It is expensive to replace great people, so understanding why you lose people is critical for leaders. It is especially important for executive leaders who are far removed from the day to day work, because where there is smoke (turnover) there often is a fire starting (leader not being effective). Here is one powerful question you should make sure you get an answer to whenever someone walks out of your organization voluntarily.
Does Your People Process Include a Stay Interview?
Key people tip – spend your energy talking to your best people before they decide to leave. Sounds like common sense, but it is not common practice. Here are some real tips from an expert, and some additional info to help EOS companies leverage it to work toward 80% in the people component.
3 Questions to Test for Trust
Do your people TRUST you as a leader? Here are three questions to test that by simply asking and listening. The hidden benefit of asking a great question and listening is that it actually builds trust.
Help is Not a 4 Letter Word
How well do you manage change? More directly, how skilled are you at seeking the help of your peers, leaders, and key people when leading a team through a difficult change? Too often leaders treat Help like a four letter word, never to be uttered lest we be punished! Here is a lens to assist leaders in seeing their role in supporting in and dumping out, so that help becomes part of the process of change and healing.
Leadership Wisdom 101: The Power of 2 or 3 or 10 (Part 3 of 3)
What is the impact of being a loner? What is the impact of feeling a part of a community? Data provides the answer, and the message is consistent and powerful for finding friends and building connections in our teams. Here is a sip of data, and 4 things every leader needs to do to drive towards the positive side of community, both personally and with the team they lead.
The Sweet Spot: How to find it for yourself
Seeing plants grow and watching people perform results in the same comment: “Wow, they love it here.” How do you recognize that sweet spot, and more importantly, do you know how to get back there? Here are a few tips to know when you are there, and 3 resources to help identify and find your own sweet spot.
Successful Does Not Equal Perfect
What is your lens on success? Does it look like this? Success = Perfect (does not do x, y, and z). In the season where we celebrate success, I am reminded of how this fundamental formula opens very different doors for us. Here is a challenge to this view of success and one subtle thing we can do to open a different door.
Not enough…money? Time? How to move to enough.
Not enough money. Not enough time. Not enough resources. Not enough budget. Do you live in the state of any of these? A wealth manager taught me something today that translates through a lot of situations leaders run into personally and with the teams they lead. Explore it and learn a couple of key questions that can help move past ‘not enough’ to ‘enough’.
Leadership Wisdom 101: Seeing the bigger picture in leading (Part 1 of 3)
We lead in all aspects of our life, and where we get into trouble is when we stop doing it. We also make things harder for ourselves when wisdom and skills gained to help us be successful in one of our leadership roles does not get applied in other areas. Hint – being an effective active listener as a manager can also help you as a mother, father, friend, or neighbor. Here is part 1 of a 3-part series on doing this effectively.
What will people remember about your leadership?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou) What does this mean for leaders?
Stress – is it bad?
Stress can kill you, or it can make you healthier. Did you know it is your choice which one happens? Here is a TED talk that gives a great perspective based on research. People-centered leaders and EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) leaders need to read this.
The #1 Skill Your People Need
Companies implementing EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) understand the importance of defining and executing Rocks. In my experience coaching and training leaders, I have seen importance of mastering this skill for all leaders and – more importantly – their teams. Here are some key tips for mastering the skills of defining and executing rocks.