Monthly Archives: February 2022


A plan for today.

It's easy to get "stuck" on yesterday's losses, missed opportunities, or on outcomes we hoped would have gone differently. Yesterday ended at midnight, and today is a new day to refocus your energies, concentration, and passion. However, it's time for some tough love: it's time to move on and make a plan for today. You know what you need, more than I do. What can you commit to as you spend time reflecting on your day? Here are ideas to get you started, but come up with your own to ensure you end today knowing you did the best you could. Today, I will: Make better decisions Add value to another person Be kinder Express gratitude Learn something new Be more [...]

By |2022-02-22T15:37:04+00:00February 22nd, 2022|Leadership|0 Comments

Five Critical Questions

Let's get real: being a leader is not for the weak. When you raised your hand or were asked to step up and lead, you accepted one heck of a challenge. Now might be an excellent time to check in on five critical questions on your leadership. CLARITY Are you clear on what you stand for? Are you clear on your vision? Are you clear on your strategies and objectives? Have the above been communicated? COMPETENCE Are you setting a standard of excellence in all areas of your influence? Are you continually and intentionally learning and growing in leadership skills? Are you continually seeking ways to improve your products and services to customers/clients? COMMITMENT Are you committed to the vision? [...]

By |2022-02-16T02:05:12+00:00February 16th, 2022|Leadership|0 Comments

Pay or praise?

Pay or praise? For many years I thought that money was the big motivator. Well, I learned that is not always the case. I read the following quote several years ago, and this quote alone has inspired me to lead differently,  “The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated,” William Jones. Research suggests, “pay fairly and competitively.” However, the fundamental factors in keeping the good ones are: Challenge Growth Opportunities Flexibility Meaningful Work A leader who values them They want the (non-monetary forms listed above.) Certainly, perks are valuable; they help in the recruiting process. But, research has proven good ones won’t stay because of perks. Not everyone is motivated the same. As leaders, we need [...]

By |2022-02-08T20:09:23+00:00February 8th, 2022|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments

How not to lead.

Last week I shared thoughts on what it means to be leading from the front. And this week, I am sharing what it doesn’t. I have committed the following sins of leadership, and when you are out front, the temptation is there to do so. Micromanaging: Leading from the front does not mean you become overly involved in the details of what the person is attempting to accomplish. These behaviors can be intimidating and unproductive. If you commit these sins, you may be better off in your office. Eliminating decision-making power: You cannot grow your people when you do all of the thinking for them. Ask more questions, challenge them to discover solutions, and serve as their thinking partner, not [...]

By |2022-02-01T20:16:56+00:00February 1st, 2022|Leadership|0 Comments
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