Dare I say it? I don’t naturally embrace change. I much prefer what I know, understand and can do. It’s more comfortable and easy, like an old pair of jeans that have been broken in. However, in the constantly changing world we live in, this doesn’t always serve me. Ralph Heath’s Tip this week gives suggestions on what you (and I) can do to create a system around us that embraces new ideas and thus change. What I especially like about this is that I don’t have to create the new ideas, I can provide the fertile space for others to generate ideas.
So often clients come to me because they feel (or have been told they are) deficient in certain areas. What if, instead, you were reminded of your strengths and focused on those areas? In this week’s Tip, Joelle Jay, recommends, maximizing your strengths and managing your weaknesses to truly be your best.
This week’s Tip by Jon Gordon provides tools for reframing the way you look at work situations. What’s the point in complaining about work? It drags down your energy (and the energy of those around you) and doesn’t provide solutions. It would be more productive to use this energy to create solutions. (see #3.)
Jared Brox identifies four leadership traits that can keep your employees from performing at their optimum level. At times in my coaching, I work with individuals who are receiving directives from above and I can assure you that Jared Brox has hit on key points that leave people shaking their heads, burning themselves out, becoming less engaged and eventually leaving the company. If you want to support your people to continue to be enthusiastic, high performing assets to your company, make sure you’re not exhibiting these behaviors.
This week, Resource Development Company provides Jack Zenger’s top 10 Rules for becoming a great leader. I liked this summary because it seems so achievable! Most of the rules are about people skills, interacting with others and treating people well. Great reminder to put your people first.
As a business owner, do you have a positive attitude? Do you believe in your people, your company, and your success? Peter Wilkinson reminds us of the power of positive attitude and what you can do to promote it for your people.
While celebrating my birthday on Sunday, I had a surprise visit from my son, James. He and I were on the phone catching up and sharing our plans for the day. When I asked him where he was, he turned the corner into my bedroom with a big grin on his face and said, “Right here, Mom!” You have to love these kids! As I was thinking about my message to begin this week’s Tip, I looked out the window to see, once again, the snow falling. Taking Loren Ekroth’s words to heart to start with “News and Goods”, I chose to share my birthday surprise rather than lament about the weather. And to remind all of us here in the Northern Hemisphere that there are only six weeks until Spring!
How’s your attitude these days? This question is a great reminder for me and I’m thinking you, too. As we get closer to year end and the pressure is on, are you forcing compliance as a leader in your organization or are you leading with optimism, hope, and enthusiasm? This week’s Tip by Kevin Eikenberry reminds us of the power of sharing enthusiasm and positive messages.
Many times when we think of leadership, the image that comes to mind is of someone who leads a company. This week’s Tip by Joelle Jay, reminds us that you can be a leader in any part of your life! You can be a leader wherever you choose.
I have worked with clients who are in leadership roles and are concerned about their leadership presence. They don’t “look” like other leaders and they say they don’t “feel” like a leader. I agree with the eighth belief that Grout and Fisher identify in this week’s Tip that “being different helps to set a leader apart and makes them easily identifiable”. As a leader, you don’t want to be a copy of someone else. You want your strengths, your personality, YOU, to shine through!