Becoming a better leader isn’t easy. The fact is, not everyone can or will become a great leader. However, everyone can become a better leader than they are today – if they make the choice to do so. Becoming a better leader requires hard work and focus, but it is far from impossible.
The one common trait shared by those who desire to become a better leader is a commitment to continuous and ongoing learning. They want to be better and they work at it every day! They just don’t talk about it; they act on it every day. They put personal growth and development at the top of their daily and strategic agenda. Becoming a “better leader” is an ongoing effort.
The next area “better leaders” focus on is how to add to their knowledge base by learning new skills that will help them deliver even better results. How do they accomplish this? Consider some of these points: Continue reading →
My daily routine involves reading the Wall Street Journal while having my first cup of coffee. During my “read”, I always find my way to the daily “Pepper…And Salt” illustration (yup, it’s a cartoon). This past week addressed the concept of focus in a very powerful yet simple way.
While wearing “The Cone” may not be a fashionable approach, the message – being focused – is important for each of us. What do you do each day to establish and maintain your focus on getting the right things done?
For starters, stop doing things that don’t make any sense. Focus – discipline yourself – to start each day working on those tasks that have the highest reward/payoff. The fact is, you can only properly focus on only a few “key” tasks at one time.
Here are the 4 simple steps you can take to stay focused and get the “right” things done: Continue reading →
I have several clients who are each trying to hire the “right” person for key positions within their companies. Today’s tight labor market makes this important task that much more challenging.
I’m always amazed how everyone agrees that the quality of your team will determine the quality of your business. Yet many still approach the hiring and selection of employees as a burden or something you “have to do.” Or, even worse they just want to get it behind them and hire the first person they “think” is the right one.
Well, here’s a fact: Selecting – not just hiring – the right person is something you must do! And you had better be doing it right if you want to avoid mistakes, lost money and productivity and causing your customers to go elsewhere.
Let me share with you the advice that I give each of my clients which works.
To start with, here are 3 sure-fire ways to make certain that you can hire the wrong employees. Here’s the point (just in case you need to hear it): Do the opposite! Continue reading →
Most leaders “say” they want feedback, yet leaders today struggle with how to provide it in an effective and constructive way. But for our purposes today, Chris’ podcast will focus on how you as a leader can ask for it and accept it. Why is this important? Simple really: because the true mark of a courageous leader isn’t measured by how many tough situations are handled, but in how they create openness in their company that encourages the giving and accepting feedback at all levels.
To be successful as a leader, there will be times when you will be faced with making tough or difficult decisions.
Some often delay making tough critical decisions because they fear criticism, making people angry or that they will be disliked because of their action. They’re right! There will always be someone who will be unhappy or angry. But that doesn’t change the fact that the decision needs to be made.
Yet, despite this, some will jump through hoops to avoid taking timely and complete action. I (you) see this struggle all of the time. This approach can be a fatal error for a business leader in situations where success sometimes hangs in the balance based on their ability to make tough decisions on not-so-perfect information.
When you have a tough decision to make, first be clear about the outcome you want to achieve and then second, take deliberate and focused action. Get tough decisions behind you so you can focus on moving forward. It takes bold action to achieve bold results. Nothing ever gets better by ignoring it.
Here are six proven steps that will help you “be the leader” needed to make tough, important and usually unpopular decisions: Continue reading →
Decision making is a key leadership skill. How do you, as a leader, communicate a decision so that everyone buys in? If you’ve gone through all the trouble of coming up with a decision, you want everyone on board. So what happens when not everyone buys in? Chris explains…
Many try to do everything in their business with the end result being a business that gets nothing done correctly or efficiently. If you want to grow your business successfully, then you need to understand the importance of having the right systems in place so the right things get done; in the right way by the right people. In today’s podcast, Chris explains a simple rule: Systems run your business; your people work your systems and you lead your people.
At times, I’ve used a simple exercise with clients to help them understand that they need to get out of their own way.
I ask them to look at a mirror and tell me what they see. The initial usual responses are “me;” the next James Bond; some famous personality; etc. The list could fill this page.
I then explain that they are looking at the main culprit, problem or obstacle standing in the way of their success.
After 5 or so minutes, I ask them to look in the mirror and again tell me what they see. There are no more cute responses or so-called witty responses. They are now skeptical and have that deer in the headlights look, wondering if I’ve asked a trick question. Continue reading →
We all want to feel confident in ourselves. Self-confidence is one the keys to our ability to accomplish more and grow personally and professionally. Many talk about wanting to increase self-confidence but few are prepared to willingly do what is required to actually become more self-confident. Chris explains how personal willingness involves taking ACTION. In other words, to be more confident means you’re willing to act to first satisfy yourself (and no one else) that you did your very best.
You approach your role with an organized and focused “get it done now” sense of urgency.
You focus on results, not just “to do’s”.
You know how to evaluate risks that need to be taken and act only on the correct ones.
You practice positive self-talk that encourages you to believe in your abilities and properly challenge yourself.
You talk with others in a respectful but confident manner.
You are organized and in control; you can’t even spell “overwhelm” let alone talk about it.
You have no interest in blaming others or being overly critical of yourself (no self-guilt); you know that these activities (blame and guilt) wastes time and creates unnecessary emotional distractions.
You ignore negative feedback based solely upon negative opinions lacking any constructive alternatives.
You don’t worry about things you cannot control; you focus on what you can influence or direct.
You work on executing the fundamentals as best as you can, keeping everything as simple as possible.