Steve Lishansky on Creating High Performing Teams by Building Strong Relationships Show Notes


In this episode of Impact Teams Radio, Implementation Rabbi Tony Sherman interviews returning guest Steve Lishansky, Chief Executive Officer of Optimize International.

Steve Lishansky on Creating High Performing Teams by Building Strong Relationships


Introduction of Episode

0:29 - Tony introduces come back guest, Steve Lishanzky.

0:45 - Tony wants Steve to talk more about leadership and how to create a high performance team

1:14 - Steve talks about dealing with clients and dealing with building professional services teams.

2:11 - Most critical way for every good leader is to make sure to have an alignment of the executive team towards the company’s vision, mission and goals.

3:52 - If the team has a better sense of communication, we can have a high performing team and reduce rework.

4:01 - Steve talks about execution.

5:35 - Steve explains the virtue of trial and error

7:07 - When you tune the team, and if they’re aligned and they are all in the same channel, what can happen is incredible clarity with tremendous impact in acceleration and implementation velocity.

10:12 - Steve shares about the struggles of clients.

10:43 - Power of mission and clarity of goals cannot be underestimated. It is the singular, greatest impact clarity of mission, goals after quality of leadership in terms of success.

11:05 - Steve talks about the next step in terms of creating great relationship and alignment.

13:52 - Tony speaks views about clear alignment and standards.

14:15 - Steve explains that leadership takes all the responsibility and give away all the praise.

14:21 - Leaders must be responsible.

16:51 - Activity is no substitute for results.

17:09 - Culture eats strategies for breakfast.

17:32 - Find a team that really loves, respect, enjoys working together. You’ll see amazing results.

19:38 - Tony talks about meeting the standards.

24:45 - Episode closing.

Steve Lishansky on Creating High Performing Teams by Building Strong Relationships

Creating High Performing Teams by Building Strong Relationships


Steve LishanskyIn this episode of Impact Teams Radio, Implementation Rabbi Tony Sherman interviews returning guest Steve Lishansky, Chief Executive Officer of Optimize International. Steve has 22 years of experience in executive coaching, facilitating services, high impact professional services trainings, speaking and consulting services. He is a sought after Keynote Speaker, Hall of Fame Executive Coach and Expert Facilitator for creating Strategic Alignment of Leaderships.

Episode 35 of Impact Teams Radio focuses on creating high performing teams by building strong professional relationships. Implementation Rabbi Tony Sherman and Steve Lishansky talk about the keys to being a better leader.  What needs to be done right now in dealing with clients and forming teams involve building trust, respect and communication.  These three factors lead to a quality of relationship where capabilities can be leveraged and reduce rework in tasks. Steve talks about building high performing teams means multiplying the assets of the team. He said that a good leader knows how to bring the team together towards the mission, vision and goals of the company. A clear direction should be created for the professional services teams in order to reduce confusion. Leaders need to set standards that their people can really understand to increase implementation velocity. Steve emphasizes that leaders own the establishment of the vision, mission and goals of the company. Also, leaders should create an environment for the growth of the people in the organization.

Steve mentions that leaders must create a certain culture for the people to work as a team. He and Implementation Rabbi Tony Sherman discuss that leaders should make sure that they have the right people who have the same level of commitment and capability in order to achieve quality results. Steve also says that this is how to reduce confusion in virtual teams. Leaders should take out people who do not function well in the professional services teams. Steve said that at the onset, people should be willing to embrace and support the vision, mission and goals, as well as the principles and practices of the company. Listen to this week’s episode of Impact Teams Radio as Implementation Rabbi Tony Sherman and Steve Lishansky talk about being a better leader and a better person than you are today.



Phil Morettini

Minding the Gap


Phil Morettini

 Phil Morettini has had a long and interesting career with a focus not only in engineering and technology but also the business side of a wide variety of companies. He has also been part of a number of start ups and consulting firms to help turn companies around again. In the more advanced part of his career, he is hired to be a change agent that will be in a leadership position of a company short term to help fix problems. This gives Phil the expertise and experience to understand a few unique points about leadership.

One of his more interesting points about being a leader is this idea that one must learn to be a good follower. Most people in a company have a boss or bosses as well as some people that are below them that they are leading. If one can’t follow, it is hard to lead. Not only can not following seem contradictory to others, following is part of being a great leader and provides credibility.

Phil has had some good wins in his career. The two mentioned both relate to a similar situation of being in a position where the company is shutting down a division where he has been placed into the leadership position. Being able to turn these around to become profitable, viable, long term businesses is something he is proud of. He mentions that it is a mixture of perseverance and luck that contribute to having the ability to do this. One must be able to persevere and focus on the things that need to be done.

In terms of failures, Phil understands that there is more to learn from failing than being successful most of the time. Learning to be reflective of these failures can be helpful is his number one leadership training point.

He leaves the interview with a few key points to consider about leadership. Being able to focus on the things that matter is an extremely important skill. Find a mentor to avoid having to learn all alone. Observe how others are reaching success. Again, be a good follower to become a great leader.

This is a great interview with Phil Morettini, motivational speaker on the special challenges of interim leadership. Even if you are not an interim leader this will give you insights into make a great impression quickly and effectively.

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