Unlabeled Leadership

007: Felix Nater Instills Creativity and Ideation

Jan. 19, 2021

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I invite guests to share personal stories about small acts of leadership that help shape their lives.

In Episode 7, Felix Nater reveals how one superior influenced him in practicing lifelong stewardship. He scrutinizes the misuse of authority and encourages us to work continuously on our congruency.

00:00 Prologue: The Threat Assessment / Kindness Paradox

Felix Nater has consulted hundreds of organizations about preventing workplace violence. He served in the Army and later in the U.S. Postal Services as a Postal Inspector. Felix has completed hundreds of threat assessments. He has investigated mail theft, burglary, armed robbery, and even violent crimes. More notable, though, is Felix’s kindness towards others.

02:10 Part 1: Fostering Stewardship

I’m unclear what can trigger people to shift from focusing on themselves to stewarding others. Maybe some make the transition after an accomplished career, but that isn’t always the case. Felix explains what someone said to move towards stewardship.

09:15 Part 2: Scrutiny Reduces Capability

When some people meet with a team, teammates immediately begin generating ideas. I know a few managers who can change their environment to bring out the best from their direct reports. Felix’s story, however, is not about such people.

17:03 Part 3: Congruency Strengthens Character

We tend to behave differently when interacting with different people. How we talk to our boss, friends, family members, children, customers, and even people we dislike can vary. Felix challenges our behavior variability as a way to build our character.


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Episode links

Felix’s LinkedIn Profile

Felix’s bio

Nater Associates, LTD.

Felix’s Twitter

Institute of Management Consultants (imc usa)

imcusa Carolinas(Felix is the Chapter Secretary and a Past President)

Gary DePaul's website

Gary's books:

   What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care?

   Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership

Background Music

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00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

01:52 Confident Country by pinkzebra

08:55 Detective Cinematic Funk by AudioZen

13:50 Smooth Jazzby R-Production

16:45 Rock and Fashion by MusicAura

23:39 Fun and Flirtyby BrownHouseMedia

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