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How Leaders Can Make An Outsized Positive Impact

In his keynote presentation today at IHRSA 2015, Adam Bryant focused on 6 areas that if done well have and outsized positive impact – and if done badly have an outsized negative impact.

  1. A simple plan. Leaders owe their employees this. Where are we going and how are we going to get there? There should be a scoreboard, and everyone should feel they can contribute. “If you don’t give people metrics, smart people will make up their own.” (Adam Nash, Wealthfornt)
  2. Rules of the Road. Values. Defining the behaviors that are important for you.
  3. A Little Respect. If you want employees to bring their best selves to work every day, treat them with respect. If the boss disses an employee in front of others, they remember that and it affects their performance.
  4. It’s About the Team. Everyone has a role to play. 
  5. Adult Conversations. Don’t wait until the annual performance review. Don’t make assumptions about someone’s motivations.
  6. The Hazards of Email. If you’re not speaking directly to someone – if you’re just emailing or texting – then your message can be “lost in translation”. Email does nothing to build relationships between employees; in fact, it damages relationships.

Bryant outlined some simple rules about email to ensure that they don’t become “hazardous”:

Rules for email

  • No arguing after two emails
  • No email when anything is at stake
  • Send fewer emails! Then you’ll get fewer back
  • Discourage the use of “cc”    

Bryant's presention was sponsored by Matrix Fitness.

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