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Serve and lead — really?

As you may be aware, there are volumes written on the topic of being a servant leader. Perhaps one of the first works came from Robert Greenleaf's book "Servant Leadership: a journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness." I must confess for quite a while when I thought about servanthood, I had a vision of an activity performed by a relatively low-skilled person. My "old school mindset" assumed that if we serve, people will have a lesser view of us. Over the years I have come to learn that couldn't be further from the truth. To prove the point, think about a mother. They naturally serve their family members. Mother's are typically the one person in our life [...]

By |2021-05-05T11:51:30+00:00May 5th, 2021|Connecting, Leadership|0 Comments

Your most important asset. 

Hopefully we will have no argument with the following statement: the most important asset we have is our people. We may be business builders, but I am reminding all of us that we must first be people builders -- they will grow the business.  There is no doubt that people development and effective coaching takes time. Our busy schedules and pressing matters can contribute to dismissing people development. Our leadership team and top performers are the most important assets we have. Therefore, investing time with them would be a good investment.  Here is what I have found, coaching and mentoring another person is about changing their thinking. When you change thinking you change beliefs. When you change beliefs, you change [...]

By |2021-04-27T17:58:09+00:00April 28th, 2021|Coaching|0 Comments

A productive environment.

As leaders we strive to have a productive environment. An environment that provides growth opportunities, challenges, recognition and encouragement. Certainly these are characteristics of a productive growth-oriented organization. As a leader you play a critical role in influencing productivity. I have learned there are three factors that influence productivity. To the degree that YOU sincerely believe that they can achieve higher performance. To the degree that THEY believe YOU believe that. To the degree there is mutual trust and respect between you and them. Machines are easier to understand than people. They operate typically in predictable, predetermined ways. Guess what? People don't. People have emotions, feelings and internal beliefs that trigger responses and motivate behavior. In fact studies have shown [...]

By |2021-04-20T17:52:42+00:00April 21st, 2021|Coaching|0 Comments

What your people expect from their leader.

As you well know, one of our responsibilities as a leader is to create expectations for our team members. Failure to do so may cause a number of issues and consequences. However, I have a challenge for you, how about role reversal? That is, "what do your people expect from you?" They may not express to you outright, but the following are what I have learned people expect from their leader: To communicate openly, honestly, and frequently To be predictable and consistent To have a plan for their growth To exhibit self-confidence balanced with humility To encourage them (remember, you need to be the Chief Encouragement Officer:CEO) To challenge them To let them know how they are doing To always [...]

By |2021-04-14T11:56:21+00:00April 14th, 2021|Leadership|0 Comments

On Purpose

Last week I quoted George Washington Carver and shared the impact his quote can have on you as a leader. Today allow me to briefly share some of the benefits of having a clearly defined intentional purpose for your world. I'm sure there are many more, here are some I have experienced. PURPOSE will serve as a motivator. When your purpose is visceral you are compelled to honor it. PURPOSE is ALWAYS about others. It is about your impact, and your influence in another person's life. Never about you. PURPOSE will serve as your GPS. It will help you keep your priorities straight and keep you on the right path. PURPOSE will help you grow and develop. As you live out your purpose you continually learn [...]

By |2021-04-07T11:55:25+00:00April 7th, 2021|Leadership|0 Comments
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