Your strengths based team. 

Most of us are familiar with the Jim Collins quote, "Get the right people on the bus in the right seats."   A winning coach on a sports team would never put a player in a position where they do not leverage his or her strengths -- yet we experience this often in the workplace. So how can we fix this? To maximize the productivity of individual team members, consider the following: Identify what success looks like. What are the outcomes you want? Is each function/role in the team clearly defined? Once success is defined, develop a list of expected skill sets and behaviors needed to get results. Assess your team members' strengths. There are several tools to assist you in determining strengths. I like the assessment [...]

By | 2020-07-08T11:42:21+00:00 July 8th, 2020|Coaching|0 Comments

Provide clarity and purpose.

Many years ago while driving down the highway it suddenly started to rain, and then it started to pour. We have all been there and it's not enjoyable.  To make matters worse, my driver's side wiper was stuck and no longer functioning. White-knuckled terror shot through me as I struggled to see the road in front of me.  The obvious choice of pulling over and waiting didn't seem promising in the event that a car behind me lost sight and drifted, so I decided to keep going at a snail's pace. The windshield caused anxiety, certainly not providing any clarity on getting to my destination on time. The same situation can happen with your team if they are unclear about where they are [...]

By | 2020-07-01T11:58:38+00:00 July 1st, 2020|Coaching|0 Comments

How is your transparency?

How is your transparency? Don't let them see you sweat. Make sure you have all of the answers (after all, you're the boss). Tell them what they need to know -- nothing more; they can't handle it. Never admit mistakes; deflect if you can. Does this sound familiar? This was the management style that I was taught, and the mindset I thought leaders possessed. Thankfully, it didn't take me long to realize that people want (and deserve) authentic leadership. You want authentic people on your team, so make sure you're leading with integrity  Here are four simple ways you can boost your level of transparency and authenticity, and likely increase trust, productivity, and respect among your organization. Let others know who [...]

By | 2020-06-24T00:33:09+00:00 June 24th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments


Delegation As leaders, one of the more challenging aspects of leading a growing organization is letting go and trusting others. John Maxwell puts it simply, "If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” As the organization begins to scale up, typically 50+ employees, senior leadership must develop additional leaders who share the same values, passion, and knowledge of the business as they do in order to affect change throughout the organization. However, many leaders confuse delegation with abdication. Abdication is simply handing over a task to someone with no formal feedback mechanism. We need to be careful here. All systems need [...]

By | 2020-06-17T01:32:27+00:00 June 17th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Values Check

Values Check Our values inform our thoughts, words, and actions. As a leader, we must identify our own personal values and make sure they are in alignment with the organization's values. All of our leadership decisions should be based on: what is meaningful to us, what is essential to us, and what is non-negotiable to us.  It’s been said that when values are clear, decisions are easier. When we live out our values, we learn that they can act as our own personal tools by: Resembling a GPS:  they keep us on the right path.  Every journey has a path and even when we get off-course, our GPS brings us back. Living out our values keeps us on the right path. Acting [...]

By | 2020-06-09T23:57:21+00:00 June 9th, 2020|Coaching|0 Comments