Amazing Mondays

Finding Balance

2019-09-16T14:57:37+00:00

Finding balance as is an ongoing battle most leaders struggle with constantly. It is also a question I am asked frequently from far too many leaders who are feeling burned out or overwhelmed. Though there are no easy answers to this leadership challenge, here are three simple suggestions that have helped me find balance in my career. #1 Start Unbalanced Every new leader or executive needs to put in the work upfront. What I mean is that leaders should go in to new opportunities with the expectation that for the first few months life will be busy and [...]

Finding Balance2019-09-16T14:57:37+00:00

What is Culture?

2019-09-09T13:44:17+00:00

What is culture? If you asked 100 executives, you’d probably get 100 different answers consisting of a wide variety of explanations. Though there may be some debate about what it is or isn’t, here are three basics about organizational culture every leader should know. #1 A Simple Definition A simple definition is culture is the shared beliefs, assumptions, and norms of an organization’s team members. In essence it is the rules people in a group actually live by whether written or not.  #2 Always in Motion A company culture is not static—it is constantly evolving. This means if [...]

What is Culture?2019-09-09T13:44:17+00:00

An Effective Way to Engage Your Team

2019-08-30T19:34:42+00:00

A question leaders often ask themselves is how can I better engage my team? Or, in other words, how can I capture the heart, energy, and mind of my team so that they willingly give their best at work? These are good questions. If you are a leader asking yourself these things, it is a good sign of things to come. So what can a leader do to better engage those they lead? Though there are many levers you can pull to improve engagement, one extremely effective one is to improve transparency. Transparency is sharing information freely and [...]

An Effective Way to Engage Your Team2019-08-30T19:34:42+00:00

A Simple Secret For Success

2019-08-23T15:36:38+00:00

Today let’s talk about a simple secret for success in leadership. If you want to have great results, then there is only one place to start and that’s with culture. Why is culture the best place to start? Without a strong culture, leaders end up wasting way too much time dealing with staff turnover, recruiting, training, orientating, clarifying, etc. This leads to increased costs and a decrease in quality and service.   However, when you start with culture first, it helps you retain and attract the best talent. With consistency in staff, quality and service can improve. And once [...]

A Simple Secret For Success2019-08-23T15:36:38+00:00

Three Common Pitfalls Leaders Must Avoid

2019-08-19T21:28:17+00:00

Throughout my career I’ve often asked myself, why do so many leaders fail? Most leaders I’ve met start off with high hopes and most have very good intentions. Many are well educated, experienced, talented, and eager to do a good job. Most step into a leadership position believing they will be successful, and most companies who offer them the job do not secretly believe they will fail. So why does the revolving leadership door continually spin in most companies? Why do so many leaders fail to live up to their own and to others’ expectations? Though there may [...]

Three Common Pitfalls Leaders Must Avoid2019-08-19T21:28:17+00:00

Aspirations or Resources?

2019-08-09T22:37:43+00:00

In a recent case-study assignment, a group of graduate students were asked to debate which company would most likely succeed long-term in a competitive marketplace—an organization rich in resources yet poor in aspirations or an organization rich in aspirations yet poor in resources.  There were great points brought up on both sides of why each company might outlast the other. In the end however, the class and the instructor agreed the company that was aspiration rich and resource poor would win out.  How can this be?  How can an organization that is far behind in resources win out? [...]

Aspirations or Resources?2019-08-09T22:37:43+00:00

How to Improve Results When Times are Tough

2019-07-27T21:13:36+00:00

Has there ever been a time when your team or organization was underperforming? When results just weren’t up to your expectations and progress was a struggle? I’ve been there before and have felt the frustration that comes from trying to find solutions for improvement.     In moments like these I’ve tried a lot of different tactics to jumpstart performance. I’ve introduced new programs, implemented changes to current practices, developed new systems, tweaked marketing efforts, reached out for help from peers and colleagues, and I have even looked to the competition to try and learn some things from them. Though [...]

How to Improve Results When Times are Tough2019-07-27T21:13:36+00:00

Is There A Model For Producing A Strong Company Culture?

2019-07-26T20:58:02+00:00

Most organizations and leaders understand that company culture influences business results. Though this is common knowledge, what isn’t well known is how to best manage and shape the company culture to improve results. As with most business functions, models and systems are often developed to help leaders and organizations achieve desired results. These models or systems impact behavior and allow a company to systematically obtain an anticipated outcome. What if there was such a model for shaping and creating a strong company culture? Though effective company cultures come in many different forms, there is a model that leaders or organizations [...]

Is There A Model For Producing A Strong Company Culture?2019-07-26T20:58:02+00:00

Three Easy Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Meetings

2019-07-22T15:28:53+00:00

Meetings are one of the most basic functions of any organization, yet they often aren’t given the attention they deserve. Meetings play a pivotal role in the shaping and strengthening of a workplace culture. Sadly, most people disdain meetings and it’s hard to blame them. Meetings are often poorly run and poorly structured—thus participants leave feeling like they’ve wasted their time. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are three simple suggestions to help you dramatically improve your meetings. #1 Make the Purpose Clear  The purpose of every meeting must always be clear. When there is a clear understanding of why the meeting exists and why it [...]

Three Easy Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Meetings2019-07-22T15:28:53+00:00

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