On yesterday’s Smashing The Plateau, Shannon Waller discussed her strategies for building the perfect team, embracing individuality, and uniting (and inspiring) your thriving workforce.
Below are some of her biggest influences:
1) Dr. Jack Gibb
I knew Jack growing up, and his Trust Level Theory and Environmental Quality Scale had a huge impact on my understanding of group dynamics, leaderless groups, and how to create community.
He clearly, insightfully, and entertainingly articulates the trouble that teams get into, and how to get out of it. His thinking on organizational health is invaluable.
3) Susan Scott
I love her how-to book on having the hard conversations in a way that’s authentic and builds rather than tears down the relationship. She gives a step-by-step process to follow, and her book is full of the profound effect communication (or lack thereof) has on companies.
Another powerful book on communication, and how to connect with anyone by reflecting on where they’re coming from so that they feel heard, and become calmer.
5) Kathly Kolbe
Kathy’s work in identifying people’s instinctive problem-solving capabilities is life changing. Learning my Kolbe profile validated my strengths, and I’ve used it with incredible success with entrepreneurial teams for over 20 years.
Both Dan and Babs (the Founders of Strategic Coach) have created a unique strengths-based organization whose purpose is to “Expand Entrepreneurial Freedom.” We first crossed paths in 1991, and since then I’ve benefitted from Dan’s thinking on how the world was changing based on the introduction of the microchip and Babs’ ability to organically grow a company based on the capabilities of the people in it. Our company and our clients are my community/tribe, and I’m looking forward to our next 24 years together!