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?
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
This blog is going to be short. If you followed last week’s blog, we discussed how busy the holiday season can get, and I am discovering that is truer than I realized ;-) Many of us are looking into the new year with a desire to better ourselves. We may have received some feedback as to what areas need to be improved. We may also know intuitively of other areas that need improvement. A helpful question my coach once gave me is, “If you had to replace yourself with an idealized version of … [Read more...] about Your Best Self In The New Year
Everyone has something that they are especially gifted in. It is something that is really them, something they can use to effect the greatest good for the greatest number. Do you know what yours is? Or, to put it another way, do you know what your “thing” is? Your thing, or your bent, is something you could apply anywhere in life. Typically, it transcends arena, but you would especially use it at work, since you spend so many hours there. Clients have shared things like: “I … [Read more...] about Stay in the Strike Zone by Discovering Your Bent
ESTJ’s dominate middle management and above, for lots of reasons. This personality type loves work. They are dedicated, tough, and they delight in making order out of chaos. They know how to delegate and how to do it fairly. They are direct and honest. These are all traits that senior leadership values. Even without knowing anything about personality types, it’s not hard to spot patterns in who gets promoted, and to notice that it often happens to the ESTJ’s. They are naturally-bent leaders, … [Read more...] about MBTI Bite: Must-Have Tips For Working With The Dominant Personality Type In the Corporate World
If you smiled or chuckled reading the above meme then this blog is for you. When was the last time you had an entire month of really good sleep? Here is a scarier question: “When was the last time you had a full week of great sleep without being on vacation?” What about your team? Are they getting enough sleep? If they are not, you may want to encourage them to. Sleep could be the number one productivity tool. According to health.com: Sleep: Improves memory Extends … [Read more...] about How To Consistently Get Great Sleep