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  • feedwordpress 23:41:50 on 2021/01/06 Permalink
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    Quick Tip #101: How to Get Rid of those Fillers 


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    Nothing damages a speaker’s credibility and distracts listeners more than those ums, uh, ah, you know, and other fillers so many speakers lean on. Learn how to get rid of them so audiences pay attention to your message.

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  • feedwordpress 18:29:30 on 2020/12/01 Permalink
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    Quick Tip #100: Moving with Purpose 


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    Hard to believe but this month’s quick tip video, Moving With Purpose, is #100 from me. In monthly videos to come, I outline game-changing secrets of great speakers in a series of interviews with Dr. Jennifer Caudle.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:32 on 2020/11/10 Permalink
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    Are You Aware of the New Leadership Style That is Emerging 


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    A new leadership style has begun to emerge, one that reflects the uncertainty and chaos of our pandemic era. This new brand of leadership brings together two elements that seem oppositional: first, handling immediate threats in a rapidly changing and unpredictable time, and second, engaging in strategic planning at a time when everything we knew has changed and the stakes are incredibly high.

    In the past, leaders often had the luxury of focusing on one or the other at any given moment, but leaders today need to balance these elements daily and even hourly, managing their way through the present day as they plan for long-term outcomes.

    Here are some of the elements that make up this new style of leadership:

    Leading from known to known. In many respects, you need the ability to take what you know and apply it over and over again to what you’re doing now. Where something is working, keep it up as long as possible with only minor adjustments as needed.

    Leading from known to unknown. In other areas, you need to be able to combine strategic thinking with trust in your own knowledge, experience and instincts. This approach starts with identifying the forces that will shape your organization’s future. Then you begin exploring the unknown by considering all the ways those forces interact and projecting a range of possible future conditions. Finally, you adjust your view of the present on the basis of those projections, their likelihood and consequences, then use those models as the foundation of strategies to prepare your organization for the widest range of possibilities.

    Leading from unknown to unknown. Our uncertainty about the future is compounded by our inability to compare the present to anything we have ever experienced before. Without any parallels to the past, it’s even harder to envision where we’re headed. Imagining multiple futures in creative ways isn’t just a mental game: it heightens your ability to read subtle signs and sense what may be coming so you can lead your organization in adapting to those changes—and even shaping them—in the years ahead. To lead with this foresight doesn’t help you know what to think about the future; it helps you know how to think about the future.

    Leaders today need to understand and meet emerging demands in the highest levels of crisis and chaos most of us have ever experienced. At the same time, they must be keenly aware that the future—like our idea of “normal”—has changed direction and isn’t going back to what it was. Whatever shape it takes, that future will need to be driven by new ideas and innovation, and the leaders who will be most successful are those who can combine steady management with a willingness to embrace disruption.

    Lead from within: The world needs leaders who can embrace all the knowns and unknowns of today while charting a course toward a new vision of tomorrow.

     


    #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 09:00:54 on 2020/11/05 Permalink
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    How to Adapt Your Leadership To The New Reality 


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    The pandemic has shaken the nature of work and leadership to its core. And while many people are still anxiously awaiting a return to normal, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the “normal” we crave won’t be the same as what we had before.

    As we all come to terms with the fact that this crisis is changing the world in ways we never could have imagined, it’s more important than ever for leaders to be mindful of the need to adapt—not only to what’s happening in the moment but to a changing future. Here are some of the ways leaders should be adapting to the new reality:

    Leaders must adapt to create stability. People in uncertain times need stability so they can foster resiliency, and that stability is achieved when you create a purpose-driven culture that prepares them to meet every new challenge with confidence and a unifying sense of a shared mission.

    Leaders must adapt to create community. In the past, those who led remote teams focused on the challenges of communication and logistics. Now, with so many teams made up of people working from different locations, it’s important that you also create a sense of community. As dispersed teams move from being a stopgap measure to a new reality for many organizations, you need to seek out new ways to give direction, provide autonomy, and focus on outcomes while also building a strong, close-knit team.

    Leaders must adapt to cultivate transparency and communication. More than ever, leaders need to establish platforms and forums where information is available and accessible. You want people to find information they need and for information to be exchanged through channels that are clear and convenient. Transparency and communication are especially critical in times of change.

    Leaders must adapt to show flexibility. The relentless pace of change means people need to see leaders who model agility. To be successful, you need to prepare now to function in a business environment that requires high-level dynamic planning and thinking every day.

    Leaders must adapt to focus on reliability. Especially in times of uncertainty, people need leaders they can count on. Make especially sure that your word is iron-clad. If you aren’t sure or you don’t know, say so—and if you learn later that you were wrong about something, own it.

    Leaders must adapt to preserve the mental health of their people. To ensure and sustain the physical and mental health of your employees, you need to understand what they’re going through, and that comes from putting in the time to listen and being empathetic and compassionate. If you don’t listen you won’t know, and leaders need to be in the know about their employees’ well-being.

    At the bottom line, we need leaders who can adapt to meet any challenges for the new reality, and the ones who succeed will be the ones who are mindful and thoughtful.

    Lead from within: The leaders who can filter out the distractions and focus on what truly drives success will emerge stronger than ever—and so will their organizations.

     


    #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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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:40 on 2020/08/20 Permalink
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    How to Lead in an Anxious World 


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    We are living through a crisis with no modern-day precedent. Organizations of every size and type, from businesses and governments to hospitals and schools to faith communities and nonprofit organizations need leaders. We need people who can help others overcome their weakness and fear and come together to do better, more difficult things than any one of them could do on their own.

    But how does a leader bring inspiration and motivation in an anxious world? Here are some thoughts:

    Help people understand their stress. Especially in such a widespread, long-lived and exhausting crisis as the pandemic, it’s common for people to cope by trying to push their stress away. Some are reluctant to address their fatigue or even acknowledge their fears. The best leaders model healthy ways of viewing and dealing with their own stress, and they encourage others to own and address whatever they may be feeling.

    Encourage people to face their fears and take action. In the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously told the nation, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” In other words, we have to meet the crisis head-on, because that is where we will find our strength. You cannot solve a problem until you face it, and you cannot find resolution in turning away. As a leader, you are charged with showing understanding to anxious people and then leading them to act.

    Deliver brutal honesty and bring people together in solidarity. Especially when those around you are anxious, it’s important to be brutally honest. Assess current and future threats frankly and transparently, because only then you can rally people together in solidarity, determination and resilience to weather the crisis collectively.

    Provide a purpose and distinct direction. When anxiety is present and fears are rampant, the best leaders invite people to serve with purpose in a defined direction. They assign clear roles and responsibilities and remind their team that their work matters and has value. When people know where they’re going and have a clear sense of the purpose, meaning and value behind what they’re doing, anxiety fades and focused action takes priority.

    Emphasize the power of agility and reassessment. When you’re hit by a crisis you’ve never experienced before, there’s no playbook or experience to guide your actions. That means you need to be a leader who can move through a changing landscape with flexibility, consistently testing what you’ve learned and reassessing your knowledge and strategy as you go. You will likely experience some blind alleys and reversals and failures, but they all play a role in moving through the crisis. Keep your message consistent with your actions, reminding your team that the crisis you’re experiencing gives you a powerful opportunity to do better and be better together.

    Lead from within: In a crisis the true leader will not waste any challenge. Instead, they will do what it takes to turn it into a memorable and meaningful opportunity.

     

     


    #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:

     

    Photo Credit: iStockPhotos

    The post How to Lead in an Anxious World appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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