Happy 10th Anniversary to “The Secret“!
The book, The Secret, is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and I gladly reviewed the anniversary edition. Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller wrote The Secret. It is a quick and easy read filled with powerful principles to apply to any leadership role. Here is just a taste of the excellent content:
“No matter how long the runway,
that pig ain’t gonna fly!”¹
This is a great way to remember that the purpose of training and development is not to “fix” people. People can learn and improve, but they will always be more powerful in their areas of strength… and never eliminate their areas of weakness. A key responsibility for a leader is to “fit” people into a role that is good for them, a role that matches their strengths.
In order to “fit” people into their best role, a leader must know the vision and the roles necessary for accomplishing the vision. The leader must also know their people well.
The BE, DO, HAVE, and HELP Framework²
Blanchard and Miller mention this framework taught by Bobb Biehl. The tool is helpful for getting to know your people and building a deeper relationship with them. The idea is to ask someone to share the top five things they would put in each category: five things they want to be (ex. a better mom), five things they would like to do (ex. attend a special event), five things they want to have (ex. more family time), and five people/areas where they would like to help (ex. favorite charities). Then, as the leader, look for opportunities to resource these areas – provide a ticket, a mentor, a network contact, a training, a workload/hour adjustment, etc.
The SERVE principles
Each letter stands for one of the five key principles of leadership success. The book’s entertaining and effective story format explains each of these principles.
There is also a helpful self-assessment on these principles included in the book.
If you want to improve your leadership, I highly recommend this book. If you read it ten years ago, maybe you would like to read it again!
What do you think is part of the secret of leadership?
_______________________¹ Blanchard, K. and Miller, M. (2014). The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. (p. 70) ² Ibid (p. 94) Celebrate 10 years by reading a #freesample of #TheSecret by @kenblanchard & @LeadersServe here: http://bit.ly/TheSecret10