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  • feedwordpress 09:00:10 on 2018/12/11 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , Mangagement, , Success,   

    My Best Advice for Leaders When Things Are Going Wrong 

    I’ve been coaching top leaders in almost every industry for decades, and I’ve learned that even when it appears that an organization is running well and its leaders are effective, it’s often a very different story behind the scenes.

    Tough times are a fact of life for nearly every organization at some point. And when times get tough, leaders have to get tougher.

    I once heard a CEO yell in frustration, “I’m going to walk away from this whole company.” He was over it almost immediately, but his words in that tense moment genuinely frightened his board and team to the point that they began to question his leadership.

    Maybe more than at any other time, when things go wrong your words and actions as a leader are critically important. Here’s my best advice for those times:

    Face your obligations. Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Sometimes what is needed most will happen when you face your challenge and own your struggles. Success often lies in your ability to face difficult situations.

    Use the struggle to pivot. The uncertainty and uprootedness of moments of crisis have a strange benefit: they make it a great time to change direction. Moving to things that will serve your organization in a different way and pose new challenges—the kind of change that people find frightening under many circumstances—can instead be a welcome source of hope in tough times. Sometimes problems are pushing you directly into the path of opportunities that weren’t visible before.

    Change your thinking. It’s easy to turn your thoughts to a dark and negative place when things go wrong, especially if you don’t have the resources or influence to change a tough situation. But in these cases, the only thing you can control is the way you think and respond. However difficult, struggle makes us strong and comes with important lessons. Instead of giving in to negativity, try to view the situation as a chance for you and your team to learn and grow.

    Make a plan to move forward. As a leader, you cannot get stuck in a problem but need to be the source of plans and solutions. Problems come and go, but ultimately you won’t be remembered for the problems you faced but the solutions you came up with. Leadership at its best is when you don’t like something and you move ahead and use your influence to do something about it.

    Don’t let anything stop you. Whatever the obstacles or challenges, the best time to show determination is when you’re facing your biggest challenges, because the true essence of determination will get you through anything. The difference between impossible and possible lies in a leader’s determination. Some people succeed because they are destined, but most succeed because they are determined.

    Lead from within: When things go wrong, become the kind of leader who can make things turn out the best—and make the best of things along the way.

     


    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 13:10:39 on 2018/12/10 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , Quitting, Success,   

    This is Why People Really Quit Their Jobs 

    You’ve probably heard the expression that people are only as good as the company they keep. Well, the reverse is also true: a company is only as good as the people it keeps.

    As a leadership coach and business consultant I have the privilege of seeing many organizations through a lens that most people don’t, because leaders are busy leading and managers are busy managing and people are busy doing their jobs so the big picture gets hard to see. People may be unhappy and want to leave without even knowing why. If you’re experiencing more turnover than you’d like, think about why people are leaving. Here are some of the top reasons:

    They don’t like their boss. Most bad bosses aren’t bad people; they’re good people with certain weaknesses. They may micromanage, bully employees, avoid conflict, duck decisions, steal credit, shift blame, hoard information, fail to listen, set a poor example, goof off, or fail to invest in developing their team. A boss with a major weak spot can leave their entire team feeling unhappy and unproductive.

    They don’t get to make use of their strengths. It’s a terrible but common disservice to hire someone talented and then ignore their abilities. The best companies create multiple opportunities for people to use and develop their talents. If you fail to do so, you drive away your most gifted and high-performing employees. Stay in touch with all the amazing things people can do and find ways for them to use those abilities.

    There’s no plan for professional development. Workplaces that retain top people give them access to meaningful learning opportunities—they enable people to be energized by their projects, to perform at their best, and to advance their skills and move forward professionally. When you care about your employees’ happiness and success, in their career and in life, they end up with a better job and you end up with an energized team.

    There’s no room for advancement. The best companies and leaders make it a point to have their managers work with people to create career opportunities that mesh with their goals and personal priorities. This deep level of support gives people confidence and motivation, making them not only more effective and productive but happier and more loyal.

    They’re exposed to dysfunction. Dysfunction saps even the best employees—it distracts them from their work, keeps them on edge, and drains their energy. No one can excel under those conditions. The best leaders do away with dysfunction within their own area and shield their people from the dysfunction they can’t control.

    They feel unappreciated. We all have a human need to be appreciated for our efforts, so when you don’t notice your employees’ contributions—if they feel undervalued on an ongoing basis—they’ll soon wonder why they bother to show up at all, let alone excel. And they’ll leave at the first sign of an opportunity where their talents and hard work will be appreciated.

    Lead from within: If something isn’t working for your people, it isn’t working. Make it right or risk losing your best performers.

     


     

    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:

     

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:19 on 2018/12/04 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Success,   

    How Successful Leaders Make it to The Top 

    Not all leaders aspire to the executive level, but lots of them do. And some aim even higher. People want to reach the C-suite for lots of reasons—because it suits their temperament and skills, because they see it as the apex of success, because they believe that’s where they can do the most good… the reasons are too varied to list.

    Whatever your motivation, if you’re among those who aim for the highest positions you need to know that it’s not going to happen on its own. You can take your career pretty far by doing a great job and waiting to be noticed, but the path narrows significantly at the top, and you have to demonstrate strategic planning and bold action if you want to move into the C-suite. As an executive leadership coach, I know, these are the ways you can navigate yourself to the top:

    Create a roadmap. Write yourself a strong strategic plan, just as you would for workplace planning. Set goals and measurable objectives and a timeline.

    Keep learning. Education doesn’t end when you graduate. Be a lifelong student, whether it’s through formal study or learning on your own.

    Network constantly. You can be the most qualified and best educated person for miles around, but if you’re not out there leveraging every resource and relationship, your success will be limited. Learn to make the most of your network.

    Go the extra mile. In everything you do, work harder than most. Put in the hours and the effort. Work harder and longer to stand out from the crowd. Build a reputation as someone who gets things done and done well.

    Mind your mindset. Develop an attitude of fortitude and resilience— resolve that no matter what comes your way, you will find a way make it work. In a world filled with negativity, one of the best ways to stand out is a positive attitude.

    Become a valued resource. Be known as someone useful, someone who adds value to any undertaking. Be generous with your time, help, and support.

    Exceed expectations.  Don’t allow anyone, ever, to define who and what you can accomplish. When others try to hold you back with low expectations and biased thinking,­ show them you are limitless.

    Look the part. If you want to climb the organizational ladder, look the part. As the saying goes, dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

    Make your boss look good. Aligning yourself with your boss’s efforts and goals and do everything you can to help them be successful.

    Sharpen your leadership skills. Practice leadership wherever you are, take classes, read books and online resources, find a mentor. Do whatever it takes to make sure your skills are at their best.

    Be appreciative. Recognize others and appreciate them for who they are. When you make it to the top they’ll all be cheering for you.

    Lead from within: Being promoted to the top isn’t just about luck or power. It takes a plan, networking, experience, and the right skills and attitude.


     

    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 09:00:16 on 2018/12/03 Permalink
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    How to Answer the Dreaded “Got a Minute? 

    How many times a day do you think a leader is asked, “Got a minute?”

    The answer is often—more often than you’d think.

    When you have work to be done and goals to be met and tasks to finish, it’s easy to view a steady stream of people asking “Got a minute?” as intrusive and unwelcome. Any interruption can throw you off task and cause you to lose momentum, and after several of them resentment can set in.

    On the other hand, it’s important for leaders to be available and accessible. So what can you do?

    Is it possible to meet the needs of your team and respect your own time and workload. Yes, here’s how:

    Say yes. This is the first principle and the most important. People come to see you because they need your support, and as a leader you need to be there for your people. People come first.

    Manage your reaction. Part of being a leader is learning to have patience and being available even when you’re yelling “Noooooooooo!” on the inside. Make sure your reaction is an inviting and welcoming one. Manage your emotions and take care of people who need you.

    Establish a system. A good system—one that everyone understands and follows— allows you to attend to people and still have uninterrupted time every day. The best systems give you and other leaders the perfect balance between discipline and freedom. Consider having your top-tier people come in an hour earlier than the rest of the team so you have a built-in time to confer, and empower them to deal with as much as possible on their own. Another option is to set daily open-door hours, with access at other times limited to emergencies.

    Don’t make excuses. Everyone is busy, so don’t let your time crunch be an excuse. Find the time for your people and let them know they matter. Excuses are tools for incompetent leaders.

    Treat time as a precious resource. Remember that the way you use time serves as a model for your entire team. Let them see you organize your time efficiently and in alignment with your priorities. Show them how to make time to be accessible. And remember to respect their time as well, by not asking them to waste it on do-nothing meetings and busywork administrative tasks.

    Show that access is a privilege. When someone needs you, let them know they have your full attention. At the same time, help them understand that there will be times when someone else has that same full attention, and that your ability to focus helps you maintain a standard of excellence that benefits the entire team. When they understand this, they’ll be less likely to take access to your time for granted.

    Lead from within:  “Got a minute?” It may be one of the most dreaded questions a leader can be asked, but you have to be prepared to answer it correctly.

     


     

    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: IstockPhoto

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:02 on 2018/11/27 Permalink
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    These Powerful Traits Can Make You into a Successful Leader 

    Some traits set a great leader apart from the pack. Great leaders are multidimensional, continually improving, growing and learning.

    Here are the most powerful top traits that can make you be the most successful leader you can be:

    Self-management. One of the most important traits of successful leadership is self-management. Be aware of your strengths, but also learn how to manage and leverage your weaknesses.

    Being a visionary. Exceptional leaders have the ability to look into the future and create a vision that will benefit their organization. Being a visionary means understanding that continuous change is occurring all around you, so what worked in the past may not work now.

    Setting goals: A successful leader must be able to set clear goals and be determined and purposeful in achieving them. Set your goals, then back them up with unshakable self-confidence.

    Effective communication. Great leaders are effective communicators, able to clearly and succinctly explain everything from organizational goals to specific tasks. Develop your ability to communicate to people what they need to know in order to excel.

    Exhibiting integrity.
    Great leaders never separate character from success. They know there can be nothing of real value if those who follow them can’t respect their leadership. Integrity is about more than just doing the right thing—it’s about standing for something bigger than yourself and setting an example in the process.

    Demonstrating decisiveness. Every effective leader has to learn to make sound decisions under pressure. As you build your agility in solving problems under rapidly shifting circumstances, you’re learning to act decisively in a complex environment.

    Expressing curiosity. Great leaders share the trait of curiosity. They’re genuinely interested in people, their company and the world around them. They ask questions, read, listen and surround themselves with mentors, coaches and advisors. Build the habit of listening more than you speak, because curiosity is the best way to stay informed.

    Conveying compassion. Great leaders consider the needs of others ahead of their own. They care about people beyond what people can do for them personally. Compassion isn’t a trait you can fake, but it is one you can develop by simply paying attention to the people around you.

    Communicating expertise.
    It’s crucial to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening and to stay on top of relevant facts, figures, and best practices. To be successful requires mastering your field.

    Supplying innovation. Leaders must have the courage to take risks and to encourage creativity in others. Orient your thinking to always look forward with an open mind.

    Exemplifying humility. Humility is crucial to real success—the kind that’s based not in what you get but in who you become as a person. Be humble in your confidence and courageous in your character.

    Establishing endurance.
    Every great leader knows that the most important trait you can have is the ability to persevere when things go wrong. Challenges and difficult times will always come and go, but those who stay the course will endure.

    Lead from within:
    If you want to be a successful leader, begin today to cultivate the traits you need.

     


     

    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 These Powerful Traits Can Make You into a Successful Leader appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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