This is an over-looked leadership strategy.
Why do I know this? because of the reaction I get from people when I use it.
Let me elaborate…
When I lead sales teams I would employ the element of surprise with alarming regularity, probably to the point where my staff expected it! (which kind of defeats the purpose..) or does it?
These days I speak in front of audiences at conferences and run leadership meetings, train sales staff and advise sales leaders but I still employ the element of surprise wherever appropriate.
To wake people up. To make an impact. To keep people on their toes.
I see too many people going through-the-motions. Work has become ‘predictable’. Neither of these two conditions inspires best work. And as leaders isn’t our job to inspire and empower, cajole and excite our people? (or maybe I misread the leadership job description.)
At a conference recently, I ran a panel discussion. We have all seen it, a set of panelists and a moderator discussing various topics while the delegates passively listen (and check their smart phone). Well, I shook things up. I am not saying it was the best panel discussion in conference history but it sure ‘woke up’ the attendees…and thats the point…
Leaders, shake things up, surprise your people, break the monotony, keep them on their toes, wake them up!
…maybe it’s just the jolt that you need too.
I promise you, the results will be….surprising…