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
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Have you ever felt like you wanted your team members to be more proactive? Most leaders genuinely want to empower their teams. We know it is not effective or scale-able to have one person doing all the thinking for the group.
Yet when we try to encourage our team members to take ownership and solve problems, often we unwittingly sabotage ourselves with Solutions in Disguise.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
Whether you are an individual contributor, a department head, or a CEO answering to a board, you can often find yourself in the position of being asked to do more work than is possible given the time and resources available.
The bad news is I don’t have a magic formula for adding infinitely more work capacity.
The good news is I do have some magic phrases for responding to requests (or demands) for more work in a way that manages your capacity while still being a good team player.Read More
By definition, conflict doesn't feel healthy. However, if it's done right, conflict can be an incredibly powerful tool for your team. Our new Marketing Director and Clarity Promoter, Jana, talks about what it's like to start working with people who practice healthy conflict.Read More
My colleague and I like each other. She likes our organization and the mission. She is doing solid work. Yet in a way, we are conspiring to let each other down by not wanting to let each other down. We are pretending not to know it isn't as good of a fit as both of us need.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
Maybe you remember the typewriter days. It used to be a typing mistake meant ripping out a whole sheet of paper and starting over. Then correction fluid was invented, which progressed to a correction tape right in the typewriter. Today, pressing Control-Z is a quick way to "undo" and eliminate almost any mistake we might make on our computer...
A recent conversation has me wondering if a culture of Control-Z could be diminishing people's contingency thinking...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
Brené Brown describes shame as the painful feeling that we are not worthy of love and belonging. Shame is fed by secrecy and silence, by us buying into the belief that we are alone.
Supervillains harbor a secret internal belief that they are not good enough...Read More
If you're a frequent flyer of this blog and our newsletter, you already know Ripple Leaders are people committed to working on themselves, their colleagues, and their organizations for shared success now and into the future...Read More