Category Archives: leadership

Get the whole group together.

In person, one-on-one meetings are important for personal follow up discussion about the topics in the feedback loop. Larger group meetings are important because they allow everyone to hear the same thing at the same time. Everyone also gets to look around the room and be reminded of who is on the team. In a day where

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One-on-Ones

Leaders should never underestimate the value of a face-to-face interaction. I would normally say that physical presence is essential, but after Covid-19 I have learned that while physical presence is ideal, it’s not essential. Teams need an opportunity to talk about the topics addressed in the weekly feedback loop. While emails and other communication can deliver information,

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Is stingy trust wise?

Many people say they like teamwork but they don’t really like to trust people. Too often trust is withheld until there is a reason to trust and that game of purity tests just results in lost time for the team to actually get to work together. People who withhold trust until “___________ happens” may just be holding

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Crucial Collaboration Content

Teams should grow together in their efforts or they limit their potential and collaboration. Collaboration requires that we work with someone else though it’s not always natural for people to share their ideas with others. When we know each other, it becomes easier to share because we develop trust but when we don’t know something, we tend

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What does money communicate?

One of the lessons that I learned from firsthand experience is that compensation is one of the most powerful ways to communicate value. People who we value should be compensated in a way that accurately communicates how much we value them. When you pay someone the market rate for their services, that can seem fair. If that

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Triggering Insecurity

Since we all have insecure moments, we must also have triggers that cause them. Insecurity is usually wrapped up in a perceived threat to our image. When does our image become the most important to us? If we can identify those moments, we can know when we are most vulnerable to entering into an insecure state. I

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Empathy and Compassion

I have noticed that compassion and empathy are often mistaken as the weakness of the nice guy. The saying goes, “Nice guys finish last” but that’s not necessarily always true. Yes, insecure people-pleasers finish last because they cannot lead those they constantly try to please. They maintain the comfortable status quo of those they aim to please.

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Not That Nice

People-pleasers seem nice but they are not really motivated by pleasing people for the sake of other people’s interests. They please people because they are too insecure to allow someone to dislike them. Insecurity causes all kinds of liabilities for any teammate but the insecure leader is the most dangerous. Leadership should be about serving the team,

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My Deal Breakers

For me, it’s important to draw a line that has little to do with what I can justify choosing not to comply with. My list of compliance should be far longer than the non-compliance list. Personally, I am required by my conscience to follow a directive from any leader that has authority over me if it isn’t

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Leaders Submitting Up

Leaders not only have an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of authority in how they empower those they lead, they also need to seek moments that show they can follow someone else’s lead. Leaders can get used to calling the shots and when those who attempt to hold them accountable try to speak into something, they struggle

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