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Belief System Institute Newsletter

April 14, 2010

Message From Martha & Thad

Spring Has Sprung!
Spring has sprung in our back yard! It’s a wonderful thing seeing all the sunshine and green signs of spring, following a winter of heavy rains and snow!

Not that we are fanatics about this, but the tradition of “spring cleaning” comes to mind after doing a little this past weekend. So, what are you doing to clean out your clutter at work? If your list of important “to do’s” includes dealing with those employees not holding themselves accountable for their business results, then read on. This Leader Quick Tip and BLOG include tips and solutions to get results with these type of employee issues.

Hopefully this season’s pollen crop hasn’t kept you from getting outdoors. Martha’s decided wearing a mask may not be a bad idea after all. Whether you like digging in your garden, playing golf or tennis or hiking with your family as we do… we hope you are enjoying this season of renewal! Also, be on the lookout for information about a preview for our Inspiring Women bookinar series.

Leadership Quick Tip:

Creating Ownership Can Be Tricky Business

What is the best way to get employees to take ownership of tasks or projects?
This is a question that stirred up a lot of interest in Martha’s recent webinars introducing our new book INSPIRING WOMEN . . . BECOMING Courageous, Wise Leaders.

Here’s our thinking. It always helps when employees are involved in the decisions leading up to a new project or task assignment, but that doesn’t always happen. As you strive to get ownership, keep in mind that you cannot guess how to get them to take ownership! So remember, if you want to know, ASK!

For example, “What has to happen for you to take charge of this project and do a great job with it?” A question like this will work—just steer the conversation to two things. One, what will motivate him? Two, what barriers do they see getting in him way? Address these two issues, then sit back and watch ownership make things happen. For more ideas on this question, go to today’s BLOG.
Or get a copy of INSPIRING WOMEN

All the best to your success,
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