When I first started my company, I thought it would be all rainbows and unicorns. I had a lot of fantasies about how much better my lifestyle would be when I didn’t work for “the man,” which is probably why I spent most of my time depressed and anxious when reality finally set in. The financial roller coaster, the feast-or-famine nature of project work, and the loneliness of being a solo-entrepreneur was not what I had in mind.
Our current reality is that we all share the experience of cancer impacting someone we know. We understand the language of cancer: early detection and treatment, advanced stages, prognosis and survival rates. It is a serious and ominous topic for too many of us.
Does this gardening incident sound familiar? “My son ran over my rosebush with the lawn mower. I thought for sure it was dead! But to my amazement, it came back stronger and more vibrant than ever.” It seems like most of us have a gardening incident somewhere in our past. Aside from teaching your son to spare the shrubbery, there is a business lesson in this gardening incident, too. It’s about pruning for growth.
I concluded my prior blog article, How many Meetings Do I Need With Whom?, urging you to do highly focused meetings with the fewest, right people participating. This article will give you some practical guidelines for using meeting time to share information.
Two years ago I wrote a blog article contrasting team players and team leaders. Why? Because there’s a stark difference between the two and it matters greatly who you have on your leadership team.
It is common for individuals in a business not to trust each other. That lack of trust causes teammates to be less open and honest and more guarded in their interaction with each other. As Patrick Lencioni details in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, low trust ultimately leads to poor results, so building a high trust team must be a priority for any business.
One of our free downloadable tools, The Trust Builders, provides 10 ways to help increase trust in your team. Each Trust Builder helps teammates to open up to and have a deeper understanding of each other, ultimately leading to higher trust. However, in the process of getting to know each other better, if teammates become aware of any of these three characteristics in a teammate, trust will be destroyed.
Most of us have probably heard the statement, “Speak now or forever hold your peace” in the context of a marriage ceremony. The directive presumes that wedding participants will have to live with the future consequences of failure to communicate an objection in that brief moment.
As any individual or team looks forward, there are almost always many paths that can be taken and some paths may be significantly better than others. Good strategic planning boils down to picking the better paths - a leadership skill that must be developed.
I was directed to a compelling video that conveys the essence of a “winning” mindset. Click here to view the video.For me, the key statement in the video was: "So just make sure this is something you want."