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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.

What is DiSC Training?

June 26, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

We utilize the DiSC profile by Inscape publishing in several of our team building and leadership development programs here in Denver, Colorado. DiSC provides people with a framework for understanding their own style and how they differ from others. This framework helps team members and leaders elevate their effectiveness regardless of their role.  Here are some applications in which we use DiSC. 

Team building: 

Kissing the boo-boo and making it all better

June 18, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

No one likes to hurt someone else’s feelings, but that doesn’t justify providing feedback that’s so fluffy you never actually state the main point.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not asking you to be ruthless. Use positives, but don’t smother the message with them. The challenge is to make sure the constructive part of your feedback is clear, or else there’s no sense giving feedback!
 

Letting "Fear" Get in the Way of "Clear"

June 15, 2012 -- Sal Silvester

One of the first mistakes new leaders make is to hold back on communication. Usually, this reluctance comes from fear, and it often breaks down into two (bad!) leadership styles:

Leaders who are concerned about losing control often overcompensate by micromanaging and being overly focused on tasks and results. They dole out stingy bits of information on a need-to-know basis, even though their people definitely need to know!

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