ALO is a four-hour course offering solutions to any company or organization that seeks to improve and shape their culture, image, and brand. The course can be taught to any number of participants from small group to large organizational-wide audiences providing vital insights to all levels of personnel from senior leaders to junior employees. Whether taught in a conference room, classroom, or auditorium, this course will be the highlight of your next staff meeting, offsite, or cooperate strategy meeting.
This course is based on the fundamental truth that organizational culture is a direct reflection of the sum of the character that each employee brings to the company. Organizations that seek to improve and build a healthy culture must recognize that the process starts by first focusing attention on developing their people. In The Art of Leading Oneself, companies discover that by providing their employees with the tools to bring out a better version of themselves, they begin to increase commitment, loyalty, and trust across the company. These attributes, as taught within the course, are the foundation of a healthy organizational culture. Companies that invest in their people are rewarded with greater retention, less sick days, higher productivity, better solutions, and a positive company reputation. Companies who desire to build and increase employee commitment, loyalty, and trust through organic leadership skills will truly experience the impact of The Art of Leading Oneself!
The fundamental target of the course is in the title “the art of leading oneself” and is paramount to the process of learning to lead others. The course covers a variety of essential elements that teach us how to become more effective leaders at work and at home through the development of our own personal life skills. To accomplish this important process, several topics are presented:
Heart of culture
Culture is more than just how we do things or what we believe. Culture is the heart of who we are. Organizational culture sends a message to all those both inside and outside the company by illuminating company values, company priorities, and most important, culture transmits a message regarding to what degree the company values people.
The way we see the world is often a reflection of our own bias. While our perspectives are important, we must be willing to consider alternate points of view. Whenever we allow our own bias to control our thinking and our leadership, we risk alienating innovation, creativity and ultimately better company solutions.
Consequence of Power
Power can be intoxicating and no one is immune from its potential damage. Learning the psychology of power from the perspective of those who have it as well as those subject to it increases the probability that power will enhance company operations rather than damage it.
Life has a way of getting busy. Successful companies must continually work to keep the important things first and priorities straight. Unfortunately, when the “noise” in your organization becomes too loud, priorities can quickly get out of balance. Controlling the noise is vital in the process of learning to lead oneself and equally important to sustaining a healthy organizational culture.
All of us want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We want to feel our work is relevant, important, and helpful. The reason we all seek these important attributes is because they help to shape our personal identity. When we build an identity that is based in part on the positive aspects of our work, we naturally increase our personal commitment, loyalty, and trust to the company objectives.
Organizational culture is shaped by the sum of each employee’s individual character. This is the fundamental requirement of a healthy organizational culture…we must start by looking in the mirror and asking ourselves what part our individual character plays in the overall culture of the organization.
All human relationships require effective communication. Leaders must understand not only how their personal communication skills should be continually improved, but they must further understand that “how” they communicate can determine the success or failure of a company’s primary objectives.
These are just a few of the important principles offered in the course. However, the most important principle comes at the end when a template for engineering a life worth living and in turn developing a better organizational culture, is presented with the acronym ECHO…Empathy, Charity, Humility, Optimism. When fully understood and adopted throughout an organization, this ECHO created within the company can drive a healthy culture that expands business, increases employee commitment and loyalty, and further develops a high level of shared trust...both internally and with your customers.
ALO Course Feedback
The feedback from customers across the globe who have participated in the ALO course has been overwhelming. While the connection between learning to lead oneself and overall organizational culture is clear, we often are told that the principles go well beyond life at work; these same principles apply in our personal life, our families, and with our friends. One of the most common things we hear from attendees is, “I wish my spouse would have been here with me!” Here are a few of the routine comments we receive:
"While Chief of Staff of the Air Force, I had Dr. Smith teach every four-star, three-star and commander across the entire service...they consistently lauded his material and presentation as the best they had ever received. He is absolutely spectacular!"
Gen Mark Welsh III, (Ret), Former CSAF
"It's not very often that something exceeds my expectations, but this course blew me away." Mike Wicks, CEO, i3-Corps.
"Take it!! Anyone that is leading or aspiring to lead in any capacity should take this course." Shannon Allen, BU Lead