reward performance

5 Tips to Effectively Reward Performance

by Sonya Shelton

    Celebrate the behaviors you want to see more often. When you discourage mediocrity and reward performance, you create a high-performing culture. Strong performers need to be recognized as such, and they need to be developed even further.   Here are 5 tips to consider when rewarding great performance. …

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invite dialogue

Executive Leaders Encourage Dialogue

by Sonya Shelton

  Often, great ideas come from healthy debate. When team members exchange ideas and opinions, new ideas can emerge. Working collaboratively always produces better results than working competitively. When people compete within an organization, they don’t support each other toward the shared vision. This creates a culture of self-interest, rather than organizational …

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measure progress

3 Steps to Measure Your Progress

by Sonya Shelton

To ensure you realize the vision, you need to have the right measures in place, and they need to be institutionalized. How you measure success can make or break whether or not you achieve it. If the strategies and objectives your team has created aren’t producing the desired outcome, you want …

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check for understanding

Why You Need to Check for Understanding

by Sonya Shelton

It happens all the time: we think we’re being understood, but we’re not. And we have no idea. We often don’t bother to check to make sure people understand us, even when it’s critical. It doesn’t help that most people don’t want to admit they don’t get it, especially to …

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stop sign

How Executive Leaders Stop to Create Growth

by Sonya Shelton

As we embark toward achieving our vision, organizations sometimes continue to do things that either don’t work or don’t support the vision. When someone questions “why do we do that?” The answer is often “we’ve always done it this way.” Sometimes the person answering the question really doesn’t understand the purpose, …

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reorganize

3 Tips to Reorganize Toward Your Vision

by Sonya Shelton

When you change the vision, it’s important to ensure the structure of the organization supports the retooled vision. Reorganizing can improve integration, flexibility, and productivity in a powerful way. If you want to achieve significant change, some structural changes will likely be necessary. It’s difficult for people to do new things …

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calculated risk

Yes, Growth Is Risky

by Sonya Shelton

Trying anything new is risky. But it’s new ideas that catapult organizations to higher levels of growth and success. People aren’t motivated to follow leaders who are satisfied with the status quo. Of course, your organization or its industry may typically be risk averse, and taking risks doesn’t mean you have …

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effective feedback

Are You Giving Effective Feedback?

by Sonya Shelton

Because managers and executives struggle with the process, feedback has developed a negative reputation. Feedback doesn’t equal criticism. Feedback is providing someone with observations that influence their performance. Since influence is your number-one job as a leader, it stands to reason that giving feedback is an important part of your role. …

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change leader

How to Lead your Team Through Change

by Sonya Shelton

In today’s business world, not only is change the norm, but the speed of change continues to accelerate. Dealing with change and leading others through it can be challenging. No matter what business you’re in, your ability to lead your organization through change can make or break your success. Changes come …

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set context puzzle

Strengthen Your Vision by Setting the Context

by Sonya Shelton

As the leader of your organization, you understand the context behind your vision and your decisions. It’s part of the environmental considerations you need to understand. However, not everyone sees the context the same way you do, so it’s important to explain it. To really make your vision come to …

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Communication

Take Time to Express Your Intentions

by Sonya Shelton

In any situation, where there’s a vacuum of information, people will make it up. This is especially true of leaders in organizations. People constantly interpret the motives of everything the leader says and does. So it’s best to express your intention, so no one wastes …

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