Shift 3: Explain Why!

In our last post, we began the discussion on how to actually make the shift from consensus or compliance (depending on your tendencies) to commitment. The first of three focus areas was to provide intentional and structured communication to help win the hearts and minds of your people. 

The second, outlined here, is to explain "The Big Why." 

Have the Weird Conversations

Have you ever found yourself in a weird space at work - an awkward, strange, uncomfortable, how-did-this-happen kind of place? And then you just let it pass…and pass…and pass? 

Yes, You Need Team Building. But What Sort?

There are basically two different types of team-building programs – those designed to reward & those designed to fix organizational problems.

Want to Improve Team Performance? Focus Around Your Clients

How do you structure your teams to get the most out of each employee and deliver the best results for your customers?

Shift 2 Continued: Drive Strategic Vision (Part 3)

In our last two posts, we began to explore the second mindset shift that leaders need to make to successfully navigate the transition into senior leadership. It’s a shift from a Problem Orientation to an Outcome Orientation.

Leadership Self-awareness

“It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never

able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us.

This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Checkpoint: Tracking Toward Your 2015 Goals?

We are 43 days into the New Year. How are you tracking toward your personal goals? Have you gained momentum on your fitness, finance, and family aspirations? How about your professional goals? Have you focused on developing those team and leadership skills? Are you building that power network? Have you made strides toward acquiring that new technical skill? 

Explaining The Big Why - Part 2

leaders explain their rationaleIn my last post I wrote about "The Big Why" - the importance for leaders to communicate the rationale behind their decisions. After all, who wants to be told what to do? And emotional commitment only comes when people understand why.

Why Leaders Should Explain The Big Why

leaders explaining rationaleWhen was the last time someone told you what to do without explaining the reason behind their directive? What was your reaction? Did you unquestionably cooperate?