Submitted by Sal Silvester on January 31, 2015
Audrey works as a software engineer in a fast growing technology company in Denver. She’s young, smart, and a rising star on her team. She’s got a great attitude that is equally matched with performance. You might call her a “high potential” team member or even an “A” player.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on January 18, 2015
Submitted by Sal Silvester on January 11, 2015
Do you want to make your coaching efforts more effective? If so, you'll need to be able to measurably assess your people.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 19, 2014
As we wind down the year and look toward the next, there isn't a better time to step up and engage more effectively with your people. One the simplest and most overlooked tools that leaders have to enhance their coaching is the 1-1 Coaching Session.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 18, 2014
So - you want to be a better leader? One way is to start thinking about your interactions from the perspective of being a coach.
At the core of being a better coach is the coaching conversation itself. If you think about any good book or even a well facilitated meeting, there's always a clear beginning, middle, and end. The same holds true for the coaching conversation. Here's a simple model to help structure your future coaching conversations.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 21, 2014
Do you want to make your meetings more effective? Here's a simple tool to help you out.
I call it the "half-time adjustment." Conduct the following process about 1/3 or 1/2 of the way into your meeting:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 13, 2014
The word “mentor” is used in a variety of contexts in today’s workplace. Sometimes it refers to a senior person who formally or informally provides guidance and advice to a junior team member. At times it refers to a team member’s direct manager who is partially responsible for his or her career development. In some organizations, mentors are formally paired with a mentee. In others, mentors are simply sought after by an eager team member looking to grow. A quick search on dictionary.com defines the word mentor as “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher; an influential senior sponsor or supporter.”
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 14, 2014
The latest workplace communication craze called "Yes and" has recently been popularized by team builders and improv folks who've never stepped into the business board room. It's a technique that minimizes disagreement and encourages agreement. So, instead of responding to a team member's idea with a "No" or a "But," people are trained to respond with a "Yes and…."
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 7, 2014
A new Vice President joins your organization from a similar company in the same industry. Only his former company is bigger and arguably more successful. The leader has a grand vision that if implemented will have a significant impact on the company's end customers and shareholder value. He comes in blazing and doesn't just want to move the chairs on the deck, but wants to shift the direction of the boat.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 2, 2014
In the past 3 posts I've made the case that the most important mindset shift a leader has to make to be successful in a senior leader role is to make the shift from being Smart to being Aware.