20 Questions for Individuals and Organizations
Are any types of negative behavior being rewarded and perhaps even honored? Is it common for agreement to be rushed when it should be delayed? How much does top leadership know about how the organization really operates at the lower levels? Do the primary goals still make sense? Can the strategic plan be easily described in a paragraph or two? How many top-notch performers have left in the past year? What was done to keep them? Are there any ongoing turf wars between departments? Have any…
The one leadership hack we've all been looking for is free
Imagine there was a technique you could learn and practice that would display respect for others, promote trust and contribute mightily to individual and group performance. I suspect many would be willing to invest heavily in the workshops and books that teach this behavior with its almost magical outcomes. I know I would.
The Heart of Innovation: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Genuine Communication
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions
Empower, Rather Than Delegate - Lead Change
Great leaders empower others to success by setting the GPS for the business and then rallying the team members to follow.
This Is What to Do Instead of Having an Open Door - Liz Kislik
During a conversation I had recently with Jason Dykstra of the Thriving Leaders podcast about the value of conflict, he asked me about the practicality of using an open-door policy as a tool for encouraging employee participation. I told him I encourage executives not to use the term; “open-door policy” is something lots of leaders […]
How the lowest vibration in the room is costing you dollars and morale
Part of leadership is managing the negative energy in the room. You can choose how you respond.
A Two-Part Team Exercise that Shifts Focus and Elevates Performance
Lousy leaders focus on what’s wrong with you. 4 lousy-leader-behaviors: #1. Lousy leaders obsess over people’s flaws and weaknesses. #2. Lousy leaders complain about the wrong people. Under-performing leaders complain about others. But nothing changes until you focus on your performance first. What can you do to help bring out the best in others? Leaders…
4 Practices Guaranteed to Energize Tired Teams
We begin new jobs with enthusiasm. But repetition leads to boredom. Lousy bosses make work miserable. Constant pressure causes burnout. Successful leaders energize teams. 4 ways to energize tired t…
10 Ways to Help Reluctant People Make Commitments
Leaders spend too much time trying to get performance from people who aren’t committed. The worst thing you can do is explain why it-will-work to people who aren’t committed to make-it-work. …
For Success, Cultivate a Communication Style that Shows You Care
Our daily work lives are filled with challenging conversations and soft negotiations. For success, cultivate a communication style that shows you care.
5 Ways to Bring Your Best When Schedules are Tight
In one study*, theology students at Princeton University stepped over a person in need. They were on their way to give a talk about the Good Samaritan. The needy person coughed and moaned as they s…
How to Figure Out Where You Should Focus – thoughtLEADERS, LLC: Leadership Training for the Real World
True business leaders stay focused. This is crystal clear. But how can you make sure you are focusing on the most promising business opportunities that can lead your company to success? Today’s pos…