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  • feedwordpress 08:00:37 on 2018/11/01 Permalink
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    7 Powerful Reasons Smart People Doubt Themselves 

    Almost everyone struggles with self-doubt at some point or another. And almost everyone thinks they’re the only one who does.

    It’s freeing to know that self-doubt is a near-universal feeling. If anything, it’s the smartest people who doubt themselves the most. Here are some of the ways smart people give self-doubt a chance to take root:

    They focus on the things they don’t know instead of what they do. Everyone needs to stretch out of their comfort zone, but if you spend most of your time working outside your expertise you’re likely to end up doubting yourself.

    They tell themselves that others have more experience. Even if you aren’t the most experienced, if you have a skill or knowledge they lack, you’re the expert. Allowing yourself to believe that what you know is valuable and useful will give you the assurance you need.

    They don’t believe they have the right skills. You have to start somewhere—whether it’s your first job or reinventing your career in a new industry. Virtually no one has all the skills required for being a great leader right from the start. Learning the skills you need in your current situation gives you power—and makes you a smart leader.

    They care too much about what other people think. It’s easy to get stuck on what people tell you about yourself. If you focus too much on what other people think, you’ll never learn to think for yourself—and about yourself—on your own. Stop worrying what other people think and concentrate on doing your best.

    They fear they’re not good enough. Especially when you’re faced with something new, you may experience a fear that you’re not good enough for the task at hand. This inner voice is your mind trying to protect you, but you don’t need protection. You just need to know you are good as you need to be, and then take a chance.

    They allow a past mistake to loom over the present. Mistakes—especially those with lasting consequences—often leave people seriously doubting their abilities. Allow those mistakes to become learning lessons for the present and the future without dwelling on them. Sometimes things have to fall apart before they can be put back together.

    They’re busy competing with everyone else. It’s always tempting to compare yourself with colleagues, but it’s much more productive—and healthier—to take stock of who you are and what you’re good at. Remember that you have strengths other people don’t possess and that the only person you can truly compete with is yourself.

    As a coach, I define confidence as believing you are able and competence as knowing you are able. When you know you’re able, you can take action regardless of self-doubt. You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you.

    Lead from within: Even the smartest people need to remember that when they doubt their power, their doubt can be powerful.

     


     

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    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 08:00:01 on 2018/10/30 Permalink
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    How to Recover After a Deadly Leadership Mistake 

    Anyone who has been in a leadership position for more than a day has made a mistake. Mistakes come with being human. Fortunately, they rarely do lasting damage, and ven the worst mistakes don’t have to tarnish your reputation as a leader. Here are some powerful suggestions for things you can do to recover after a serious mistake:

    Acknowledge the mistake. Own it. Don’t pretend it didn’t happen, don’t make excuses, don’t try to place the blame on anyone else. The important thing is to acknowledge it quickly before people make judgments about your competence or expertise. You need to get on top of it, get ahead of it, and deal with it. The sooner you acknowledge you’ve made a mistake and you accept the consequences, the more respect and support you will retain.

    Communicate immediately. When a mistake happens, you have to let those who are affected know immediately. Don’t let too much time pass—the longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes. Don’t go into tedious detail, but let them know what happened, how it happened, and as much as you know about how you plan to make it right and keep it from happening again. By giving people advance notice, you can often manage the situation and avoid further damage.

    Stop the bleeding. Whatever the circumstances, one of your top priorities should be to do everything you can to prevent further damage. If relationships are in danger, apologize quickly. If there are financial issues involved, recover as much as you can as quickly as you can. Look at every affected area and move to protect anything that the damage hasn’t reached.

    Next steps. Part of recovering from a deadly mistake is not letting your mistakes define you or make you afraid of taking chances again. Focus on solutions and don’t allow things to fester or leave it for someone else to clean up your mess. Show those around you that they can count on your leadership even in the worst times. Do everything you can to steer the recovery toward the best possible outcome, then put it behind you and focus on the future.

    Demonstrate that you’ve learned from the experience. Making a mistake is never a good thing, but very few things in life are 100 percent negative. Every mistake—even the worst—has something to teach us, and you can show up differently next time by showing that you’ve grown. If you’re going to pay the price for the mistake, you might as well benefit from the learning that comes with it. Mistakes play a critical role in leadership development because they teach you how to deal with situations that don’t go your way and they show you can change.

    Lead from within: The most useful thing you can do is translate a deadly mistake into a valuable moment of leadership development.


     

    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

     


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:18 on 2018/10/29 Permalink
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    6 Powerful Habits of The Most Productive Teams 

    Every team has its own habits, but some habits—like some teams—are more effective than others. Building and reinforcing good habits can be the key to a cohesive and productive team. Make sure your team is supported with habits that will take them from vision to goals to achievement. Here are some of the best:

    Keep the safety net strong. Productive teams are not scared of failing or messing up. They’re not afraid to take risks and be vulnerable with each other, because they have the security of knowing no one will fault them if things go sideways. The essence of a great productive team is the combination of accepting risk while insisting on excellence. Every team member wants to know: Can I take risks without feeling insecure or embarrassed?

    Create structure and clarity. The best teams assign each member a clear role with clear plans, guidelines and goals. They make sure that they’ve fit the best qualified person in each key role on the basis of background and personality, and they make sure everyone has the training they need to meet high expectations. The result is an impressive structure and clarity that make effectiveness almost a given.
    Every team member wants to know: Are goals, roles, and execution plans clear? Do I know what’s expected of me, is it a good fit, and do I have the training I need to do it well?

    Work at an optimal pace. It’s not about speed but finding the right pace. If your team moves too quickly, burnout will soon begin to set in; too slowly, and things become stagnant. Productive teams know they have to find the right balance as they continue to grow and achieve. The environment in which teams operate is more important than ever. Every team member wants to know: Do I have to work around the clock to look productive, or can I pace myself to bring out my best work?

    Foster accountability and responsibility. Teams fail when no one holds the members accountable for success. Very few people can continue to function well without a structure in place to ensure consistent progress. The best teams reach their full potential when they are able to be accountable for their work and responsible for their results. Every team member wants to know: Can we count on each other to do high-quality work on time?

    Keep the big picture in view. It’s great to get a talented group of people together to do something well, but that work gains true significance when they know it has impact, that it will make a difference and create change. That awareness is the difference between a good team and a great team. Every team member wants to know: Do we fundamentally believe that the work we’re doing matters?

    Lead from within: For teams to become more productive, they need to master productive habits.

     


     

    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 08:00:58 on 2018/10/25 Permalink
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    How to Deal with an Unprofessional Leader 

    Every workplace has at least one expectation in common: that employees at every level treat one another with respect and behave in a manner that reflects positively on the company. Leaders in particular are expected to set a good example, so it can be especially distressing when a leader behaves unprofessionally, engaging in harassment, bigotry or discrimination. Whether it’s a peer or your boss, there are things you can do to protect yourself from a leader who is unprofessional.

    A great deal depends on the setting in which you’re working. If you’re in a large enough organization, HR may have policies on dealing with harassment and other forms of misbehavior, and you should talk with them as a first step. In a smaller company, things may be more open-ended. The best response also depends on the specific behavior in light of professional standards—and even, in some cases, the law. But here are some general principles you can follow if you find yourself confronted with bad behavior on the part of a leader.

    See something, say something.  First and foremost, resolve to take action. As the saying goes, if you see something, say something. Don’t allow yourself to maintain denial or assume that the problem will go away in time—if anything, it’s likely to escalate.

    Have a teachable moment. If you’re comfortable doing so and it’s appropriate to the situation, explain to the person that what they’re saying or doing is offensive and inappropriate, and why. Occasionally people honestly aren’t aware. And in any event it’s an opportunity to communicate expectations clearly.

    Draw the line. Respectfully but firmly, let the person know unconditionally what you will and will not tolerate. Be crystal clear in your communication.

    Document everything. Document all unprofessional behavior, including the date and time and any witnesses. Also take notes of every meeting and conversation. They’ll give you added credibility if needed.

    Ask around. Quietly talk with other people in your workplace to find out whether any of them have experienced something similar. There’s strength in numbers.

    Enlist support. These situations can lead to long, drawn-out conflicts, so have plenty of emotional support lined up from friends and family.

    Lead from within: An unprofessional leader damages relationships, businesses and reputations, and tarnishes the trust of those they lead.

     


     

    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

     


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:27 on 2018/10/23 Permalink
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    The Most Successful Leaders Do These 10 Things Every Day  

    Leadership is an action, not a position. It’s what a leader does today that will make a great difference in their future.

    Whether you’re coaching a basketball team, managing a start-up or moving up the ranks of a Fortune 500 company, successful habits are the key to great leadership.

    Here are the 10 habits that I encourage all my clients to practice every day until they become daily discipline.

    Promoting your vision. Keep a clear vision of where your organization is going in front of your people on a daily basis. When you do, they’re not only more motivated but also more effective since their work stays connected to your shared strategic goals.

    Managing priorities. The better you can prioritize the things you have to do, the better you can focus your efforts on the things that matter most. Without clear priorities, you’ll end up spending significant time and energy on unimportant tasks.

    Delegating tasks. Leaders by nature want to do things for themselves, but learning to delegate when necessary is important. It controls your workload, develops your employees, and enables your team to achieve its goals quicker, produce better results and accomplish more than you ever could on your own.

    Motivating change. If your team is working on the premise If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, you have an organization that is stagnant and stuck. A key role of strong leadership involves constantly and consistently motivating change—for individuals, for teams, and for the entire organization.

    Generating urgency. When you instill a sense of urgency within yourself, you motivate yourself to deliver on results. Without it, you may find yourself procrastinating, doing halfhearted work and struggling to get tasks and projects done on time. Urgency is your best weapon against daily distractions.

    Communicating clearly. Good communication is a foundational element for successful leadership. Your followers look to you for vision and direction; if they can’t understand what you’re trying to communicate, they won’t know what to do and performance will suffer.

    Listening actively. Good listening is among the best skills you can cultivate. It means intentionally focusing and listening to understand, then following up with open-ended questions that start with what, how, or why. It means moving beyond your own point of view and checking your own understanding for accuracy.

    Managing risk. Successful leaders are always scanning the horizon for risks as well as opportunities—or for the two in combination, as they often are. Learn the art of constantly weighing costs and benefits, probabilities and prospective outcomes.

    Acting decisively. Good leadership means controlling any impulse toward impatience and reactivity on the one hand, and overthinking and delay on the other. They work to ensure that their understanding of the problem is complete, then take strong action and never look back.

    Empowering others. Part of your job as a leader is to help your people develop into a team of top players. People grow when they own their decisions, hold themselves accountable for outcomes, and directly experience the consequences of their actions. Successful leaders see and bring out greatness in others.

    Lead from within: When you can do these things on a daily basis, you will be not only an effective leader but likely a successful one too.


     

    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: iStock Photo

    The post The Most Successful Leaders Do These 10 Things Every Day  appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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