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.
On last week’s blog post we established how critical it is for leaders to learn to handle conflict effectively. Part of understanding conflict better is making sure we are not working under faulty thinking. Following are 5 of the most common misconceptions you need to be aware of.
Conflict is inevitable and can even be healthy. It appears when competing or incompatible options exist. It does not necessarily imply hostility. It is not always a bad thing. In fact, it can also provide benefits.
Jesus is the quintessential leader. Putting religious and spiritual beliefs aside, as a model leader, Jesus practiced the most vital principles of leadership—and he provides an example for leaders to imitate. Easter time is a good moment for reflecting on what I consider the greatest characteristic that made Jesus Christ an incomparable leader.
People have strong emotions around change. When I talk to leaders, and when I talk to couples, people talk about “change fatigue,” “exhaustion,” “change saturation,” “change burnout,” “change weary.” Today’s blog explores the difficulties of change and how to prevent change burnout on yourself and others.
The calendar says Spring is here. I’m optimistically enthusiastic that flowers will come out soon. Spring is a new opportunity for growth in all the natural world. What about you and your organization? How do you respond to new opportunities?
In the psychology world, we use the term “rumination” to refer to negative, repetitive, prolonged, unhelpful thinking. This non-constructive form of rumination is of no help to anyone. With the right tools, you can nip rumination in the bud, and avoid the consequences of negative thought loops. On Today’s blog I want to give you those tools.
I love words. I like reading them, shaping them into sentences and articles, pondering their meaning, playing with their rhythms, clarifying them, translating them. . . and so on. And yet, words are not enough! See what else you need.
Many people plan, but are already thinking all kind of reasons why their plans will not succeed. For any type of plan to succeed you need to believe it’s possible. When you believe in possibilities, not only can you achieve more, you can also inspire others to do the apparently impossible.
What makes a boss most successful? A few years back Google undertook a study to find out the answer to that question. what makes a boss most successful. They were surprised by the results. This post shares not only what they found, but specific strategies that can help people deal with complex issues.
Working with leaders and with couples I often interact with people faced with making big decisions where the cost of being “wrong” can be substantial. Focusing on making the “right” decision can easily lead to paralysis. Learn 3 Ways to simplify you decision making process
Every contact you have with your loved one is loaded with possibilities. There are two simple words that are so powerful it amazes me they are not used more often. Learn what they are and use them more frequently this month.
Holidays are supposed to be happy family times, full of laughter and love. Yet, for many, it means stressful work. The more stress you pile up, the more you become grouchy with your co-workers, partner and children. Learn how to keep a positive spirit, it will be contagious.
Great leaders find a way to gain people’s hearts because they take relationships to heart. Today we will explore what is heart power and share 6 practicals tips on how to lead with your heart.
I usually encourage the leaders I work with to find leadership lessons from all their daily activities. With Halloween around the corner it makes sense to think about what leadership lessons can be gained from Halloween. Here are a few I came up with. See if you can find others and share them with us.
I recently found an excellent checklist for leaders which I think every leader should review at least once a year. The beginning of the last quarter of the year is a time for discarding what is not working and finding new ideas. Therefore, today I want to remind you of the top 10 leadership checks you should reflect on.
Today I’m sharing what you can do to encourage and sustain a positive culture which plays an important role in the workplace. Setting the standard for a positive culture should be a major focus for leaders in any organization. Here are a few strategies for creating and maintaining a positive work culture. They are based on common threads running throughout published research, scholarly articles, and my own experience in organizations.
Setting the standard for a positive corporate culture should be a major focus for leaders in any organization. When employees are in a positive environment, they are more likely to perform better and contribute more. Creating something positive and upbeat within the organization will contribute greatly to organizational effectiveness and success.
Relationship building is one of the most important leadership activity you can engage on. Your influence goes only as far as the quality of your relationships. The key word for building those relationships is genuine. The only connections that work are the ones with people you truly care about. Do you care enough to build relationships?
Some leaders have a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Can you imagine how many problems you could avoid or easily deal with if you keep your mouth shut? Today we are going to see when it pays to follow this sage advice: “If you’re wondering whether or not you should keep your mouth shut– you should.”
The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” Are you contributing to building a Culture of Peace?
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?
Researchers have long studied the impact kindness can have on our own happiness--which seems like it would improve our ability to lead. Research explicitly proves that being kind to others makes us happier. And happy people at work are 12 percent more productive than unhappy people. Can kindness at work also elevate your leadership? Here are three ways in which simple kindness could bring you more success as a leader at work.
Equality doesn't mean same, or equal. Equality doesn't guarantee me a starting position on YouTube. Equality means equality of access, the opportunity to do my best without being disqualified for irrelevant reasons. For leaders this means you don't have to treat everyone in an identical manner. But you have to be equally fair with everyone and treat them with dignity.
Mark National Relaxation Day (August 15), on your calendars! This day serves as a reminder to take it easy. Making time for relaxation is not only beneficial for mood, but also has long-term benefits. Stress can cause many problems and common illnesses. Leaders who know how to relax have a better handle on their good mental, emotional and physical health.
Life can be very fast pace at times and we all need a day to celebrate like this one. So go ahead, you can let yourself have this day for yourself. You deserve it. Get rid of that hectic lifestyle and enjoy this day.
It is said that simplicity is the virtue of removing the extraneous to reveal the essence.
The beginning of August is National Simplify Your Life Week. Entrepreneurs and business professionals can use this period to streamline their work and home life. That's because simplicity is a test of whether you're clear about your priorities.
Our immediate environment is a reflection of our mindset - a neat and organized office reflects the discipline with which we approach our vocation. Clutter, on the other hand, betrays our sloppiness. Today I’m sharing 3 suggestions on how to simplify.
Traditionally, many organizations think of the term inclusion as part of their diversity efforts. I want to share what Federick Miller and Judith Katz, Ed.D — who did a joint presentation at an Organizational Development Network Conference a few years back — consider inclusion to be. They see inclusion as an inclusive value system that needs to become part of the organizational culture.
As a leader you are responsible for helping people feel included, to feel part of the “we” that forms the organization. Today we’ll share Inclusion’s three main components:
Negativity is one of the main roadblocks to personal and organizational change. Negativity can work as a virus “infecting” everybody. Today we are going to see how you can conquer negativity by encouraging and sustaining a positive culture that promotes positive attitudes and feelings. Organizations that encourage a culture of positivity, flourish. Here are a few strategies for creating and maintaining a positive work culture.
If you are trying to implement any kind of change, for yourself or for your organization, and are having a hard time doing so, this post is especially for you.
As I go into different organizations a common complaint I hear is how much people resist change. Do you also think change would be a lot easier if there were no resistance to it?
Today we talk about how eliminating 3 obstacles can greatly improve the success of change.
Independence Day around the world usually involves grand ceremonies and epic celebrations — and rightfully so! Commemorating the birth of a nation is an occasion of joy. It also makes for the perfect opportunity to reflect upon our own reasons for celebrating. What are your reasons?