Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 21, 2011
Everything in life is a choice.
How do you make your choices? What are they based on?
When we are clear about what is most important to us, we can make choices that are aligned with what we want in our lives. Guiding principles help keep us focused throughout the year and give us a foundation to determine the choices we make every day. It is through those daily choices that we build our lives.
Here's a quick visualization exercise you can try to help you create your guiding principles. Journal about the following:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 19, 2011
I wanted to share a quote from a book called The Rythm of Life by Matthew Kelly.
"Everything is a Choice. This is life’s greatest truth and its hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power. Not power over others, but the often untapped power to be ourselves and to live the life we have imagined.”
He goes on to say that it’s a hard lesson because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on August 29, 2011
Here is the third excerpt from our recent article on 3 Ways to Derail Team Formation. In Part 1 of this post I talked about the first mistake that derails team formation - Ambiguity of team purpose and vision for the future. Part 2 focused on the mistake of - Hiring a warm body instead of the right person Here's Mistake #3... Dis-orientation Most team members are hired and then thrown into the fire.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on August 8, 2011
Another common and costly leader mistake that can result in a loss of credibility and trust.
MISTAKE: Solving problems others should solve.
It’s not uncommon for new leaders to solve problems for their team members instead of helping them learn to do it on their own. For the overly controlling leader, you may find it faster to take care of it yourself than to take the time to teach.
For the less assertive leader, it might be easier to do it yourself so you can get around confronting an issue directly.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on August 3, 2011
What is your team's purpose?
What is your team supposed to do that no other team does?
These are important questions for all teams - whether you belong to a management team, a functional team, a project team, or other.
The challenge in most organizations is that teams don't have clarity about their purpose. They brush it off as something too fluffy to consider. Or, for other teams, their purpose ends up on a pretty poster in a conference room and does nothing but take up wall space.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 15, 2010
The Leadership Story
It had been almost three weeks since their last one-on-one, but having returned from India and with Angela's sudden departure, Steve was anxious to get the process started again. He reflected on how easy it was for pressing matters to get in the way of focusing on important things like coaching his people.
Ben was rushed and a bit frustrated that he had to attend this one on one. Especially today, it seemed there were so many deadlines waiting on his attention.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 14, 2010
In my last blog post, I talked about a client I worked with in Fort Collins, Colorado and how important it is to have clarity about your senior leadership team's purpose.
But let me take a step back.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 1, 2010
Performance reviews are right around the corner. This year, make them more meaningful using our Workplace Expectations Profile.
It's a simple and inexpensive tool that will help you understand your employees' work expectations, and help them understand yours.
I know that many of my clients here in Denver and Fort Collins are typically clear about expectations when it comes to salary and benefits, but other expectations often go unspoken.