When is receiving more important than giving?

IMG_0475It’s necessary to provide feedback to everyone on your team.  This team includes; your manager, colleagues on your level and direct reports. This feedback can be good or bad, but it’s a non-negotiable activity for high performing teams.  By creating the proper environment, the hope is, someone will give you feedback as well.  Being a leader means you must hear this feedback and apply it, if necessary.  Continue reading for thoughts on creating an environment where true feedback is received.

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Attitude is an on purpose thing. Boss in the middle prayer challenge. Days 12 & 13.

IMG_0463I prayed yesterday morning and went through my day.  It was pretty uneventful, until right before bed.  My best friend told me that in general, I am a negative and angry person who has high expectations of others.  I am subject to mood swings and nothing anyone does is ever good enough for me.  I also complain about everything, everyday.  Read on to see what happened after that.

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Prevent future failures by recognizing patterns. Boss in the middle day 5 prayer challenge. Wrap up.

IMG_0442This is the wrap up for day 5 of my prayer challenge.  I experienced another empowering day.  I was very focused on my tasks.  I was able to leave my daughter alone about her reading program.  (See article here)  One thing to note is that, while I am thankful to have had the sort of week I’ve had, I am hoping tomorrow morning I don’t forget to do this.  I don’t have to go to the office on Saturday’s and I tend to be very laid back on the weekends.  Weekends are usually when I stop working out, dieting and I begin losing overall focus on things, especially bad habits I’m trying to change.  That’s a bad pattern I must deal with, if I want to continue having good results.  Here’s my plan.

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Boss in the middle. Day three prayer challenge. Truth and Honesty.

IMG_0432This morning my meditation and prayer time left me with the thought. Truth and honesty.  I can’t explain why these particular things are coming in my brain, but God has a knack for giving me what I need before the day begins.  I’ve only done this challenge for three days and each day, the final thought or Godly inspiration plays a big part in the day.  Maybe it’s for me or maybe it’s for you.  Who knows?

So, for every boss in the middle out there.  Remain truthful and honest today.  We should do it everyday, but something is telling me today we should especially watch out for the tendency to tell half-truths.

Be a leader, be a boss. Handle your business today.  Because in order to be truthful, you need to exhibit courage and faith.  We lie because of fear.

I’ll check back in tonight.

Boss in the middle – Prayer Challenge – Day 1.

IMG_0424We set ourselves up for failure by not following God’s simple rules for an abundant life. If you’re off track, start off by praying to God for 10 minutes every morning, before you do anything else. See how your week goes and then increase to 15 minutes the next week.

Come back here In two weeks and tell me what happened. I’ll do it to and report the results on my blog. Let’s call this a “prayer challenge”.

This is my day 1 Report:

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Prayer Challenge…

IMG_0422You can do it!  You’ve got to believe in yourself, before anyone else does.  Stay in the game and hunt down your fears, until they can no longer exist in the same space as your dreams.  If you believe in God and lean on him, you’ll have access to true power.  He is the one who will remove stumbling blocks and increase your level of life.  All you need to do is submit to His will.  It’s funny how we all learn this as young Christians, but for some reason, we decided to take our will back.  Then we get mad that we’re not where we want to be or feel like we’re behind in our mission.

We set ourselves up for failure by not following his simple rules for an abundant life.  If you’re off track, start off by praying to God for 10 minutes every morning, before you do anything else.  See how your week goes and then increase to 15 minutes the next week.

Come back here in two weeks and tell me what happened.  I’ll do it to and report the results on my blog.  Let’s call this a “prayer challenge”.

I’m excited!  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Sometimes, you need to take a time-out.

IMG_0417During conflicts, a boss in the middle must know when to say “time-out”.  There’s a point when arguing your point (even if you’re right) only works to further aggravate the situation.  There are many other benefits to discontinuing an argument.

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Stop failure before it happens.

IMG_0396As bosses in the middle, we believe that everyone can do their very best, every day. Part of that belief encompasses another belief, that every issue has a solution. Even though these two things are true, from time to time, we fail. Why? We believe that it’s because people aren’t thinking critically in crucial situations. Every incident investigation I have ever done into a system failure, has some form of human error factored in. Most of the time, it’s communication or the lack of communication. We can’t predict every possible scenario that may happen during a project, but we can teach people how to think through these issues. By empowering our teams and setting expectations, we believe we can get to the core of setbacks before they happen.

We believe this is accomplished through full engagement in the task, while remaining aware of potential obstacles.

I’ll offer 3 things that we as leaders must tell our teams, in order to set the expectation and influence the type of behavior we want to see.

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