Shift 1 to Senior Leadership: Part 3

The leadership downward spiralIf you missed Part 1 and Part 2, read those first. Then come back here for more details on the shift from being Smart to being Aware.

Shift 1 to Senior Leadership: Part 2

In our last post, we began exploring the first shift leaders need to make to be successful in senior leadership roles (Directors, VPs, etc.). 

So, what does this shift of being smart to being aware look like? It will seem easy on the surface, but it's a lifetime of work. And it’s comprised of 3 parts:  

Shift 1 to Senior Leadership: Part 1

We recently completed a survey about senior leadership. We asked executive leaders what they expect of their senior leaders. We asked senior leaders about what they wish they knew more about prior to being prompted to senior leadership. And, we asked team members what they wanted to see more of from their senior leaders. 

How Senior Leadership is Different

Senior leadership developmentMy wife Rachel and I have an 8- month old. During Rachel's  9 months of pregnancy, everyone kept saying to us – “everything is going to change.” Frankly, that "advice" wasn't helpful. It didn't help me understand how things would be different as a father and as a parent.

Don't Let Peter Get You

The peter principleMeet Peter. 

He is a force to be reckoned with. 

He silently follows you around. Lurking. He watches you when you aren’t looking. He waits patiently. And then he strikes when you least expect him. 

How to Deliver Recognition

Last week, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I shared some information on how to recognize people in the workplace. So, to continue on the theme of recognition, here is another video. 

The way that leaders recognize their people matters. Comments like "great work" and other general accolades almost never have a positive impact. In fact, they may unintentionally backfire.

Want to learn a more effective way to deliver recognition?  Watch here...

Recognition and Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude. As leaders, we can show our people that we are grateful for their contributions to the business by recognizing their efforts. Recognition is a core component of building team member commitment. But, most leaders struggle with how to effectively recognize their people. Watch this video to learn a simple framework on how to recognize people in a way that actually impacts business results.

How to Deal with the Unexpected Loss of a Leader

As most Denver Broncos fans know, John Fox, the Broncos highly respected head coach, went into unexpected surgery this past Monday to replace an aortic valve in his heart. It's still unknown when Fox will return to the sidelines, but he will likely be out for quite some time. 

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?