Category: Helping People Thrive

Leadership tip: What middle managers need: Better leadership SUPPORT. What middle managers get instead: Leadership TRAINING.

The Senior Leaders are Missing Out

“This training is excellent, but what do we do if we’re not getting this type of support from our Manager?” “I’m frustrated because I’m giving my team this type of support and it’s working, but I get none of this from my Manager.” “I have no idea what my objectives are, how am I supposed…
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Leadership Tip: Remote work is not the problem. DOn't try to solve your leadership issues by forcing people into the office

Forcing Return to Office Misses Opportunities

For remote work to work, leaders need to: These leadership practices build morale and motivation and contribute positively to performance both remotely AND in the office.  The “back to the office to get results” mandates are highlighting that managers are missing these essential skills.  They want people back in the office so they can do…
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Leadership tip: Let’s stop rewarding high performers by throwing them into a job they aren’t trained for, offering them little training, clarity, or support, and hoping they’ll figure it out...

New Leaders Need More

Isn’t it funny that we reward people who do their job really well by:

Leadership Tip: Stressed? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? There are often signs that we need better boundaries. With picture of a person holding there head looking like they are experiencing stress and overwhelm.

Boundaries For the Win

She was stressed.  Overwhelmed.  And exhausted. She was taking on way more than she could or should. Be a team player.Don’t be selfish.Don’t say “no.”Care about others.  Help others.Don’t let anyone fail. You’re strong.  You’re resilient. Don’t let anyone down. She was drowning in her own truths.  She was curious about assertive behaviour.  Having boundaries.   Changing the…
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Leadership Tip: Don't let failure be the end of your goal

Don’t Let A Failure Be the End of Your Goal

My goal was to write an article. I failed. I made a goal to write and send / post an article every week.I’ve kept it going for almost a year. And then I failed.  Twice. I took a week’s vacation. I didn’t plan far enough in advance. I returned to a holiday Monday.I hadn’t planned ahead.…
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Leadership Tip: To improve your workplace coaching Do More Celebrating small successes Asking questions Listening to understand Supporting critical thinking Creating mutually-agreed upon goals Do Less Blaming and punishing Talking at Interrupting Telling them what they should do Dictating goals

Your Definition of Coaching Impacts Your Results

Admittedly, I sometimes wince when I hear what people are doing in their “coaching” sessions. “We went through all of the tasks and answered their questions.” “We went through the next step of the discipline process.” “I told them what they were doing wrong, what they need to do differently, and what goal they needed…
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Leadership Tip: You can know someone’s going through something without needing to know what someone’s going through.

Caring Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

They let me know they were going through something.  They might not be present.They might not be fully present.They might not contribute today. No details. But enough of a window into their personal life for me to: Be understandingAccommodateCheck-in Care. I advocate for getting results by getting to know, understanding, and supporting people – the whole…
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Leadership tip: "Easy" Leadership Goal: Celebrate 1 small victory per day (or week)

Looking For An Easy Leadership Goal?

We are so used to receiving only negative or no feedback. We tend to only get recognition or reward when we’ve accomplished “the big thing” and get little to no recognition for the little efforts and achievements along the way. We often label things as “no big deal” when they actually take a lot of…
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Top Performers Leave

Fertilize Your Top Performers

He was struggling. Am I really doing a good job? Am I doing it right? Are there things I could be doing better? The stress was getting to him. Cracks in the foundation.  He talked to his boss frequently. But there never seemed to be a way to ask the questions that swirled in his head. It felt too risky…
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Power Squad Podcast: Things That Get in the Way of Change

Hopefully, you’ll find our conversations as interesting as we do! 🙂 Kristina Schmitt, Jenny Barkan, ACC, and I spend a lot of time sharing ideas and building on each other’s thoughts. We thought you might like to listen in as we explore topics that impact leaders and workplaces. Look for the “Power Squad” conversations as a…
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