We all have a Rolodex, whether it is a physical one that resides on our desks (strongly recommended…you’ll see why later in this post) or an electronic contact database (printed out monthly…you never know what is just around the corner) we conveniently use for email and phone numbers. But how do we “work” them? With […]Read more "Cultivate Your Network Like You Mean It"
As leaders we are in a constant struggle to help our directs learn and grow as individuals and professionals. Our success is dependent upon their success. And their success is dependent upon our leadership abilities. So in this cyclical dance, we are masters of our own destinies, but we cannot do it alone. We must […]Read more "Lead Them to Their Own Solutions"
Communication is the key to building relationships and trust. Without it you have nothing. Realize that the first step in getting anyone to do anything is to communicate. Whether that is done vocally, or by written word, or by demonstration, the bottom line is, you must get your message across. The second step in getting […]Read more "Have You Hugged Your Reports Today?"
Welcome the season of removal and renewal. As you’re cleaning out your closets, clearing brush, working in the garden, take time to ramp up your professional skills. There’s no better time (especially if you’ve let your New Year’s resolutions slip away) to remake your commitment to continuous improvement. Start with the easy stuff. Read those books that are collecting […]Read more "Spring has Sprung – Time to Recharge"
Let’s face it. It’s hard to keep up enthusiasm for anything, let alone work. Some folks have the capacity to approach every day as a new adventure, while others struggle to muster even the smallest amount of enthusiasm. If you’re one of those folks or somewhere in between, read on. Here are some tips for […]Read more "Getting Back in Gear"
In continuing our theme of providing feedback, let’s take a look at some basic principles of how to do it more effectively. It’s pretty easy to get up the courage to dole out some developmental feedback when someone screws up, and many folks feel good about delivering positive feedback when they catch someone doing something […]Read more "Feedback: How It’s Done"
In the last post we looked at feedback and how much we provide. Today we are going to look at the right balance of encouraging v. corrective feedback. Most of us are fairly adept at providing corrective feedback and it probably makes up most of our feedback output…somewhere upwards of 70%. While that keeps people […]Read more "The Right Balance"