"The age-old question for every leader is one: how do we bring out the best in our subordinates? Anyone who has run a company, raised children, commanded a military unit or coached a team struggles to find the key to helping others excel and express their potential. It's amazing how often we resort to judgment rather than an approach that actually shapes a better subordinate and a better person.
What if we could express Words of Life that transform those under our influence, fanning the flame of spontaneous motivation? What if our subordinates found a great purpose in what they do and devoted themselves to their work with all their soul? Isn't that what all leaders, parents and teachers really want? We all hope to cultivate the intrinsic motivation of others so that the individuals we lead become better employees, better students, better athletes. Recent research in brain science, and the wisdom of the great corporate CEOs interviewed by Dr. Tim Irwin for this book, provide the answers we have been seeking for so long.
In most companies, the methods used to evaluate subordinates, such as performance appraisals and multi-criteria evaluation systems, often accomplish the exact opposite of what they intend. Inevitably, what we are expressing are Death Words. Brain science reveals to us that these methods usually induce a natural “negative predisposition" that is instinctive in all of us.
In recent years, science has discovered that affirmation brings about tremendous positive changes in the brain. It releases specific neurochemicals associated with euphoria and efficiency. Amazingly, affirmation causes the exact opposite reaction of neurons. The most primitive part of the brain goes into defense mode, worsening our efficiency, torpedoing our motivation, and limiting our higher potential.
How do we redirect employees who have overstepped without triggering their natural “negative predisposition"? Leaders must forever remove the concept of “constructive response” from their vocabulary. Brain science tells us that we need to create a link between the employee's work and his or her ambitions. This book advocates a new approach that will align employees with the company's purpose, strategy and goals, called "Allied Feedback".
Dr. Tim Irwin is a consultant for some of the most well-known companies in America, including SunTrust Banks, Bank of America, IBM, Gerber Products Company, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, and The Coca-Cola Company. As a consultant for twenty years, he has helped companies in various industries, and his work has taken him to over twenty-five foreign countries in Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the Far East. From 2000 to 2005, he served in senior management positions at an international consulting firm with over 300 offices worldwide. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of Irwin, Inc. He is the author of three books, including the New York Times Best Seller "Extraordinary Influence: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others." What CEO, parent, or coach wouldn't want to unleash the incredible potential of their employees, players, students, or children under their guidance? If you want to learn the main message of this book, we will reveal it to you: It's the Words of Life. The Leader with Words of Life guides their subordinate to bring out their best self. When we speak Words of Life, they are not always pleasant, but they reach the heart like medicine and have the power to transform someone.
Author: Dr. Tim Irwin
Narrator: Christos Kaltsas
Running Time: 6:27:04