How Do You Describe Work?
Frustrating? Disappointing? Disenfranchised? Underwhelming?
These, unfortunately, are some of the most common words that many of our friends, our mentees, our customers, those in our community, and even we ourselves have used to describe work.
And that challenges us because we believe our work can be incredibly important. It can be a means for us to impact others’ lives and the world positively and significantly.
We also spend about 25% of our adult life at work. That’s just too much time and too much opportunity lost for work to be anything other than meaningful.
We’ve had bad bosses.
We’ve been in unhealthy work cultures where results trumped everything else to include people, doing what’s right, and the sustainability of the organization.
We’ve experienced selfish leaders. Incompetent ones. And ones that have lacked character.
But we do not believe work and leadership have to be this way. We are committed to building intentional leaders who create better work experiences for employees and better impacts on the world through what they do.
At 3x5 Leadership we champion intentional leaders who create significant impacts. We do that by helping leaders like you lead themselves well, connect with others, and build effective and cohesive teams. This is why we exist and what we are passionate about in life.
To “champion intentional leaders” means to advocate and fight for you to step forward with a sharper focus on how you will engage – with yourself, your team, and your world! We all experience the constant tension of life – distractions abound, there’s always more that needs to be done, and it will seem like everyone is clamoring for your attention. It’s tempting to either become overwhelmed or want to step back from it all.
We believe leaders step forward into these challenges with the intention to create. That means they look for where they can act to make a positive difference – in someone’s work, in someone’s approach, in someone’s life. And that is a significant impact worth pursuing and working hard for.
What's In a Name?
The 3x5 index card is the most simple, base learning tool available – and it’s our tool of choice.
Intentional leaders see every moment, interaction, and event as an opportunity for development – for themselves and for those they interact with. Thus, we always keep 3x5 index cards on hand to capture any idea, thought, or lesson we may encounter. Rarely does a day go by where we aren’t pulling out a 3x5 card to capture something. What starts on a 3x5 card connects and grows to become what you see on this platform – an article, an idea for action, a reflection, a #WhiteboardWednesday, a podcast.
In naming this resource 3x5 Leadership, we celebrate a commitment to learning, growing, and intentional pursuit of improvement – these help leaders find their voice. We’re inspired by that pursuit, and we hope this inspires you to find your voice as well!
Lead Self. Connect with Others. Build Teams.
3x5 Leadership champions intentional leaders. But how do we actually achieve that?
Through our online content (blogs, our podcast, and courses) and collaboration work to directly support your unique organization's developmental needs, we center on three key activities: We help intentional leaders lead themselves well, connect with others, and build effective and cohesive teams.
Lead Yourself Well
Showing up as the best version of yourself every day for others. This means being productive through effective management systems, being self-aware, being able to self-regulate your emotions and behaviors, and taking responsibility for yours and others' development as leaders. We help you grow as a value-added leader to set the example for others to follow.
Connect with Others
Leadership is a people business. We must be able to connect with others through authentic, caring, vulnerable relationships. We help you nurture successful relationships with others up, down, and across your organization.
Build Effective, Cohesive Teams
Great teams become greater than the sum of their parts. Leaders bring people together and unite them as a cohesive and effective team with a clear, meaningful purpose. We help leaders understand the science and the art of building great teams.
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