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Inspired Leadership by Kevin Gaskell

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Chapter 11Are We Having Fun Yet?

Figure explaining the term “CREATE” that includes three parts: 1.We should enjoy our work; 2. A happy team creates magic; and 3. Inspiration sustains the dream. First two parts indicating the term “ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?” by building a culture in which people enjoy what they do by emphasizing integrity, fairness and achievement.

In the book so far we have investigated the idea of creating a dream, inspiring your team to find its motivation, and working with it to translate that motivation into work, day by day. I love seeing a team come together, working well and taking pleasure in what it is doing. That's what is behind the first two elements of what an inspirational leader does: you commit (and encourage others to do the same), and then you connect the dream to daily work and the 1,000-day plan.

But you will not be with your team for every one of those 1,000 days. You need to make sure that the energy that you have unlocked is channeled into achieving this vision. In the final section, we need to look at the character of the workplace that you create, so that it's a good place to be, and so that magic that you have created is sustained everywhere, all the time. Also, so that you can enjoy what you create.

The most important aspect of this is that your team has fun at work, and gets satisfaction from the job.

In this chapter, we will look at what “fun” means, why it is important for other reasons too, and what you as a leader can (and can't) do to create a fun workplace. At the end of it, you should be able to take the temperature of your team with regards to how much they are enjoying the journey as well as how much progress they have made.

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