Au­thor to present ‘No Ego’ ap­proach

Dayton Daily News - - BUSINESS - By Kara Driscoll Staff Writer Con­tact this re­porter at 937-2250551 or email Kara.Driscoll@cox­inc. com.

In a push to cul­ti­vate lead­er­ship and bring more peo­ple down­town, ma­jor Day­ton play­ers in­clud­ing the Vic­to­ria Theatre As­so­ci­a­tion and the Univer­sity of Day­ton Cen­ter for Lead­er­ship have cre­ated a speaker se­ries that will bring well­known na­tional busi­ness lead­ers to the re­gion.

The se­ries is a part­ner­ship be­tween the UD Cen­ter for Lead­er­ship, the Day­ton Devel­op­ment Coali­tion and the Vic­to­ria Theatre As­so­ci­a­tion and is spon­sored by Premier Health.

Cy Wake­man, who will speak Tues­day, is a New York Times best-sell­ing au­thor and in­ter­na­tional key­note speaker with over 25 years ex­pe­ri­ence cul­ti­vat­ing a new ap­proach to lead­er­ship, ac­cord­ing to her bi­og­ra­phy. She was named one of the “Top 100 Lead­er­ship Ex­perts to Fol­low” on Twit­ter.

Wake­man’s new­est book, “No Ego,” as­serts that ego-driven be­hav­iors are the No. 1 source of drama in work­places to­day, and it’s cost­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions bil­lions an­nu­ally. This news or­ga­ni­za­tion asked her about lead­er­ship: 1. What is “re­al­ity-based” lead­er­ship?

Re­al­ity-based lead­er­ship is a phi­los­o­phy by which lead­ers work to elim­i­nate drama or emo­tional waste from the work­place through teach­ing and hold­ing others ac­count­able to us­ing great men­tal pro­cesses. It’s fo­cused on ditch­ing the drama ... and turn­ing ex­cuses into re­sults by get­ting em­ploy­ees flu­ent in ac­count­able prac­tices.

2. What is one con­crete step that a leader can take to elim­i­nate work­place drama?

Lead­ers coach the peo­ple in front of them (not group coach­ing via email or team meet­ing) so that these in­di­vid­u­als can ap­proach their chal­lenges from a much dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and with greater skill­ful­ness. Lead­ers use tools and men­tal pro­cesses that they teach, and fa­cil­i­tate the ap­pli­ca­tion of the tools to find break­throughs to daily chal­lenges.

One of the sets of tools is a se­ries of ques­tions that en­able peo­ple to by­pass the ego and get right into self-re­flec­tion and ac­count­abil­ity. For in­stance, when some­one is up­set, a sim­ple ques­tion such as, “What do you know for sure?” and “What could you do next to add value?” will help the in­di­vid­ual move into self-re­flec­tion, edit their story, and get clear about re­al­ity.

3. How can lead­ers get over their own ego and lead with­out en­ti­tle­ment?

Mov­ing be­yond ego is ad­vanc­ing to a place of self-re­flec­tion. You can get there by ask­ing your­self some sim­ple ques­tions like: “Am I work­ing harder to be right than happy?” “What would ‘great’ look like?”

4. What is the most im­por­tant les­son you’ve learned about lead­er­ship?

That most of our stress comes from the story we make up about our re­al­ity, not the re­al­ity it­self.

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