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.Read More
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I find it very easy to set expectations for others, and get annoyed when others don't meet my standards. It's common human practice to first blame someone else when things don't go our way. Of course it's so much easier to see shortcomings in others than in myself! Have you ever felt in the same?Read More
"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.Read More
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.Read More
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 askedRead More
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?Read More
Small business owners are especially prone to getting overwhelmed by their to-do lists. With so many important tasks to be done, how are are you choosing to spend your time?
Three steps you can take to increase your effectiveness are to assess, eliminate, and add.Read More
Frequently, the reason your team's or organization's performance isn't where you want it to be can be attributed to how you show up.
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"...Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More