Leadership Lesson: Bridge versus Barrier

Leadership Lesson: Bridge versus Barrier

It’s easy to say what a leader should be. We look at our politicians, business leaders, county government leaders and we make judgments. Why is it so easy to know what someone else ought to be doing?

Here’s why: Because when you are judging others you are looking out the window. When you judge yourself you have to look in the mirror. Looking in the mirror is an act of courage because you are no longer living in the workshop, you are living life. When you examine your own behavior, and your own language, ask yourself this question: Through my language and behavior, am I a bridge or a barrier?

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3 Ways to Course-Correct the Know-it-all Newbie

3 Ways to Course-Correct the Know-it-all Newbie

You just hired a great employee. The employee has all the qualifications, is a quick-study, takes initiative and is always on time. The problem: Your employee is a know it all. The know-it-all newbie says things like, “That’s not how we did it at my former company.” Or, “In my advanced certification class they said it should be done this way instead of that way.” The know-it-all newbie challenges the supervisor, frustrates the trainer, and irritates seasoned employees.

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7 Reasons Employees Drop Balls

7 Reasons Employees Drop Balls

A common complaint I hear from executive clients is, “My employees drop balls!” Dropped balls come in many forms: Lack of follow up on a sales call, failure to deliver a product on time to a client, working on a low priority task while putting a high priority task on the back burner. For the business owner or executive, a dropped ball translates to thousands of dollars flying out the window. Part of the problem is that employees don’t realize they are dropping balls. Because the employee is busy, he or she feels productive working on the task at hand, while the executive or owner feels exasperated, overwhelmed and resentful when they realize the employee isn’t “getting it.”

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Radical Listening Requires Courage and Discipline

Radical Listening Requires Courage and Discipline

If someone has a different political view, do you need to correct them? Do you need to make them wrong? Do you have the urge to raise your voice, get into an argument, or justify your sarcasm? If the other person is upset, do you have an overwhelming urge to take it on, make it better, fix the situation or give advice? Listening requires courage and discipline.

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Promote Responsibility: Coach to Empowerment

Promote Responsibility: Coach to Empowerment

Constant disruption turns your open-door into a revolving door, compromises your focus and reduces your leadership effectiveness. Leading others is easy if you know how to coach to empowerment.

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Leadership Development: Make 2017 Unprecedented

Leadership Development: Make 2017 Unprecedented

It’s no secret that the 2016 presidential campaign left battle scars between friends, family, and co-workers, in what has been referred to as an unprecedented, campaign, unprecedented battle, and unprecedented victory. Before talking about how glorious the next four years will be, or before declaring lost hope, shift focus to yourself: What if you being your best is the best way to change the world? What if your goodwill could bring alignment to our country? We stand at the crossroads of an unprecedented opportunity: What if your own leadership development is the best way to change the world?

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Taking The Next Right Step

Taking The Next Right Step

Thought for today: If there is something you really want, you have to name the vision, then take the next right step. You may not know how, and you may not know if you will be able to achieve your goal, but I will guarantee that your life will change just by taking the next right step. The next right step might be to do an internship. The next right step might be to research. The next right step might be to work for free so you can explore. But to say it isn’t possible withou…t trying is to rip yourself off.

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