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

Are you teachable?

As leaders we have the potential to face the danger of status quo. We are focused on supporting and developing our team, growing our business, and in today's current environment, we're learning new ways to manage, lead, and drive results remotely. At the end of the day, it's easy to neglect our own personal growth and development. Throughout my career, I have learned that we must remain teachable -- we must be on a journey of lifetime growth. A mentor of mine asked me this simple question, "When was the last time you did something for the first time?" Pause, and re-read that again. When was the last time YOU did something for the first time? Powerful question, right? When [...]

By | 2020-05-20T12:50:34+00:00 May 20th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Dear Covid-19

Dear Covid-19, You arrived like a thief in the night. You are walking around like a roaring lion seeking his prey. It is true, you have had some victories. Our hearts and prayers are with loved ones who are suffering, or have experienced loss. But here is what you must know: YOU JUST WOKE UP THE SLEEPING GIANT. You see C-19, you have temporarily disrupted our everyday lives, but we have something that will last forever. You may not want to hear about it, but I'll give it to you anyway. You better be listening. You, ready? Here it comes: you can't take away our love for each other and our country, or our resilience and our perseverance. What you did provide us [...]

By | 2020-05-13T19:09:28+00:00 May 13th, 2020|Empowering|0 Comments

Inspire your team to persevere

Inspire your team to persevere. I have been reflecting on the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton. He led the entire crew of his ship, Endurance, to safety after being marooned on an ice floe for 15 months. Forced to abandon his original plan to cross the Antarctic, Shackleton's story holds strong lessons for leaders facing uncontrollable change. Here are a few of his actions that you can put in place today that helped his people -- and will help yours -- keep the faith during periods of upheaval. Redefine achievable goals:  people need clear goals to keep their spirits and productivity up. Shackleton told his crew they would live on the ice pack until it broke up and then use the ship's [...]

By | 2020-05-05T18:38:07+00:00 May 6th, 2020|Coaching, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Passion vs. Conviction

People want to follow a passionate leader.  When we as leaders are passionate about a topic, it can be contagious.  So what is the difference between passion and conviction? We can be passionate about something and have not necessarily lived it,  or may not have successfully experienced what it is we are passionate about.  It's primarily intellectual.  An example could be in sports.  A coach of a team (never played the sport) can be passionate about playing hard, preparing, winning, the game etc. However a coach who is convicted, has played the game, prepared, practiced- his/her players will feel the conviction. Conviction breeds credibility.  It is stronger than a belief.  A conviction is a belief so strong that it governs [...]

By | 2020-04-21T01:31:05+00:00 March 2nd, 2020|Coaching, Connecting, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments