Thoughts On Leadership

How To Keep Your Blind Spots in Check

Blind­ed By Your Blind Spots?

I recent­ly got some feed­back from my team that I should increase my LinkedIn pres­ence. Def­i­nite­ly a blind spot that I was not addressing.

When you’re sur­round­ed by peo­ple who want to bring out the best in you, it implies that you also need to be open to hav­ing blind spots called out – even on social media. If you’re com­mit­ted to growth, you have to look for oppor­tu­ni­ties to get tough news and be will­ing to act on what’s being offered.

So, here’s my first LinkedIn post on blind spots: How To Keep Your Blind Spots In Check

Executive Coaching Is Not One Size Fits All

Pick the Right Coach for the Win

In today’s work­place, one size fits all is rarely use­ful when it comes to lead­er­ship devel­op­ment. Our work­force is a mix of mil­len­ni­als and vet­er­ans who both could ben­e­fit from exec­u­tive coach­ing. So, what is more ben­e­fi­cial: Invest­ing in your mil­len­ni­al who shows ear­ly signs of being a strong leader in the future or empow­er­ing your sea­soned vet­er­an who seems ready for a lead­er­ship oppor­tu­ni­ty? Both can be a worth­while invest­ment with the right exec­u­tive coach. A well-trained coach is one who under­stands that mil­len­ni­als want to accel­er­ate quick­ly and need direct feed­back to move for­ward, and vet­er­ans are eager to be intro­spec­tive in order to grow. 

Read HBR’s Younger and Old­er Exec­u­tives Need Dif­fer­ent Things From Coach­ing to make sure you know what to look for in a coach.

Employee Engagement Starts with a Little Love

What Moti­vates You: Pay­check or Passion?

Do you love your job? If your answer is yes, then chances are you are also a top per­former. Work­place research shows that moti­va­tion comes from the heart, not from the mind. Lead­ers who under­stand this intrin­sic moti­va­tion are like­ly to lead teams who are engaged, loy­al and successful.

Find out what dri­ves your employ­ees to excel:

Why Engage­ment Hap­pens in Employ­ees’ Hearts, Not Their Minds

Feed Your Team Some Feedback

Feed­back: The Most Impor­tant Meal of the Day

For­get Wheaties! Pour your team a hearty bowl of feed­back for break­fast and help them reap the ben­e­fits that come with an open line of thought­ful, action­able, trans­for­ma­tive communication.
Joel Peter­son, CEO of Jet Blue Air­ways, tells us the Top 10 Tips on how to serve up feed­back for success:

Feed­back Is the Break­fast of Champions

Engaging Leadership

If You Lead (Well), They Will Follow

What makes a good leader?  Tough Guy or Nice Guy?  A boss who push­es employ­ees to a high­er stan­dard of excel­lence?  Or a boss who empha­sizes trust and empow­er­ment?  The boss who gets the great­est com­mit­ment from employ­ees has a com­bi­na­tion of these two styles.  Keep your eye on the goal, but keep con­nect­ed to your peo­ple. Then lead, and they will follow.

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employ­ees Most

Retool Your Rhetoric

Ethos + Pathos + Logos = Effec­tive Communication

In busi­ness, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the key to suc­cess.  Just ask, Aris­to­tle.  Scott Edinger, founder of Edinger Con­sult­ing Group, reflect­ed on what it takes to be an effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tor and found that Aris­to­tle had it fig­ured out cen­turies ago.  Focus­ing on ethos (cred­i­bil­i­ty), pathos (emo­tion­al con­nec­tion) and logos (appeal­ing to rea­son), in prop­er bal­ance, will result in improved com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and, ulti­mate­ly, bet­ter busi­ness relationships.

Three Ele­ments of Great Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Accord­ing to Aristotle