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How to Harness the Power of Positive Feedback

February 14, 2021 10:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Study after study tells us that people don’t feel they get enough praise and recognition at work. With more staff members working from home and feeling isolated, the need to be acknowledged is even more acute. It’s easy to feel disconnected and individually unnoticed, given the massive number of virtual meetings, often with cameras off, that many are experiencing. Yet,…


4 Ways to Upgrade Your Virtual Leadership Approach

November 9, 2020 8:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As the pandemic of 2020 struck, many leaders were compelled to dramatically pivot as their workplace became entirely virtually. With no live meetings or individual conversations, the computer screen and microphone became the primary vehicle for communication. While not always as valuable, virtual interactions can be highly effective if leaders are intentional about how they engage with their staff. Here…


4 Things Leaders Misjudge During Change

April 21, 2018 2:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

With the rapid pace of complex change in most organizations, leaders often get drawn into activities that take them away from the staff members they are leading. Frequent meetings outside of the work unit tend to be a major culprit. Absence from meaningful contact can cause leaders to misread what staff members are experiencing, some of which may be emotional…


Indicators Your Leadership Approach is Hurting Your Team’s Development

February 7, 2018 2:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Team leadership requires keen self-awareness of the impact of behavior on a team’s performance. Often leaders inadvertently stunt the growth of their teams by exhibiting meeting conduct that is ineffective and even harmful. Here are some signs that your approach might be suboptimal. Communication is funneled to you. Think about the way communication flows around the team table. Who talks…


How to Develop a Strong Leadership Presence

August 24, 2017 2:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When admired, respected leaders walk into a room where others are gathered, their presence sends a message about who they are and what they represent. Those around them form judgments in a matter of seconds and the impressions are lasting. The intangible traits they emanate begin to create or reinforce their leadership presence, a critical factor separating high-performing leaders from…


How to Know If You Are a Micromanager

May 9, 2017 2:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Micromanagement is excessive oversight of an employee’s work. When a manager hovers, it causes the employee to feel mistrusted to competently do the work assigned. It can tear down motivation since having autonomy is highly valued by most employees. Below are listed the telltale signs of micromanagement. Identify those that you frequently display to determine if you are slipping into…


Three Performance Management Blind Spots Leaders Should Avoid

January 24, 2017 2:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Managing staff member performance is challenging at best. Individuals come to work with a variety of skills, attitudes, and experiences that require leaders to be adept at adapting to varying needs by using customized approaches. One size does not fit all. Because performance management is complex and time consuming, it is easy for leaders to be blindsided by engaging in…


5 Email Mistakes to Avoid Making

April 21, 2016 2:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The average number of business-related emails employees send and receive each day is approximately 120. That number is projected to soar to 140 by 2018. That means you will likely be frequently communicating via email, now and in the future. While the use of email can be efficient and effective, its misuse can be irritating to others at best and…


How to Know if Your Team is High Performing

February 25, 2016 2:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Not all teams achieve the elite status of being called high performing. Most are adequate, accomplishing what they need to do in order to complete a collaborative task. Few, however, become a fine-tuned machine, capable of pushing their limits and achieving beyond expectations. Here are the characteristics of truly high performing teams. 1. A high level of focus on a…