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Blueprint as Base

November 23, 2018  |   Active Influence,Testimonial,Uncategorized   |     |   0 Comment

Photo by Brian Bateson The Foundation of Active Influence   PURPOSE: Begin to move from understanding Active Influences as a concept to grounding and integrating it into your role as a leader. And how it requires a shift in thinking along with specific tools to firmly ground the process of change to being more ACTIVE. Mark UhlenbergThe Heartwood Group KEY POINTS: Introduce Systems Thinking and why it’s importantRole of strategic alignment in becoming an active influencerBlueprint is a tool and process to help you:View current state from a systems perspectiveAssess strategic alignment (or lack of it)Create a foundation and pathway to move towards future In a ...

Coaching and Mentoring

Are these Active Influence Roles the Same – or Different? Key Points: Mentoring involves giving wisdom and advice Coaching involves supporting people with inquiry and self-discovery Leaders must choose the best approach to use “in the now” When leaders become truly skilled in their ability to actively influence others, they will intuitively shift roles based on what is happening in the moment. They may glide back and forth between coaching, mentoring, facilitating, managing and leading, sometimes within the space of a single meeting. They choose the best approach to use “in the now.” In this blog post I’m going to focus on two of the roles an adept active influencer must be absolutely clear on – ...

Influencing to the Third Power – Those Outside of Your Control: Impacting Those That Influence Your Outcomes

August 28, 2018  |   Active Influence,Coaching,Leadership Development   |     |   0 Comment

Those Outside of Your Control: Impacting Those That Influence Your Outcomes KEY POINTS: Facilitative Leadership of Coaching Strategic Power of Coaching Leading Transformation and Change Systems Coaching Influencing to the Third Power is about expanding your capabilities to influence through relationships. Your power comes from being strategically involved with the entire system that impacts your ability to achieve your desired outcomes. Fundamentally it requires a broader awareness of the people and activities outside of your immediate network and control -- the seen and unseen forces that stop you from advancing your agenda of success. Each of the key points we cover in this post are intricately related to each other, if not inseparable. I’ve delineated them as such, so that we can have a more refined understanding of ...

Influencing to the Second Power – Your Employees & Organization

Going Deeper into Active influence KEY POINTS: Influencing Tomorrow Influencing for Results Knowing the Right Influence Method Group Influencing Influencing to the Second Power is about you, your employees, and the entire organization. The Second Power includes direct reports and any “others” within your sphere of organizational influence. This post is about growing your power to influence a valuable and very strategic asset. The greatest competitive advantage for organizations and its leaders, given equal access to technology and economic capital, is its human capital. Are you building equity with it and within it? The key to growing your power is staying engaged and involved. With product parity becoming more common and e-commerce more accessible to virtually anyone as a technology, your people’s ability to create brand experiences is paramount to sustained success and influence in the market place. It is the most valuable ...

Influencing to the First Power – Yourself

Building on the concept of Active influence KEY POINTS: Self-Awareness The Power of Presence Personal Development Knowing how you can and do impact others through your influence could be defined as a big objective in the concept of Active Influence™. The reality of influencing others "consciously and appropriately" requires that we understand ourselves and the influence we have on our own actions, thoughts, and power. In other words, it requires self-awareness. Especially the power-limiting actions, which are behaviors and habits often hard to disrupt or eliminate.  Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit, talks about the neuroscience involved in changing our patterns of behavior. He talks about habit loops that become well established in us both consciously and unconsciously. If you have any curiosity about the power of habit loops just watch yourself sometime. I will share one example that is simple and ...

Active Influence™ — Know Your Power

[caption id="attachment_1235" align="alignright" width="176"] Mark Uhlenberg established The Heartwood Group, LLC to actively influence client's outcomes.[/caption] What does “Active Influence” mean and why is it important to achieving results and transformation? Active Influence™ is best described by the words "engaged" and "involved". It is the antithesis of being passive or reactive. As a leader, business owner, spouse, or parent; you can find yourself becoming less engaged or involved with your relationships, employees, teams, and businesses. It may be an issue about some key employees you don’t want to take on or aren’t handling effectively. It could be an issue in the business or industry that causes you to “hope” for something to work itself out when all the signs say otherwise. The reasons are many and recognizing when passivity happens is the key. My experience working in and with organizations over the years is ...

Playing it Safe in an Unsafe World

June 21, 2017  |   Uncategorized   |     |   1 Comment

As long as we wish for safety we will have difficulty pursuing what matters. - Peter Block I just read an article that in our relatively safe environment and amazing country (USA)...people are more worried and stressed than ever. There could be many reasons why the polling results reflect more anxiety in what most would consider one of the safest and wealthiest countries in the world. No one can generalize for any one person because all of us have our own unique worries and fears. However, we are all held in a common bondage of a propensity to be "fearful". What or who is on your list of fear makers is as varied as the people you interview. Let's step back to some broader distinctions that might help at least with perspective. Full of fear for ________. (Here's my big list, you ...

Its time to leave the Hyphenated-World we live in…

December 28, 2016  |   Faith, Life, and Leadership Experiences   |     |   4 Comments

Author Note: "I've been thinking about what I want to write about for quite a while. The nice thing about writing my posts is I write when I want and the content is what I want to write about. All the well-respected bloggers will tell you exactly how to get more followers and share all kinds of best practices and tips for a successful blog. When I write what I think people want to hear it never comes from my heart. If its from my head maybe its not bad, but it just isn't worth me taking your time to read it or my time to write. Either way I don't have my self-identity completely wrapped up in whether I'm a well-read blogger/poster/writer of heart things. It has to be that way. So, here I go with something that's been on my mind for a ...

When I think about ME…

June 21, 2016  |   Faith, Life, and Leadership Experiences   |     |   0 Comment

When I think about me... I rarely if ever see much of anyone else's point of view. My "listener" is shutdown and locked up tight right from the get go. I'm looking for personal justification. I want my ideas reinforced by shared ideologies and so I surround myself with clones of my own thinking and background. Its a narrow sample size of diverse ideas. I become even more blinded about what others are going through and/or how they want to contribute to me. I can't feel their love and concern or even their hurt or pain. It's me and my world...it truly is a "me-world". I am fixated on a narrow band of issues and ideas. It is challenging to even consider anything outside my view out the front door. Yet neighbors exist on each side of me. I can start to make excuses for ...

Relationship: The critical element of life

When we think about our lives or the lives of those we know and admire, there are usually qualities or aspects of that person that we appreciate or treasure. It could be they helped us out when times were economically tough or sat quietly next to us at the passing of a loved one. They might be a parent or guardian that built into you values that now in your "ripe ol' age" you can appreciate. They likely disciplined you severely or had a very tough and timely conversation with you to get you straightened out. Maybe forgiveness and a kind word when it seemed undeserved. With so much of our life spent in career and work, often it may be the boss that gave you a chance or talked straight with you when it really mattered. The coworker that helped you finish a project in addition to their work load. ...