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?
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
A client, let’s call her Liz, made a huge transformation. Putting it mildly, she used to have an anger management issue. She was the executive that you never wanted as a boss. At times, she would be super nice and seem like she was your best friend, but if you crossed her or screwed something up that embarrassed her, she could be brutal. After we worked together for about a year, everyone began noticing a remarkable change. Frankly, it was a change that happened faster than most. To be … [Read more...] about How to Lead Your Team Through Personal Change
Meetings are inevitable. They are important to get the team members aligned and leverage their talents. But do there have to be so many? Some business leaders look at their calendar and realize that most of their week is spent in meetings. There is nothing worse than going to a meeting and wondering why you are there or thinking that your time could have been better spent elsewhere. As the lead for your team, it is important that you train those who report to you on how to run … [Read more...] about 12 Steps to Lead Effective Meetings