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Our people want to feel this.

Here is what I have learned to be true, deep down in our DNA as humans is the desire to feel connected and be known. Relationship coach Kyle Benson refers to attunement. That is the desire and willingness for someone to travel into your inner world to explore who you are and who you are becoming.... this connection cultivates trust. I found that over time every team member will have a challenging season in their life. How we respond as leaders is crucial. Ideally we would like our team members to leave their issues at home. Guess what, in most cases they can't, somehow their challenges find a way to impact behavior on their daily duties as well as others. [...]

By |2021-07-28T02:29:40+00:00July 28th, 2021|Coaching, Connecting, Leadership, Listening|0 Comments

Lead by example.

Albert Schweitzer said, “Example isn’t the main thing”. What he was really saying was that all the words we speak as a leader mean nothing if your life doesn’t back it up. Being credible is a critical quality a leader should possess. Hypocrisy is the biggest killer of credibility. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said “You can issue all the memos and give all the motivational speeches you want, but if the people in your organization don’t see you putting fourth your very best every single day, they won’t either.” The old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words," applies in leadership. Most people are visual learners. Most people need to see an example or model before they [...]

By |2021-07-20T21:47:53+00:00July 20th, 2021|Development, Leadership|0 Comments

Members of the supporting cast. 

As a leader, we are members of the supporting cast. Everyone has a story. John Maxwell talks about a book given to him by one of his mentors called, "The Greatest Story Ever Told." The book had only blank pages. He was then instructed to fill the pages with intentionality. It is true, we all have a story. We play a critical role in the story of the people we choose to lead. We are members of the supporting cast. We need to remember it is always their story not ours. We need to connect and support their dreams. We need to see everyone as a "ten". Those we lead need to see and feel that we believe in them -- [...]

By |2021-07-13T18:49:50+00:00July 13th, 2021|Coaching|0 Comments

To enforce or reinforce — that is the question? 

As a leader of people, we need to understand the difference. There are theories on the best way to lead people. For example, there is iron-fisted enforcement, or positive recognition and reinforcement. Let’s check Webster on the definitions: enforce: controlling, force something to happen, make sure a rule or law is obeyed. Reinforce: make something stronger, support, help, amplify. Both words denote getting results from an individual or team. However, the manner in which these results are achieved are very different. I am certain your people don’t wake up every morning and say, "I can’t wait to go to work today and be controlled, manipulated, or managed." I am confident they are willing to be led by a leader who is interested [...]

By |2021-07-06T18:30:25+00:00July 6th, 2021|Leadership|0 Comments

How is your verbal communication? 

We are well aware how critical communication is, in particular verbal communication. Words are powerful and carry plenty of weight. The weight is heavier when you are the leader. Tony Robbins stated, "To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others." Verbal communication is about being clear in what you say when speaking to groups and/or individuals. Effective communication involves not just talking, but also carefully listening. Here are some tips to follow to improve your verbal communication: Make an effort to put yourself in the other person’s role and anticipate how your communication is likely to be received. [...]

By |2021-06-30T01:07:50+00:00June 30th, 2021|Coaching|0 Comments
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