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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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What We Share Multiplies

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 17:43 Published in The Blog

Mental Models are a critical aspect of leadership. 

It is the frame we place around our thinking, a short cut to help us move through our day faster. It shapes our world/lives/work. Embedded within our culture (all cultures) are these core beliefs/structures that go unseen.  So unseen in fact that we will sometimes fight to the death before we will let them go. 

One of these blinds spots is the scarcity model onwhich we base business.  We believe if I give something to you, I will  have less for myself.  This is sometimes true, but many times it is not.  Did you ever have a cold and give it to someone else?  Did you get less sick?  Have you ever loved someone?  Did giving your love result in less love?  In both cases it created more.

In the book Abundance, Diamandis and Kotler use the example about the extreme abundance of sunshine. There is more solar energy, than we can imagine using!

Their point, when we choose to use this source of energy, instead of fossil fuels, we change our world.  Think about the impact of that?  No more wars over oil; a truly abundant source of energy. More and more often, paradigm shifts create vast new resources. 

How do we break out of our mental models that limit our daily lives? How do we even begin to see enough to change them?

It is possible.

How is the scarcity model inherently affecting your decisions, your thinking.  Are the core beliefs we hold even true, when we look closer? Is there a way to shift into a truly abundant state?

A principle driven leader needs to look in themselves for areas that contradict the overall vision and values.  It is in our blind spots where we fail to see our possibilities. 

“Our most valuable possessions are those which can be shared without lessening; those which when shared multiply. Our least valuable possessions are those which when divided are diminished.”                      William Danforth.

Something to think about.

-  Jan

Find LeadSync on Facebook, and drjanbyars on Twitter and Instagram.

 


Really, Do I have too?!

Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:27 Published in The Blog

Open Mind,  Open Heart,  Open Will

Otto Scharmer’s quantum theory of change, Theory U, centers on these capacities.  Leaning into the emergent future requires these abilities; it requires the openness to see what is emerging, not what has been.  Yet, when we live in "real" life we are put in situations which are unfair, irritating maybe even hateful. 

 Why would you stay open to that????

 It is so much easier to defend, judge and retaliate.  But that is the very nature of a closed mind, a closed heart, and a closed will.  I have seen people move into some "more evolved" viewpoint, whether that be "green" (environmentally conscious) or… only to become very judgmental of those who have not grown in the same direction.  The self-righteousness is suffocating. Don’t you just hate people who do that? 

 Oops! That is close minded, closed-hearted, judgmental … you get the idea. 

 How do we step out of these normal feelings in the midst of the turmoil?

It’s simple (not easy). It’s a choice; an everyday choice: to live and lead by the values you have chosen.  Not to move into a closed will that means I can act a certain way to those people because they irritate me. 

Conscious leadership doesn’t allow for long lapses of being closed off.  Being conscious is me feeling the emotions, even if I don’t like them.  Being conscious is making the choice to open my heart and mind, even if I don’t want to.  It’s about looking to see what is RIGHT about the situation… and yes, maybe even learn something.  It’s about acknowledging all of this, and acting in line with WHO I have CHOSEN to be.

 Conscious Leadership requires the capacity to do all of this.

- Jan

Find LeadSync on Facebook, and drjanbyars on Twitter and Instagram.


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 

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