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Bring your ideas

February 15, 2021 11:00 AM | Anonymous
Bring your ideas... 

As I was watching Tom Hanks, American actor and filmmaker accept his award, I paid close attention to his comments when he mentioned sharing three things every actor should do when they show up to the set or at the workplace. Well, I guess I wasn’t paying that much attention because I actually don’t remember what two of the three things, he said.... but I vividly remember hearing the one thing that caught my attention and stuck with me since as he shared how important it was for people to “bring ideas” to the movie set or to the workplace. It was energizing and inspiring. You see, we are always learning from others which is how we get better in our careers and organizations. Ideas energize us, they inspire us, and give us hope.  Bringing ideas also help us with belonging and validation too! 

As a leader for Texas SHRM and our local SHRM communities, we can all bring ideas to grow and sometimes refresh our organizations to elevate the experience for our members!

This week, let’s talk about some ideas to make more impact as we serve others in our volunteer communities and in the workplace. 

1.       Start a question log. My friend Jennifer McClure, CEO Unbridled Talent and Co-founder of DisruptHR inspired me with this idea when we were talking on her podcast called “impact makers”. When people ask us questions, we should write them down. When we have more than three of same questions, start thinking about ideas around that topic to support or possibly start a service. When DallasHR started seeing member questions around support for HR of One leaders, they quickly started a round table for the group and is now one of the most attended round tables.   

2.       Look for the lead stories each day. In his book essentialism, Greg McKeown shares a story about Nora Ephron, a famous screenwriter known for movies such as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry met Sally”. She remembers an assignment in high school when the teacher asked students to look for a lead story as it will contain the why, what, and when. The teacher shares the facts: The principal and faculty will be traveling to Sacramento on Thursday for some training with some very well know speakers. They will include an anthropologist, a college president, and the governor. Everyone submitted different lead stories around each speaker... but they were all wrong. The lead story was “There will be no school on Thursday!” Lol! It’s about looking for the right problems, or what’s missing, or the lead to help others see from a different angle! What’s the lead story in your chapter? 

3.       Lastly, and most importantly... we must be present when sharing ideas or connecting with others ... Being present is where we make the most impact. It tells the person you’re important and you value the time and connection... In fact, this was my “word of the year” a few years ago. This takes practice and being intentional.

Last week, I received a text from great friend that shared the importance of being present in the workplace. She shared how our presence is the one thing that could make someone’s day and that her minister said a phrase recently...  “You may be the only gospel someone ever experiences!”  That has inspired her to want to be more present and make it a great experience for everyone she meets or sees!

So, how can we be more present in our organizations? Start by slowing down, holding a firm handshake for a second longer, or showing up on video with energy and a smile, pause little longer to ask or answer questions, or it might be as simple as remembering someone’s name while speaking. Making others feel important is a great way to think about presence!

One thing we have all learned is that we can multi-task such as walk and talk, or take notes while listening, but what we can’t do is “multi-focus”. We can’t look at our phones while trying to make eye contact. Turn your camera on and be present in your every day!

Let’s review how to bring ideas in our organizations...

1. Start a question log

2. Look for the lead story

3.  Be present when connecting with others. 

Where do you find ideas? Books, Podcasts, conversations? Share your favorites and let’s keep driving our mission and make our workplaces better for a better world!

Quote of the Day: Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

Call to Action: Try one of these ideas above and you always be elevating your conversations, your role as a volunteer leader, your chapter and most importantly your career! 

Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “blog” feature!

Texas SHRM Mission Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development.

Author: Bruce Waller