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Jan Byars

Jan Byars

Jan Byars is the founder and president of LeadSync, LLC. After years of study and research, she believes an organization leader’s internal state is critical to leadership ability and ultimately affects the organization’s success. The philosophy that Leadership is Being and then Doing drives LeadSync’s unique approach to leadership development which can be applied across all levels, organizations and industries.

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You have to be Conscious to Lead a Conscious Company

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 16:01 Published in The Blog

Benefit Corporation, B-Corporation and many other organizational designations (Values-Driven, etc.) are a huge growing trend. We have seen greed at work, organizations whose only criterion for success is shareholder value.  We have often worked for these organizations and seen ‘the crazy.’

Fortunately, this is changing, and changing fast!

Values-Base leadership has been around for decades; really, since the 1970’s with Servant Leadership. However, there was no legal structure to require this level of leadership, so little attention has been paid. 

The game has changed in leadership and in business! 

27 states have Benefit Corporation status, 14 more states have it in the works.  This means that the operating agreement of these organizations have broader criteria, some social benefit, to which they are required to operate.   

Whether you are operating a formal Benefit Corporation or choosing to be a Certified B Corporation you are choosing to be a conscious leader.  Conscious leadership is not done from frantic, short-term thinking.  It requires higher functioning.  It requires presence, and expanded awareness.

Are you ready? Is your organization, leading from this expanded awareness?

Join me on these exercises, to deepen you awareness and run a conscious company.

-  Jan


You have to be Conscious to Lead a Conscious Company

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 16:01 Published in The Blog

Benefit Corporation, B-Corporation and many other organizational designations (Values-Driven, etc.) are a huge growing trend. We have seen greed at work, organizations whose only criterion for success is shareholder value.  We have often worked for these organizations and seen ‘the crazy.’

Fortunately, this is changing, and changing fast!

Values-Base leadership has been around for decades; really, since the 1970’s with Servant Leadership. However, there was no legal structure to require this level of leadership, so little attention has been paid. 

The game has changed in leadership and in business! 

27 states have Benefit Corporation status, 14 more states have it in the works.  This means that the operating agreement of these organizations have broader criteria, some social benefit, to which they are required to operate.   

Whether you are operating a formal Benefit Corporation or choosing to be a Certified B Corporation you are choosing to be a conscious leader.  Conscious leadership is not done from frantic, short-term thinking.  It requires higher functioning.  It requires presence, and expanded awareness.

Are you ready? Is your organization, leading from this expanded awareness?

Join me on these exercises, to deepen you awareness and run a conscious company.

-  Jan


Simply practice being aware.

Thursday, 07 May 2015 17:09 Published in The Blog

Simply practice being aware. 
Look, and be still. Feel, and be still. Listen, and be still.
Give the practice of awareness time, time when you are alone.                                           

This quote from Robert Greenleaf is 45 years old.  Servant Leadership has always included Mindfulness, calling it Deep Presence.  It is also the basis of a highly effective, profitable (proven) form of leadership.  It begins with you the leader and emerges throughout an organization.  Presence is a requirement of all of the Values-Based Leadership theories.  Aligning with values requires present attention.

Here is a simple exercise:
Create pockets of silence in your day.  Yes, real silence, no music or other background distractions.  Simply be.  Allow yourself to focus on your breath.  Do this for 2 min a day.  It doesn’t even need to be 120 consecutive seconds.  45 sec, 45 sec and 30 seconds are good too. Start from where you are.

When you are done ask yourself. . . . What are you feeling in your body?

What are you resisting?

What shifted?

This is a great practice!   Give it a try  . . . .Yes, right now! . . .  Stop and be still.

- Jan

Resilience

Friday, 03 April 2015 15:04 Published in The Blog

I have officially completed my recertification as a HeartMath coach!

In case you aren't familiar with the term, HeartMath provides tools that connect us with the heart of “who we truly are” and greater resilience for living healthier, fulfilling lives and building a brighter future.

Since 1991, the HeartMath Institute has researched and developed reliable, scientifically based tools to help people bridge the connection between their hearts and minds, and deepen their connection with the hearts of others.

I'm pleased to be able to continue to offer this excellent resource to my clients and friends.  Here is the link to my HeartMath profile. http://bit.ly/1MLdpXH

- Jan


Are you caught in the crazy?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:27 Published in The Blog

I can see the crazy. . . . .

I just realized this is a gift of mine.  It has often felt like a curse.  Seeing the dynamics of a group and then asking why they are doing things this way.  It usually ends with them thinking I am the crazy one.  Somehow, I managed to not drink the Cool-Aid.  We live in a soup of chaos and overwhelm.  This creates the crazy.  But we are so deep in it that we think it is the truth. 

It isn’t. 

There is a way out . . . . . but then others will think you are the crazy one.  There is always a consequence to our choices. 

Do you have an idea of something you would like to change?  It can be a small something, a ‘practice’ change.  Give that some thought and then we can begin to play together.  Follow me on LeadSync's Facebook page and join the discussion.

- Jan 


Change is Internal

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:47 Published in The Blog

I set New Year’s resolutions AND keep them.  I’ve figured out how to maintain my weight, so I no longer have to diet.  I’ve stuck with my exercise plan. 

So YES… all these things CAN be done with small, internal changes, over time.

Organizational change is no different than individual change.  (I know that this is not the accepted view.  But it is true.)  In fact the reason organizational change usually fails is because:

1. The leaders are too steeped deep in the crazy to actually SEE what is needed, and

2. The leadership is looking ‘out there’ for the solution. 

The solution is never ‘out there.’  The solution is IN here. This is common sense. Consider these accepted truisms:

-          “Be the change you wish to see in the world. ”  - Ghandi

-          Michael Jackson’s Change in the Mirror

-          An addict of any kind has to WANT to change for healing to occur.

The reason change initiatives fail:

-          We don’t know how to start.

-          We don’t know what to do on a daily basis.

-          We don’t know where to direct attention.

-          We don’t pace ourselves – taking on a huge chunk and then failing to manage the change. 

Mostly, we seem to be too busy creating a sense of urgency.  (Isn’t everything urgent now?)

So, how do we initiate and sustain change?  The process is simple, but maybe not easy.

Begin where you are -- where you REALLY are, not where you are ‘supposed to be’ or where you want to be. Then integrate small, simple, daily changes. This is a powerful change process when done as a group.  And the micro-changes make it sustainable.  

I hope you continue to read my blog this year and see how it is done.

-  Jan


Increasing Our Resilience

Monday, 09 February 2015 21:23 Published in The Blog

I am re-certifying and updating my HeartMath skills after 10 years of practice.  It’s always interesting to relearn something.  I tend to think I know everything after 10 years.  Going through the training again has opened my eyes to new ideas and new ways of looking at things.  This is a common barrier with established leaders.  They tend to think they know it all.  How many times have I heard .  .  . “I already know how to lead.”

Given the rate in which information is increasing, and change is happening, how is this possible?

The speed of change has affected our resilience, our capacity to adapt to and recover from stress. Here is simple, beginning exercise to increase our resilience and loosen old locked down habits:

When you walk down the hall breathe differently. (You have to breathe anyway.) Focus on the area of your heart and breathing deeply (not crazy deep).  Do this 5 or 10 times, EVERY time you walk down the hall. 

It will begin to reset your physiology and help you be more resilient. It will open up your neocortex in a different way.  You can also use this breathing technique when you need to solve a problem.  Suspend all that you think you know and just breathe.  Let a new answer come, let a new association form within your brain.  

This simple exercise begins to hold the space for a deep, transformational change to occur.

Don’t for get to follow me on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram (drjanbyars).

-          Jan


Micro-practices of change

Thursday, 29 January 2015 16:16 Published in The Blog

Transformational change is a process of micro-changes.  They begin with the individual.  Are you ready?  Walk with me on a journey this year through simple exercises and stories about transformational change. Already plenty to see on my facebook page.

Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LeadSync/129446573800342

Twitter @drjanbyars

Instragram @drjanbyars

Looking forward to walking this journey with you!
- Jan 


Occupy the pockets of possibility

Thursday, 23 October 2014 17:42 Published in The Blog
Once you know where you're going, leadership is scanning for opportunities, however small, and simply stepping into those opportunities, every day.

DO THIS: For the next month, remind yourself clearly of your intention (or goal) every morning. Then hold this thought lightly all day. Your brain, using its intrinsic "pattern matching system" will recognize and help you see the opportunities that present themselves. Grab them!

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