Leading on a small team or leading on a big team, we are often faced with challenges that we didn’t see coming. All of sudden we recognize that the direction the team is moving is totally off course. In some of my workshops leaders even feel defeated or stuck in the middle of a road with no obvious cross streets to walk down. Then the words start to fly:
“I tried that approach before and it doesn’t work.”
“It’s not our responsibility. Ask the other team.”
“No one cares or values what I am doing. I am just a cog in a wheel.”
Just like glass balls that drop and shatter… Continue reading | 6 Comments
For many years organizations have been focusing on ways to increase employee and team member engagement. Study after study pinpoints steps to help our companies cultivate deeper team engagement. According to a recent Gallop poll, only 15% of employees globally are engaged. Perhaps, attempting to improve team engagement isn’t what we should be concentrating on, but rather exploring and developing strategies to elevate the team experience. After all, leaders have been turning over backwards to fuel their customer experience. Maybe it is finally time to move from team engagement to team experience.
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Powerful ways to move from team engagement to
How does your team look these days? Are team members dragging their feet, awaiting a vacation or a day off? Has the routine and workload gotten the better of everyone? Maybe the direction the team is following doesn’t seem to make a lot a sense or support the overall organizational goals. Whatever is happening, it may be time for a shake-up or wake-up. But who will lead the charge to disrupt or challenge the team?
Working with teams for many years, I often hear someone complain about how dysfunctional their team is. Finger pointing is often the way a team communicates when deadlines are missed and team members are frustrated. It’s always someone… Continue reading | 6 Comments
This past weekend was Father’s Day and a day that I often think about my father. A father-daughter relationship can be quite complicated but one that often sets the tone for a daughter’s perception of herself. As the years go by and my dad is no longer here to share his words, I realize how important the lessons were that he taught me. The guidance he gave me throughout my life stands with me today and has steered me to being an empowered leader.
Here is what my father taught me:
1. TRUST YOURSELF
My father always followed the path he thought made the most sense to him. He honored his decision-making… Continue reading | 4 Comments
My leadership programs this week were vibrant with great fun, laughter, learning and connecting. The participants were eager to grab some new skills for their leadership toolbox while sharing their knowledge and experiences. As they worked on some of their department challenges, something that I hadn’t seen recently emerged. Discussion after discussion sounded like this:
“When we can’t solve our problem, we just give it to our boss.”
“We have little control over changing it, so we might as well just work with it.”
“We have some great ideas to improve the process, but we don’t think anyone will listen to us.”
Not a great mindset for innovation or change. Were these talented individuals really… Continue reading | 6 Comments