Several groups huddled together discussing work situations, strategies and ways to stay organized during a Southern Oklahoma Leadership Luncheon at Southern Oklahoma Technology Center.
Keynote speaker Phil Wilson who is the founder of Approachable Leadership, a leadership consulting firm, talked to the group about core skills of being a leader and ways to strengthen your “follow up and follow through.”
While there are three pillars of approachable leadership that Wilson identifies as openness, understanding and support, Wednesday’s session focused entirely on the support aspect. Wilson said a lot of people are great at the first two points, but tend to not have as much follow through when it comes to support, which is “one of the most critical behaviors of a leader.”
“The real place where the rubber meets the road as a leader is, do I actually do what I say that I’m going to do, or, do I overcommit and say I’m going to do a lot of things and don’t actually follow through on it?” he said.
Splitting people up into groups of eight, Wilson had them discuss a work scenario, choosing best possible solutions and then discuss four execution habits of approachable leaders. The four habits include the following:
• Capture — A way to capture information should be easy, convenient and always available
• Organize — Organize what you capture. Identify what requires action or follow up
• Prioritize — Make sure the important items are prioritized, not just the urgent. Focus on your most important task
• Execute — Limit distraction. Build momentum with small wins. Act on your list. Start.
Some of the attendee’s best practices of the four habits that work best for them included sorting emails into subfolders as they come in, based on priority, separating documents by using a “stop light” system with red, yellow or green folders, or even just using sticky notes as simple reminders.
Attendees also shared their biggest “takeaways” from the session, including following up with tasks they delegate out, getting a better system together than a “sticky note” system and using the task program in email.
“Making sure supervisors are on the same page as other people to make sure that our priorities are their priorities, kind of keep them in line, so that way we’re all on the same page, there’s not that conflict,” said Carrie Mayes with Industrial Service Providers, as she discussed her “takeaway.”