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
I am currently working with two different companies that are going through significant changes. They are outsourcing some of their work, eliminating the roles of some employees. The leaders want to handle these situations really well. They care about the displaced employees and want to ensure a proper fit for them moving forward. Laying off an employee is no easy task. Confusion, anger, and even denial are some of the reactions that often greet a layoff. Working with these companies, I began … [Read more...] about 8 Tools to Help You Manage a Layoff
Chris Kisley, President and CEO of Life Long Leadership, recently came to my office and sat with me as we answered the Six Core Questions for Organizational Clarity from Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage for my company. Why do we exist? (Core purpose) How do we behave? (What are our values?) What do we do? (Business definition) How will we succeed? (A collection of intentional, purposeful and unique decisions a company or team makes to give itself the best chance to maximize … [Read more...] about A Path To Real Clarity for Your Business