Coaching

Redefine Perfect

June 16, 2016
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Are you a perfectionist? If so, those feelings could cause you to mistrust the abilities of others. They may even keep you focused on the failures vs. the achieved successes. I have worked with and coached many highly-driven, high standard teammates. In fact, I am attracted to them; they are my favorite people to lead. […]

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The Pros and Cons of Believing the Best

May 5, 2016
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A couple weeks ago I blogged on the pros and cons of assuming the worst. (Yes indeed there are a few upsides to always waiting for the other shoe to drop. You can read that post here.) Today, I want to focus on my preferred mindset – believing the best. Though there are people who […]

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When Grace Isn’t Grace Anymore

February 24, 2016
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Some leaders have a very small tolerance for below average performance, mistakes, and employees who take a while to get in their groove. Other leaders enjoy helping the stragglers and misfits work through their challenges and find success. Different jobs and different leaders have different levels of acceptability when it comes to the grace period […]

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Let Your Team Lead Your One-on-Ones

November 17, 2015
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I can’t overstate the importance of having one-on-ones. Yet, I’m familiar with all the excuses we (me included) can find not to have one-on-ones…we’re too busy, we already talk often, we meet as a team, and the list goes on.

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To the Leader Focused on the Five Percent

November 10, 2015
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Oh, those uplifting leaders who never pass up an opportunity to recognize and celebrate every milestone and achievement! For them, encouraging teammates seems to come as naturally as breathing. They have a gift for identifying and highlighting an individual or team’s progress, no matter how small. And if a big project is 95% successful? Then […]

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3 Things Your Teammates Need That They Won’t Ask For

November 5, 2015
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1. They need to know you believe in them. When was the last time an employee asked you to believe in him? Probably never. We don’t ask for our leader’s belief in us, but we need it to stretch ourselves, try new things, and achieve our best. Our belief in a teammate is especially impactful […]

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How to Receive Unsolicited Feedback

September 3, 2015
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Leaders often spend a lot of time talking about how we should give feedback. In fact, just next week I’ll be teaching a webinar on how leaders can conduct more effective performance reviews (if you haven’t yet registered for this complimentary event, you can do so here). Yet, we spend a lot less time on […]

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Four Ways to Empower Teammates to Make Decisions

August 26, 2015
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Teammates who aren’t empowered to make even the smallest decisions feel stifled and micromanaged. Yet many leaders don’t trust their teammates to make good decisions. So, where’s the balance? If you struggle with empowering others, I want to challenge you to both push and pull your teammates with making decisions. Here are four tips that […]

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Performance Reviews Webinar – You’re Invited!

August 17, 2015
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Impacting Leaders‘ next quarterly webinar is coming up soon, and we’re talking about one of my most favorite subjects: performance reviews! The webinar is “Putting the Fun Back into Performance Reviews,” and it’s available for you to attend, free of charge! This webinar is relevant for leaders who give performance reviews as well as employees who receive […]

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5 Signs a Teammate is Not Ready to Lead

July 30, 2015
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In my previous post, 7 Signs a Teammate is Ready to Lead, we covered some good indicators of teammates ready to take on a leadership role within an organization. But what about the warning signs that point to a colleague not yet ready to lead others? Here are five to look out for:

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