The most important responsibility a leader has is to provide clarity for their team. That’s right, most important. The reason is because there is nothing that will negatively impact the productivity, engagement, and satisfaction among your team members more than confusion. Confusion at work causes a lot of problems including anxiety, contention, apathy, frustration, and stress. Clarity needs to come from the top. If the top is not providing clarity than you can bet that people throughout the organization are receiving different messages from different people which leads to what? That’s right, confusion. So what should be made clear [...]
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In this episode Tim takes a deeper dive into The Four C’s Model for Strong and Healthy Organizational Cultures by talking about what each C in the model is not. By learning what they are not, it will help you understand what they are and how to more effectively establish a strong culture that will transform results within your organization. This first episode of season three of the podcast is one you can’t miss! Featured Episodes
The number one leading cause of death for leaders is distractions. Distractions have killed more leaders than anything else I know. Now let me clarify for a minute. When I say death, I mean being removed as a leader whether it is losing a job or being asked to step down. Why are distractions the leading killer for leaders? I believe there are two main reasons. One is because they are so enticing. They often appear as fires that need immediate attention. They beckon for our help and often make us feel that if we don’t react quickly, then we will be burned. They also entice us by making us believe we are the only ones who can properly deal with them and thus lure us away from what is most important. Distractions are also enticing [...]
Let’s talk today about why culture matters—why it works at transforming and positively impacting all results within an organization. So why does it work? The answer is simple really. A company with a strong workplace culture taps in to the emotional and intellectual energy of every employee. When a workplace culture is weak or unhealthy, people often do just enough to get by. They never emotionally or intellectually engage. They fail to feel a compelling reason to give their all. They don’t believe they are a part of anything special or significant so they simply do what they have to do to [...]
Are you a leader that is struggling to love your job? Do you feel like you’ve lost a sense of purpose or do you wonder if you are making a difference? Are you frustrated with your team’s performance and results? If so, I get you. I’ve been there before. It’s not uncommon to feel frustrated, lost, discouraged, or even apathetic at times. Leading others can be hard! So what is a leader to do? How can you fall in love with your job again? The number one way I’ve learned to regain love for my job is by helping others love theirs. As strange [...]
If you manage people, your influence on others is huge! Period. Whether you know it or not, or believe it or not, your influence on the people you lead impacts all things in their life. Notice I didn’t say work, I said life! As a leader, you have a tremendous privilege to influence others, for good or for bad. The direct impact you have on the lives of those you supervise is hard to quantify, but in many cases, if you’re not number one, you’re among the top three most influential people in their lives. In so many ways you impact their emotional, mental, and even physical [...]
Today let’s talk trust. One of the best ways to improve trust in the workplace is by doing what you say you are going to do. That’s it! Sure, sounds easy but it can be hard. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar…. Scenario #1 Employee: Can we talk? Leader: Sure, I’ll get back to you within an hour. (gets tied up and forgets to get back) Scenario #2 Employee: I need a new laptop computer can you order me one so that I can get my work done? Leader: Yes, let me order it. (puts it on the to do list but never [...]
I’ve received some really good questions during season two of the podcast. Today on our last episode of season two I will take time to answer some of the really important ones that can help you implement what we’ve discussed during this season and ultimately strengthen your organization’s culture. You won’t want to miss this last episode of season two! Featured Episodes
I recently read a quote that made me smile. It said, “Everything I learned about parenting is leadership and everything I learned about leadership is wrong.” – Bob Chapman It made me smile because in so many ways it’s true! Though I won’t debate the merits between taking a leadership course or a parenting class to become a stronger leader, let me share five things I’ve been taught about being a good parent that is applicable to great leadership. And these ideas you won’t hear often in most leadership courses… #1 Be An Example For better or for worse, children mirror the [...]
What’s the best way to improve your culture? Through small and simple things. Much like the seeds of a great redwood tree that start out small, consistently doing small and simple things over time will add up and grow your organization’s culture until it becomes a powerful force. Simple things done consistently over time have always proven to be the most effective way to have a lasting impact on culture. In this episode learn to never devalue small and simple things! Featured Episodes