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Great Results Begin With R-E-S-P-E-C-T

When I first became a CEO (of Integra Telecom) I was terrified. As cofounder and newly minted chief executive officer, I was clearly in charge of the company, but I was intimidated by the workers—all nine of them. These frontline employees were hard-working, smart people but, in part because of my own insecurities about not knowing how to relate to them or what they might think of me or how they might react to me being the boss, I was frightened. I was especially afraid of a man I’ll call...

Fusion Leadership & Servant Leadership: Who Serves Whom?

Fusion Leadership is not philanthropic. It’s about creating world-class results for your organization through fusing teams together around a shared cause or purpose, thereby helping others find meaning in their jobs. Many leaders have embraced servant leadership, a concept that has been around for a very long time but that was coined, famously, by Robert Greenleaf in a 1970 essay entitled “The Servant as Leader.” In it, Greenleaf wrote this: The servant-leader is servant first . . . It begins...

To Own Or Not To Own- The Crisis?

Fusing teams together requires leaders to challenge themselves with the question whether to own or not to own the crisis? Communicating with transparency, driving credibility, and nurturing trust defuse a crisis most effectively and help build the fusion process. The Fusion Leader assigns equal importance to celebrating the wins with the same degree of transparency, credibility, and commitment to trust. That means directing credit to the people who earned it, whoever they are. That means...

All That Power – Change The World

Consider the Top-Down leadership model. The CEOs who embrace and practice within this power model are highly dynamic figures, seemingly bigger than life. When they walk into the room, they remove the oxygen–all the attention is focused on them. And they love it. They live for it. They approach leadership from the perspective that it’s their own sheer magnetism and their raw capacity to be brilliant and demanding that makes the company successful. Hollywood loves these power-model-loving...

Fusion Leadership for Good

Fusion Leadership is a journey, made more challenging by the distractions and temptations that arise with money and power. The ultimate destination—a place where the collective ego exists above or at least equal to your selfish ego—is difficult to attain, and I was not always successful. But the rewards we realize by taking steps toward serving the collective ego are undeniable. The high-functioning team at Integra Telecom transformed the telecommunications services industry and enhanced our...

Learning to Shut Up & Listen

One challenge inherent in fusing a team together around a shared Mission (Fusion Leadership) surfaces when one of your team members processes information and generates ideas more slowly than you do, walks when you want to run, ruminates and digests when you want to gobble and go. In the early days of Zulily, when Darrell Cavens, CEO, was first getting the hyper-growth on-line retailer off the ground, he noticed that one of his management team members constantly exhibited go-slow behavior,...

Fusion Leaders Cherish Our Freedom

Fusion Leaders cherish our freedom and honor those who make our freedom possible. Freedom allowed Darrell Cavens and his team to re-invent the on-line retail shopping experience, powered by Zulily. Freedom allowed Colleen Abdoulah and her team to re-think the customer approach that delighted so many and catapulted WOW! to the top of JD Powers ranking of best-in-class service providers among the national cable TV operators. Freedom allowed Ray Davis and his team to fundamentally transform the...

During Your Meetings Who Becomes The Smartest Person in The Room?

“I don’t trust you!” And, “I certainly don’t value your opinion!” Would you communicate that message to one of your vital team members, who you rely upon to make your organization succeed? Of course not, neither would I. At least, that is what I thought, until Jim came storming into my office, red in the face, pounding his fist on my desk and demanding “why do you always do that to Tom?” My confrontation with Jim ultimately changed my leadership approach with regard to how I conduct meetings,...

Who To Prioritize On Your Calendar- A Fusion Leader’s Dilemma?

Who To Prioritize On Your Calendar? Leaders who prioritize the needs of frontline employees at the top of their priority list are the leaders who get results. They understand that when the organization wins, they win. They know how to walk the tightrope over the selfish-ego-vs.-collective-ego chasm, devoting considerable focused time and energy to the frontline workers, just as they do for investors, board members and other execs. Prioritizing frontline workers communicates the message that...

Great Leaders Show Weakness, According to Forbes

Show Weakness – Build Trust Great leaders show weakness because they understand that trust underpins the foundation of an engaged organization. “Too many old school leaders believe ‘leadership is acting’ or we must always wear a mask to project confidence and optimism. The best leaders today realize that authenticity and vulnerability are the fastest ways to earn trust. And as Stephen M.R. Covey [stated] ‘Trust is the one thing that changes everything,’” according to Kevin Kruse in a...

Inside Personal Growth- Fusion Leadership with Greg Voison

Inside Personal Growth Podcast (access the podcast) Offers Insights to Drive Employee Engagement The majority of the nation’s workforce hates their job, and these employees could be working in your organization.   I know many of you have heard this statistic before,...

Monday Morning Radio | Fusion Leadership

Fusion Leadership Unleashing The Movement of Monday Morning Enthusiasts (Access Radio Show) When business owners and leaders align their personal interests with the best interests of their companies and employees, the resulting “Fusion” becomes a powerful force for...

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