February 15, 2022

191: Principles of The Leadership Blueprint with Lisa Marie Platske

It’s easy to get caught in the whirlwind of work. We can get carried along by the hundreds of things that need to get done, never stepping back to consider if it’s actually working or whether the path is even the right one. Taking time to prioritize, reflect, or set boundaries that actually get followed can feel like a luxury we just can’t afford given the fires that keep popping up, the ever-growing to-do list, and wanting to be there for our team members when they need us. But imagine what work and life could be, if we did.

Today’s guest is Lisa Marie Platske. Lisa Marie is an award-winning leadership expert in human behavior and recognized as one of the top 100 women making a difference in the world. She left her Federal law enforcement career after 9/11 to build Upside Thinking, Inc. She is also a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and Lisa has trained or coached over 100,000 leaders around the globe.

Lisa and I talk about the Leadership Blueprint. She shared the three principles of the Leadership Blueprint which can help you up your management game and unleash your full potential as a people leader.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Courage is more important than expertise. Courageous leadership comes from making and acting on difficult decisions.
  • Consider the knowledge and experience you have from all aspects of your life, not only professional ones.
  • Prioritize the goals that will make the greatest impact. Decide these based on personal and/or organizational values.
  • It’s more important to move one important thing a mile than 10 things only three steps. Set your priority goals and then reassess during the day by using SNAP at random intervals; Stop, Notice, Ask, Pause, Pray, and Pivot.
  • Focusing on priorities leaves wiggle room for when unexpected issues arise and prevents overload. Be present by focusing on less.
  • Discuss with your team how they can focus and prioritize. Learn what times of day are best for each person to both collaborate and work alone.
  • We are filled with unconscious beliefs of what we “should” be doing. Examine what you really want and why it matters. Do what is right for you, not what you “should” according to other people’s ideas.
  • Be honest about what roles, responsibilities, and requirements you don’t want. Create nonnegotiables and set boundaries for what you can’t and won’t do.
  • Discuss with your team what they do and don’t want. Be aware these may change.


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