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Leading with GRIT: Inspiring Action and Accountability with Generosity, Respect, Integrity, and Truth

Leading with GRIT: Inspiring Action and Accountability with Generosity, Respect, Integrity, and Truth

Laurie Sudbrink

ISBN: 978-1-118-97562-6 March 2015 288 Pages




Improve yourself – and your workplace – with GRIT

Leading With GRIT is a practical and proven guide for transforming the workplace, offering pragmatic insight on value-based strategies that improve the individual and the business. Based on the author's proprietary principles of GRIT – Generosity, Respect, Integrity, and Truth – this book describes how working toward individual improvement produces better organizational results than traditional approaches that focus on collective improvement. Readers are introduced to GRIT with a framework that can be applied in any workplace scenario, and are provided with strategies for applying GRIT to communication and intra-office operations. Each chapter includes activities that assist with implementation, moving beyond the theoretical framework commonly taught in business school to provide a more practical approach to personal development.

The principles of GRIT are exactly the sort of instruction leaders are encouraging, and companies worldwide are willing to invest large sums. The approach stands out for its unique, personal approach that melds values-based principles with business concepts to produce spectacular results. This book is the complete guide to GRIT, with an emphasis on practicality.

  • Learn why the principles of GRIT have proven so effective
  • Apply GRIT in communications for better productivity
  • Discover how each person impacts those around them
  • Cultivate a positive, constructive attitude for less stress and more growth

GRIT helps readers make themselves and their workplaces happier and healthier, decreasing stress, sparking personal growth, retaining employees, and developing mindful leaders. In essence, Leading With GRIT is a handbook for improving the bottom line by improving the lives and outlook of those who contribute to it.

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CHAPTER ONE Freedom to Choose 1

The Choice is Yours 2

GRIT® Self-Awareness Assessment 11

PART I GRIT®—The Foundation

CHAPTER TWO Truth—The Core 17

Out of Touch 18

Where Does Our Truth Come From? 21

Becoming Aware 23

Prevent Ego from Interfering 25

There Are Many Paths to Find Your Truth 26

Look Objectively 29

It’s Your Choice 30

Change Your Story 32

What Do You Want in Life? 34

Change Your Thoughts 35

The Impact of Truth 37

What SHIFT Will You Make? 39

CHAPTER THREE Integrity—Aligning to Your Truth 41

Awareness, Intent, Attention 43

Your Actions Influence Others 47

Time Can Be On Your Side 51

Choices That Keep Us Whole 52

Competing Priorities 53

Accountability Is an Act of Integrity 55

It’s Not about Being Perfect 58

Truth + Integrity = Trust 60

Why Do People Lie? 61

What SHIFT Will You Make? 65

CHAPTER FOUR Respect—It’s a Two-Way Street 67

Be Selfish 68

Consider Others 70

Ego in Disguise 72

What Information Are You Filling In? 75

Remain Open 78

Respect Other People’s Choices 80

Accept It, and Let It Go! 81

Believe in Your People 84

You Can’t Demand Respect 87

Bumps in the Road 88

Respect Your Journey 89

What SHIFT Will You Make? 90

CHAPTER FIVE Generosity—The More You Give, the More You Get 93

Pay It Forward 95

Let It Flow 98

Overly Generous 100

Finding Purpose 104

Generosity at Work 106

And Now, the Rest of the Story 108

What SHIFT Will You Make? 110

CHAPTER SIX The Key to Efficient Change 113

Overcoming Obstacles 115

The Five Steps of Change™ 116

What SHIFT Will You Make? 129

PART II Communicating with GRIT®

CHAPTER SEVEN Can You Hear Me Now? 133

Barriers 135

It Takes More Than Your Ears 138

Understand the Why 139

Empathy 141

Choose When to Listen 143

What SHIFT Will You Make? 145

CHAPTER EIGHT What Message Are You Sending? 147

Speak Their DiSC® Language 149

Actions Speak Louder Than Words 151

Choose Your Words Wisely 153

What’s Missing with E-messages 155

Communicate with Confidence 157

Inspire with Your Message 158

Is Sarcasm Your Scapegoat 159

The Illusion of Fear 161

Respect People’s Time 162

Safe Communication–Use a Filter 162

Structure Your Message 164

Public Speaking: It’s Not about You 166

Share Your Message with the World 167

What SHIFT Will You Make? 169

CHAPTER NINE Just Say It! 171

Say It to Help Others 172

Make Waves 177

Empower Team Communication 178

Just Say NO! 181

Just Ask 184

What SHIFT Will You Make? 186

PART III Your Impact

CHAPTER TEN The Ripple Effect 191

Your Ripple 193

It Starts with You 195

The Value of Connecting 196

Learn from the Chameleon 200

Know the Skills You Need 202

Building the Team 203

Nobody Wins Unless You Delegate 204

Attitude Is Everything 206

Invest in People 208

Preventing a Tidal Wave 210

What SHIFT Will You Make? 212

CHAPTER ELEVEN Keeping on Track 215

Leaders Set the Direction 218

Know the Where and the Why 220

Use Meetings to Keep on Track 223

Creating a Culture of Feedback and Recognition 225

You Need Feedback Too 230

Complaints Aren’t Always Bad 231

Get Them Off the Tracks! 234

What SHIFT Will You Make? 235

CHAPTER TWELVE Enjoy the Journey 237

No Need to Worry 238

Reap Your Crop 240

Unsung Heroes 241

What SHIFT Will You Make? 243