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
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?
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
I'm on a flight to Los Angeles to deliver a workshop on Myers-Briggs and Emotional Intelligence. I'm thinking back to the training I did to become certified in the EQi-2.0 and how I wish I had taken more notes and spent more time reviewing. Even though I love EQ work and use it extensively with clients, there are nuances of the EQi-2.0 assessment that I don't remember (already put a coaching meeting with an EQ trainer on my calendar). This has got me thinking about how many of us attend … [Read more...] about How To Make The Most Of The Workshop You Attend
It might be hard to make out from the photo, but this is a picture of my swollen foot and the red rash that covered my lower legs not too long ago. In a previous blog, I related what I had learned about healthy competition through participating in Fitbit Workweek Hustles. I shared how I had rediscovered what a competitor I am. Given my schedule, I thought at first that it would be super hard to get to 10k steps per day. Then, thanks to the encouragement and example of my … [Read more...] about What the Fitbit Workweek Hustles Taught Me About Pacing
A few weeks ago, we discussed the marks of a master tactician. A tactician is project-oriented, fast-moving and responsible for the implementation of day-to-day tasks. We then dove into the marks of a master strategist. A master strategist values taking time to think, processing through the long-term impact of decisions while considering the views of others. But any leader needs to be able to combine a strategic mindset with a tactical base. This is a necessary skill if one wants to ascend to … [Read more...] about Combining a Strategic Mindset With Your Tactical Base