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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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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Which Gets More Maintenance—Your Car or Your Co-workers?

Which Gets More Maintenance—Your Car or Your Co-workers?

It's easier to regularly invest small amounts of time and energy into our most important relationships than it is to wait until major repair work is needed. And dealing with conflict in the workplace when it's an occasional vibration under the hood may prevent full-on relationship engine failure.

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What if the problem is the people, not the organization?

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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.

What is kryptonite and why should I care about it?

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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.

What's your personal kryptonite?

What's your personal kryptonite?

You probably have your own personal kryptonite - at work.

I discovered how kryptonite can affect leaders when my firm was working with the owner of a highly successful remodeling company. Our project involved streamlining and organizing processes, and while confirming the project schedule I couldn’t help but notice the paperwork stacked wall to wall behind the owner’s desk

“I’m curious. What’s with that?” I asked

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Three steps to getting better results with the same team

Three steps to getting better results with the same team

As leaders, we feel a lot of pressure to get the best results possible for everyone connected to our company. As the person ultimately responsible for those results, we often shake things up by getting rid of “non-performers” and bringing new blood into our team. This strategy can work well – until one day it doesn’t. How often have you brought in someone new to discover you just traded one set of challenges for another? 

Sometimes the trust of the team suffers as they wonder who’s next. Sometimes the person who left was doing more than you realized. Sometimes you find out the grass looked greener on the other side of the fence because it was really AstroTurf.

What if instead, we could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the people already here?

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Why superheroes anyway?

Why superheroes anyway?

We're on a thematic journey of superpowers, superheroes, and kryptonite to get a different perspective on the everyday challenges of doing our best and asking the best of others at work.

One reader asked "Why superheroes? Isn't that a bit hokey for a professional firm that works with leaders and teams?" 

Good question. Here's our take on the reasons for "going superhero"...

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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?

We're calling all leaders who want to upgrade and transform the way people work together.

Leaders who work hard every day, fighting for what’s right for their mission and people.

Leaders who persevere through difficulty and change, striving for excellence in the midst of scarcity and challenge.

Leaders like you.

We want to help unlock your potential by discovering and unleashing your own superpowers and those of your team members in the struggle of good over evil. Or, at least at work, in the struggle of greatness over mediocrity.

Superpowers. In you. And your team.

And we haven’t even gotten to the kryptonite yet.

Interested?

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What to do when your People are Spinning their Wheels.

What to do when your People are Spinning their Wheels.

Do you feel frustrated when your people hesitate before moving forward, or worse yet seem to be totally stuck without direction from you? 

Do your team members want more feedback to give them confidence they are headed the right direction?

Carli, a client, used a  Ripple concept to create a framework allowing her to assess her own performance. Read more about her framework and how to create your own.  

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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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