When you have team members committed to growing and learning more as leaders ... leadership conversations have to happen. Here are some resources and ideas about them.
Consider this time of the year as a time to make your expectations clear. Make your expectations clear for your teams but also include leadership expectations for yourself. Leadership expectations are different.
The best lessons in life are often learned through the stories we share. The most meaningful moments, good or bad, are captured and remembered by the tales we tell.
As a leader, you should do the right thing, and if you don't know the right thing to do, do what you feel is most right. Stop overthinking it.
I started the week doubting myself but I eventually forced a better mindset, which led me to listen closely to a conference keynote speaker. He spoke on the power of purpose and reaffirmed in me that doing the right thing well WILL make a difference.
With each life passage we gain more perspective and experience. For that reason alone we should learn from those who are older than us. I have never been more aware of that than this week.
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One piece of advice I've heard over the years is to touch each piece of paper only once. In other words, as an item comes across your desk, pick it up only once before you do something with it. Great advice, but for me, completely unrealistic.
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All anyone expects you to do is show up, be your best possible you, and come back tomorrow and do it all over again.
The older I get, the more I tend to rely on frequent phrases. It's my dad in me ... he has many phrases, some of which I've shared in this blog ("Lighten up, Francis.") from time to time. Now I find myself using phrases to drive points home. But I might need to come up with a few new ones.
Did you sign a contract to be perfect? I don't recall signing one, yet as leaders we are held to a higher standard, sometimes so high it's unachievable. Perfection rarely is.