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open communication Effective Leaders Foster Open Communication (11/26/2018) Posted in: Communication, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Listening, Teambuilding - As a leader, you want your team to follow you. To follow you, they need to trust you. To trust you, they need to believe what you say, and they want to know you care. It’s even better when you trust them too. Part of developing that trust, respect, and rapport you need to lead is open communication. It doesn’t just […]
tough decisions How Executive Leaders Make Tough Decisions (6/14/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Communication, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Problem Solving, Teambuilding, Vision - Making clear decisions is a critical factor to effective leadership. However, many executives suffer from decidophobia, the fear of making tough decisions. Decisions take courage, and courage means taking intelligent risks to move the organization in the direction of the vision. It’s important to gather data and perspectives, and you can use several decision-making models to help you do it well. However, […]
never stop learning The Most Effective Leaders Never Stop Learning (6/4/2018) Posted in: Accountability, Authenticity, Awareness, Communication, Employee Development, Executive Leadership, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Problem Solving, Teambuilding -   Great leaders are great learners. Getting feedback from others allows you to continue to learn and grow. Just like you want your team and your organization to improve, you also want to improve yourself. Ask others for feedback on a regular basis. Some leaders make the mistake of thinking they need to have all the answers. Successful leaders never stop learning […]
new ideas 5 Ways to Encourage New Ideas In Your Business (5/10/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Change, Communication, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Learning, Problem Solving, Teambuilding, Uncategorized, Vision - Leaders create positive change. You don’t always have to be the creator or innovator, but it’s important to recognize and support good ideas. It doesn’t matter whether you came up with them or not. The difference between your success and failure could be just one idea. Here are some ways to encourage new ideas in your workplace: Talk with your […]
challenge assumptions Are You Challenging Assumptions In Your Workplace? (4/18/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Business Performance, Communication, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Learning, Organizational Structure, Problem Solving, Recognition, Teambuilding, Vision - A successful leader once shared that he constantly asks himself one question: “What am I not seeing?” Assumptions are one of the areas that may be a blind spot, and leadership requires us to challenge them repeatedly. What used to work yesterday may no longer apply today, and it’s important for leaders to question and challenge those assumptions. The hardest part about […]
invite dialogue Executive Leaders Encourage Dialogue (3/29/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Communication, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Learning, Listening, Organizational Structure, Teambuilding -   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 interest. Competition is healthy for competitors, not for team members. Imagine […]
check for understanding Why You Need to Check for Understanding (3/12/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Communication, Employee Development, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Learning, Listening - 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 the leader. You may get a nod or even an […]
stop sign How Executive Leaders Stop to Create Growth (3/8/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Change, Communication, Executive Leadership, Focus, Learning, Organizational Structure, Prioritization, Problem Solving, Time Management, Vision - 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, which means they’re missing information. However, most often, the truth is that […]
reorganize 3 Tips to Reorganize Toward Your Vision (2/28/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Change, Communication, Employee Development, Executive Leadership, Organizational Structure, Planning, Prioritization, Vision - 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 in their current role since they’re in the habit of doing things […]
effective feedback Are You Giving Effective Feedback? (2/15/2018) Posted in: Communication, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Executive Leadership, Influence, Leadership, Teambuilding - 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. People want to know how they’re doing, and they want to hear […]

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