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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…


5 Ways to Be a Better Leader This Year

January 7, 2016 2:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A new year presents an opportunity to fine-tune your leadership skills with new ideas or to refresh what you already know that may have gone dormant. Think about what you did well in 2015 and how you could have been even more effective. Here are some ways you can significantly improve your approach, making for a happier you and a…


4 Behaviors Leaders Often Reward, but Shouldn’t

October 2, 2015 2:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you mindful of what you are reinforcing when you reward staff behavior? Are you sure it is really what you want to reinforce? Remember this important principle: People tend to do more of the behaviors for which they are rewarded. Don’t find yourself inadvertently incenting your staff to utilize the following problematic behaviors. 1. Busy Work It might look…


How to Effectively Delegate to Get the Outcomes You Really Want

August 9, 2015 7:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

To do it right, delegating should be done intentionally and thoughtfully. Randomly handing out assignments does not make for good results or happy staff members! Good delegation is at the heart of empowerment and requires giving away, not only work assignments, but also authority to make decisions. Poor delegation practice is at the core of micromanagement. Use these guidelines to…


Tips for Making the Transition to a New Leadership Role

July 10, 2015 7:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Whether you move to a new organization or transit within your current place of work, the approach you use to begin a new leadership role can help or hinder your success. To staff members, a new leader is the source of hope as well as fear. Will you bring new insight and needed change? Or, will valued practices and relationships…


Succession Planning: Do’s and Don’ts

June 9, 2015 7:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What happens if you or other key players in your organization leave? Better job offers, retirements, extended illness, or unanticipated death can cause undue chaos if succession plans are not in place. Yet, many organizations fail to create them, at great expense to their business outcomes and the staff who struggle to fill the gaps. Consider, when developing succession plans,…


4 Things Guaranteed to Make Staff Resist Change

April 3, 2015 7:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Change is continual in most of today’s organizations. Some change may be met with applause, especially when bringing desired benefits. But, often the upshot is significant resistance. Most staff resist when they perceive they are losing something to which they are attached: i.e., relationships, status, physical surroundings, work processes, technology. But the blow is worsened when those initiating the change…


5 Overlooked Ways to Motivate Your Staff

March 9, 2015 7:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Motivation is a complex topic. Because each employee has differing needs and drives, one size doesn’t fit all. Yet, everyone has a handful of basic desires: to make a contribution, to feel part of something meaningful, and to be acknowledged. Sometimes leaders forget to utilize those fundamental principles to create a motivating work environment. Here are some things you can…