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The Minimalist Approach to Meeting Leadership Challenges with Danny Hadas (Ep. #54)

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Building Better Managers Podcast Episode 54 - Danny Hadas

Building Better Managers Podcast Episode #54: The Minimalist Approach to Meeting Leadership Challenges with Danny Hadas 

Leadership challenges are in the spotlight due to the upheavals of the pandemic and The Great Resignation. Organizations are struggling to find effective solutions as people are leaving workplaces left and right. Today’s guest, Danny Hadas, believes that Minimalist Leadership is a great place to get some answers.

Danny is a #1 Best-selling author, leadership coach, and former adviser to the world's most iconic brands, including Disney, BMW, and AT&T. His speciality at the Emovation Project is coaching executives & managers to be minimalist leaders, which empowers them to double their team's performance without doubling their own efforts.

He’ll address some of today’s most pressing leadership challenges, including: how to hold people accountable while still empowering them; giving people the resources to overcome obstacles (not running around fixing all their problems for them!); and finding the right cadence of checking-in & evaluating their actual progress to avoid the worst aspects of micro-managing.

In this episode:

Meet Danny Hadas

  • Danny Hadas is a # 1 bestselling author, leadership coach, and former advisor to the world’s most iconic brands. Since 2008, his work has impacted millions of people across 500+ companies worldwide, including Disney, BMW, and AT&T.
  • As the founder of The Emovation Project, Danny coaches business owners and organizational leaders to be Minimalist Leaders, which empowers them to double their team's performance without doubling their effort.

What Are The Major Leadership Challenges Right Now?

  1. Removing obstacles for their team instead of "doing it for them"
  2. Holding people accountable while empowering them at the same time
  3. Autonomy without guidance
  4. The "Set it and forget it" mindset

The Emovation Project

  • Emovation is a combination of the words "innovation" and "emotions".
  • Emovation stands for "innovation, powered by emotions." The most important aspect is how business owners, leaders and managers can best relate to their teams.
  • "People power profit." It's a complete sentence. Your people actually power the performance and the profits. Deep down leaders can be so focused on results, the bottom line, that they lose track of who's responsible for producing that bottom line - but it's always going to be your people.
  • Elevating the relationship between the people doing the work and the people leading the work will always create the environment for the greatest success.

Applying Minimalist Leadership in Large Organizations

  • Danny’s Minimalist Leadership techniques were actually developed while working with Fortune 100 brands before being applied to small business.
  • For every leader/manager, the 4 important practices are:
    - One-on-one Meetings: because everyone in your team needs personal attention - they crave it and they need it to grow.
    - Team Meetings: because in addition to personal attention, everyone on your team wants to feel like they're part of something larger than themselves. They want to feel a sense of progress in that community.
    - You can't address what you don't know.
    - Mindset: the mindset is People/Power/Profit
  • Minimalist Leadership produces Maximum Results. These techniques can be so effective, they can literally double your team's performance without doubling your effort.

Takeaways/Next Steps

  • First, if you're a leader or manager, how can you use minimalist leadership practices to make your team more effective, and freeing you up? Start with this question: “What's not going as well as I'd like it to as a leader?” Basing your minimalist strategy around this answer will get you off to a great start.
  • Second, what are you getting out of your one-on-ones today? What are you learning and, especially, what's happening between each one-on-one and the next one? If the answer is “not much” to either, you should probably look at doing something a little different.
  • Third, when was the last time you got information about your team in an anonymous way? If the answer is employee engagement surveys, make certain that you’re asking some of the following questions:
    - What IS working about your role here with the company, this team, and with me as your manager/leader?
    - What’s NOT working? What would you do about that?
    - Why am I the kind of leader you'd like to follow?
  • Don't assume that everyone loves working with you because you're the manager or the leader – work hard to find out what you can do to really become the leader that people need you to be.

Downloads & Resources

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Danny Hadas

Danny Hadas is a # 1 bestselling author, leadership coach, and former advisor to some of the world’s most iconic brands. Since 2008, his work has impacted millions of people across 500+ companies worldwide, including Disney, BMW, and AT&T. As the founder of The Emovation Project, Danny coaches business owners and organizational leaders to be Minimalist Leaders, which empowers them to double their team's performance without doubling their effort.

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