Episode 003: Leading teams with talent - Interview with Fred Bouchard

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Show Notes:

Questions for Fred Bouchard:

1.  Share a brief professional Bio

2.  Can you share with us your overall philosophy about surrounding yourself with talented people?

3.  How do you make sure talented people are fully utilized?

4.  What do you do to make sure expectation and roles are clear?

5.  You have a high value on input from your people, how did that become a part of your leadership style?

6.  The phrase "fix it" is burned into my brain, when do you think a leader should use this phrase.

7.  What do you think preparation and leading people with a high level of talent have to do with one another?

What's something you heard Fred Bouchard say that you can start practicing?

What to do when your leadership looks grey

In the midwest, when one drives out of the city, out the window are miles and miles of trees. In the winter and early spring it just looks like a bunch of lumber. Barren trees create a grey landscape, your eyes can get lost in it at 70 miles per hour.

Do you feel like one grey tree in the midst of a forest of other grey trees? Is this how you feel about your leadership? "Nothing is significant about me." "I'm just trying to keep from being the dead tree in this forest." These are common things you utter to yourself. How could one grey tree in the forest of grey ever be noticed?

Be the first to bloom.

New color in the midst of grey causes us to take notice. There is a change in our spirit on the first sight green after the season of everything being the same.

Does your leadership "bloom" first? In the world of grey are you offering the brightness of a new idea? Have you captured those you lead with new passion and new vision. Have you encouraged those you lead to "bloom"? Have you given the platform to share an idea? Don't make them wait for your permission.

Photo Credit to bgottsab

Can you harvest the wind?

Have you ever driven past one of these?

As impressive as they are from the ground, they are even more so from 30,000 feet in the air.  In the middle of no where, miles and miles of massive wind turbines harvesting the power of the wind and turning it into usable energy.  

As a leader are you aware of your "wind", those things that you can harvest and turn into energy?  How long did it take us to develop the technology to create these massive turbines that capture something so common to us?  Can you imagine if we just decided to stand in the wind and not harvest it's power?  In leadership, we can make the same mistake; we choose not to harvest the power of the common pieces of our organization's mission.  Never before have we had the technology to capture the ordinary and turn into energy among our people and supporters.  Smart phones, blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts, and of course the internet creating the opportunity for leaders to grab the moment and share it. 

Do you stand in the breeze and never capture it?  Every single entity of your mission or team is working and creating a breeze, that butterfly effect, and our role as the leader is to be like the massive turbines capturing it, sharing that energy with everyone else.  You have to tell the story, not just with words but with video and images.  Harvest the wind in the place you lead and you'll create a new type of energy in your community.  


What are some ways you could be harvesting the wind in what you do?

Volunteerism is killing the effectiveness of the volunteer

Is volunteering in the name of volunteering still volunteering?

When the end goal of the volunteer is volunteerism, than serving is a "probably should" but not a "have to."   Culturally speaking we've arrived at a place where volunteering is rare and often laden with the volunteer's prerequisites and expectations.  

The biggest war on volunteerism right now is the desire for immediate results.  We want our volunteer experiences like we want our pizza: we can pay for it online and it is brought to us.  Most volunteers aren't out to be the "Linchpin" of volunteering, instead they want significant results with as little time investment as possible.

On the other hand, organizations can over-celebrate the volunteers who are able to hang out the longest.  I heard a mission leader say this week that a volunteer, who wanted to be heard the most, wanted the mission leader's job, but said they had too much at stake (Money, title, education, etc...) to walk away from their current role.   These types of volunteers will burn through mission leaders in order to remain the most influential, but they are not quick to take on personal risk.

So how can we find the pure-hearted volunteer?  Look for these traits:

1.  They are humble - Their passion to serve is greater than their desire to be seen.  

2.  They are coachable - They look to be coached so that the mission/organization/team can have a greater impact.

3.  They create space - Regardless of what anyone says, what people set aside time to do is what's the most important thing in their heart.  Absolutely nothing gets our attention unless we give it time first.

4.  They are committed - This volunteer is all in.  Missing something kills these people.  They stress out about missing something and they over communicate about what they might miss.  

We can be a generation who leads past this season where volunteerism is  a "probably should" and create a season where volunteering is serving out of a calling.

What makes you want to serve?


PHoto Credit to Hryck