Stop Setting Your Team Up to Fail: The Multitasking Myth

So, what is the multitasking myth? Attempting to complete multiple tasks at one time reduces the speed of completing each task while raising the chance for mistakes. If you assign your team multiple simultaneous tasks, you may be setting them up for failure. As long as your team is asked to multitask, they will be [...]

By |2021-01-12T14:51:16+00:00January 12th, 2021|Leadership|0 Comments

Be the Change

We all want things to be better; everyone wants positive change in their life and at work, but where does change begin? We often want others to change to meet our expectations, when the change should begin with us. As comedienne Lilly Tomlin said, "Somebody should do something about that. Then I realized I am [...]

By |2020-12-10T16:09:05+00:00December 10th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on Be the Change

Where Does Becoming a Leader Begin?

There’s an old adage that you can’t love another until you love yourself. The same principle is true for leadership. Becoming a leader begins with you. Once Upon a Time… As a young manager, I approached my general manager with the idea of promoting a member of my team. My general manager listened patiently and [...]

By |2020-12-08T12:19:20+00:00December 8th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on Where Does Becoming a Leader Begin?

The Path from Working In to Working On the Business

A friend and I were recently discussing working in vs. working on his business, working in defined as doing the work, and working on defined as growing the business and shaping it's direction. I’ve always thought of it as the difference between an actor and a director. Eventually, leaders that only work in the business [...]

By |2020-12-03T14:31:36+00:00December 3rd, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on The Path from Working In to Working On the Business

How to Take Disciplinary Action Without Creating Animosity

How to take disciplinary action is a lot more than completing a form an having an employee sign it. Sound familiar. Yep, I've done that too. And when sit and sign was my system usually the only thing I accomplished was animosity from the employee. The action didn't lead to improvement. Just the opposite. How [...]

By |2020-11-30T15:03:26+00:00November 30th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on How to Take Disciplinary Action Without Creating Animosity

Leaders Go to Bat for their People—Do you?

Leaders go to bat for their people. They don’t confuse project management with leadership. Projects are managed—people are led. Leaders lead people. It’s that simple. And it’s that complicated. To lead people, one must care about people. To care about people you have to know people. Do you know your people? 3 Ways Leaders Go [...]

By |2020-11-09T13:45:42+00:00November 9th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on Leaders Go to Bat for their People—Do you?

The Top Ten Reasons not to Promote Someone

So, what are the top ten reasons not promote someone? We’ve all seen it. People put in management positions that are ill-suited and poorly equipped for a leadership role. But how does this happen? Upper management surely doesn’t want to promote people, who will fail, do they? Poor management, at any level, adversely affects the [...]

By |2020-10-26T14:00:37+00:00October 26th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on The Top Ten Reasons not to Promote Someone

How to Demolish Silos and why You Should

Driving through the Midwest, you’ll see grain silos standing alone. Each silo is designed for a specific type and amount of grain. Departments within organizations are designed to accomplish specific tasks. Silo thinking is when a department or a team member stands alone, and focus is placed on the department instead of the organization. Often, [...]

By |2020-10-12T14:06:03+00:00October 12th, 2020|Leadership|2 Comments

Six ingredients of a Goal

Six ingredients to a goal is a follow up to my post You Cannot “Do” A Goal – You Can Do Activities. In this post I share a few more ingredients of a goal. If you want goals taken seriously, it starts with the team leader. Because if a leader wants team members to take goals [...]

By |2020-10-05T13:44:42+00:00October 5th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on Six ingredients of a Goal
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