Effective Leadership: 10 Steps

leadership-5000373.jpgMany people end up in a supervisory position or SOHO ownership almost by default. In today’s workplace, if someone stays on their job long enough, they will probably be promoted as others, more senior to them or higher up the chain of responsibility, leave for other opportunities.

The prevalence of this type of promotion can lead to people with little or no leadership skills being promoted into positions of responsibility.

This type of promotion can have many unexpected and negative effects on the current work force if the newly promoted supervisor is lacking basic leadership talent. Since a supervisor’s skill level is visible immediately to those under their stewardship, a lack of leadership aptitude can be catastrophic to the productivity of those now working for the new supervisor. Continue reading

Successful Executive’s Transformation

illustrations_coaching.jpgYou’re a bright, successful business executive making good money and managing a capable staff of accomplished professionals. You are successful beyond your wildest business school dreams. You’ve achieved much-yet something’s missing. On the surface, life is good-yet you feel tired, drained, frustrated, defeated. Intuitively, you know your life can and should be more fulfilling.

Where do you turn? What can you do?

Four years ago, I reached a point in my career as a clinical psychologist where I, too, was unwilling to put up with any more professional “pain” and stagnation. I wanted more for my life and I knew I could have more. That’s when I teamed up with a personal coach and began my own career transition to the relatively new profession of “Personal Coaching” . . . and I’ve never looked back.

Working with a personal coach provided me the direction and support I needed to reinvigorate my own life and change my career-to recapture my voice, my sense of purpose, my sense of direction. It’s something you can have, too. Here’s how. Continue reading

Unleash your team’s potential

business_coaching_p76small.jpgOn airplanes, in restaurants, in the newspaper and on television, I often hear people saying their businesses are not growing to their satisfaction or that they are not reaching their objectives. The explanations that follow consist of reasons like:

  • It’s the economy
  •  Our customers don’t get it
  •  I don’t have the right people on the team

I could go on, and so could you.I think that is all a bunch of hogwash.People (both those doing the talking, and those they are talking about) are not all they can be. The organization is not all it can be. Both have tremendous untapped potential sitting there, waiting to be recognized and tapped. Both have potential waiting to be unleashed.

Dictionary.com defines potential as “the inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or coming into being, or something possessing the capacity for growth or development.”

When we point to others and other factors as the cause to our problems (in business or any part of our life) we are missing the point. We hold many of the answers ourselves. Maybe not in this moment, but when we unleash our potential, we unleash talents, skills, perspectives and ideas that can help us solve the problems we face and (as no small side benefit) become more fulfilled in our lives. Simply stated, as caretakers of our own lives we are cheating ourselves if we don’t do everything we can to unleash our potential – that innate ability within us waiting to be developed. Continue reading

Help Others To Discover Their Potential

coach.gif Most of us find ourselves in a position to help others achieve more of their potential than we realize. Sure, as leaders, supervisors, and parents we can see ourselves in that position; but the fact is that all of us are uniquely qualified to help at least one other person in our lives reach their potential. I believe it is part of our purpose in life to serve others in this way – to encourage and support people we care about in becoming their best selves.

Many books (some of which sit on my bookcases) have been written about coaching and helping people develop their skills. This article won’t be a definitive list, but it will share my perspective on the essential ingredients in helping others reach their potential. Continue reading

Groundhog Day – A Challenge For Your Life

groundhog_day.jpgIn the hit comedic movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, Phil Conners, is caught up in a time warp, doomed to live the same day over and over until he gets it right. Hilarious as the ensuing mayhem may be on the big screen, it is a poignant and not too thinly veiled metaphor for how most of us live our own lives – mindlessly occupied with our own issues and concerns, stumbling through life (often over the toes of others) with little if any conscious direction or critical thought. In the end, we keep on running into the same scenarios and problems over and over – not because we’re caught in a time loop, but because we’re caught in a life-loop. We haven’t made the grade, so we can’t graduate beyond our current situation.

One of the solutions to this is to create what I call a “Groundhog Day” Proof Life. Think about it for a second. What if today (or any day lately) was the only day you got to live. Would that be okay with you, or would it be a wailing tragedy? There are 5 steps to creating a GD Proof Life, and I’ve outlined them below. Continue reading

Leadership Model – Abraham Lincoln

abraham-lincoln-picture.jpgPresident Jimmy Carter tells in his memoirs that a trip to Gettysburg and a discussion about Abraham Lincoln helped achieve a breakthrough in the Camp David negotiations.

The Israelis and the Egyptians had reached a deadlock. President Carter suggested that all the participants take a day off and visit Gettysburg, which was just a few miles from Camp David. The ground rules forbade that they discuss the peace talks.

Sadat, Begin, and Carter rode together with Carter sitting between the two heads of state. To Carter’s surprise, the military men on both sidesа knew a great deal about Gettysburg because they had studied the battles in their military schools. Begin was particularly moved to be able toа stand in the spot where Lincoln delivered his famous address, a speech that Begin considered “one of the best and simplest speeches everаmade.”

Barriers began to come down between the two sides, and the next day negotiations resumed that eventually led to the Camp David Accords. (Jimmy Carter, “Keeping Faith. Memoirs of a President,” 1982, pp. 370-372)

Gene Griessman has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world asking the question: “What makes people great?” Continue reading

Choosing Most Effective Leadership Training

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[Abounding Abundant Ample Ways To Boost Your Growth!]

This may come as a surprise but there are reliable,
effective and powerful ways to improve your ability to learn
new things.

If you will allow me to use leadership skills training as
our example, you will see how poor learning forces us to
suffer through any one or more of the following problems:

– leadership training programs usually cost serious money –
in fact, some programs are outrageously expensive

– leadership training programs last for a very short time –
quite a few of them run for only one or two days

– many leadership training programs fail to give students
ways to confidently resolve problem situations or meet and
overcome their daily challenges

– less than 1% of all leadership training programs combine
coaching and mentoring follow-ups with classroom lessons

– most leadership training programs like to do ‘raw data
dumps’- the vast majority of them do NOT give you chances to
‘blend’ your learning experiences with supervised support or
practical feedback
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5 Steps on How to Set and Achieve Your Goals

business_goals.jpgWhich one is a goal?

I will lose 15 pounds
I want to run a marathon
Quit smoking
All of the above
None of the above

The correct answer is (5) – none of the above. The first three are wishes, not goals. However, you are not alone if you answered incorrectly because research has shown that less than 1% of the population actually understands how to effectively set a goal. This is why so many New Year’s resolutions get broken and why so many people try keep failing at the very same goal. The desire to better ourselves is genuine, but the process we go about while seeking this desire is faulty.

Here are five steps to follow when setting an effective goal: Continue reading