Summer time is in full swing at our house, and I’ve enjoyed the extra time with my kids. Some of my favorite moments so far include roasting marshmallows over a campfire with family, throwing the football at the park with my son and other children who were drawn in at the very sight of a football, and helping my kids to build (separate) forts in the backyard. There is something about observing the behavior of children that provides a glimpse into the selfish, raw, and unadulterated aspect of the human state. It can seem, at times, that they are missing an empathy chip, especially when it comes to their siblings. They are not always bound by the confines of what they should do, or not do, how it will affect others, or how it will make others feel; they…
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Soon after teams form, conflict erupts. The team's “honeymoon” phase ends and the “storming” phase begins. Team members often feel discouragement and frustration. Some members blame the leader when this is an inevitable stage that a developing team must go through.
What should you do when you reach this “storming” phase? Remain calm and encouraging. If you become angry and lose control, matters are sure to get worse. Instead, increase communication between team members. Remind yourself and your team that this is a usual phase of team development, and manage conflict to move through it efficiently.
Seek to identify and remove any barriers to your team’s success.
Consider whether members are in the right roles.
Encourage members to move into the right roles, if need be, based on their strengths.
As a leader, you can be like a great pair of glasses. You can help new and experienced people in your organization SEE how their specific work is linked to a greater shared mission. In other words, make sure each person understands how his or her role is linked back to an objective of the organization. Keep your organization’s mission in front of them.
What is your organization’s mission?
Is it shared openly and often?
Consider three people who work at various levels of your organization.
How specifically do each of these individuals contribute to the overall success of your mission?
Do these members see the connection between the work they do and the mission of your organization?
How can you help them see this…
By asking strategic questions, you can lead the conversation toward a search for solutions, and transition the conversation to a much needed problem-solving discussion.
Ask questions such as: “Considering our goal, what needs to happen next?” “What needs to happen for us to be able to move forward from this point?” “Where do we go from here? Is there something we could do that would help us get back to work together?” Be sure to not ask these questions too early, otherwise you run the risk of sounding as if you do…
BLOG REPOST - BY RACHEL WOODS - Several years ago, I found a very powerful analogy in a book I was reading. Over the years it has stood out in my mind, and I have found myself sharing it with many people when we talk about the power of focus. In this book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” author, Rick Warren, says, “The power of focus can be seen in light. Diffused light has little power or impact, but you can concentrate its energy by focusing it. With a magnifying glass, the rays of the sun can be focused to set grass or paper on fire. (Did anyone do this as a child?) When light is focused even more as a laser beam, it can cut through steel.”
What an awesome picture it is to see light cutting through steel, and to know that if we…
We must make it a personal policy to speak and act in a way that is honorable to ourselves and to our organizations, no matter how other people conduct themselves. There is very little we can control in life. How we respond to challenging people and situations is one of them.
Consider your last conflict. Now imagine that someone recorded that conflict and posted it on the Internet. It became VERY popular. What would it mean for you? Would you be proud? Or embarrassed? Would it help you to gain influence? Or would you lose influence? Would it serve your organization or hurt it? It is imperative that we act in ways that we would be proud of, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because we are a faces of the…
It takes time to delegate properly. Time you don’t have. However, if you never take time to invest in others, no one but you will ever have the time or knowledge to know what to do. You will always be able to do the task better and faster than the other person that you did not train. Teaching someone else may take more time in the beginning, but ultimately it will save time. Others will be able to do this task in the future. They will be ready for more responsibility. Every task that you believe you cannot delegate, limits your potential for assuming additional responsibility. It is easy to fall into this trap.
Are you delegating as much as you should?
How can you save yourself time in the future by investing time to help someone to start…
Our society values sport. We cannot get enough of it – football, basketball, soccer, you name it. We are socialized from a very young age to value and reward winners. And this is not a bad thing. In fact, building in healthy competitions at work can be fun and motivating. However, there are times to compete and there are times to collaborate. Unfortunately, we often compete with our own team members or with people within our organization who serve in other divisions. We can forget that we are on the same team and that we have the same mission.
Are you competing with anyone that is on your team or that works in the same organization?
If so, ask yourself what your common mission or interest is.
If you have ever thought, “I need to do it, because I can do it faster and better,” you were probably right. And this will remain true so long is you do not delegate. Delegation is an opportunity to empower others with new skills and knowledge. Delegation itself develops others' ability to assume increased responsibility in the future. People can learn to make certain types of decisions only if a leader is willing to give them the freedom to fail and learn from mistakes. Leaders who are afraid to delegate, keep others from gaining the experience and perspective they need to develop.
Do you have people who report to you who could use development opportunities?
What task or project could you delegate…
Do you avoid expressing your interests or feelings during team meetings? If you are someone who avoids conflict all of the time or who never asserts yourself, others are missing out on the perspective that you have to offer. After all, just because you are quiet does not mean you have nothing to say or to contribute. Knowing when to avoid conflict is a good skill. However, if you never address issues with which you have a problem, issues may fester until you are far more upset than you would have been had you said something. You could be left feeling under appreciated or undervalued. What’s worse, is that you could lose influence or be passed over for potential leadership roles that you may have wanted. Speak up. Speak out. You have great insights to share! No one wins when you are always silent. If this does not describe you, but instead, one of your team members, ask the person more questions to get their perspective…
Before you hit “send” be sure to ask yourself if this particular message should be sent via email or if you should pick up the phone or meet in person. When you send an email you lose both body language and tone of voice (yes, even when you add a smiley face), often leaving much interpretation to the reader’s imagination. While we love e-mail for connecting the world and for saving us time, we also recognize how easily it can be misused.
So think twice about hitting "send." Ask yourself if it is the proper method of communication for the type of message you are sending. You can’t take it back and it is forever.
• Have you ever mistakenly sent a message via email when you should have sent it in an alternative way? What effects did…
Think of a leader that you know who has a very good reputation. Why does this person have such a good reputation? Reputations result from who you are, what you do, and with whom you associate over time.
Do you have a good reputation? Would you like to improve it? One way to maintain or to improve your reputation is to observe the actions of people you admire. Identify their strengths and then act as if you have the attributes that cause them to take the positive actions that they take. If these actions are not natural for you, in time, by taking these actions, they will become you.
- What action can you take today to maintain your good reputation or to break a negative…
Great leaders receive a special gift each day from people in their organization: Trust. Trust is a gift. It does not have to be given; to trust is a choice. Do you have the trust of the people in your organization? If so, you did receive a present today, after all.
We live in a busy world. Here and there and back and forth we go. We say yes to much, and focus on little. Our physical and psychological energies can become scattered to the point that we become ineffective in all of the diverse things that we do – or worse, we have nothing left to give.
The more focused your energy, the more powerful your impact. Setting goals will help you to concentrate your energy and help you to focus on what matters most. Sometimes, you must say no to good opportunities to say yes to great ones.
What goal will you set to help you focus on what matters most?
If I jump out now it will all be over. That was one option. The other possibility was smashing him with my $300 carbon fiber paddle. Too expensive there has to be a third option. We were less than three miles into the 262 mile Texas Water Safari canoe race, which is often called the toughest boat race in the world, and my partner and I were yelling at each other like a couple of school girls fighting over who gets to date Justin Bieber.
We will call my canoe partner “Willie” since we are talking about a Texas canoe race and my partner has red hair. I guess I could also call him Little Richard, but I will try to keep things civil. The first Texas Water Safari race was held in 1963. It was tough then and it is tough now. The race starts in San Marcos, Texas in the beautiful crystal clear waters…
Hope you will join us tonight from 8:30-9:30pm CST for a Leadership Chat about Finding Balance in Your Communication - http://www.facebook.com/LTrek
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 8:30 - 9:30pm CST, LTrek will host a Leadership Chat at LTrek's Facebook Page. This will be the first of seven Leadership Chats that we will hold in the weeks to come. The first leadership skill we will discuss is trust building, because trust is the foundation of leadership. Without it, you cannot lead in the true sense of the word.
In Sgt. Swanton's job, he must build trust every day through his actions and communication skills. He is a certified Crisis Negotiator and is the Team Leader for Waco P.D's Negotiation Team. He is also the Waco Police Department Spokesman…
As we celebrate the work of women around the world this week, we'd like to thank the International Republican Institute and the Women's Democracy Network for all they are doing for women world wide.
Leadership Survival Skills training program
By Authors Rachel Woods, J.D. & Dr. Mitchell Neubert,…