Monthly Archives: May 2022

Your personal value proposition. 

In the company, department, division, or team, we have a value proposition that articulates our differentiation. In a competitive environment, this is critical. The features, benefits, and costs must be communicated. Also, from time to time, they should be re-engineered or re-evaluated. I believe the same is true with you and me as leaders. For example  How and what are you doing to create value? Is there something you need to start doing? Maybe something you need to do more of. Or, possibly, is there something that you should stop doing? Is it possible a certain behavior on your part or team member is counterproductive? Here is something we all need to consider," What is my personal value proposition? And [...]

By |2022-07-07T16:28:13+00:00May 25th, 2022|Development, Leadership|0 Comments

How is your connection?

Connecting with your team and in particular, your A-Players is essential to creating the environment for followership. Connecting is not limited to holding team meetings, walking through the halls, and saying, “Hi, how are you doing? “ Connecting with your people is about showing interest and being present when you are having a conversation. Make them feel they are important to you. As leaders, we need to send a clear message “You are important to me.” Seeking to understand is always better than striving to be understood. After all, the number one human need is TO BE UNDERSTOOD—TO BE VALUED. Your people need to hear that from you. When we connect in this manner it builds and strengthens our relationship. [...]

By |2022-07-07T16:24:15+00:00May 18th, 2022|Connecting|0 Comments

Communication is the lifeblood.

Author and leadership expert Max De Pree in his bestseller, Leadership is an Art, states “There may be no single thing more important in our efforts to achieve meaningful work and fulfilling relationships than to learn and practice the art of communication." Isn’t that statement so true? Most of our issues with people are typically centered on communication -- either the lack of or missed communication. As leaders, we are prone to be talkers. I know that to be true in my case, just ask my kids. I guess it is true, that many of us enjoy sharing our knowledge, wisdom, and insights. What I have learned over the years is the more people I lead the more I must listen. To be an effective [...]

By |2022-07-07T16:22:30+00:00May 11th, 2022|Connecting, Listening|0 Comments

What do your people expect of you?

Today I am sharing a brief reminder for us as we continue the journey of leading others. I have discovered the people we have influence over have expectations of us. Our people want to feel valued, and they want to feel as though their efforts matter, and that they count. Our people want to be connected to the mission and vision, even though they may never tell you that. So, tell them where they fit, and how important they are. We all respond well to positive reinforcement, so let’s be sure we let them know they count, and that they matter. My understanding is that we have the basic human need to feel valued, feel important, and that part of the leader's [...]

By |2022-07-07T16:21:15+00:00May 7th, 2022|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments
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