Leaders Right-Brain, Get Better Results
Managers Left-Brain Focus
This is Why Leaders Get Better Results
“Efficiency is the best way to produce great results.” NOPE!
YES . . efficiency is important. I’ve seen efficient teams that still couldn’t meet their production goals. Left-Brain thinking alone can’t make it happen.
LEFT-BRAIN handles what is said. It focuses on planning, analysis, and reporting.
RIGHT-BRAIN focuses on how it is said – the facial expression, the tone of voice, the circumstances in which it was said. The body language and feelings around what is really going on. These help us know if they understand us and if we can believe them.
Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Blink” says that we make these judgments without knowing it and . . in the blink of an eye. Daniel Pink’s book “ A Whole New Mind” takes a fascinating look at the right-left brain phenomenon.
We often judge people by their ability to articulate (left-brain), rather than their capability to size-up situations or see a fresh angle to a situation (right-brain). When we do this, we are ignoring the right-brain messages.
Focusing on opportunities instead of problems allows people to consider all the possibilities around them. It is much more exciting than fixating on problems.
RIGHT-BRAIN focused: the more positively people react and feel energized, empowered and engaged.
LEFT-BRAIN focused: the more left-brain focused, the more people’s motivation dissipates and the harder it is to reach an optimal performance level.
It would be foolish to ignore the skill of managers to produce with efficiency. Equally foolish to ignore how leaders can inspire workers to perform better.
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