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  • feedwordpress 09:00:04 on 2022/11/29 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , Morning Rituals, , , Success,   

    7 Easy Morning Rituals To Jump Start Your Day 


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    Among other traits, it takes strength and stamina to be a great leader. Some days can be difficult, and sometimes you have to work hard to find motivation. To make sure you’re up for whatever the day brings, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to make your morning a strong start. Set yourself up for a productive day by adopting some (or all!) of these simple, but effective morning habits:

    Get up early. Research shows that early risers are more successful and productive, plan more effectively, and better anticipate challenges and problems. Waking up early gives you more time to plan and get ready for the day without rushing.

    Eat something healthy. The old adage is true: you are what you eat. Starting the morning with something that’s tasty and good for you will power you up for whatever lies ahead. To be your best, eat your best.

    Work in a workout. There’s lots of evidence that morning is the best time to work out. A morning workout forces you to wake up early, and it gives you a natural mood booster and increased energy all day.

    Boost your intrinsic motivation. It’s hard to get excited about getting out of bed in the mornings when you are not totally sold on what you’re getting up for. And even if you love everything about your job, the daily grind can make it hard to keep going. That’s why you need to work on your inner motivation—which powers you from within—to keep yourself going. Extrinsic motivation like money, recognition, or praise, can only take you so far. But when you tap into your personal source of motivation, there can be no stopping you.

    Do something that inspires you. Whether it’s reading a chapter from a favorite book, spending a bit of time on a creative project, a run, or having breakfast with family or friends, do something that nurtures and inspires you. Then watch how it sets you up for the day.

    Spend some time with your journal. When you start your day journaling, you can clear your mind, focus your thinking for the day, and empower change in yourself. You’re more in tune with the patterns of your day and life.

    Meditate or pray. Even a few quiet moments of meditation or prayer can give you a boost as you take on the day. Performed regularly, it can reduce stress and negative self-talk, and it keeps you aligned with your values. A moment of calm in the morning resonates all day.

    When it comes to kick-starting your day, make sure you have morning rituals that give your mind and body what they need to be refreshed and newly motivated.

    Lead From Within: A good morning ritual gives you a clean slate every day, and you have a chance each day to build it up to be what you want.

     


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    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 09:00:07 on 2022/11/15 Permalink
    Tags: Better Results, , , Effective Meetings, , , , , , Success,   

    How To Lead More Effective Meetings and Get Better Results 


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    Many of my executive clients complain that they spend all day in meetings, often with little to nothing to show for it. We’ve all been there, suffering from unproductive meetings that waste our time and energy. You may not be able to control other people’s meetings, but you can make sure that the ones you lead are worth attending.

    This five-step plan will help you make your meetings more effective and more likely to yield better results. The next time you schedule a meeting, start by considering the Five P’s:

    Purpose. Every meeting needs a purposeful agenda. Let people know what the meeting is about ahead of time and specify if they need to do anything ahead of time to prepare.

    Preparation. Most of what makes a meeting successful is the advance preparation. Consider your purpose, specific action items, and points that need to be communicated or discussed. Ask yourself if a meeting is the best way to achieve the goals you’ve defined.

    People. Make sure you have the right people in the room. Be thoughtful about who you invite. If you’re sharing information, include everyone who needs that information. If a decision needs to be made, include those providing input and everyone whose approval is required. But don’t over invite: once you’ve got everyone who truly needs to be there, stop. Let the meeting’s purpose dictate who needs to be there.

    Process. As part of your planning, think about the specifics of how things will get done. What will be the order of information? What process will you follow? How will you clarify and capture the actions and decisions made during the meeting? Following up after the meeting is important too. Define accountabilities and next steps, and make sure everyone has an open task list and that the owners are clearly identified. Solidify agreed-upon timelines for resolving open issues. Once it’s all clearly defined, document everything in a follow-up email to the team. (Don’t forget to thank them for their time and effort.)

    Progress. If you want your meetings to be effective, think in terms of progress. Progress is about results, and people should be accountable for honoring their share of the commitments that make up that progress. As things move from planning to reality, take time to celebrate accomplishments and achievements as part of the agenda. It’s also a good idea to check in and ask what’s working, what isn’t working, and why.

    For all that people complain about meetings, they’re still one of the best ways to share information, gain consensus, assign accountability, and get things done. If you lead them poorly, they’re a big waste of time. But if you lead them well, your team will be on track to get the results they want.

    Lead From Within: The most effective meetings are the ones where people get to show their competence and capabilities, so don’t let them go to waste. Lead effective meetings by following the Five P’s and see the difference.

     


    #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:

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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.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:20 on 2022/10/25 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , Positive attitude, , Success,   

    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 08:00:49 on 2022/10/11 Permalink
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    12 Powerful Ways Leaders Can Help Their Team Be More Successful 


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    Great leaders know they have the power to influence their team’s success. They understand that truly great leadership is about building people up, trusting and empowering them to give their best for a shared goal. Here are 12 of the most powerful ways leaders can create dynamic teams:

    Create direction. Providing direction is literally the charge of a leader, so know where your team is headed. Once you have a direction you can create a strategy and execute on the plan.

    Ensure that they have adequate resources and training. Don’t just enable your team members to do their current job. Help them to identify room for advancement and develop their skills. Make sure they have the resources they need to excel and reach the next level.

    Provide challenges and opportunities. Get to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team members, and use that knowledge to bring out the best in them.

    Establish priorities. If you want your team to focus on what’s most important, let them know what that is. When you leave things open ended, people are uncertain and workflows get muddled.

    Show your confidence and conviction. When you show confidence in your team’s skills and conviction, you send a message that they’re not just capable  and qualified but also powerful.

    Build on your team’s strengths. Great leaders are able to quickly recognize the skills and expertise of their team members. When you seek out people’s talents, you acknowledge their value—and few things are more motivating.

    Collaborate effectively. It is important that a team’s leader is a great collaborator, someone who can forge great relationships. Working together with your team increases trust and transparency, which is at the core of effective teams.

    Empower and inspire your team. Give your employees the authority to voice their opinions and take ownership of opportunities. People do more when you trust them to do more.

    Communicate, communicate, communicate. Communication is key to a successful and dynamic team. Keep everyone in the loop to make sure everyone has the knowledge they need to stay focused. Craft your messages to inform and inspire.

    Hold a positive attitude. A leader’s optimism lights up the workplace. Set an example of positivity, and remember that fun and hard work aren’t mutually exclusive!

    Acknowledge and reward. Noticing and appreciating everyday effort as well as extraordinary success has a huge impact. Thank your team at every opportunity, private and public, and reward them in tangible ways whenever you can.

    Build mutual respect. You demonstrate respect for your team when you engage with them and work alongside them. And when you show respect, it’s contagious. Leaders who respect their team encourage members to respect one another.

    Lead From Within: Great leadership builds great teams. When you invest in people and show confidence in them, they’ll show you great work.


    #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 12 Powerful Ways Leaders Can Help Their Team Be More Successful appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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