We love hearing about underdogs rising and winning. While a lot of their success is attributed to great timing and luck, you can't discount that these founders were gritty - super focused on the mission at hand and willing to do whatever it took to skyrocket their companies.
But that said, while some of us are born with a bit more grit than the rest (yes, genetics and upbringing matter), you can build grit over time if you understand its mechanisms.
As leaders, understanding these mechanisms and how you go about building grit over time is essential. So, while the science of grit is better left to some other, well-written blog article (hopefully by Angela Duckworth), we will discuss how you as a manager can implement strategies to improve grit over time with your teams.
This 90-day Playbook Playlist will help you set goals, align on the company and team mission, and super-power resilience with your team.
The team at LEON built this Playbook Playlist on the idea that grit is a LEON metric that be improved upon over time.
This Playlist can support you as a manager by giving you a series of Playbooks (ten in all) that you can use in succession to improve team performance.
The structure of this Playlist is built much like a fitness training plan, where we do from "light to heavy" or, in more general terms, "simple to complex."
So if possible, try to use this Playlist in order.
This Playbook will run for the next 90 days and will include both manager and team-based activities for you to implement.
Month one of this Playbook Playlist is what we would call a support month. This month's goal is to help build a base of both team alignment and emotional support for our team members.
We want to support our team members by helping them understand and celebrate previous success, while helping them to set a direction of travel or mission for the future.
This base will help you as a manager give further responsibility in upcoming months, but it will also help your team members prepare for more responsibility to be added in the near future.
Month two is a mixture of both support and challenge Playbooks, designed to start adding specific Playbooks built to layer on more stress and improve resiliency.
This month, you'll notice a more active focus on adding stress and creating environments where your employees must adapt to new stimuli and tasks.
As a leader, your focus should still be on support, while the Playbook adds on new challenges.
Month three is where the fun begins. In this phase, we will move towards adding on even more responsibility, to a point where we will ask team members to take manager-level tasks.
Also, we will implement the ability for team members to work on side-projects using the Superhuman's Hack Day Playbook as a new stimulus.
As a leader, it's essential to give your team members autonomy during this phase, allowing them the freedom to fail as needed.
Remember, part of building grit is learning how to adapt to overcome adversity when presented with it, so this idea of learning to win is a valuable lesson for your team
Try out this Playlist with your team, or find an even better Playbook in the Playbook Library that works best for your team.
You can search, start, set due dates, customize and send it to your team right through LEON.
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