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?
When I was younger, I trained to be a professional tennis player. I had a competitive drive back then, and it served me well. But as I became established in a helping profession, and being an ENFJ, I found myself working more towards harmony than competition. I allowed myself to get out of balance and worked an insane number of hours. I stopped tennis and most other forms of exercise, and gained a lot of weight. Now I’m committed to getting back in shape. I joined WeightWatchers, got a … [Read more...] about What the FitBit Taught Me about Healthy Competition
It was so uncomfortable. I was sitting in the room while a client I had recently met laid into one of his direct reports during a performance review, and it was painful. I could tell that both the boss and his direct report were nervous. The boss revealed his nervousness through anger and an attempt to wield power. The direct report was just nervous. A couple of times his hands shook. He did not say much, but that only seemed to anger the boss more. It was horrible to watch. A few … [Read more...] about How To Turn Around A Bad Performance Review
You give a lot of yourself in order to develop those on your team. You’ve taken some hits for them, provided cover for them, and you have also shown them a lot of loyalty. You take leading your team seriously. So what happens when a team member betrays you? What happens when you realize that the loyalty you thought was mutual isn’t there? If you are not careful, you might start to over-lead with self-protection. That is, you can protect yourself from being hurt again by giving less of … [Read more...] about Forgiveness At the Executive Level
High performing teams exist when there is a high degree of mutual trust and respect. Team members need to believe in each other’s abilities and fight to draw out the best in everyone on the team. All members need to know that they belong. But what happens if there’s someone on the team that you just don’t like? Maybe the person is too abrasive, too blunt. Or maybe it’s the opposite: they are too passive. In order to avoid conflict, they appear inauthentic. Or maybe they are ego-centric. … [Read more...] about How To Work With Someone You Don’t Like
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