As a business leader, it's important to leverage your personal brand to differentiate and build your reputation. And I want you to think about reputation as what descriptors pop into someone’s head when they hear your name? What do you want them to think about you when they hear your name? (things like: diligent, gregarious, steady, creative, honest, reliable) (For more about that see my prior blog The Secret to Creating the Brand Called You.
In this post I will share some further...
So you're trying to get work done, but you keep getting sidetracked. You know you need to focus, but something keeps drawing your attention away from the task at hand. What's going on?
Well, it's possible that you're procrastinating. And before you roll your eyes and say "yeah, yeah, I know all about procrastination," hear me out. I'm not saying that you're lazy or that you don't want to do the work. I'm saying that there's a reason why you're avoiding it, and that reason has to do with your...
If you're an emerging leader or have been one for a while but have never received coaching, it can be hard to know what managerial coaching is and isn't. And that's understandable—coaching can be a pretty nebulous concept. In this post, we'll break down what managerial coaching is and isn't, so you can understand what how to be a manager and coach for your team.
What is coaching? To help the employee with their needs, goals, and potential by helping create and implement plans for...
Gulliver's Travels was a cartoon that featured a character named Glum. Glum was always unhappy and enjoyed complaining. He was always grumpy and seldom had anything positive to say.
"It'll never work."
"Turn back, we'll never make it."
"I told you it'll never work."
Every organization has (at least) one Glum.
You know who I mean -- you may even be thinking of someone right now! -- the person who finds holes in every idea and a reason to keep every project from...
When it comes to setting expectations, you may have had an experience like this:
Your manager assigns you a project. Not just any project, a high-profile one that will give you exposure across the division. Excited and flattered all at once, you dig into the work, complete the tasks involved, and maybe even work late to nail it perfectly. Proud as a peacock, you deliver the goods, convinced that your efforts not only bore fruit, they manifested a proverbial orchard.
And boom – your boss...
A Blank Canvas
There are many sources to find advice about leadership. I know that I enjoy books, blogs, and podcasts that explore all the facets. The simplest definition of leadership is “the ability to inspire others to act.” To be a leader, there is a key aspect that, I believe, is important, but often overlooked. A Harvard Business School article underscores that the true leadership key “lies in the collective ’we,’ not the individual I.’” (1)
Organizations are more than the sum of their parts. Too often, people underestimate the complexity of decision and how work actually gets done – there are more moving parts to a process than are documented. If you want to gain traction to move things along quicker, you need to start thinking about how everybody works together. In particular, you need to know how gets things done in your organization and by whom.
In this blog post, we'll discuss four different types of individuals who...
There’s a reason the show “The Office” continues to be a big hit.
Because the characters on the show reflected people we recognize in everyday work life.
But unlike the show, you can’t simply shut off the antics that happen at your place of work (especially now in COVID..hello, 12-hour zoom days!). You need to learn to navigate the waters of office life if you want to achieve your goals as a manager.
This means you need to up your Emotional Intelligence game.
Setting Expectations Starts With You: The First Thing to Let Go of To Be A Great Manager
Remember life before you were a manager?
How many times did you leave the office thinking, “If they only did things my way, we wouldn’t have half the problems we do”? Or “when I’m in charge, things are going to be different.”
Do you feel the same way now that you are a manager or have a larger scope of responsibility?
I would bet that you don’t. And if you do, you...
The Secret to Creating the Brand Known as "You."
Unless you've been living under a rock, you're familiar with the importance of branding.
Amazon. Google. Starbucks. Peloton.
When you read that list, you know what businesses I'm talking about. You know what each of these companies does, who they attract, and why. They are single words that speak volumes.
We live in an age where brands are ever-present, ubiquitous.
But here's what you may not have considered: You are a brand too.