Fred on Vision/Leadership

This is the second in a series of posts including thoughts/quotes/ideas from The Fred Factor, which are related to areas that I care a lot about.  You can read the first post here.  The quotes in today’s post are related to vision and leadership.
  • Command-and-control short-circuits the spirit of the Fred Factor, which is about opportunity, not obligation.
    • Recruit to opportunities not needs – use opportunity language.  
    • Don’t say, “We really need volunteers, please volunteer!”  Cast vision and let them know that you have an opportunity for them to be a part of what’s going on in your organization.
  • Here’s what you can do:  Invite people to join you.  Use your enthusiasm and commitment to gain their participation and involvement.
    • Call others to participate with you.  
    • Make the ask, and make it personal
  • The most powerful tool you have for spreading the Fred Factor throughout your organization is your own behavior – the example of your life and the effect it has on others.
    • You’ve got to live out the vision and display the behavior that you’re calling others to adopt.  
  • You teach what you know, but you reproduce who you are. – John Maxwell
    • You can’t fake this – you have to be bought in – otherwise it becomes a “do as I say and not as I do” endeavor – even then, according to the above principle – you’ll reproduce those in your organization that are like you.
  • “No man can become rich without himself enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie – p. 81
    • You have to help others and invest in their development.  
    • If you accomplish the vision at the expense of relationships and people, then you’re not really doing a good job.
  • We get the behavior we reward.
    • What’s rewarded is repeated – what gets measured gets managed
  • Uninspired people rarely do inspired work.
    • You must cast vision repeatedly to remind people why they’re doing what they’re doing.  
    • It’s vitally important to connect what they’re doing to the heart of the vision – they have to understand the crucial role that they play.  You’ve got to show them how what they do is an integral part of accomplishing the vision.
  • Nobody can prevent you from being extraordinary.  (this is one of Mark Sanborn’s favorite quotes from the book).
    • Proof that the most important person to lead and cast vision for is yourself.
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