Leadership

Raise the Bar…Here’s your Sign!

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In our line of work, we tend to get calls from all kinds of managers. Managers who are frustrated with their teams. Managers who want their employees to have extensive leadership training because they just aren’t ‘getting it.’  These managers say “Jump” expecting their employees to respond in harmony with “How high?” Instead, the only response they get is their people looking at them with a look of bewilderment. These employees are thinking, “Yep – I knew he had a screw loose…”

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Can You Count on Workplace Relationships?

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Front-line staff are the drivers of your business.  Often, they interact the most with your clients.  Communicate your vision.  Create your client experience.  Develop and produce your products.  Do you know what has the greatest impact on their ability to deliver on your organization’s purpose?  Their immediate supervisor!

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Do you want to be a Leader? Time for a Look in the Mirror

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Do you want to be a leader? If I asked this in a room full of people, I’d probably get a unanimous head nod…Yes. The next question is, though…Do people around you see you as a leader?

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3 Ways to Inspire

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Inspirational Leadership…what does that mean? How do you inspire your team?  Or even inspire yourself?  When was the last time you were so engrossed in your work that you looked up and it was 5 o’clock?  You had no idea where the day went.  Has it been a while since you have felt that way?  You may be not inspired.  If you’re not, chances are…neither is your team.

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A Challenge for You

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We often find ourselves frustrated when one of our co-workers or employees makes the statement, “But that’s my job” or “That’s the way I’ve always done it.”  It challenges us to help the person understand why things need to change. The question is, though, have you challenged yourself lately? Are you doing things because that’s what you’ve always done? Have you asked yourself, “Why am I doing that?”

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Unleashing Possibilities – A Different Attitude

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Have you hit a roadblock to your success with your team or your goals?  Is it time for you to break out of your rut and unleash possibilities?  Too often WE are the one who has gotten in the way.  In your own way, in the way of your team, or those around you.  We have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day – many repeated over and over. 

Where are your thoughts taking you?
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Keep your Cool in Conflict

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Have you been in the middle of a conversation or meeting and started to feel your blood boil?  That vein in your neck starting to bulge.  Your face turning a little red. What do you do when this happens?  Do you immediately look for a quick getaway? Do you quit listening because you are too busy thinking of a great comeback? How do you keep your cool?

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Leadership…Blah, Blah, Blah!

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In our line of work, we are asked to facilitate A LOT of classes on leadership! It’s a hot topic. Every company wants its people, especially management, to lead. And really, it makes good business sense to get your people demonstrating better leadership behaviors. The fact of the matter is, though, it’s not as easy as you think…there are a lot of issues that accompany the pursuit of leadership.

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It’s a BIG world…Fish in it!

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“A wise person once told me that you are the average of the seven people you surround yourself with. At first, this seemed like something out of one of those ‘guru’ books, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew this person was right. I was surrounding myself with people who depended upon me to show them the way; people who were seeking my approval and guidance. So I asked myself, “What now?” What I decided has not only helped reduce stress, but is changing my life for the better.

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Mentoring – Not another “buzz” word

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Do you have a mentor? Do you encourage your employees to have mentors? Many companies have jumped on the mentoring bandwagon. What’s curious about this is how mentoring is defined by these companies.

Before mentoring was in vogue, you could ask people, “Did/Do you have a mentor in your life?”  If their response was “yes” the answer to the follow-up question, “Were they totally aware that they were mentoring you?” was probably “No.” However, they made a significant impact in the life of the mentee.  So in other words, the mentee chose the mentor.

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