It’s a heart thing.

Hey, Leader. Leadership is a heart thing.  Oh boy, here Bob goes again with the "soft "stuff. I believe there is a prevailing myth that leaders are supposed to separate their emotions from a situation and be tough-minded and rational. Here is some news for you, research over the past 20 years has shown the most influential leaders are the most open and caring—I guess "soft" wins gain. Here is the truth, folks, some of the most critical leadership competencies, such as integrity, honor, commitment, conviction, passion, and authenticity, are about the heart. Simply put, there is no faith and hope without the leader's heart. Our people expect their leaders to bring hope and hope for a better future. Author and [...]

By |2023-03-08T01:52:17+00:00February 15th, 2023|Connecting, Leadership|0 Comments

The other side of leadership.

What is it like to be __________? Ok, I will finish the question, "what is it like to be on the other side of you"? As leaders, from time to time, we should ask ourselves, "how are my people experiencing me?" Whether we are conscious about this or not, they are having an experience when they interact with you. As you know, when you signed up for leadership, your every word, every action or inaction is noticed and experienced. As a leader, you have the title, the position, the authority, and the responsibility; therefore, you must lead. However, I believe that doesn't give us permission always to go first. Our people want to be valued and heard. Let's make the experience [...]

By |2023-03-08T01:51:30+00:00February 7th, 2023|Coaching, Connecting, Leadership|0 Comments

Model the way. 

I have a question for you, take a moment and think of a person in history whom you most admire---someone you could imagine following willingly. Who would that person be for you? I have asked that question countless times in my seminars and workshops. When I ask the follow-up question, "What would make you follow them?" The answers are as follows: "They have strong beliefs." "They are a person of principle." "They are passionate about their causes." "They live out their values." Abraham Lincoln said it best, "A good example is worth a thousand sermons." I know this to be true—so I am reminding all of us who lead people: what you do has more impact on others than all the [...]

By |2022-08-24T13:03:08+00:00August 24th, 2022|Connecting, Leadership|0 Comments

How is your framing?

As leaders, we are constantly in meetings and having one-to-one conversations with team members. As a result, you have to deeply appreciate the POWER OF YOUR WORDS. Over the years I realized that every syllable that came out of my mouth was noticed and scrutinized. I have found every word has a meaning that evokes images and ideas and reminds people of their past experiences and values. The wrong word can send a message that you never intended. GUILTY AS CHARGED ( speaking for myself). The solution is simple, however, difficult to put into practice with the pressures of the day-to-day and our bias toward results. I have learned the key is PREPARATION. Prior to the meeting or one-to-one, think [...]

By |2022-07-07T16:59:51+00:00June 22nd, 2022|Connecting, 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
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