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
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
Have you ever witnessed an argument, where one person is saying X but the other person is hearing something completely different? Where the first person makes repeated attempts to clarify, but the second person still hears something completely different? Have you ever wondered why the second person is not hearing the first person? One reason is that the second person has an entrenched belief. Once we believe something, we filter everything through it. The more intense our emotions are, … [Read more...] about How to Ensure People on Your Team are Heard
I recently did a "Getting Things Done" workshop where the first exercise I had the team do was to list on a piece of paper all the things that were on their mind at that moment.... I asked them to be thorough. Then I asked them to think not just about work, but also what was going through their minds about home, family, hobbies, entertainment, etc. If it was on their mind, they needed to get it down on paper. They had only 10mins to do this brain dump. The number of items each team member … [Read more...] about 7 Tips To Be Fully Present When You Have A Lot On Your Mind
You are leading a team, and you want them to do their best. As with all people, including ourselves, there are areas that need to be improved. Your team member says they will work on the change you suggested. However, you have some doubts as to whether or not they will make the change, and if they do, you wonder how deep it will go. Will it be temporary, for the sake of their job, or will it be a true transformation? How can you know? Furthermore, how can you help them, or coach … [Read more...] about How Do You Know If Someone Will Really Change?