Leadership

Strategy or Just Planning

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It seems like today things are changing as fast or faster than ever. Supply chains have been disrupted. Competition is fierce. Finding the right talent has become a nightmare. Customer expectations are through the roof. There are tough decisions that need to be made about our future. You can probably think of a few things that plague your own business. And with change a constant, we too need to adjust for the future of our business. But the question is, do you need a strategy, or just a plan?

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Ask, Don’t Tell – Coaching through Facilitation

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How many times has somebody come to you with a problem at work, and you just tell them the answer? Win-Win! Right? … Until they come back tomorrow. And the next day. Again and again until all you do is solve their problems. History has taught us that one of the main responsibilities of a manager is to answer employees’ questions. Of course, this seems like a noble gesture. And it could be necessary when employees don’t have the needed information. But in reality, true empowerment comes from helping employees learn where to find or figure out what they need. And that comes from facilitation. When you provide a quick answer, you solve one problem. When you facilitate a discovery process, you create problem solvers!

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Leading With Fairness, Respect & Support

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We’ve all been there. And some are still there. Maybe this will remind you of the people on your team. In a spot where what was once a career is now just a job – a means to an end. All purpose is gone and people don’t feel valued. Negative behaviors have become the norm. It feels like some have given up. People start to feel stuck or are keeping their eyes peeled for a new job…far, far away from here. What happened?

The short answer: YOU could be the problem.

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It’s All a Matter of Perspective

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Consider this all-too-familiar scenario: You’re driving to work behind an SUV that abruptly stops before an intersection. No turn signal, no warning. Just stops in the middle of the street. How inconsiderate! You could have wrecked! So you lay on the horn, angry and flustered, yelling a few choice words. We know what it feels like. Your morning was off to a bad enough start already. You probably feel frustrated, like nothing else is going to go right.

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Leadership Challenges: What We Can Learn from 9/11

September 11, 2001: A day in history that changed the world and history as we once knew it. Looking back on that day, many of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing. But the memories are all different; they’re all unique experiences. One person in the room may have been at work, watching it on the news and calling family members; the other may have been in 2nd grade, confused watching teachers try to hold back their tears. For some, it may just be a terrible memory; but for one four-star general, the events of 9/11 (along with other military experiences) brought about leadership challenges that he never expected.

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When the Answers are Uncertain…

We get it.

Change is tough even in normal times. And change in the midst of chaos can push us over the edge. Leaving us feeling overwhelmed and stuck, unable to move forward. Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball so you could look into the future and know that everything will be okay? Sometimes what causes us the greatest stress is that the answers are uncertain; the unknown.

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Giving Feedback: Say What You Mean!

Think of all the words in the English language that can be used in different ways. Then add all the new “slang” words that keep popping up. And don’t get us started with social abbreviations and emojis. LOL! 😊 Giving feedback isn’t as simple as it used to be. What means something to you may mean something completely different to another. It’s time to get back to the basics. People, from Boomers to Gen Xers, use so many words incorrectly that our culture and the way we communicate can be challenging to understand. And speaker and comedian, Jill Shargaa, believes that we’re taking the meaning out of some very powerful words.

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Resilience: How People Are Different From Rubber Bands

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Words like resiliency are often interchanged with words like flexibility or adaptability. When you think of what resiliency means, most of you probably go to something along the lines of “the ability to bounce back.” Things that are resilient return to their original shape after change, and keep their integrity.

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Inspiring Creativity: Why Adults Can Be Kids, Too

Raise your hand if you’re tired of adulting! 🙋‍♀️ 🙋‍♂️ You know what we’re talking about. All the mundane things adults must do on a day-to-day basis: working, managing staff members, taking care of the kids, keeping the house clean, running errands, etc. At some point in our lives, we “grew up.” We stopped inspiring creativity. And every once in a while when we find ourselves stressed to the max, we think back to when we were kids and remember how much easier life was.

But why did we have to grow up? At what point did we decide that playing games and having fun (like kids do) was no longer important, no longer appropriate? When did we decide that it was weird to go see a new Disney movie without kids? Why did we decide that adults can’t own kids toys? What made us think that it was no longer important to use our imaginations?

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You Started Strong. Don’t Let Up.

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We’re all about six weeks into this pandemic. Some a little longer, some a little less. What uprooted and affected our entire world has now become what we consider normal…for now. In the beginning, when people started working virtually or rotating their shifts at work, we all tended to be more intentional about connecting with our teams. Having daily huddles, weekly (or more frequent) team meetings, happy hours, and individual check-ins. But now that some time has passed, are we really still being as intentional as we were before?

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