Steve Gavatorta: What motivates you?
Meryl Moritz: A puzzle. A challenge. A
chance to contribute. The notion that some issue
doesn't have a viable solution -- can one be found?
The phone calls from a client organization when I'm
asked, "We need to do this. Accomplish this, but...
Can you help?"
Steve Gavatorta: How do you motivate your
Meryl Moritz: I'm sure I am NOT the one
doing the motivating. The great clients (and they all
have their greatness, believe me!) motivate
themselves. My job is to help them clarify their own
thinking, enlarge their perspective, identify actions
they want to do to take their thinking "public." I'm
the only one who is motivated by my thinking: others
are motivated by theirs. So, "motivating" others is
really stimulating the hell out of their thinking so they
want to jump into action.
Steve Gavatorta: Describe your leadership
Meryl Moritz: I recently commissioned a 360
degree survey of my clients, associates, peers, and
former employers to get their views of my leadership,
so I'm answering from that vantage point. I'm 2
parts visionary (strategic, big picture) to 1 part
traditional-results oriented leader, or so say the poll
results. In the past year alone, I've made a
conscious decision to veer away from consensus
building and collaborative leadership to even more on
the visionary/delegative front. That translates
into "Say what you see as successful functioning and
then have the right people take the message forward
in the right way or challenge it and improve upon it."
Steve Gavatorta: Who do you consider a
good leader/role model & why?
Meryl Moritz: There are two kinds of leaders
that come to mind -- thought leaders who inspire us
to change our attitudes and action leaders --
whether on the sporting fields or in organizations,
who set a direction and woo us to follow. The
thought leaders whose ideas I want to follow are
people like Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the discipline of
psychology who studies peak experience and flow
and gives a clear message of what is possible; Twyla
Tharp in the world of dance who says that creativity
can be cultivated and sustained by anyone, Julio
Olalla in the world of executive coaching because he
brings heart and head to the treatment of suffering
that occurs inside corporations. There are relatively
few so-called action leaders I will stand up for on the
frozen Siberian tundra. Marshall Rosenberg, expert in
nonviolent communication is one. A heady mixture of
great humility, powerful vision, direct
communications, humor, faith in people, passionate
about his subject (communication) whose example
has made me change the way I speak, coach and
consult. My graduate school advisor whose direct
communication, belief in and requests of me
stretched me to my intellectual limit and beyond,
showing me my own metal.
Steve Gavatorta: How do you continue to
lead through times of adversity?
Meryl Moritz: A previous guest featured in
this newsletter said "This is my favorite time to
lead. " I concur. Since what we do in leadership
coaching is facilitate positive change, helping the
leader to model the way, we're always about
change. Of course, most folks react to change as if
it is synonymous with adversity. I like to see change
as a creative process, when one way or state is
ending and everyone is in a neutral zone waiting for
the new beginning. Just when you are about fed up
with the fog, it lifts and you see possibilities. My
personal leadership mission is to work with my own
and my clients' emotional intelligence quotient to help
them withstand change without shutting down,
backing down or blowing up. We succeed when the
leader manages to stay the course in times of
ambiguity and even bleakness.
Steve Gavatorta: During these fast paced
times, how do you lead during change and ambiguity?
Meryl Moritz: Gotta find time to get
centered. If I'm running on fumes, I'm not at my
best and I'm impatient with -- or worse --
judgmental of ambiguity. Twice a week yoga, non
negotiable even in the toughest times. Healthy food,
lots of sleep, self-care. When I'm in that kind of
fitness, nothing fazes me. I approach the worst
challenges with equanimity.
Steve Gavatorta: Do you have any
suggested reading on Management, Motivation
Meryl Moritz: My most fervent desire is that
we executives, consultants, coaches, and industrial
psychologists will create a revolution by asking
everyone we work with to commit to raising their
own emotional intelligence quotient, EQ. To that
end, I recommend Daniel Goleman's "Working with
Emotional Intelligence." Because our rat race has
caused many of our organizations to be unhealthy,
unsafe environments, I recommend Dennis and
Michelle Reina's "Trust and Betrayal in the
Workplace." And because it's always a good idea to
refresh one's learning, I recommend Michael Ciampa
and Dan Watkins' "Right from the Start" , which
prescribes a learning and acculturation regimen for a
leader's first ninety days in a new organization or
new leadership role.
Steve Gavatorta: Thanks for your time,
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