An Anxious Team

March 20, 2020 | Comments Off on An Anxious Team
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It is not unreasonable to expect team members facing the uncertainties associated with a global pandemic to be anxious, and increasingly so as one countermeasure after another is put into place by their organizations and by their government to fight the novel coronavirus.  Leaders, themselves, are anxious and this is how human beings normally react… Continue Reading An Anxious Team

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Compromising Accountability

February 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Compromising Accountability
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It can be frustrating when individuals do not execute on their responsibilities.  When it is a member of our own team that is underperforming, we have the opportunity to directly manage that performance and to restate our expectations to increase understanding and alignment.  If that doesn’t bring about the improved performance, we have access to… Continue Reading Compromising Accountability

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Mixed Messages

January 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Mixed Messages
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There are times when it seems we just can’t win. At all levels of leadership, including the very highest, leaders can find themselves in disagreement with a major policy direction being promoted by the senior team. This is particularly true when the leader was not consulted prior to the decision having been made. Confidently expressing… Continue Reading Mixed Messages

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My Favorite Reads in 2019

December 23, 2019 | Comments Off on My Favorite Reads in 2019
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As a regular subscriber to The Fit Leader blog, you know that I am an avid reader, and often make references to books in my posts. As we near the end of 2019, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now by Jordan… Continue Reading My Favorite Reads in 2019

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Oh, Please

November 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Oh, Please
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Oh, please. Give me a break! No way! When we look back and examine the sentiment of prominent observers, and even experts in their time, it’s easy to see how we can miss the future even as it’s staring us in the face. Consider the following: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” CHARLES… Continue Reading Oh, Please

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The Inclusive View

October 19, 2019 | Comments Off on The Inclusive View
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Inclusivity is all about increasing our knowledge and awareness of differences, and our ability to interact with people that are not the same as us. There are some differences we can easily see because they are visible, such as differences in race or age.  There are other differences that are not so visible, such as… Continue Reading The Inclusive View

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EQ vs. IQ

September 15, 2019 | Comments Off on EQ vs. IQ
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Emotional Intelligence (emotional quotient or EQ)  refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.  Many point to EQ as being more important that IQ as leaders rise within an organization and broaden their responsibility for larger teams. The term Emotional Intelligence was popularized in the… Continue Reading EQ vs. IQ

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The Leader as Coach

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on The Leader as Coach
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The coaching mindset begins with viewing team members as being naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and not as broken or in need of fixing. Leaders that adopt a coaching mindset step away from needing to have all of the answers.  They start by asking questions, rather than giving solutions.  This means less talking and more… Continue Reading The Leader as Coach

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Chasing Me Away

July 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Chasing Me Away
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For many of us, frustrations at work are limited and short-lived, and simply reflect the ins and outs of our lives and the normal pressures of the job. For others, though, frustrations can mount, particularly when support from the organization appears to be absent or when it seems like whatever we do, nothing ever changes.… Continue Reading Chasing Me Away

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The 20-50-30 Rule

June 20, 2019 | Comments Off on The 20-50-30 Rule
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When you are introducing change to your organization, keep the “20-50-30” rule in mind.  You can expect that roughly 20 percent of your people will generally resist any new idea or approach. If you’re like countless other leaders, you probably spend way too much of your precious time trying to convince this group to get… Continue Reading The 20-50-30 Rule

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