Ithaca, NY (PRWEB) July 24, 2013 -- GIVE Leadership Institute co-founder Al Gonzalez hosted a distinguished line-up of guests throughout June on his weekly WebTallkRadio.net show, Leading Beyond the Status Quo, touching on an array of key concepts at the heart of issues that impact leaders and their teams such as negativity bias, sustainable leadership, employee engagement, workplace bullying and the “Triple Bottom Line” of People, Profit and Planet.
The first show of the month, “Using Appreciative Inquiry to Minimize Negativity,” featured David Hain, Director of Transformation Partners based in Cardigh, Wales.
Hain referenced the “Happiness at Work Global Index,” compiled by an institute at Oxford from 9000 people from around the world in his explanation that employees that were identified as most happy in their workplace “stay twice as long I their jobs as their least happy colleagues, spend double the time at work focused on what they are paid to do (as opposed to things they are not paid to do), take10 times less sick leave and feel they are fulfilling their potential twice as much.” He said that the index indicated that the three things that underpinned it all were trust, recognition and pride.
The focus of the show was a tool known as “the Appreciative Inquiry Model” and how it can be used as a way to overcome negativity bias, develop trust and inspire others. Hain identified key elements of the model, such as building on strengths instead of weaknesses, building trust through dialogue and sharing vision and moving away from a “deficit thinking” that sees people as problems to be solved towards a model of seeing people as a source of possibilities.
“The Case for #FutureLeaders” featured Brian Huggins, a junior at Cornell University and recipient of the BOLD (Business Opportunities in Leadership and Diversity) Leadership Compass Award. Early in the show, Gonzalez explained that Huggins’ achievement in this very competitive program was based largely on the feedback of his fellow students about the quality of his leadership and asked him to identify some of the factors that led to his success in BOLD.
Huggins said that “one of the biggest things I learned is that you have to make it a very conscious effort or you will not grow as a leader.” He went on to describe how he leveraged a tool known as the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership to reverse early shortcomings in his leadership of a student team in the development of a business plan as part of an international competition.
Juana Bordas discussed her book The Power of Latino Leadership and how to connect with and leverage Latino assets, energy, and values in the workplace in a show titled, “The Impact of Latino Leadership on FutureLeaders".
While explaining the immense impact the book had on him as a leader and as a 2nd generation Latino, Gonzalez asked the author to comment on her statements about the millennials, the largest and most diverse generation in history and the fact that 20% of that generation will be Latino.
“A New York Times study found that majority of people leave (their jobs) because they don’t feel that they are valued or that their contribution is being understood,” Bordas explained. “One of the things that Latinos can offer as leaders is that we look at work and people in a different way. Ours is a people-centered, humanistic culture that values the individual.”
Bordas also spoke about changing mentors to allies. “In our communities, we have circular, intergenerational relationships and the feeling that we should utilize the assets of youth in a more equitable way, with reciprocity. Millennials are said to be a generation that values their elders and believes they have something to contribute, but not from the top down. They want them as allies, on their level. The implication is that we are there to support and learn from each other and have a common vision.”
Leading Beyond the Status Quo can be heard each week on WebTalkRadio.net, one of the Internet’s fastest growing talk radio portals. As a Podcast, the show can be heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the radio station website, alongside a variety of other shows, and will also be available on iTunes.
James Ragsdale, Give Leadership Institute, http://giveleadership.com, 772-828-9936, [email protected]