Are your days overflowing with firefighting, reacting to interruptions, and a lot of drama?
… As Charlie Brown would say, “AAUGH!”
When our lives are like this, time passes quickly. Opportunities are lost.
It was 2008 at a Big Ten indoor track event. Heather Dorniden, now Heather Kampf, was the favorite in her 600-meter race.
The race was three laps around an indoor track. As she moved into first place towards the end of the second lap, her heel got clipped by the runner she was overtaking and she fell.
Do you want a real assessment of your performance?
Here is a simple exercise to get a glimpse of your current leadership strengths, weaknesses, and impact of your company culture. It takes less than 5 minutes.
For decades millions of Americans have lamented the Republican and Democratic candidates in our presidential election forced us to choose between the lesser of two bad options. This is a classic Fool’s Choice.
A Fool’s Choice is when we mistakenly think there are only two options, when in reality there are more.
Leaders ask great questions, but are also careful listeners.
This is a skill we need to teach our employees. Our Leadership Essentials Academy has Dave's Charm School (and other team members) training to develop questioning and listening skills. However not all of you are members.
It’s the end of 2018. Did you achieve all of your objectives this year professionally and personally? Did you even have objectives for 2018? If you are honest with yourself, the likely answer is no.
The good news is, you get another chance in 2019.
The bad news is, your unproductive habits are ready to sabotage 2019.
In the book, Flawless Execution, author and former U.S. Air Force pilot James Murphy describes how the Air Force uses a continuous improvement process to reduce errors, casualties, and losses.
Two of his recommendations struck me – how the Air Force prepares for missions, and how they learn from them – the debrief. I think the debrief is a serious weakness in most companies.
Every year the effectiveness of your management team determines your results.
Managers don't just assign tasks and drive them to completion. They develop relationships with their team and counterparts. They comfort, console, instruct, and act as a guide. When your front-line employee encounters a crisis, the first person they turn to is not going to be the CEO, it's going to be their manager. The skills and wisdom of the manager will determine whether the crisis is averted or inflamed, and whether the employee is empowered or deflated.
Tough decisions are job security for leaders. You must have strong problem solving skills and high levels of patience and determination.
If there weren’t tough decisions to make, then anyone could be a leader. Difficult choices amidst twisted data points and emotions are normal, so don’t get upset by having to deal with drama.