Integrity Matters Broadcasts, 2006

October 11, 2006

Learning, Change and Growth

Dear Friends:

Learning is forever for those intending to stay vital, purposeful and productive. Circumstances change but core values do not. Leadership in business or in not-for-profits is the same: success comes from continuous learning, willingness to change and a desire for a lifetime of growth.

Jim Bracher, Lisa Smith
Monterey, California, September 30, 2006. Jim Bracher presents Ms. Lisa Smith, President, California Medical Association Alliance (CMAA), with a copy of Integrity Matters, prior to addressing the CMAA Fall Conference of regional leaders from throughout California. Jim's subject: Viability beyond Transition.

Viability beyond Transition - because change is inevitable!

How can an organization continue to attract members when its potential new member base is changing from almost 100% women to nearly 50% men? Such is the challenge of CMAA as it faces changing medical school demographics. The new generation of physicians is 50% women. Traditional spouses of medical doctors were women; hence the California Medical Association Alliance (CMAA) was once almost 100% women. But, no more! So, how will viability be sustained? Proactive transition will find CMAA attracting men to become active with CMAA, leveraging their talents constructively to improve medical health and strengthen the profession. And why will this work? Answer: when women are driving the recruiting and are responsible for the on-going viability of an organization, family and beyond - they keep the faith, hold fast to their vision and dream the ultimate dream - success. Ten reasons why women can be effective revolve around their acting upon powerful operating principles -

  1. Think of others, often first, facilitating communication with listening.
  2. Use "we" instead of "I" - especially when describing success.
  3. Show appreciation for the work of others, easily and often.
  4. Demonstrate respect for colleagues, avoiding "ego" shows and showing off.
  5. Trust others and share credit, assuming they have admirable motives.
  6. Accept differences of opinion and approach, listening for constructive alternatives.
  7. Be willing to work outside and inside the home -producing revenue and a safe-haven.
  8. Reach out and assist others, graciously, keeping the team moving forward.
  9. Seek to find common ground; resolving and not escalating routine conflict.
  10. Keep their leadership wake smaller, not disrupting the efforts of others.

Organizations that grow successfully depend upon Ambassadors, first-class partners with prestige, position and impact. Being part of an auxiliary or an alliance is a stepping stone to the full partnership of ambassador.

Ambassadors tell the story and inspire prospects with:

  1. Information
  2. Relationships
  3. Communication
  4. Trust
  5. Influence
  6. Power
  7. Productivity
  8. Cash-flow

Savvy leaders of purposeful and successful organizations take the time to:

  1. Write the organization's epitaph or memorial statement - individually and collectively.
  2. Epitaph-writing can begin with these words: "It can be said by those who knew me or my organization best." Insert the name of organization or individual - (and then begins the work). How do you want to be remembered, personally and organizationally?
  3. If you are willing to articulate how you and your organization want to be remembered, then make sure your actions are in accordance with your principles, building and sustaining the reputation you desire.

The leader's job - is clear:

  1. Clarify
  2. Codify
  3. Communicate
  4. Educate
  5. Support
  6. Measure
  7. Monitor
  8. Recognize
  9. Prepare

Over and over, the lessons remain the same: integrity matters.

TO INCREASE UNDERSTANDING AND MINIMIZE POLARIZATION - INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY - conduct the following four-dimensional audit of you, your team and your organization.

When individuals:

  1. Understand the required skill sets to make their team productive,
  2. Are valued by and bring value to the organization,
  3. Are committed to the vision, mission and strategy, and
  4. Are signed-on to the organization's supported behavior and culture,

Then no issue can polarize the group or create destructive behaviors.

When you and members of your organization are able to say yes to these four effectiveness criteria, then the team has the strength and mutual support to succeed. These four performance and relationship topics get to the core of individual and organizational integrity.

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