It’s the last blog of 2017 for me. It was a fantastic year, filled with many huge changes (to be discussed in a future blog post), and some valuable lessons for my team and me. At the end of a year, we take time to reflect on what has worked well, where there is room to grow, and what lessons we hope to carry over into the new year. Here are four valuable lessons from 2017: 1. Ask what your team expects of you regularly. This year we’ve grown to a team of six (part-time and full-time) and … [Read more...] about Lessons I Learned in 2017
It’s that time of the year.... As we enter the month of November, Thanksgiving is upon us and many of us bloggers write about gratitude. I am no exception to that. One thing that I want to stress this year is that gratitude makes a surprising difference to business performance. Look at these stats.... Gratitude actually improves our quality of sleep. In one study, people who kept a gratitude journal slept about 30 minutes more per night, woke up feeling more refreshed, and had an easier … [Read more...] about The Surprising Difference Gratitude Makes for Business Performance
As a leader, your time is tight. If you have more than 4 or 5 direct reports, then time is even more crunched. One-on-one meetings may feel counter-productive when you have limited time and the option to meet virtually. However, these meetings are a key opportunity you have to develop each of those direct reports. Elizabeth Grace Saunders, the author of How to Invest Your Time Like Money, says "One-on-ones are one of the most important productivity tools you have as a manager." These … [Read more...] about How Can You Hold Effective One-On-One Meetings with Direct Reports?
One of the top struggles for leaders is learning how to manage their anxiety. As a leader, you carry an incredible amount of responsibility. You have people counting on you. You want to continue to grow and excel, and you want to have an impact. Given the complexity of the obstacles before a leader, their anxiety can often go through the roof. However, they know that they are being watched carefully, by those who report to them, peers, and those they themselves are accountable to. … [Read more...] about How To Effectively Deal With Anxiety In 15 Minutes or Less
You just got promoted, or maybe you just took a leadership position in a new company. Regardless, you will probably find yourself leading a pre-existing team. Team members know each other well, but you are the new one on the team. Here are a few tips that clients have found to be universal principles of success for this scenario. Building Rapport and Establishing Trust 1. Get to know your team well. The faster you can build a connection with each member of the team, the more you will … [Read more...] about What To Do When Joining a Pre-Existing Team as the New Leader
On Thursday of last week, I said goodbye to the youngest intern RCBA has ever had. She only worked with us for about six weeks, but she made such an impact that it was really hard to see her leave. Megan is sharp, mega-talented, and has a keen strategic mind, but beyond all of that competence, she knows how to connect to people’s hearts, really commit, and fight hard to do what she does with excellence and love. Let me give you an example. As my team is growing, I wanted to learn more … [Read more...] about What I Learned About Being A Great Direct Report From An 18-Year-Old Intern