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Many years ago while driving down the highway it suddenly started to rain, and then it started to pour. We have all been there and it's not enjoyable.  To make matters worse, my driver's side wiper was stuck and no longer functioning. White-knuckled terror shot through me as I struggled to see the road in front of me.  The obvious choice of pulling over and waiting didn't seem promising in the event that a car behind me lost sight and drifted, so I decided to keep going at a snail's pace. The windshield caused anxiety, certainly not providing any clarity on getting to my destination on time. The same situation can happen with your team if they are unclear about where they are [...]

By | 2020-07-01T11:58:38+00:00 July 1st, 2020|Coaching|0 Comments

How is your transparency?

How is your transparency? Don't let them see you sweat. Make sure you have all of the answers (after all, you're the boss). Tell them what they need to know -- nothing more; they can't handle it. Never admit mistakes; deflect if you can. Does this sound familiar? This was the management style that I was taught, and the mindset I thought leaders possessed. Thankfully, it didn't take me long to realize that people want (and deserve) authentic leadership. You want authentic people on your team, so make sure you're leading with integrity  Here are four simple ways you can boost your level of transparency and authenticity, and likely increase trust, productivity, and respect among your organization. Let others know who [...]

By | 2020-06-24T00:33:09+00:00 June 24th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments

Delegation

Delegation As leaders, one of the more challenging aspects of leading a growing organization is letting go and trusting others. John Maxwell puts it simply, "If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” As the organization begins to scale up, typically 50+ employees, senior leadership must develop additional leaders who share the same values, passion, and knowledge of the business as they do in order to affect change throughout the organization. However, many leaders confuse delegation with abdication. Abdication is simply handing over a task to someone with no formal feedback mechanism. We need to be careful here. All systems need [...]

By | 2020-06-17T01:32:27+00:00 June 17th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Values Check

Values Check Our values inform our thoughts, words, and actions. As a leader, we must identify our own personal values and make sure they are in alignment with the organization's values. All of our leadership decisions should be based on: what is meaningful to us, what is essential to us, and what is non-negotiable to us.  It’s been said that when values are clear, decisions are easier. When we live out our values, we learn that they can act as our own personal tools by: Resembling a GPS:  they keep us on the right path.  Every journey has a path and even when we get off-course, our GPS brings us back. Living out our values keeps us on the right path. Acting [...]

By | 2020-06-09T23:57:21+00:00 June 9th, 2020|Coaching|0 Comments

Timeless Truths

Timeless Truths Over the past several months, reflection has become a key part of many of our daily lives. It could be the tumultuous time we're in, old age, or a combination of both (likely both in my case). Below are some truths I have learned over the years to help during challenging times: Start each day with a renewed commitment to be passionate about your leadership role. Leadership is a privilege, not a right. It's a responsibility, a way of life, and not a title. The first person you lead is yourself. We are responsible for our character, our competence and our courage. We can't delegate those responsibilities to anyone else, nor can we blame anyone other than ourselves [...]

By | 2020-06-03T11:40:28+00:00 June 3rd, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments