Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 4, 2010
Making the transition from peer to manager can be challenging. Change of status and responsibility when you transition into a leadership role can affect both personal and work relationships. I first encountered this type of challenge and opportunity as a young army officer. One day I was playing golf with my buddy, and the next day he was reporting to me as my Operations Officer.
As I work with organizations and teams around the country, I see two sets of common symptoms that may indicate a new manager is struggling.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on February 16, 2010
Have you ever stepped back and watched team members respond to a decision?
It’s really an interesting dynamic to watch.
I just watched a group of mid-level managers react to a decision that their management team made - three months ago. There clearly is not commitment amongst this group (once again, these are mid-level managers).
Submitted by Sal Silvester on February 10, 2010
I am engaged! It's true. I proposed on January 29th and my gal said yes.
Although we've been sharing the good news with essentially anyone who will listen (including people I've never met on my most recent back country ski hut trip), I've been anxious to tell you.
I was waiting to announce the news to a bunch of friends at a gathering at my house this last friday night. Each year I create a slideshow of friends' pics capturing the amazing moments of the past year. Friday night's included a few extras - of our engagement.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 31, 2009
I wish you and your loved ones a happy New Year! I am especially thankful for how you have have touched my life. May 2010 bring you health and happiness.
To your success.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 10, 2009
It started for me about 10 years ago. It was subtle at first. Now it is intentional. I realized that my choices were shaping my life. They were creating my life.
I was living in Atlanta at the time. Playing golf on the weekends. I had just left the Army and was working my way up the corporate ladder.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 2, 2009
I went ice climbing this past Sunday in Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time this season. And, as I was watching the video I made (see below), it occured to me that the key components of finding a good ice climbing partner are the same components of being on an effective team.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on November 25, 2009
I wanted to wish you all a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving for me is a time of reflection and a time to come back to the present. It is a time for me to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on November 24, 2009
I just saw an advertisement for a training course. It was titled something like "Making Team Decisions by Consensus."
This is where team building gets a bad rap and experiences on the "ropes course" don't translate well into the real work environment. Making decisions by consensus is applicable to bowling outings and the summer picnic and that's probably about it.
Typically, teams never truly reach consensus anyway. Instead, they end up with an "aura of consensus" where one or two loud voices or big personalities speak for the group.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on November 10, 2009
As I work with companies and organizations of all types, my biggest concern right now is the level of employee engagement. An even more important concern is the level of employee engagement among the best employees.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on November 5, 2009
Generally speaking, people live up to the expectations that they have for each other. If expectations are low, performance tends to be low. If expectations are high, performance tends to be high.