Featured Instigator - Sean Glaze

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This Month We Feature Sean Glaze

For the month of November, we are excited to be featuring Sean Glaze, Teamwork Speaker, Team Building Facilitator, and author of the newly released Rapid Teamwork.

What is your educational background?

My Bachelors was earned at Georgia Southern and I have a Masters and Ed.S. from Jacksonville State, all of which focused on Literature and Educational Leadership when I was teaching high school. Like most leaders, though, my greatest education was experiential - from leading teams and developing people as a basketball coach.

Tell us a little bit about your career to date.

I have been facilitating fun team building events for organizations for nearly 10 years now, and have been delivering teamwork keynotes at conferences for the last 5 years - and just published my second book (Rapid Teamwork) which has had a terrific response thus far.

What has been the most helpful book for your professional life?

I'm still a huge fan of Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends & Influence People. So many important reminders - and it will always be true that the soft stuff is really the hard stuff. Of course, I hear that Rapid Teamwork is a great read, too.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead

What is the most creative solution you’ve ever seen to a problem–in life or work?

One of the most effective, creative solutions to solve problems is to ask a very simple and powerful question - "What do you think?" If leaders and coworkers would use that one question within their teams, I believe the impact and appreciation and sense of camaraderie would be tremendous.

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

I would write more, and read more.

What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?

I think that the three R's have changed - and now are rigor, relationships and relevance. Specifically, I think that people need to understand the power of the story they tell themselves and that once our story changes, our behavior will change. And that our behavior impacts others - and accountability begins with empathy.

What do you think are the most important qualities in a leader?

Leaders need the wisdom to ask questions and gain a greater awareness of people and opportunities... and enough courage to take decisive action.

Thank you for helping us get to know you better, Sean!

For additional information on how to connect with Sean, please visit his Lead Change Instigator page.