Communication is challenging enough without having to deal with mixed messages. The problem with mixed messages is that you are left not knowing which of the messages to believe and/or respond to. Today’s post helps you learn how to send clear messages.
What does Labor Day means to you? For many it’s only the unofficial end of summer, start of the school year and football season, or an extra day off to do stuff around the home and have an excuse for a picnic. What does it means to you as a leader?
There's a literary legend that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged in a bar to write a story in only six words, a (very) brief novel that would tell a complete story. Today I’ll give you my six words on leadership.
Many people have difficulty with relationships. Seems that there is a lot of negativity going on. Yet, if asked, I'm sure you want to have positive relationships. Today I'm going to share with you three simple secrets that can have a big influence on your relationship, no matter what else is going on in your life.
Leading teams is about creating opportunities for conversation. Talk may be cheap, but genuine conversation is priceless. Your leadership voice is heard in conversation. You can’t generate smart ideas, creatively solve problems, or influence others without free-spirited conversation.
Have you ever thought your team had more to give, but you weren't quite sure how to get it out of them? Have you ever felt frustrated that, despite your best efforts, your team is not producing what you feel they have the potential to perform? Learn what makes the difference between leaders of highly productive teams and those that struggle with producing results.
More and more current research confirms that the best leaders use all of their brains. That includes the “soft” side. They have what has been called emotional intelligence and are not afraid to be compassionate and empathetic, at the same time that they are assertive and decisive. Do you dare to show your soft side?
Freedom centered leadership is inclusive, encourages openness, self-discipline, humbleness, discipline, and selflessness. It’s ethical, promotes dialogue and collaboration and opens a space that is free of fear. All of which leads to joy, creativity, and innovation. We need today leaders who dare to be freedom-centered, not fear-based, in their leadership.
Where do you and your organization spend most of your time: looking forward or backward? It seems many individuals and organizations spend inordinate amounts of time and energy looking backward. It's as if they consider assigning blame and indulging in recriminations the best use of their time. Reflect on how should you spend your time and best efforts.
Daily, people get angry and harshly tell someone they live or work with about something they don’t like. Leaders are not immune to this. Learn a better approach.