Need Some Focus? Clear the Clutter.

You set your goals months ago, identifying your top priorities for the year. You've accomplished some things, but not everything. You're a little overwhelmed. Start putting your energy toward the important things today: Get clarity. Be clear on your goals. Are they still relevant? Do they align with your company culture and your long-term strategy? Are they actionable? If not, now is the time to work with your team to make tweaks. Clear the clutter. Literally and figuratively. Look around at anything or anyone who is holding you back: Organize yourself first. If your area is cluttered, ask a co-worker to help you. It’s easier to have someone help you throw stuff out or look at your desktop o

Treat Employees Like Your Customers

And in turn, they’ll provide the type of service that will keep your customers happy. This may sound like a radical concept, but it’s not. This article from Fast Company outlines the logic where entrepreneur Richard Branson says, “Your employees are your company’s real competitive advantage. They’re the ones making the magic happen - so long as their needs are met.” Take on one of the subjects below each week to answer these questions to make sure you’re creating an environment that puts your employees first. Check-in on your culture. Culture is defined as “how we do things around here in order to fulfill our mission.” Is it relevant to today’s workforce? (I don’t mean go out and buy a foosb

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Practice makes permanent. Practicing leadership skills helps develop a comfort level and confidence that engages teams. During our classroom and on-line training, we build in practice sessions because we know that great leaders get better over time. Author, Ryan Carson says, “If you’re willing to do a little bit of work and look a little bit dumb, there is nothing you can’t achieve.” We are all afraid of looking dumb, making a mistake and not being perfect. Get over that! If you want to be a great leader, it won’t happen in a day or even a week or a month. You need to practice, make mistakes and be your authentic self. Here are some strategies you can practice this week: When having a discus

Don't Delegate - It's Easier To Do It Yourself

It sometimes is easier to just "do it yourself”, but you will never be able to do it all and grow in your career, so practice delegating. As an emerging leader, you are most likely doing your regular job plus motivating, providing feedback, fixing issues, handling customer problems, training, and being empathetic, plus, plus, plus. By taking the time to delegate responsibilities, your teammates will grow and become more successful, and you will actually save time in the long run. The greatest contribution of a leader is to make other leaders. Simon Sinek Here are some practical strategies to work on this week. This takes practice, so be patient with yourself and with those to whom you are d

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