One of the challenges I see with so many leaders with whom I work is the loss of regular in-person communication with their team members. We are all searching for ways to keep that connection and trust real and strong. My colleague Scott Eblin has written a great piece about it with some good suggestions. Enjoy!
|One of the realities of life and work is that nothing stays the same. Just when we think we have things handled and moving ahead swimmingly, something comes in from left field, throwing us off-balance, back into uncertainty. Often this unexpected change causes sadness and grief in us and in those we lead. This article provides a good framework to assist us as we move through sadness and uncertainty to a new reality, along with some tips as to how to help your team. Hope it’s helpful!
Trust is the foundational element of a successful leadership team. In essence, it is the ability to discuss and address issues that are getting in the way of success, and being vulnerable with one another about strengths, problems and weaknesses. It is built over time, through many interactions, and can be fragile during times of change and stress. Here is a very good article, quoting some of my favorite experts on the subject. Enjoy!
As leaders, we need to model and maintain credibility, making sure our actions match with our promises. Here is a good primer on how to do that, with pointers on how to teach our team members too. Enjoy!
Think for a moment about a person who made a significant difference in your career. Perhaps it was a boss, another key leader in your organization, a revered family member, who provided time, advice, wisdom and/or introductions. A wise mentor of mine told me as I was getting a new program off the ground, “The more attention you get about this from the outside, the more respect you’ll get for it on the inside.” I have passed that wisdom on many times! Mentoring is shown to be one of the most effective and efficient ways in developing emerging talent in an organization and increasing retention of key staff. Here’s a quick reminder – enjoy!
It is amazing how often I talk with executive leaders about their need for office organization and space to do work. Increasingly, I find this is a basic need that we address in terms of ability to concentrate, think strategically, and work and lead efficiently. Here is a thought-provoking article about how many CEOs, particularly in the tech industry, are changing their thinking (and organizing) on this topic. Enjoy!
|“How to Work with Millenials” is all the rage these days. As you can see from this great article, good management of people of that demographic is a lot like good management of everybody else. We all want to feel valued, be recognized for our contributions, have enough flexibility that our lives are not out of control, and see how what we are doing now can contribute to our career goals. I suggest we all apply these principles below to managing Millenials, and incorporate them in our management of all our team members.
I have been thinking a lot lately about “abundance.” My life is so abundant – with love, with priviledge, with material goods, with health. And I am grateful. I am also thinking about abundance in my life and the responsibility that comes with that, particularly at this time of change in our country. And as a leadership coach, I am thinking of abundance as it applies to leadership, as I watch successful leaders transparently share their knowledge, experience and wisdom.
To quote Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:
“Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.“
Perhaps as leaders we can give some thought to how we can share our “abundance of talent” with others, growing capacity in our teams and staff members. What can we teach this week? What wisdom can we share? What problems can we solve together, merging our talents? I encourage you to ponder this and list some ways you can share your “abundance of talent.” Enjoy!
This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on the type of leader we want to be. The “3 Be’s” of Leadership provide a basis for thinking how to be most authentic in our relationships with our colleagues, team members and customers. Enjoy this holiday season and be sure to rest and rejuvenate as much as possible to prepare the great unknown of 2017!
All the best, Carolyn
Had a great day with the inaugural class of “Leadership FPRA” of the Florida Public Relations Association, as I presented and facilitated and all day session on “Leading and Managing.” The inspiring, talented PR professionals focused their day on becoming even more effective leaders and sharing their insights and knowledge with one another on topics including leadership strengths, vision, influence and resolving conflict. Terrific day!