Empowerment: What it means to actually support your people

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Please welcome today’s special guest, Niko Drakoulis! He’s been in executive leadership for more than two decades and founded a digital platform for transforming organizational culture called, SurePeople. We’ve partnered together on the Conscious Business Leadership Academy, and have discovered great synergy in our work.

This conversation highlights how your people, the quality of their interactions and acquiring the right talent is the foundation to your organization’s success. 

If you have to do more with less, how do we elevate our own resourcefulness as we navigate new challenges and enormous amounts of change?

 

True connection can be difficult in a hybrid workforce. Almost 80% of people working from home report that they’re more focused and more productive. It’s important to notice how flexibility is becoming a priority to keep up with today’s fast-paced world.

With cultural transformation, as with any complex endeavor, it’s important to approach these dynamics from an expanded perspective. One helpful framework is the  Me-We-World approach.

Start with:

  • Knowing yourself (Me)
  • Connecting with those you love and lead (We)
  • Understanding the larger context in which you operate—meaning your community, organization or industry (World)

This allows for you to expand your perspective and operate using self-awareness while also considering the needs of others. 

One example of a tool leaders can use to help people deepen their understanding of one another and recognize patterns of communication is the Four Workstyles Framework. People tend to fall into four different styles: 

  1. Doer
  2. Thinker
  3. See-er
  4. Feeler

(Hint, hint: we’ll explore each of these in a moment. This is a quick behind-the-scenes peek into my upcoming burnout book titled—Powered by Me). 

Remember, you may relate to more than one of these categories, but under stress, you will primarily shift into your core workstyle:

  1. Doers— love getting tasks crossed off their to-do list, busy bodies, moving fast with efficiency as their top priority. They get an adrenaline high from accomplishment.
    • Greatest fear = vulnerability and facing their emotions
  2. Thinkers— love details, analytics and data, they move slower than doers, and prefer to do it once and do it right. They are patient as they solve complex problems and make few mistakes, as they are methodical, scheduled and routined.
    • Greatest fear = looking foolish 
  3. See-ers— love innovation, ideas and novelty. They believe that if you can dream it you can be it! They are focused on what’s coming next and are paving new paths for our collective future. 
    • Greatest fear = having to commit or feeling trapped
  4. Feelers—love people, relationships and connection. They are the glue of the team, making sure everyone is included. Every activity is an opportunity to share and be together.
    • Greatest fear = rejection or being booted from the pack

This framework illuminates the strengths and underlying motivation of each workstyle. And it rapidly becomes obvious that the highest functioning and well-rounded teams would be born of having at least one Doer, Thinker, See-er, and Feeler who had mutual appreciation and respect for one another.

Niko’s company, SurePeople, offers a powerful algorithm analyzing the psychometrics of individuals and team dynamics, called Prism. Using 54 different traits to identify an individual’s personality, Prism provides people with invaluable self-awareness insights while also allowing them to learn about one another. 

While the past was about strategic thinking and making money, the future is for those who create a caring work culture driven by higher purpose.  A key portion of this future also includes shifting into personal responsibility to know ourselves.  

Personal accountability = personal power. 

 

Blaming, scapegoating, and manufacturing alternate realities has become a common strategy to avoid disappointment or emotional pain. The problem is that it temporarily prevents the pain, while creating a bigger personal mess to clean up later. However, on the other hand, personal accountability will build self-trust and strengthen your relationships with others. 

Taking a Me-We-World approach changes everything. Tune into yourself, those around you, and the context in which you operate in order to discover and solve the greatest challenges of our time.

 

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