Good suggestions in this article on the difficult subject of how to run effective meetings. In particular, I want to highlight the role that the leader should play, especially in terms of setting clear expectations of how each decision will be made.
A Meeting Everyone Likes? Ways To Achieve This Impossible Dream
The One Thing You Can Do To Have More Impact Today
Block the first hour of the workday for yourself. No email, no phone calls, no texting. Use it to plan for your priorities or to execute on them. The rest of the day can be spent on meetings, solving urgent problems and yes, do email. However, you will have at least put a good hour’s worth of work on what is truly important for you. This could be a game-changer for you.
Help Your Employees Feel Less Lonely at Work
If you are a people manager, there is a good tip in this article which you could pass on to your employees: establish a developmental network composed of coworkers who could provide advice or emotional support as needed.
Are You a First-Time Manager? Six Tips to Start Off Right
I still remember my first people manager assignment. I was very excited for the promotion and, at the same time, felt challenged by the several new functions associated with the role. Of the six tips offered in this article, I want to comment on the second one, changing your focus, especially in terms of delegation. Throughout the years I have learned that successful delegation is both an art and a science. Comments on your experience with delegation will be appreciated.
How To Keep Your Employees From Mentally Disengaging Over the Holidays
This article is about goal setting, and provides factual support to the potential of visualization of goals. Powerful application to your professional and personal goals.
I Wonder Why We Are So Confident That Tomorrow is Guaranteed
This quote reminded me of an audiobook I listened a few years ago, which repeated the following phrase over and over: “Do it NOW.” If you keep postponing starting the important work in your life, you run the risk of never getting to it. The same blockers that are leading you to wait today will likely be present tomorrow. Get started today with a small action, like reading the first paragraph of the book you’ve had with you for weeks. Do it now.
Are Coworkers More Annoying Than In-Laws? 4 Ways To Deal With Frustration
Four good suggestions to consider in this article. I especially like and endorse #2, Avoid gossip. Gossip does nothing to help in this and any situation. I think it’s better to tackle the situation in a constructive and professional way directly with the coworker and/or your boss. Any personal experiences you want to share?
LinkedIn 301: Intermediate Tips for Boosting Your Career Through LinkedIn
Four good tips to leverage LinkedIn. I particularly endorse and practice the first one: Express your thought leadership. Try their third suggestion: curating and sharing articles which can add value to your followers.
Are You a Multiplier?
Multipliers tend to increase intelligence in the people and organizations in which they interact.
Diminishers, on the other hand, tend to be absorbed in their own intelligence. They underuse the people they work with and tend to leave capability on the table.
These two concepts are well explained by Liz Wiseman in her bestseller Multipliers. Here are a few insights I extracted from her book:
- Multipliers are rated 42 percent higher than Diminishers at delivering world-class results. They display several of the following behaviors:
- They attract, develop, and optimize talent.
- They require people’s best thinking.
- They challenge their people.
- They promote healthy debate on key decisions.
- They instill accountability.
- Accidental Diminishers represent the majority of Diminishers. They are managers who, despite their best intentions, have a diminishing impact on the people they lead. They display one or more of the following characteristics:
- They show creative and innovative thinking, and believe they are stimulating ideas in their people.
- They are dynamic and charismatic, and think they are spreading their energy broadly.
- They are empathic leaders who are quick to rescue their people when struggling.
- They are high achievers, action-oriented, and optimists. They lead by example and expect others to follow.
- They shield their people from problems.
- If you think you may be an Accidental Diminisher, here are a few suggestions:
- Seek feedback from your boss, peers, and direct reports.
- Lead with intention. Understand how your natural tendencies and preferences can be taking you down the wrong path.
- Do less and challenge more. Do less talking, convincing, and rescuing of others who may need to learn the hard lessons on their own.
You have a choice of which type of leader you want to be. As we approach year’s end, use these concepts both to understand your strengths and weaknesses, and to define where you want to focus your improvement efforts next year.
Share Stories That Reinforce the Organization’s Values
Why not use storytelling to reinforce the desired Organizational Values?