Leadership

Exercise: Sign Your Name

One of my primary speaking sessions lately is centered around helping people start learning through experiencing and not being told.  I’ve enjoyed this session and the results so much that I’m going to do a series of posts that highlight…

Learning to Negotiate

For all my learning and insights into leadership, I have a confession: I’ve never negotiated my salary.   Yep, you read that correctly. I’ve never asked for more money upon receiving a job offer.  I’ve never asked for more money…

Exercise: Non-Visual Counting

One of my primary speaking sessions lately is centered around helping people start learning through experiencing and not being told.  I’ve enjoyed this session and the results so much that I’m going to do a series of posts that highlight…

Symbol

Since the start of my career, I have always had small physical symbols that helped me remember various things. Honestly, for a very long time, I pretended that I didn’t do this.  However, as I’ve witnessed this technique help others…

Effective over efficient

One of the hardest things as a leader is remembering to be effective over efficient.  There are plenty of times when the most efficient (fast) approach would be to simply tell people. However, telling people rarely achieves shared ownership, which…

First Day of Work Pet Peeves

This round of pet peeves is focused on poor first day of work experiences (of course I was going to continue this tradition in 2018): Who is starting:  This might be the absolute worst first impression a company can make – we…

Leadership is Lonely

“Leadership is lonely.” Recently, these were the words that started a coaching session. You know those moments when time feels like it stops? Where you have a million other thoughts, yet somehow find your way back to the situation at…

Value of Listening

At the end of a recent coaching session (an hour long meeting), I asked “what can I do to support you?”.  The response was simply “just keep listening.” Immediately, my heart skipped a beat. But before I could formulate a thought, he added…

What do you see?

One of my favorite feedback comments that I frequently receive is centered around helping people see various perspectives in situations.  I fully embrace that perceptions do not always align with intentions. I fully embrace that people are doing the best in…