This is the one and only plan to KEEP in mind to build commitment and engagement as a leader in your business, community, and more.

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Often people ask me what my secret is for finding ideas for writing. Like all great magicians, I don’t want to share my secret.

I may write a whole article about it. Leave a comment below if you are interested to learn about it.

Yet, I can share one tip that has helped me capture my ideas on the fly. And we all have that magic basket in our pocket.

No, I am not talking about the old notebook in your pocket. That is so old school. I am just kidding!

I use the Google Keep app as I almost always have access to my smartphone or laptop at home or work.

As a leader in the making, I see myself constantly trying to act and inspire others to walk the talk.

With the Covid-19 crisis, working from home has added another challenge. As leaders, we need to adapt to this new reality. We have to make the best of it for our people, organizations, and communities.

In this article, I will share the KEEP principle that can be a great asset for leaders in the making.

Are you familiar with the K.I.S.S principle?

I try to apply it to my writing and my life in general.

The K.E.E.P principle is the following:

  1. K as KPI (Key Performance Indicator)
  2. E as Enabler 1
  3. E as Enabler 2
  4. P as People

This K.E.E.P principle is short and simple and hence a derivative of the K.I.S.S mindset.

If we follow this K.E.E.P principle, we can lead, not with force, but with power.

1. K AS KPI (KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR) — Be it a professional or personal project, we need to have some KPIs to measure our progress.

We have to focus on two types of KPIs.

Internal measures — we have to set internal measures within our business or our community. We have to agree upon the kind of internal KPIs we want to use to measure our progress.

We need to perform reviews regularly and align on two aspects:

  • Are we reaching our internal target?
  • Are we using the proper internal measures?

External measures — If we want to add value, we have a customer at the end of the line. So external KPIs are there to make sure that we know what our customers want.

We use those external KPIs to make regular meetings and align the product or services we are developing to our final customer’s needs.

2. E AS ENABLER 1 — this first enabler is critical for the leader we are. And it revolves around two streams around connecting with our people.

We will deep dive about people on the P as People aspect.

Get people motivated — Yes, we can achieve things together with people. So we must find the right mindset to keep people motivated to work on our project.

As a leader, we have to understand our people and their needs.

Get people informed — Yes, we might have a clear vision of where we want to go. Yet, we need to communicate and share our vision with others.

As a leader, we never communicate enough about where we want to go with our people and why we want to go there.

3. E AS ENABLER 2 — As a leader, we have to ensure that we regularly meet with our people to check our project’s progress.

Setting regular review meetings help us check our progress against our internal and external KPIs.

A project is like a baby. You cannot expect it to change its diapers, feed itself and learn how to walk autonomously.

We need to regularly check on our people and our project to ensure the alignment on the journey and KPIs’ set to get there.

4. P AS PEOPLE — In this digital era, we overlook the people aspect because we are so impressed by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Yet, a product and service make sense as long as it solves an issue or adds value to Humanity.

We will always need people in our projects and products making today more than ever.


Because a machine can build things, but a machine cannot master emotional intelligence, for the moment.

As a leader, we must keep the three following people aspects in the center of our mind.

Empower people — As a leader, our primary mission is to empower others, not to hold on to our power.

Yes, power can be a great aphrodisiac. Yet, it will fade away because it is built in the observer’s eyes, not in the holder’s hand.

Empower others, and the world will give you more power than you can ever dream of.

Remove roadblocks — As a leader, are you adding or removing roadblocks for the people on your watch?

You must be the one clearing the path for others. You lead by ensuring that you have anticipated all the challenges ahead to the best of your capabilities.

Be the one clearing ahead and cleaning behind for your people.

GLS or Go, Look and See As a leader, you must always be aware of the people’s reality on the frontline.

Yes, you have power; yes, you have your corner office. But don’t let your power corner you.

Go to your people to be grounded.

Look to be aware of their life.

See them as they are, and walk on their shoes, at least for a mile.

There you have it, the K.E.E.P principle. It is simple and straightforward:

The KEEP principle.

I believe in this framework as in the K.I.S.S principle. As a leader in the making, I always K.E.E.P it in my mind.

Be it in our business, our organization, or our community, we can adopt the efficient K.E.E.P principle to build commitment and engagement around our vision.

What are your tips to be an efficient leader?

How do you assess the leadership of the people around you?

Are you more KEEP or KISS? Or both?

Leave a comment below.

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