Discretionary Effort: The best gift you can receive from your team

So, what is Discretionary Effort Leadership, exactly?

Each day when an employee walks in the office door and starts work or begins work from a remote location, that employee makes a choice whether or not to give discretionary effort.

Discretionary effort is the difference between the level of effort, creativity and problem solving one is capable of bringing to a task versus the effort required to just get by or make do and still receive a paycheck. What would happen in  your company if there were a culture of giving discretionary effort on a regular basis? How would this affect your position in the marketplace, among your competitors and with your customers?

We work with top level executives and managers to create an environment and culture where discretionary effort can flourish and benefit your company in untold ways.

The discretionary effort culture is built by charismatic leaders who know how to build productive teams. Increasing charisma and building dynamic teams are the key skills our program enhances and refines.

Can you afford NOT to encourage Discretionary Effort?

The benefits of discretionary effort are an outgrowth of leaders focusing on the elements of the job that are important to their employees, and then learning how to tie these elements to achieving business goals and objectives.

The employee then becomes directly engaged in the success of the organization.

You can’t afford to ignore it.

More on Discretionary Effort 

At regular intervals, Doug and Karla produce podcasts to familiarize you with the world wide discretionary effort initiative. Here is a sample entitled Engagement is 20th Century, Discretionary Effort is 21st Century. If your organization has great engagement policies and programs, you will want to climb the next rung on the ladder to discretionary effort. Learn more by clicking below. If you right click and save as, you can save it to your device for listening later.

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Join the Worldwide Discretionary Effort Initiative!

We offer two streams of training:

Discretionary Effort Leadership Programs

A team-based certification opportunity.

Karla Brandau, CEO of Workplace Power Institute and Douglas Ross, CEO of Principle Dynamics, poured their 50+ years of collective experience in business into their new book, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort.

Their Earn the Gift 21st Century Leadership program—taught on location or licensed to you—assists you in developing the charismatic leadership team that can and equip your management and C-level teams with skills to elicit employee gifts of discretionary … on a daily basis.

Each participant is awarded an Earn the Gift Leadership Certificate.

Questions for the 21st century are:

  • What will be the dynamics of the 21st century social contract?
  • How much discretionary effort will employees give?
  • What will organizations do to earn that discretionary effort?
  • How can you get the gifts of discretionary effort on a regular basis? 

We have the answers.

In an Earn the Gift 21st Century Leadership program timely answers to 21st century workforce questions are answered and participants learn how to earn the gift of discretionary effort from employees.

The Leadership of One Professional Development

Designed specially for leaders who are feeling unfulfilled, or like they are simply not getting the results they KNOW their team can deliver.

The Leadership of One is a professional development coaching program – combining both small group and individual webinar/teleconference sessions for maximum personalization at a very reasonable cost. The program builds professional skills, helps you identify your unique leadership gifts and become the leader people choose to follow, not have to follow because of your place on the organizational chart.

The next online coaching and mentoring program of the Leadership of One will begin in January 2018. Click here for more information.

The Leadership of One – Overview eBook

Being a charismatic leader starts with the leadership of self. This true principle was the genesis of The Leadership of One coaching and mentoring program. Read this e-book and learn the fundamental principles of discretionary effort that will move your management/leadership career forward. Buy it online here.