The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015 - (Page 13)
FROM THE DESK OF
A Collaborative Effort
n July 30 I found out I am "Jimmy."
No, I haven't changed my name or
my gender but I did learn about
my collaborative behavioral style which
basically equates to Jimmy Buffet. I'm
okay with that!
MHEDA's Emerging Leaders
Conference took place on July 30th and
while I don't normally participate in
the session activities, Susan Freibrun,
MHEDA's education manager encouraged those of us attending from the
MHEDA office to take the assessment
survey and subsequently join in the
workshop. I must say, after 20 years
of hiring speakers, planning programs
and participating in various educational
forums, this one ranked up there as one
of the best.
We were fortunate to come across
this organization, www.bandingpeopletogether.com to introduce our members to their approach and it was an
incredible use of time. The concept of
Banding People Together is that everyone has a "primary" style...Jimmy (as in
Buffet), Frank (as in Sinatra), Bruce (as
in Springsteen) and GaGa (as in Lady).
Many of us, myself included, were
within five percentage points of a different primary style so when necessary, we
can take on the traits of another style. I
can assume "Frank" traits when needed.
What was so valuable about this exercise was learning about each persona,
how they prefer to be approached and
how you can expect to be approached
by them. It was an eye opener and a real
At the end of the session, the conference leader told us two personal stories tied to songs. (Their organization
is led by song writers/musicians hence
the "banding" part of their slogan.)
His first song "story" was lighthearted
as he described his first kiss in Junior
high. His second story was about his
son who is battling cancer. As he told
this heart-wrenching story to the audience of 100 people, you couldn't help
but notice the number of people who
were teared up and crying. This was his
lead-in to a vulnerability exercise. We
were all seated at round tables and after
the session leader's stories, he asked us
each to share a personal story associated with a song. He encouraged us to
share something that would demonstrate
our vulnerability but it wasn't required.
Everyone at our table went all-in and
more tears flowed. You can't imagine
being in a room with material handling
suppliers and dealers and seeing this
kind of emotion. It was surreal and it
was wonderful. I know it made a real
impact on everyone, myself included.
I don't usually utilize this column
to tout the great education programs
MHEDA offers but I couldn't resist telling
you about this experience. The emerging leaders in the room were awed by it
too which is of course, the most important part of a MHEDA conference! So
which collaborative style do you most
resemble? And what are the styles of
your colleagues? I would venture to say,
an even mix is best for a good healthy
organization and the five of us there
from MHEDA were all different styles.
So while the rest of the MHEDA team
is working on the details of association
planning, I guess I'll just be wandering
off to Margaritaville... The following
terms and descriptions are copyrights
of "Banding People Together."
Jimmy - "Named after the iconic
good time guy Jimmy Buffet, Jimmy's
are friendly, social, and want to be liked.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
They seek the attention and approval of
others and enjoy being in the limelight.
When they get excited about an idea,
their enthusiasm can be contagious.
Jimmy's aren't afraid to 'wing it.'"
Frank - "Named after the legendary
crooner Frank Sinatra, Franks are generally very competitive, hard-charging
risk-takers. Frank Sinatra made it known
that he liked things done "his way" as
evidenced by his classic hit "My Way",
so it's no surprise that Franks are more
prone to ask for forgiveness than permission. Franks are very direct and to the
point when dealing with people."
Bruce - "Named after rock and roll
hall of famer Bruce Springsteen, Bruce
likes to get things how they like them
and keep them that way as evidenced
by his playing with the same band for
40 plus years. He is also known for his
empathy and caring for the common man
as heard in many of his songs. Bruce's are
detailed planners who are very relationship oriented. Bruce's are most comfortable behind the scenes in support roles.
They are often the caregivers on the team,
checking in to ensure everyone is ok."
Gaga - "Named after pop icon Lady
Gaga, Lady Gaga is a self-professed "student of fame" and plans things out carefully. Showing up to an awards show
wearing a meat suit is not some spur of
the moment idea. Her shows are choreographed with costume changes and performance cues. Very rarely will she go
out on stage and "wing it" like a Jimmy.
Gaga's are proactive, detailed, and
focused on the data driven measurable
things. They are perfectionists who are
very analytical and meticulous and
spend a lot of time practicing and perfecting. They also like to dot every I and
cross every T."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calandar
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
MHEDA’S 2016 CRITICAL IMPACT FACTORS
COLLABORATING TO GET THE JOB DONE
HOW TO GET YOUR ONLINE MARKETING EFFORTS BACK ON TRACK
BACK TO BASICS
PRIVACY AND SECURITY
A TREASURE CHEST OF EMPLOYEE TRAINING
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
MATERIAL HANDLING M&A: 3 REALITIES IN TODAY’S INDUSTRY
PRICING THE FORGETTABLE LAST FIVE PERCENT
Spotlight on Association News
TEN MORE REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T FILL JOBS
Index to Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word
The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015