Amazing Mondays

Nine Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Your Team

2019-07-15T13:32:58+00:00

A great strategy to improve the results within your organization is to take great care of your team. Many studies have proven that leaders who are able to establish a culture where employees feel valued, recognized, and cared about perform better than those who don’t. But how do you do it? How can a leader take better care of their people when they are so busy and have so much already on their plates? Below is a list of nine simple ideas that will help you take better care of those you lead and create a stronger workplace culture without demanding too much of your time. 1. Know all [...]

Nine Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Your Team2019-07-15T13:32:58+00:00

Three Things Every Leader Must be Clear About

2019-07-04T16:53:00+00:00

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 [...]

Three Things Every Leader Must be Clear About2019-07-04T16:53:00+00:00

The Ultimate Leadership Challenge

2019-06-28T15:30:56+00:00

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 [...]

The Ultimate Leadership Challenge2019-06-28T15:30:56+00:00

What Does Winning Look Like?

2019-06-24T10:27:30+00:00

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 [...]

What Does Winning Look Like?2019-06-24T10:27:30+00:00

Leaders Don’t Just Eat Last

2019-06-17T14:18:58+00:00

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 [...]

Leaders Don’t Just Eat Last2019-06-17T14:18:58+00:00

Creating a Great Culture – What’s in it for You?

2019-06-08T03:25:33+00:00

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 [...]

Creating a Great Culture – What’s in it for You?2019-06-08T03:25:33+00:00

I Want Only Two Types of Employees

2019-06-03T11:01:30+00:00

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 [...]

I Want Only Two Types of Employees2019-06-03T11:01:30+00:00

What Every Great Organization Needs

2019-05-27T11:01:26+00:00

What does every company need in order to have a strong organizational culture? A deeply shared sense of purpose and a broadly shared dream. Without purpose, employees will show up to do a job but they will mostly be self-interested. Sure, there will be a small handful who innately look out for the wellbeing of the organization, but without a clear purpose, your people won’t be all that motivated to help the company or their team to thrive. Why should they? A deeply shared sense of purpose means everyone knows it and understands it. It’s clear to everyone. And those who don’t seem interested and passionate about the purpose are invited to move on quickly. [...]

What Every Great Organization Needs2019-05-27T11:01:26+00:00

Gallup’s #1 Way to Succeed at Work

2019-05-20T02:07:56+00:00

Gallup recently released their findings from their largest global study on work, and the results are not all that surprising. In their study they discovered that the quality of a company’s managers and leaders is the most critical element to long-term company success. I didn’t need a Gallup study to know this was the most critical, but it’s good to see their research confirms what most of us already knew.    Last Monday my book, Be An Awesome Boss!, was released on Amazon.com. In this book I explain The Four C’s Model that leads to leadership success. If ever there was a book that could [...]

Gallup’s #1 Way to Succeed at Work2019-05-20T02:07:56+00:00

Who Needs Encouragement?

2019-05-15T11:21:32+00:00

I heard on a podcast recently that the founder of Chick-fila, S. Truett Cathy, once asked a friend, “who needs encouragement?” and then after a moment responded, “every human being that is breathing.” At times as leaders we are trained to look for the bad and correct it. What if instead we trained ourselves to look for the good and praise it? How do you think this shift in mentality might benefit your business? How do you think it might impact your ability to lead? Those you work with and interact with need encouragement; we all do! This week let’s [...]

Who Needs Encouragement?2019-05-15T11:21:32+00:00