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Leadership Tips: Challenge the Status Quo

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This week Fierce is in Denver, Colorado at the Association for Talent Development's annual international conference. We are gathered to meet with learning leaders, trainers, and people invested in the human capital space. We are gathered to question. To explore. To learn. To have fun. (Follow us at #befierceatd.)

Today, esteemed thought leader Simon Sinek is speaking about how the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact are the ones who are able to inspire – they challenge the status quo and act in very specific patterns.

One of my favorite Sinek quotes is, “We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the ability to inspire us.”

It is a leader’s responsibility to have a forward thinking mindset – a mindset that doesn’t settle for a bare minimum attitude. An easy way to inspire is to look at what can shift. We talked about this earlier in the year when finding the why. When you reflect on your current stage, what should you challenge in your workplace? What is not working?

This week's tip is to challenge the status quo with a process or project that is no longer working. Perhaps you have had feedback on something. Or maybe it is a gut feeling about how something is not going well.

Once you identify what you want to challenge and shift, be willing to be part of the change. It is not helpful to merely point out what is not working. You must engage with others. You must be willing to take action with other’s feedback.

 It is never convenient to challenge the status quo. It’s totally worth it though.

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