Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018
As 2018 comes to an end, take a look at some of our favorite posts of the year. We hope these will encourage strategic thinking and innovation as you look to 2019. Happy New Year!
Imagine you are sitting in a conference room – a big boardroom table surrounded by leaders. At the head of the table is the executive. It might be the CEO or VP, or another a decision maker in your organization. This person can make or break your career in an instant.
Everyone in the room is playing it safe. However, here’s the thing: this leader has a blind spot. They don’t see it, and nobody is willing to risk their job to point it out.
Do you say something or let it go? Read more >>
Leaders talk about "family" and "family atmosphere" when they describe their teams and work environment. The sentiment behind this "work family" idea makes sense. Well-intending leaders want people to feel supported and committed to each other. They want individuals to put the needs of the team before the individual.
But is it sending the wrong message to call it "a family”? Find the answer >>
When coaching leaders, I often hear stories of maximization — feeling the need to maximize every moment that they have. These leaders are so busy, often eating lunch at their desks if they are lucky, grabbing a coffee to go and sitting through meeting after meeting. I can relate. I have the same challenges. High five? No, no high fives. It’s an issue.
Self-care is a leadership skill, and it is essential. See the benefit of getting coffee to stay >>
The simple truth is that people want feedback, but they don’t want to give it. I observe that most people love receiving their 360 feedback from their teammates. They genuinely appreciate it when you provide specific examples regarding their performance.
But many don't like returning the favor. Don't lose hope. It can be done. But it's going to require you to change your strategy when it comes to getting the feedback you need. Want better feedback? >>
Customers are why we are in business—there would be no reason to come to work without them. Seems obvious, right? Yet, knowing your customer is one of the most strategic acts a person can make and it is something lacking in many organizations. What motivates your customer? What jobs do they have that need to be done? What’s most valuable to them?
How well do you really know your customers? Find out >>
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