April 14, 2021

High Will, Low Skill, with Sara Taylor

Episode 78:

High Will, Low Skill

About Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor earned a master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. She served as a leadership and diversity specialist at the University of Minnesota for five years and as director of diversity and inclusion for Ramsey County, Minnesota for three years.

Sara is the founder and president of deepSEE Consulting and has worked with companies as large as Coca-Cola, General Mills, 3M Company, AARP, and numerous others. She has a new book, “Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World,” that explores how our unconscious is actually making choices and decisions for us, all without our knowing — and how to change that.

High Will, Low Skill

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why people often struggle with talking about minimization and addressing Diversity and Inclusion issues with leaders they report to in their organizations
  • What the “situational leadership” model is, and how it specifically addresses “skill and will” in any given situation
  • Why high will, low skill leaders are often clueless to the fact that they are lacking in particular cultural competency skills, and why telling them what they aren’t seeing is usually counterproductive
  • Why keeping a high will, low skill person’s will at its high level while gently guiding them to the skills they need to develop is crucial
  • Sara offers an example of a high will, low skill situation with her daughter when she was very young and how Sara guided her to find her own solutions
  • Why “leading up” in the workplace means helping leaders above you in an organization discover and see things you can see and they can’t

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