You gotta listen…

img_0284High performance teams require strong leaders, capable of influencing experts towards a specific goal. Leading a group toward any vision requires an understanding of people. This understanding only comes by listening well.

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When you feel like everyone wants something from you.

4635259E-A61B-415A-BA6E-8D531D0258E2As a leader, you will have times where everyone wants something from you.  It will seem like the questions never end, the requests get bigger and the time required to respond to these needs takes away from your “personal time”.  You may say to your self, “I can’t get a break” or “I need some time alone” or “I just want to do what I want to do”.  The truth is, the more you are entrusted with leadership duties, the more you will be called on by others to fulfill their needs.  There is, however, a way to do this without losing your mind.

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I have to fire someone…

23D277DD-4509-46BC-92C8-AF5D64AED20BAs a leader, there will come a day when you have to fire someone.  It’s not pretty and certainly isn’t something that many people are comfortable doing.  Unfortunately, I’ve had to do this several times and it never gets easier.  Mostly it’s because we’re human and inherently, a lot of us want to see the good in everyone.  We also don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings.  Yet, people underperform, everyday and people get fired, everyday.  I’ll offer 5 ways to ease the process.

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