Managing the boss is best done openly, not subversively. Smart executives communicate to the boss what they are doing and why they are doing it. If you were writing a memo to the boss about why you were managing him, you would address these ten reasons why a boss should want to be managed by a direct report: Continue reading
One of the key criteria for getting the right things done is that you maintain focus. Chris shares how to avoid those “self-imposed valleys of lost productivity” with these 5 simple steps to help you stay focused.
Every leader wants and needs to be trusted and be seen as credible by their team. Trust and credibility are equally important and go hand-in-hand in either making or breaking a leadership career. It’s been written that trust is built on credibility and credibility is earned by putting the interest of others ahead of yours.
Some mistakenly believe that they come with a “title” or are based on the size of your office. They are not given; they cannot be bought. They must be earned and then sustained, and this requires hard work on a consistent basis.
Consider practicing the following behaviors to help you either build or enhance your trust and credibility with your team. Continue reading
Learn what you can do to be personally productive. Learn more about priority setting with clarity and a singular focus. Chris shares the 10 keys of personal productivity.
I am constantly running into leaders and entrepreneurs who lament about the same challenge. Namely, their team’s performance is either not in sync with or not sufficient enough to help them make their vision a reality. I have even coached some of these “team challenged” folks. Some never got it and have gone elsewhere to seek fame. Others have gotten it and are achieving success.
As you drill down into their challenge it becomes apparent that some have only scratched the surface teaching their team specifically how their individual performance connects with and drives their vision. Even worse, some do nothing to help their team make the connection. Hence, the title of this morning’s Wake-up Call. Continue reading
To be successful and use our full capabilities, we must drive ourselves to stand out, demonstrate our uniqueness and show our value. What guides us? Our own self-belief system. Chris shares the importance of self-belief and 5 points to help strengthen your belief in yourself.
Successful people expect to win. They create positive beliefs in their mind and use those beliefs to help them determine the right actions to take in order to achieve their desired outcomes. They create a “picture” of what success looks like in their mind first before their body actually gets there.
Successful people know it’s possible to experience big wins and successes, but they are more rare than one would imagine. It’s the consistent application of their skills that help them achieve success.
Successful people don’t make excuses when they experience a setback, a mistake or failure. They focus on what went wrong and what they can learn from it so that they can do it better the next time. They follow a simple and disciplined process: they own it, fix it, learn from it and then move on.
Successful people have the ability to control themselves (their thoughts and emotions). They’re able to evaluate situations as they occur; to stay in the moment and not allow the situation or others to control them or their destiny.
Successful people know that others will judge them regardless of what they do. As such, they don’t live their life trying to satisfy the standards of others. Rather they focus on consistently using their best habits and skills every day to help them achieve their goals.
Periodically, all leaders need to take a fresh look at what they do, how they do it and why they do it. In other words, they need to challenge their leadership status quo.
Some leaders become so caught up in their own strategies and methods that they have great difficulty breaking free or letting go of what they have become very comfortable doing. They are so heavily invested in their approach that they have become oblivious to the fact that the world has changed around them, and it is time to do some things differently or face a downward spiral from which there may be no recovery.
If anything stated above touches a “nerve,” then it is time to challenge your leadership status quo. In this process, be sure that you can answer these key questions: Continue reading
There is one meeting you should have each week: A meeting with yourself. Chris describes the specific agenda and goals of such a meeting, and why it’s so important.
Jack Welch, the famous CEO of General Electric, once said, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own and live the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion through effective execution.” If you thought those were just “words”, when Welch retired in September 2000 and GE had a $402 billion market value.
Today GE – after going through several Welch relationships – has a market value of around $100 billion. They are a mere shadow of the Welch era.
Learning point #1: Regardless of the size or scope of your business, do you have a clear vision and are you “seriously” passionate and committed to making it a reality? Continue reading