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The importance of delegation.

All leaders know how important delegation is. We have many tasks and activities that someone else on the team should be doing. Here is the challenge: when we get overloaded, the temptation is to just "get this off my to-do list." Care must be taken to ensure we are not pushing our work to someone else. That is not delegation. When delegating, we must be confident that the other person can execute the task effectively. Below are some questions to consider before delegating. Do they have time? Do they need help prioritizing? Have they expressed interest in the task or project? Do they have the necessary skills to execute? Do they typically meet deadlines? If others are involved, do they [...]

By |2024-05-07T16:50:01+00:00May 7th, 2024|Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Time to connect.

One of my favorite John Maxwell quotes is, "Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand." Applying that mindset and belief has impacted my leadership. Prior to grasping and living out this mindset, I felt I was the leader (boss), and If they needed something, they knew how to find me. For me, this becomes even more apparent for my high performers. After all, how in the world could I help increase their performance? I thought that if I walked around and said hi and asked them, "How is it going?" I was connecting with them; I reached out to them. That type of leadership is what I call the "check the box" style. I made sure I said hi [...]

By |2024-04-30T14:25:22+00:00April 30th, 2024|Connecting|0 Comments

The decisions you make today are____________.

Allow me to complete the sentence. The decisions you make today are the stories you tell TOMORROW. Think about it for a moment: We are where we are and doing what we are doing because of decisions we made prior. Each day, we have choices to make, such as what, where, how, and with whom. When you are in a leadership role with plenty of responsibility, several direct reports, and needing more days, choices are challenging. So, what is a leader to do? The first decision is to be very jealous of your time. This is where prioritization comes in. You likely have appointments on the calendar, a list of to-do’s, etc. The challenging decision is to determine WHAT you SHOULD [...]

By |2024-04-01T21:02:50+00:00March 27th, 2024|Coaching|0 Comments

Inspire your team to persevere. 

I have been reflecting on the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton. He led the entire crew of his ship, Endurance, to safety after being marooned on an ice floe for 15 months. Forced to abandon his original plan to cross the Antarctic, Shackleton's story holds strong lessons for leaders facing uncontrollable change. Here are a few of his actions that you can put in place today that helped his people -- and will help yours -- keep the faith during periods of upheaval: Redefine achievable goals. People need clear goals to keep their spirits and productivity up. Shackleton told his crew they would live on the ice pack until it broke up and use the ship's lifeboats to sail safely. [...]

By |2024-04-01T21:01:30+00:00March 20th, 2024|Coaching|0 Comments

Purpose and meaning.

How important is it for your team to "show up" for purpose and meaning? Here are some eye-opening stats to consider. Robert Half researched why employees quit their current jobs. One of the top responses was to have more meaning and purpose. Another study by Reward Gateway found that 89% of employers said employees must understand the company's mission; however, only 25% feel completely informed about the purpose and mission. This is fundamental for leaders—it really is "low-hanging fruit" for us to pick. We are fully aware that purpose and meaning are "human." We all desire to have meaning, know that we matter, and know that our efforts help the cause, the purpose. I have learned that our people want to be part of an [...]

By |2024-03-13T12:39:29+00:00March 13th, 2024|Leadership|0 Comments
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