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a tad melioristic) and curious people who love adventure and value the environment.
by Alicia Amerson
Transformational leadership is about being inspirational and supporting through positivity without having positional power over someone. This is opposite of transactional leadership which is driven by managing, supervising, organizing work, and monitoring performance to achieve an outcome.
What outcomes should you expect from becoming a transformational leader?
A bit of history
In 1978 James MacGregor Burns used the term transformational leadership to describe a process in which "leaders and followers help each other to advance to a higher level of morale and motivation."
To address the underlying nature of leadership, Transformational leadership asks “what the goal of leadership is and the want to be a leader.”
In most instances in wildlife conservation and management, we seek to change the behavior of humans. This has proven difficult time and again. The most positive results from conservation campaigns and management are when transformational leaders communicate the vision, set goals, and break through the resistance to change. This is all done with strategy and inclusion.
To get started here are a few steps towards becoming a transformational leader so you can take your conservation campaign or project for wildlife to the next level.
What a year! 1 book, 1 online course, 33 Facebook Live Episodes, and tremendous growth in our social communities. It’s been a wild ride, to say the least. And an incredible one. Thank you for listening, and for your support.
It’s been a privilege to speak at some of the biggest drone conferences in the world and meet people who are passionate about wildlife and using drones for good. This year, I’ve enjoyed the theme of using drones to benefit humanity and wildlife.
In the final Facebook Live episode of 2018, I’m sharing some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year.
There will be a brief break at the end of the month to calibrate and adjust our focus for next year. In fact, you may have seen we are offering new coaching packages.
Also, our show is moving to a podcast. Projects for Wildlife is a weekly podcast where we share interviews, solo episodes, and coaching from wildlife project leaders from around the world. You can get a sneak peek of Episode 0 here.
FACEBOOK LIVE EPISODES:
Conference Recap: AUVSI coverage with Women and Drones
Episode 28: Baby bear harassed by drone
Episode 20: Interview with Hover UAV Founder, Jackie Dujmovic
Episode 19: Marine Mammals and Drones
Episode 13: Interview Kim Players, Master Your Drone
Episode 07: Ecotourism and Drones
Project Idea I am trying: BeFocused Timer on my Mac. I am setting up my schedule each day and dedicating a specific amount of time to each task.
Books: I've compiled a list of all the books I've read this year let me know if you want a copy.
Gifts: This year I am sending notes to folks to say Happy Holidays and calling friends that I have not talked to in way too long.
Comment below and share a project idea, book, or gift!
By Alicia Amerson
Your To-do List Isn't the Enemy!
Have you wondered how other project leaders make it all work?
Here are a few tips that will help you focus on your goals.
Maintaining focus on your goals is hard - like really hard. I don't need to tell you, though; you are a project leader. You are already doing a juggling act with email, calendars, websites, social media, making content; all the while trying to balance on a tightrope where there is a stack of proposals, grant applications, and clients that are constantly revolving.
How can you possibly know what and how to prioritize when everything is the most important task of your day?
When you start to feel the slide turn quickly towards a deep dive into the inefficiency rut you can use these six steps to focus on your goals and accomplish your mission. I will admit this will take time out of your day to organize, but it is worth every minute!
TIP #1 Make a list of all the projects and to-dos on your list right now
Think of this like cleaning out your closet and you have to look at every single item of clothes that you own.
Literally include every little task from calling a client to planning content, maybe you need to invoice a customer or take time to order your new 2019 day planner. No task is to small.
TIP #2 Order each task by value they provide to your business
How do you describe value in your business? Is it engagement on social media? Is it more people joining your closed Facebook group? Is it your client's perception? Is it increasing your partnerships?
No matter how you look at these you want the end result to be in monetary value. You can't pay your staff or research wildlife with social media engagement, but if those people love, know, and trust your company, they will refer you to others.
Referrals turn into new customers, simply put the positive word of mouth impacts your bottom line.
When you review value you might think about it in terms of the most profitable task per hour spent, whether directly or indirectly. When weighing a task that does not have a specific dollar value attached against those that do can be tricky, so you can develop a point system to manage each of these tasks.
For example, you may choose to focus on client work which will bring in money to support your business. But when you use a point system to access value, you realize that each partnership you make in your network brings in 2 to 3 new clients. The value of networking doubles or triples your bottomline. Also remember the customer's perception may bring you more leads to grow your business. You will need to quantify the reach and impact when it comes to tasks that are less tangible. To get started assign more points to tasks that have the farthest reach or impact the most people than the tasks that produce minimal results.
by Alicia Amerson
Wildlife conservation needs a mindset shift, let me share why...
For those of you who know me, I am a petite person and much like this tiny lizard I feel small most often. Among the giants in the world, whether it be a famous scientist, a best-selling author, or a politician; I wonder how I can make the biggest impact with this one life I am living. Although media portrays that we spend time on being different I honestly think we all desire the same basic things. To live a fully abundant life we basically need acceptance, love, shelter, food, and water.
Often times as a strategy driven individual I find myself at a crossroads, asking "if this happened, what should we expect? If that happened, what should we expect?" I am constantly learning from this process and accessing my achievements on what I expected to happen and most often are pleasantly surprised. Because this comes easy to me, I often get asked when I work with others to help them generate action towards making their ideas come to life.
Do you find your mind travelling into a big idea then asking questions that look beyond to the end result? I often visualize what am I actually trying to accomplish by asking what does it looks, feels, tastes, smells, and sounds like. One of the key results I have found from visualizing a positive future or outcome is that it creates a clear vision and strategy to get beyond the noise.
You might wonder what is the noise?
I consider the noise the Scarcity Mindset. This mindset is caused by competition, thinking in a way that we are already losing a fight, that we are in a war or fight to begin with, and that there is just not enough to go around for all of us (including wildlife and habitat). For example:
- Competition for conservation funding. There's the idea that there is just not enough money to protect the entire world. Although many non-profits are making significant impacts around the world. (Let's celebrate the success and collaborate to make larger impacts.)
- Writing grants causes us to look at an issue from a negative perspective. When our minds continually write and focus on an issue with negativity we talk, live, and share these thoughts and energy with all of those around us.
- Scarcity is the mind saying that there is just not enough.
- Finally, the noise of the scarcity mindset says that rich people are bad people. That money is evil - yet we absolutely need it to do our conservation work. And YOU are a good person! You deserve to be rich so you can continue doing good work.
The wonderful part of being human is that we are all uniquely different. And it will take all of our perspectives to protect our biodiverse world.
I would like to challenge you today and for the rest of the week to visualize ABUNDANCE.
Yes I am asking you to take 10 minutes of your day (preferably first thing when you wake up) and visualize abundance. What does it look, feel, smell, taste, and sound like to you?
Before you get started on your meditation first start by doing a bit of homework. Answer these questions:
1. What and who are your current constraints? How are you solving your issue now? What do you hope to gain from each step?
2. What are your current beliefs about money? Are these beliefs you grew up with or reflect values similar to your friend/family group? Are your beliefs about money limiting you in anyway?
3. Why are you passionately putting your time into this issue? - This is a deep question so give yourself time to answer.
4. If this issue were solved tomorrow what would it look, feel, smell, taste, and sound like to you?
If this blog resonates with you add a comment below. Share how your Abundance mindset changes after one week.
If you want to learn more about meditation with a goal try one of the Grace Space Sessions on Abundance mindset.