Providing clarity should be at the very top of the priority list for any leader. Why? Clarity brings certainty and reassurance to a team. It removes confusion, roadblocks, and misalignment. It contributes to camaraderie, trust, and understanding. It builds confidence, loyalty, and respect. It provides direction. The importance of establishing clarity to effective leadership cannot be overstated. Great leaders start by clarifying three important things. Purpose First, they provide clarity around the purpose of work. If people don’t know why they do what they do, work will not be as fulfilling as it ought to be. When a team understand the purpose behind all the effort, it serves to motivate and inspire them. Vision Second, they provide clarity around where the organization is going. They share a compelling vision and paint [...]
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I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with many amazing leaders throughout my career and I’ve learned there is one significant challenge that every leader faces. I like to call this universal struggle the ultimate leadership challenge. What is the ultimate leadership challenge? It is the challenge of overcoming self. To move from being self-focused to others focused. To put our own personal interests and desires aside in order to benefit others. Only a few are able to consistently overcome this daily battle. Why is this so hard? We are all human that’s why. We all have our own desires, wants, wishes, egos. We want what we believe will provide comfort and ease, status and [...]
In this final episode of season three I answer some important questions I received from listeners throughout the season and provide more clarification on some of the topics discussed in earlier episodes such as how to more successfully give tough feedback and how to effectively lead the four essential meetings. There is great insight in this podcast on how to develop and strengthen your organization’s culture and be a better leader. This podcast will help, tune in now! Featured Episodes
Does your team understand what winning looks like for your organization? Is it super clear what results must be achieved in order to claim victory? Ensuring team members know what winning looks like is a great way to help establish a strong culture that gets results. Can you imagine a basketball game without a scoreboard? Where the players, coaches, and spectators have no idea who is winning? Or how about an Olympic running event without a defined finish line or even a stopwatch keeping time? Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it. Would anyone have any interest in such an event? Much like a sporting event without a scoreboard, work can feel pretty dull, pointless, and uninspiring without clear goals, clear measurement on progress toward those goals, and results. Almost everyone wants to belong to a winning team, and it’s impossible if no one knows what winning means for [...]
In this episode I talk about traditions in the workplace and how they can really strengthen your organization’s culture. I also share a few traditions from companies that are leveraging traditions to impact their culture. Finally, learn how traditions relate to the four C’s model and how they can help you in establishing some of the critical four C’s to creating a strong organizational culture. It’s tradition time! This is one you won’t want to miss! Featured Episodes
I agree with Simon Sinek that leaders eat last, but I also believe they eat with their team. Let me explain. One of the best ways to establish a great culture within your company is to create what I call charity within your organization. Charity is showing true care and concern for the people you lead. It’s viewing people as people and not as a number or something that is easily replaced and expendable. Probably the best way to establish charity within your organization is by getting to know your team. One of the best ways to [...]
Today I discuss how having a personal mission statement can benefit your life as a leader and how it can give you direction and help guide the decision making in your life when faced with tough choices. I also share how a personal mission statement of a friend helped him make the correct choice when facing a tough decision. This is a podcast that can help any leader or any person within any organization. Don’t miss it! Featured Episodes
At times when I speak to leaders about investing resources, time, and effort into creating a great culture, I often get a common response. It most often comes in a look on their face that says are you serious Tim? What’s in it for me? This is an understandable and perfectly appropriate response. Afterall, leaders are tasked with the important responsibility to protect the organization’s limited assets and their time is valuable. So what is in it for a leader who commits to creating a strong culture? Well, I never thought you’d ask! 1 - Improved Results Many studies have shown that companies with strong cultures produce better results. Though investing in developing a strong [...]
Sharing tough feedback is something every leader must do. In this episode I talk about why giving tough feedback as a leader is so important. I also share the six steps to follow to make sure you are providing tough feedback in a way that strengthens your culture and most helps results in your organization. This podcast is a good one! Featured Episodes
As a CEO of a health care facility, there were only two types of employees I wanted working for my organization. One type was the frontline employee who took great care of my patients, families, and visitors. The other type was those who took great care of the frontline employees. That’s it! Those were the only types of employees I wanted. In my health care facility we believed as leaders we worked for our staff. It was our job to always help our team look good to our customers. If we weren’t doing that, then we weren’t doing our job. We would share this leadership philosophy during [...]