My questions to my staff at work are backfiring - what do I do?

My questions to my staff at work are backfiring - what do I do?

The old adage “There’s no such thing as a bad question” might feel like a slap in the face. Rather than good or bad questions, we like to think of questions as unhelpful or helpful. Some questions can help everyone get to a good outcome. Others do the opposite. Consider these subtle shifts to help you get the outcomes you are striving for when asking questions of your employees.


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How to get support as you build a purpose-driven business

How to get support as you build a purpose-driven business

While Chris has been an active participant in the Summit for a few years now, Senior Business Advisor, Jana Sanchez , experienced her first Small Giants Summit this year. For those who are wondering if yet ANOTHER conference would really benefit them, here are a few of her observations that might help make your decision easier.

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Our meetings often suck ... the life out of everyone. How can we stay energized and on track during hard team work?

Our meetings often suck ... the life out of everyone. How can we stay energized and on track during hard team work?

We know leaders want the precious time they have with their teams to be productive and full of connection. It’s challenging to keep energy up when the stakes are high. Combat common issues leaders juggle when staring down the challenge of holding effective meetings with these helpful ideas.

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Why unasked for help often isn't ... and what to do about it

Why unasked for help often isn't ... and what to do about it

You know as a leader, people are counting on you to help the organization. And you need everyone working together, giving their best, stretching themselves to be better. Sometimes, offering help feels riskier than its worth. Here’s one way to provide feedback that gets to results and builds your relationships.

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Psst ... looking for an uncommonly powerful leadership practice? Try peer leadership.

Psst ... looking for an uncommonly powerful leadership practice? Try peer leadership.

Most people believe leadership means directing people who work for you, "down" the organization.

Many other courageous and/or desperate souls do their best to lead up, helping their leaders help them.

Both of these styles can be useful and appropriate in the right contexts.

In my experience, the most overlooked and under-practiced form of leadership is peer leadership - influencing, supporting, and helping people at the same level grow and succeed.

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What are You Growing at Your Company?

What are You Growing at Your Company?

As a leader, you’re something of a gardener. It’s your job to nurture people and the culture so there’s a positive environment - a place where people are growing into their best selves, cultivating their talents, and working together for everyone’s benefit. Without tending, your company can become as unwelcoming as that gravel-strewn back lot of weeds.

Consider these five steps to tend your cultural garden as you work and lead.

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