When "How can I help?" isn't as helpful as you think

When "How can I help?" isn't as helpful as you think

"Why is it when I ask my senior leaders "How can I help?" I rarely get a response I can do anything with? People seem to struggle for an answer when I know they are overloaded and desperately need help. I don't get it. What am I missing?"

During a coaching session, the CEO of a mid-sized manufacturing company recently shared these frustrations with me. This man cares deeply for his team and company. He is concerned about what his people need, and wants to empower then with the right resources to be successful. He wants to help!

Every one of his intentions are good. Yet he's probably asking too much of his people - without realizing it.

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What's the difference between taking care of myself and being selfish and needy?

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Chris Hutchinson

As CEO of Trebuchet Group, Chris Hutchinson thrives working with clients and his team to improve organizational clarity, teamwork, and leadership impact.

After years of building Legos® and tree houses around the world, Chris earned his Mechanical Engineering degree and followed that with an MBA. His experiences in the military and the business world taught him great leadership can be learned, and everyone is in some way a leader.

Clients and peers describe him as an inspirational catalyst for positive change. He is the author of Ripple - A Field Manual for Leadership That Works.

Chris and his wife live, garden, and bike in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have four children. He has an unrequited love affair with brownies.

Will you join us in the struggle of good over evil? Or, at least, in the struggle of greatness over mediocrity?

Will you join us in the struggle of good over evil? Or, at least, in the struggle of greatness over mediocrity?

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Every leader needs a first follower.

Every leader needs a first follower.

Our culture loves leaders.  We about talk about them, we study them, and we want to be like them.

We talk about leadership so much that we even have difficulty defining it.  For example, I have conversations with lots of people who mistake management for leadership.  Management is a form of leadership, but it is driven by the vision of someone else, another leader.  Management tweaks and brings efficiency to another's vision.  To be true leadership, vision has to be at the core......

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Anyone can train themselves to be a Highly Effective Leader.

Anyone can train themselves to be a Highly Effective Leader.

I’ve worked with thousands of leaders over the past twenty-five years. Based on that experience, I firmly believe almost anyone* can become a highly effective leader. Regardless of default leadership abilities – the combination of natural wiring and how someone was parented/taught/led up to now – everyone can get better as a leader. It just takes the right mindset and tools. (* rare exceptions for people with serious mental wellness problems. And no, I’m not talking about your last boss.)

Read more of Chris' guest post over at Great Leadership by Dan

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Which is better, consensus or commitment?

Many teams strive for total team agreement.  We examine whether that is ultimately helpful.

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Chris Hutchinson

As CEO of Trebuchet Group, Chris Hutchinson thrives working with clients and his team to improve organizational clarity, teamwork, and leadership impact.

After years of building Legos® and tree houses around the world, Chris earned his Mechanical Engineering degree and followed that with an MBA. His experiences in the military and the business world taught him great leadership can be learned, and everyone is in some way a leader.

Clients and peers describe him as an inspirational catalyst for positive change. He is the author of Ripple - A Field Manual for Leadership That Works.

Chris and his wife live, garden, and bike in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have four children. He has an unrequited love affair with brownies.