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Talk about Them

March 27th , 2018

How was the last performance review with one of your people? Have you been in a rush, did you talk business only? Take the time to speak about what matters to the person outside of the office. How was your weekend, is your sister feeling better, has your roof been repaired? Too touchy-feely? Not at all, if done tactful and sincere! You will better understand how each individual ticks and get great clues how to motivate and develop your team. The best of all: you demonstrate that you really care about others!

Smile contagiously

March 20th, 2018

How is your day so far, how was yesterday? What are the highlights and lowlights that you still remember? Very often we pay more attention to negative events in our lives and let them take over our emotions. But you can make a conscious effort to change your thoughts. Bring all these precious little moments of joy to the forefront. Let them run your mind and smile contagiously. You may become a positive event for somebody else!

Leave a Footprint

March 13th, 2018

Is the purpose of your role clearly defined? How do you serve it? If your job becomes a patchwork of various tasks and you constantly do little favors here and there, chances are that you will not leave visible footprints behind. You’re basically everything to everybody. Don’t go with the flow, put your foot on the ground! You can take the initiative. If you would be your manager, what are the assignments you would give yourself to work on? Bring forward your proposal and realign your scope of work, most likely your organization and you yourself will win!

Learn from Failures

March 6th, 2018

We all fail from time to time and can learn from it. What did you take away from your biggest failures? How deep did you go in your analysis? What specifically prevented you from performing well? ‘The job wasn’t right for me’ is too easy. Maybe the fast pace of a turnaround or a startup is not your fortune, maybe you were not able to build important relationships, maybe private problems distracted you. Don’t look for excuses, find out about yourself and what you will do differently next time. Failures are opportunities in disguise!

Provide Assistance

February 27th, 2018

You sent your people off to work on some challenging tasks, they left your conversation excited. Do you know where they are now ? What seemed to be so clear might have become very foggy, what seems to be a doable lift, became a heavy load. Not everybody is comfortable to report the trouble he/she has and ask for help. Some may even feel ashamed. Develop your leadership sensors, they will let you know when your people are lost or burn the midnight oil. You got a signal ? Appear and provide ‘road side assistance’, just as much needed to get them back on the track.

Keep Promises

February 20th, 2018

We make a lot of promises – every single day. There are the big ones like “you’ll get the business”, “you’ll be promoted” which we usually keep in mind and follow up on. But what about all the rather small commitments we make ? How often do we say “I’ll call you on Thursday”, “we’ll discuss in our next meeting” or just “I’ll let you know” and then we forget about it. Not a big deal ? Maybe for you, but what if your call on Thursday means a lot to the other person ? Any broken word can damage a relationship and your reputation. Take notes if you need to, but let people count on you !

Act on Feedback

February 13th, 2018

What if you get constructive feedback from others on your behavior and it doesn’t surprise you ? A relief ? Maybe not so much. If you really agree with the comments you got, you seem to have missed to noticeably change your behavior. Start to observe yourself from now on. Get out of your track and become more assertive, more cooperative, more decisive – whatever it is. You know when a situation requires a different approach. Review your performance at the end of the day and keep track of it. It takes time and practice. Others will notice after a while and respond with a compliment.

Support decisions

February 6th, 2018

Have you ever been part of a team that couldn’t come to conclusions and kept arguing their individual perspectives for too long. Highly effective teams don’t waste time. Their members listen to each other and look for solutions which best supports their common goal. They are clear on how they make decision. Most importantly everybody on the team supports those decision, no matter how the discussion was started. This sort of individual commitment makes the success of the team.

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