Tag: strategy

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: It's a great time to pull out your goal plan, celebrate your successes, think about the barriers, plan and do "the next right thing" with 4 pairs of hands giving thumbs up or high five.

Time to Revisit Your Goals?

Are your goals gathering dust? If you’re like many (most?) of us, your goal plans are currently sitting in a pile or a folder. Perhaps we can call it “The Good Intentions Folder.” So hard to get to.  So easy to forget. Turning goals into action requires discipline.  Focus.  Intention. Valuing and prioritizing the proactive,…
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Leadership tip: Sometimes it’s not the goal that’s wrong, it’s the timing. with line art picture of hockey player holding a stick.

Is Your Timing Realistic?

My son joined local league hockey three years ago.He was 12.Had never played before. He had to create a goal for school.His goal was to get 10 goals in hockey that season.He got zero. And he didn’t give up. He learned what he needed to learn.He practiced.He tried. His third season is not yet over.He’s…
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Text - Leadership Tip: are you plagued with boring, ineffective meetings? Image - cartoon face yawning Text - Meet more and mine for conflict Image - two people facing each other in argument, one holding a sign with the word "yes!" and the other holding a sign with the word "no!"

Meetings Don’t Have to Be Horrible

Dreading that upcoming meeting? In his book Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni shares that the answer to terrible meetings isn’t to have less of them. He suggests we should be having more and proposes: ⭐ Daily Check-Ins – a quick 5 minutes with the team to discuss the upcoming day.⭐ Weekly Tacticals – 45 to 90 minutes…
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Strategy Matters

Strategy Matters

In organizations, people are often “paddling in different directions.” They are working hard but producing few results for their effort. They are working long hours and getting nowhere. They are tired, frustrated, and de-motivated.  Morale decreases. Resentment builds.  Strategy provides clarity around what the organization is aiming to achieve. It provides direction, offering people a sense of where the…
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Psychological Safety is your slight edge

Psychological Safety is Your Slight Edge

He rushed up immediately once I was finished speaking. “I don’t want to monopolize all of your time, but I wanted to say that you nailed it with safety. I did leadership development for years and there was always something missing. I’ve come to realize it’s safety.” This week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting to 150…
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Two people in a canoe paddling in opposite directions

Paddling in Opposite Directions

Tired.Frustrated.Demotivated.  So much time, energy, and money expended. And yet we’re still in the same spot on the lake.  I’m angry at them. They’re angry at me.  I’m working hard! We’re getting nowhere. It must be THEIR fault.  If one of the people in the canoe changed direction, in just a few minutes there would be more progress…
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Why Strategy?

Consider the people in the images below.  How far do you think they would travel in an hour? A day? A year?  If they spent the day giving their full effort, how might they be feeling?  In organizations, people are often “paddling in different directions.” They are working hard but producing few results for their effort. They are working long…
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