The one job no leader should delegate: having the right people, in the right place. 

There are so many things we can’t control – from the economy, supply chain challenges, actions of competitors, and those are to name a few. If our people are our most important asset, we need to pay careful attention to the one thing we can control– the quality of our people. This is especially true for leadership positions. As leaders, we can get caught up in strategy, operations, current people issues, and the business of every day. I have been guilty of this numerous times and failed to pay more attention to who we selected. I realized that the best competitive advantage we had was the quality of our people, and that is our differentiator. Some of you reading this [...]

By |2022-01-22T16:32:41+00:00January 19th, 2022|Development, Leadership|0 Comments

Inspirations from others.

Last week I shared some of my beliefs that have helped shape my leadership career. Hopefully, you found value in how they may apply to your life. This week I am sharing some quotes by others I have found useful in my coaching work. They have become reminders for me to stay curious and keep listening. Questions are powerful in bringing out the truth. "It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen," Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why?" Bernard Baruch "The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions." Claude Levi-Strauss "People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discover than by those which [...]

By |2022-01-22T16:23:19+00:00January 12th, 2022|Leadership|0 Comments

Some truths to apply to your daily life.

I wish you and your loved ones all the best health and happiness in the New Year. This week I would like to share some beliefs that have strengthened and guided me for years. Next week I will share some quotes from others who have influenced me. I hope that these truths and affirmations will guide you in the new year and for years to come. My Beliefs: Today do something where you will feel fulfilled, optimistic, and grateful. Strength comes from the struggle. Today’s struggle becomes tomorrow’s strength. You can make excuses, and you can make changes, but you can’t do both. A setback is a set-up for the comeback. You didn’t come this far, to come this far. Stop [...]

By |2022-01-22T16:04:20+00:00January 5th, 2022|Empowering|0 Comments

Influence is about them — but the responsibility is ours.

I have been writing and sharing some thoughts on the topic of influence. As John Maxwell has taught, and I believe, the definition of leadership is influence. Your influence on another person is critical in your leadership. It is true that when we influence another person, they benefit. However, we must own and continue developing the skills required to influence and change behavior to achieve better results. Your influence is not about you. Influence is the experience you create for someone based on what they see, hear, and understand. That is the key differentiator. It means the responsibility shifts from the listener or reader to the communicator. The bottom line is we must earn the right for people to listen. What I [...]

By |2022-01-22T16:01:28+00:00December 29th, 2021|Connecting, Development, Leadership|0 Comments

What is influence?

Most people think influence comes with power, authority, experience, and position. It is true that these factors may affect your influence, but I have found they are not the most relevant. INFLUENCE IS ALL ABOUT COMMUNICATION. Communication is the very foundation of influence. However, when discussing the subject of communication the topic of influence rarely comes up. The impact of communication on influence becomes even more significant when one considers we can not communicate. Virtually everything we do professionally and personally communicates a message and therefore IMPACTS (positively or negatively) our ability to INFLUENCE others. Authors Boone and Kurtz in Contemporary Business estimate that leaders, “spend about 80% of their time (6 hours and 24 minutes) of every eight-hour day in direct [...]

By |2022-01-22T15:56:40+00:00December 22nd, 2021|Coaching|0 Comments
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