It’s that time of year again when pumpkins turn into jack-o-lanterns, children transform into goblins and witches and leaders begin to panic that the end of the year is not far off. For many of us, once Halloween arrives, Thanksgiving, the holiday season and New Years are just around the corner. Rather than allow paralysis to set in, leaders from across the globe need to make preparations for year-end results.
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In a client conversation this week, we spent time talking about how to build a stronger leadership strategy. We talked a great deal about the leadership gaps and… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Working with a senior leadership team this week was an eye opening experience. Although the organization is fairly technical in nature and usually focuses on end results, we began an important discussion on how to create stronger work connections. It seemed that although employees were performing well, there was not a great deal of camaraderie. In fact, what was happening was that the team leaders were only socializing with themselves and spent little time getting to know their team members. As a result, deeper work relationships were not being formed. Younger and newer team members were feeling unappreciated.
Why should senior leaders care about new workers coming up through the ranks? Why is it necessary
As 2016 comes to a close, leaders have a great opportunity to map out their direction for the coming year. Some of us may want to continue along the same path and simply delve more deeply. Other leaders may decide to reorient themselves all together and reconfigure their strategies. While some of us may fall in between, integrating some of our last year plans with some different or new approaches. A great way to identify the best strategy for 2017 is to actually coach ourselves through the process. It might sound a bit crazy, but we can direct our next year’s planning through the GROW model.
The model was originally developed in the… Continue reading | 11 Comments
No leader can make it on their own. We may sometimes think it is best to drive our dreams in a solo airplane, but that will get us just so far. When we hit brick walls and can’t seem to push ourselves forward, we often need to turn to the people we work or collaborate with to give us a little kick or help. So if each of us needs assistance and encouragement at different points, why are we sometimes reluctant to offer it to others? What are we afraid of or why aren’t we extending a helping hand?
Leaders can feel threatened by helping someone else get to the next level. That may sound… Continue reading | 6 Comments
I am a great proponent of storytelling because narratives are transformative. As the writer of the story, we get an opportunity to take a deeper look at our actions and behaviors. As a reader of the anecdote, we peer into someone else’s journey and how they grew from the experience.
Take the children’s classic story, “The Little Engine That Could”. The Little Engine faced the challenge of carrying toys up a steep, seemingly impassable mountain to deliver to the little girls and boys. Everyone on his team was quite negative, possessing no vision of how to arrive at their destination. But as an empowered leader, the Little Engine shares his thought process of how… Continue reading | 10 Comments