Lead In With Lorne – The Subway Sandwich Principle

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Welcome to another Lead In With Lorne. This week we want to introduce you to a new idea called the Subway Sandwich Principle. What’s that? Well, listen and find out.

Enjoy it on the YouTube video embedded below, or audio listeners can hear it on SoundCloud now too. We hope it enriches your Monday!

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Lorne Rubis is available @LorneRubis on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Lead In With Lorne – STOP Something This Week

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Welcome to another Lead In With Lorne. This week we’re challenging you to STOP something. While we’re always trying to add, sometimes it’s equally as valuable to put a stop to something that isn’t productive.

Put a stake in the heart of it.

Enjoy it on the YouTube video embedded below, or audio listeners can hear it on SoundCloud now too. We hope it enriches your Monday!

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Lorne Rubis is available @LorneRubis on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Culture Cast – How We Can All Win in a Gig Economy

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In Season 3, Episode 5, Lorne and Lynette discuss how to make the most valuable contribution in the gig economy. With an increasing amount of consultants taking on specific assignments, they talk about a variety of ways organizations can make their gig workers feel like they’re fully appreciated, while gig workers can simultaneously feel like they’re bringing their passion and expertise to make a real contribution. 

In a way, we’re all gig workers on a limited tour of duty at our organizations. Listen to learn more. 

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Lorne Rubis is available @LorneRubis on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

Lynette Turner is available on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn as well as through her site, LynetteTurner.com.

We look forward to sharing Season 3 of Culture Cast: Conversations on Culture and Leadership with you every Wednesday. 

Culture Cast – The Best Leaders Empower Teams with Autonomy

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In Season 3, Episode 4, Lorne and Lynette discuss how the best leaders encourage autonomy, and know when to “stay out of the weeds.” By painting a very clear picture of their expectations, and offering “pop up” coaching along the way, leaders can play a vital role in building confidence and a sense of accomplishment in their employees. 

Please feel free to subscribe to this YouTube channel, follow this podcast on Soundcloud, as well as iTunes, and Lorne and Lynette’s social media platforms for all the latest Culture Cast uploads and announcements.

Lorne Rubis is available @LorneRubis on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

Lynette Turner is available on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn as well as through her site, LynetteTurner.com.

We look forward to sharing Season 3 of Culture Cast: Conversations on Culture and Leadership with you every Wednesday. 

Lead in With Lorne – What People First Really Means

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We invite you to take a couple minutes to watch/listen to our new podcast, Lead In with Lorne: A Leadership Story to Start Off Your Week.

This week, Lorne introduces what it really means to be People First in your organization, and how that ultimately helps better connect you with your customers and shareholders. It’s the most electric Lead In With Lorne yet.

Enjoy it on the YouTube video embedded below, or audio listeners can hear it on SoundCloud now too (iTunes coming in the near future). We hope it enriches your Monday

Kindly subscribe to the YouTube channel and SoundCloud to make sure you start your week with a leadership story. 

Lorne Rubis is available @LorneRubis on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

Leadership Practice is a Joke!

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Story: A priest, a minister, an imam and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What is this? A joke?”

Ok, I think that joke is funny for a number of reasons, and over the years I’ve learned how hard it is to effectively deliver one. I have so much respect for great stand up comedians because most work exceptionally hard on their acts. I was just listening to an NPR interview with comedian Ken Jeong (you probably recognize him from The Hangover movies). He commented that it “can take 10 years to really write 10 good minutes.” Even when he’s headlining in main rooms, Jeong sneaks off to casinos, open mics, and smaller stand up venues to hear the “up and comers” and fine tune his material. His comedy appears spontaneous but like other memorable performances, it’s totally planned and all about practice, practice, practice.

The Problem: Too many leaders are unconscious about the process of leading. It is separate from title or a job skill. Leadership is a craft, and doesn’t happen by accident for the great ones. So what if all leaders kept exercising and honing their abilities for their role, like the best entertainers or athletes do? There are some common processes every formal leader has to do, regardless of the organization size, market, business model, etc. For example, every leader has to set a course or direction. Everyone in this role needs to coach others. Teaching, recognizing, hiring and firing are all leadership processes that can be practiced.

The Solution: Consider leadership as a craft and give thought to the merit of practicing it. Like the very best at anything, never accept good enough or unpredictable variation of your leadership performance as acceptable.

If this information is helpful, here’s how you might apply it:

  1. Just start with one leadership practice (like coaching), outline the steps for doing it well, and practice. Go from there. 
  2. Just for fun, let’s check out Jeong’s Netflix special (Full disclosure: I haven’t seen it yet, but the trailer suggests it’s for mature audiences).

– Lorne

One Millennial View: Leaders should be aware that their employees are learning both positives and negatives from them as well, whether they’re trying to be mentors or not. If a leader is practicing, adjusting and and applying new processes, they’re simultaneously teaching these actions. If leaders operate with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mindset, then that gets passed along too. So, if coach doesn’t go to practice, neither do the players. 

– Garrett

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Edited and published by Garrett Rubis