six actions that will help anyone develop self-leadership skills:

1) Set both long-term and short-term SMART goals.
2) Make goals public so that there is social pressure to accomplish those goals.
3) Associate with positive people who encourage desirable behavior and avoid people and things that promote negative behavior.
4) Develop rewards that increase positive actions.
5) Monitor thought patterns and reinforce new habits.
6) Rearrange environments. Simple changes can make huge differences.

If you want to make great changes in your life, the first thing is to become a highly functioning self leader. Hiring a coach will help you with this process.

  Alan Ovson

Topic of the Month:

How to Act Like a Leader

Since leadership is the art of accomplishing goals through other people, a leader who cannot communicate, inspire, and guide others will go nowhere. Social intelligence is the biggest factor of success for any leader. It is the make-or-break leadership skill set.

Here are six characteristics that define the social intelligence traits of good leaders:

6 Defining Traits of Effective Leaders

1. They Communicate Clearly and Directly
Clear and direct communication is the single greatest skill effective leaders possess. Many leaders have a great resume, but only those leaders who communicate clearly and develop interpersonal relationships will see their businesses thrive.

2. They Influence, Guide, and Inspire Others
Any leader can hire people with great technical skills, but then you've got to motivate, guide and inspire these employees. That’s what good leaders do. If you can't influence and inspire others, you are nowhere.

3. They Listen to Varieties of Input
Effective leaders develop trusting relationships so that people feel comfortable giving feedback. Great leaders actively listen to this feedback and are open to ideas from others. These leaders make decisions based on varieties of different sources.

4. They Take Responsibility for Their Decisions
When all sides have had their say, a good leader will make a decision and take responsibility for his/her actions. Real leaders acknowledge responsibility for their decisions. Leaders mean what they say: in conversations, meetings, presentations, videos, speeches, memos, articles, and white papers. Because effective leaders take responsibility, people trust them.

5. They Give Credit to Others
Effective leaders acknowledge that the people they lead make initiatives successful. Effective leaders know they are only as effective as their team. They recognize the value of others, and a good leader will help his/her organization build more good leaders and promote others into leadership roles.

6. They Know Their Value
Leaders understand their strengths - and how these strengths help them lead. Leaders know what they contribute to an organization's success. Real leaders are comfortable recognizing their own value.

Good leaders are not born into leadership roles. They study, get mentored, and work hard at the basic skills of interpersonal communication and social intelligence. It takes time to learn the skills of effective leadership. Is it worth it? You bet!


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    Communications Quote
    for July:

    Communication is the one class no one graduates from. Even the wisest man's words will be misinterpreted by a fool.

    Shannon Alder


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    Thinking Like a Manager

    Management success is measured in large part by how well a manager can get work done through others. This takes excellent communication skills, an understanding of interpersonal and group dynamics, and the ability to motivate all types of people.

    This highly interactive seminar helps participants examine and break down barriers that block effective communication. The techniques, skills, and attitudes needed to become highly productive managers will be explored.

      • Motivate others.

      • Increase team productivity.

      • Effectively lead groups.

      • Provide clear language and objectives to others.

      • Resolve conflicts and solve problems.

      • Make decisions in less time with less stress.

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    and external communications to achieve the outcomes they desire. Ovson focuses on
    issues of: negotiation, dealing with conflict, presentations, and developing visions
    and creating strategies to accomplish those visions. Ovson offers training workshops,
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