Leading Up

Don’t Stop Thinking

July 24, 2015
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There are so many things that technology has made easier nowadays, and sometimes I wonder if it’s made us a little lazy too. Not intentionally “I just want to lay on the couch and watch TV all day” lazy, but the kind of laziness that you don’t even realize has crept up on you, especially […]

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Being Besties with the Boss

March 23, 2015
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Last week a webinar attendee submitted the following question on the subject of critical conversations: “What’s the best way to approach your boss regarding the way they go back and forth between being your “Director” and being your “Buddy”…When they constantly go between being besties and then letting you know that the two of you […]

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What’s Your Performance Review Mindset?

October 27, 2014
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If you’ve read any of my past posts on performance reviews (Putting the Fun Back in Performance Reviews, Performance Reviews: Character Issues vs. Skill Set Issues, Performance Review Mishaps), you know I like them and I look forward to doing them each year! Performance reviews should be treated as growth conversations, and if you enjoy […]

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3 Things to Say Instead of “I’m Sorry”

November 18, 2013
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Are you a person whose knee-jerk reaction is to apologize any time you make a mistake? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that in many cases, “sorry” really isn’t what your leader wants to hear! I’m not saying that there aren’t times when we should apologize. I am saying that […]

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Fill the Gaps

November 14, 2013
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Remember that scene in “Rocky” when Sylvester Stallone’s character explains his attraction to Adrian? Quite simply, he says, “…she’s got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps.” His rudimentary explanation may not be eloquent (or romantic), but it’s great for illustrating how two people can complement each other. Of course, we shouldn’t strive to […]

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5 Characteristics of Empowered Teammates

August 4, 2013
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A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with the executive leaders of one of my client companies. We were discussing the topic of empowering others, and I asked the question, “What does a person need to possess before we as leaders feel confident to empower them with an important project or […]

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Ask Good Questions

May 23, 2013
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Teachers will remind us that, “there’s no such thing as a dumb question.” And that’s true. However, in business there are questions that seek to dig deeper and make our leader think, and then there are questions that take up our leader’s valuable time or make our leader think for us. Good Questions: Help us […]

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Are You Safe?

May 6, 2013
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One of the most important things I encourage teammates to do is lead up, and probably the most common objection I get in return from those teammates is, “It’s not safe.” By not safe, they mean their leading up: Isn’t welcome or encouraged Might anger or frustrate their leader Could harm their relationship with their […]

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7 Tips for Communicating with Your Boss

May 20, 2012
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Communication is always a top challenge within the companies I serve and the leaders I coach. Why is that? It’s interesting to think we need to focus on improving something we’re constantly doing! I think one reason good communication remains a challenge is because we don’t take the time (or pay attention long enough) to learn […]

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Working For a New Leader: 5 Actions For Leading Up

February 27, 2012
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In our last post, Working for a New Leader: 3 Lessons You Should Learn, our emerging leader gave us some great suggestions on how to make a successful transition to a new leader. One of the suggestions she gave was “leading up.” I first learned about leading up from John Maxwell’s book, The 360° Leader.  Leading […]

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