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Would You Work for You?

September 13, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

Would you work for you?

This is such a powerful question that keeps coming up for me, and one that I ask clients as I consult with them on team and leadership development engagements.

Would you work for you?

If you turned the table and considered what it would be like to work for you...

What it takes to Trust

September 10, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

Our destination was the summit of the Grand Teton in Teton National Park, WY. At 13,775 feet above sea level, we'd have a 5,000 foot hike over 7 miles and then 2,200 feet of technical rock.

We took a day to hike in. Then we got an alpine start on the Petzoldt Ridge, an exposed 800 foot rock route leading to a more moderate 1,200 feet  on the Upper Exum Ridge. Almost 14 hours later we were back at our camp.

Structure and Relationships

September 5, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

The most effective teams have a consistent focus on both structure and relationships. They know that being strong in both areas is critical to maximizing their potential. 

By structure I mean that the right components are in place - I call these the cultural building blocks of a team - that enable team success. For example, purpose is clear, communication strategy supports the team's purpose, and norms drive a common and collective way of working together.

What is the DiSC Profile?

August 23, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

Everything DiSC ProfilesThe DiSC Profile is a behavioral style profile developed by Inscape Publishing. The profile is designed to help people understand their differening approaches to work so that ultimately an organization can be more successful. We use DiSC within our team and leadership development programs to help clients: 

Delegation Styles

July 31, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

Effective delegators know that a one-size fits all approach to delegation isn't very effective. The best leaders adapt how they delegate based on their team members' level of competency and confidence. Here is a simple chart that we use in our leadership development and executive coaching programs in Denver and Boulder, Colorado to show the Directing, Coaching, and Empowering delegation styles. 

Begin with the End in Mind

July 18, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

This week we lost an incredible man who made a rich and meaningful contribution to the field of leadership development, and, more importantly, to the lives of many people. Stephen R. Covey will be missed. 

In dedication to him, I thought I would share my favorite of his "7 Habits" - Habit 2 Begin with the End in Mind. 

Monday-morning Quarterbacking

July 11, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

Decision making and involving othersYou have already made your decision. You are set on a course of action. The horse is out of the barn. Now is NOT the time to ask for input!

Asking for opinions after the fact — merely because you think it will appease others — will definitely backfire. Your team members can see right through this artificial, insincere gesture.

Leadership Seminar Boulder Colorado

July 10, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

New leaders often get promoted because they were good at what they did. They rarely receive the training and development to be successful at their new level. 

If you are interested in elevating your leadership effectiveness, join us for our introductory People-First Leadership™ Seminar on July 18th in Boulder, Colorado. 

This 3-hour seminar will give you insight into our practical and powerful 4-point People-First Leadership model to help ignite your leadership potential and the potential of the people around you. 

Imposing goals on team members

July 5, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

Imposing your own goals on team members is one of the fastest ways to lose their commitment.

Goal setting is a collaborative process. The role of the leader is to provide coaching to ensure everyone is in line with overall team goals. Make sure any online collaboration tools or other technology you use to support the goal-setting process doesn’t take the place of crucial in-person conversations.

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