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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Before you give up, try this…

DD79AA6C-DF76-4DAA-BA26-2DB794215570You’ve all been there… At the end of your rope with no hope.  Delaying what you feel is inevitable, with futile attempts to stay relevant to your goal.  As you hang in the balance and your mind shifts towards giving up, to save yourself the embarrassment of failure, there’s one more thing you should try…

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You can’t win by accident.

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Being a winner is such an “on purpose” thing. It’s a habit and a mindset. Winning takes practice, persistence, faith and focus. It’s not going to happen by accident. There are many people out here working very hard to ensure you don’t have accidental success.

That’s why things worth having are hard to attain. You don’t accidentally come in first place. People don’t accidentally complete the project. Teams don’t accidentally win championships. These things take concentrated effort and sacrifice.

As a boss in the middle, you have to remember that no one is going to give you anything. You need to go hard. You need to go wisely.

You can only trust God 100%, so keep Him first!

Is the CEO initiative genuine?

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A few days ago, CEO’s took part in a CEO initiative, aimed at bringing to light social issues in an attempt to attract attention and find solutions.  But I’m wondering if these CEO’s are only taking a stand for human rights, the environment, etc., because their desire is to be viewed positively by the public.  Does acting in this manner give their revenue stream a boost?  I’m certain that it doesn’t hurt.  This makes me question the sincerity of their efforts.

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I have to fire someone…

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As 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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An honesty lesson for true leaders.

IMG_0554It feels good to tell the truth about myself.  I’m always liberated by it.  The lesson today is easy.

Being honest with yourself leads to self-leadership.

It’s one of those simple concepts that are hard to do.  Like, skydiving.  It’s simple, jump and pull the cord.  Don’t wait too long, bend your legs, hit the ground, do the roll, done.  Or something like that…  I’m sure there’s more to it, but probably not that much.  I’m sure I could learn the basics in a short time.  However, skydiving can be very hard to actually do because of things like; the possibility of death, fear, anxiety, common sense, etc.  Being honest with myself is sort of like that.

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