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    4 Big Obstacles That Are Standing In The Way Of Your Team’s Greatness 


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    As I coach leaders around the world and in all kinds of industries, I always find it fascinating to gather as much data as I can. One question I often ask my clients is “What are the obstacles you encounter in working to create a great team?” Here are the four barriers that are cited most often:

    Corporate bureaucracy. Having to work around bureaucracy is one of the top issues I hear about from clients. Why does everything have to be so complicated? While many companies are turning to more flexible models, far too many are still being run as old-fashioned bureaucracies. It’s a structure that stifles creativity, innovation and motivation. It foster blind spots and dehumanizes an organization’s culture. Building a strong team in a bureaucracy is an uphill battle. Any time you’re able to advocate for adopting a more modern structure, give it your all. Meanwhile, you’ll have lots of opportunities to practice patience.

    Lack of resources and talent. Many companies can’t properly manage their resources or their people. They don’t know which assets are available or best suited to the task at hand. As a result, resources and talent are spread too thin, causing projects to be understaffed and underequipped. The result? A system of inefficiencies that forces teams to put in longer hours to meet project goals, leading to burnout and frustration. Do what you can within your own team to make sure resources and people are well managed.

    Lack of clear direction. Without clear direction and priorities, people don’t know what they should be doing. They aren’t sure what’s urgent or important, and without a big-picture view they end up jumping from one task and one crisis to another. As the leader of your team, you need clear direction from those above you so you can pass it along. If that isn’t happening, provide as much structure and information to your people as you can. A direction that energizes, orients, and engages them will be the foundation of their best work. Teams can’t be inspired if they don’t know what they’re working toward.

    External market factors. Effective leaders know how to minimize discouragement and promote positive dynamics. But even the best can’t control market factors and other external issues. There will always be outside factors that impact your team’s work, but by working to build effective controls and a strategic approach you can empower them to bring their best in any situation.

    At the bottom line, building a great team requires strategy. With careful planning, you can set the right direction, allocate the right resources and talent, and work as effectively as possible around the corporate and external factors you can’t control. Whatever the situation, your strong leadership can drive your team to deliver impactful success.

    Lead from within: If you want a great team, eliminate the obstacles that get in their way, so they can stand in their greatness.

     


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  • feedwordpress 11:59:23 on 2022/11/02 Permalink
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    What Fetterman, Oz can teach us about the softer skills of debating 


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    I watched the much-anticipated debate between Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz. Both men are running for the Pennsylvania senate, a key race that may define who controls Congress.

    The pundits and journalists were highly focused on Fetterman’s stroke symptoms. The Lt. Governor has been off the campaign trail for months following his May stroke, which required surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator and revealed that he had a serious heart condition. While Fetterman spoke haltingly at times and had to have questions and answers transcribed in real time to help with his auditory processing issues, I think those who have been reviewing the debate missed the boat.

    As a communications coach, I do not think Fetterman’s stroke recovery symptoms defined his performance. Messaging and perhaps poor coaching, did. Right at the start, he was asked what qualifies him to be in the Senate. Instead of touting his credentials as a former mayor who worked to build a once-booming steel town back from collapse or his ongoing fight for criminal justice, setting up GED programs or mentoring successes with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, he answered by attacking his opponent. This was a huge, missed opportunity that should not be overlooked.

    While attacking your opponent and focusing on their shortcomings is part of any debate, setting the tone and communicating your message impactfully as soon as you open your mouth is critical. If you don’t grab your listeners attention by communicating value, much of what you say may be wasted because people will stop listening. Additionally, studies show people tend to remember what they hear first and what they hear last.

    If you search for articles on how to successfully debate, you’ll see most focus on preparation, delivery, body language, keeping calm, anticipating follow up questions, knowing the subject matter and techniques to make an argument. All are important, but I want to talk about overlooked soft skills that can help you become more successful in any arena.

    • Persuade. In a debate or pitch, your goal is to persuade listeners that your product, qualifications, or services are right for them. If the audience understands what you or your product can do for them to make their lives better or easier, they will be more likely to see things from your point of view. Fetterman missed that opportunity when he launched into attacking Oz before telling viewers why he was the best for the job.

    • Stories. Like Dr. Oz did, it’s important to use real life examples that connect your listeners to your topic. Painting the picture by creating visual help listeners feel like they are right there with you. People don’t remember all the facts and figures. They remember stories and examples which touch their hearts and make messages more meaningful and relatable.

    • Three Questions. Whenever you speak you should ask three questions. What does this mean to them? Why should they care? What’s the so what? This will help you speak from your audience’s point of view so it’s about them and not you. For example, if you want your audience to buy plant fertilizer, instead of saying “WE offer fertilizer that will help your flowers grow big and bright,” if you said, “You will grow bigger brighter plants that need less watering,” the message is about them.

    Whether debating or speaking in a variety of arenas, every speaking engagement is an opportunity to communicate your message and create awareness. You don’t have to be a professional speaker to shine. You do have to connect with your audience in the first few seconds if you want them to keep listening.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:26 on 2022/11/01 Permalink
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    10 Effective Ways To Encourage Your Employees To Speak Up 


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    A recent study showed that only 1 percent of employees feel comfortable voicing concerns in their workplace. But knowledgeable team members who feel empowered to speak freely are one of the best sources of feedback you can find. Here are some of the things I tell my executive coaching clients about building an open, honest exchange with their team:

    Start with an outsider. The beginning of this work is one of the rare times it’s better to hire an outside resource. Bringing in a third party to talk with people assures them that their replies will be anonymous, and it frees them to speak freely about management issues.

    Encourage candor. Make sure people know that “We want to know what you think” isn’t just lip service. Let them know that you really do want to know, and that they have a role in creating positive change.

    Listen to understand. When someone is voicing a concern, resist the temptation to respond defensively or jump in with suggestions. Keep quiet and focus on listening carefully. It takes some practice, but the simple act of listening is one of the best ways to encourage people to speak up.

    Mind your body language. Our body language sometimes speaks louder than our words. When you’re listening to feedback, make sure your face, body, and voice all signal openness and understanding.

    Encourage feedback in work groups. People who work closely together are usually relaxed and comfortable with one another. Encourage them to develop feedback in their work group meetings to help them speak their mind with more ease.

    Treat feedback as a gift. Especially if what you hear isn’t what you’d wish for, remember that it’s still an important source of help. Honor it as the valuable gift that it is.

    Keep conversation moving. In meetings where issues are under discussion, don’t let the usual one or two people dominate. Without pressuring anyone, encourage quieter employees to share their thoughts.

    Don’t be afraid of silences. When I facilitate workshops for organizations, long silences are common. Don’t rush in to fill silence with words—even if it’s awkward, give people time to persuade themselves that it’s OK to speak.

    Reward people for speaking honestly. Thank people for participating, and make sure your gratitude shows up officially in performance reviews. As people see that honest discussion is rewarded, they’ll be more likely to jump in.

    Share information. Be sure to share back what you’re hearing. The more people see results from employee feedback, the more likely they will be to speak freely.

    Employees withhold their voice because they think it won’t accomplish anything or fear damage to their own standing. It’s the leader’s job to show people their opinions will be taken seriously without consequences.

    Lead From Within: Speaking up and telling the truth aren’t always easy, but leadership means creating a culture where people can always say what’s on their mind.

     


    #1 N A T I O N A L  B E S T S E L L E R

    The Leadership Gap
    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:20 on 2022/10/25 Permalink
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    5 Powerful Ways Having Positive Attitude Can Be A Game Changer 


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    Business is hard these days. Markets are volatile, morale is low, and the world faces new challenges daily. In times like this, it’s easy to fall into a slump. But as a leader, you set the tone, and it’s important to create positivity.

    When you reshape your mindset to positivity, you find opportunity in challenges and benefits in drawbacks. People with positive attitudes remain hopeful and see the best even in difficult situations. In contrast, those with negative attitudes are often pessimistic and disagreeable, and they typically expect the worst in tough situations.

    A positive attitude may not make you less stressed, but it can give you the skills you need to cope with stress in a healthier way. Here are some of the benefits of positivity:

    Your outlook will be richer and more optimistic. A positive outlook naturally leads to an optimistic view of life. Rather than thinking that the grass is greener on the other side, you’ll notice how green it is where you’re standing. Optimism creates a framework that can help you deal with negative events.

    You’ll deal better with disappointment and failure. You will still have hard days, but it won’t take as long to bounce back. With a positive attitude, you can accept even a bad outcome rather than wasting time in denial. People with negative attitudes dwell on negative events, while those a positive attitude find a way to make it work.

    You’ll be more empathetic and understanding. A positive attitude will help you understand why people act the way they do. Rather than jumping to a harmful conclusion, you see where people are coming from and respond with compassion. Empathy is the difference between being followed and being respected.

    You’ll be less stressed. Leaders with a positive attitude are less likely to become stressed by negative events . They’re more likely to engage in silver-lining thinking, finding something of value even in stressful times.

    You’ll be more grateful. A positive outlook will teach you to be grateful for the good things in your professional and personal life. You will approach every day with an appreciative mindset instead of constantly thinking what you lack, freeing your mind to run your business as it needs to be run.

    A positive attitude is immensely beneficial, but it’s easier said than done. Start today. Think of one thing and find something positive in it. Then watch your attitude change.

    Lead From Within: As we all know, positive thinking will help you do everything better than negativity.


    #1 N A T I O N A L  B E S T S E L L E R

    The Leadership Gap
    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

    The post 5 Powerful Ways Having Positive Attitude Can Be A Game Changer appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 20:36:45 on 2022/10/13 Permalink
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    Soft Skills For Assistants Become Power Skills 


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    I love magic. I remember sitting through my first magic show as a child. Being in awe of the glittering costumes, the lights, and the music – the theatrical presentation. I was mesmerized when a tiger came on stage and drew me into his eyes and his beautiful face. My father cautioned me not to …

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