Teaching people how to think.

IMG_0335.PNGPeople make decisions every day. These decisions can be difficult, depending on different internal and external factors. These factors can quickly turn a normal task, into an abnormal task. Failure to make the right choice in key situations can lead to undesirable outcomes.

As leaders, we can’t be with our people 24/7. It’s impossible to train for every scenario. Instead of focusing on detailed and specific solutions, a broader approach needs to be taken.  We have to teach people how to think.

We have to develop within our teams the specific skill of utilizing objective analysis in order to solve problems.

Read on for some ways that will help you teach people how to think.

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What’s 1 thing every leader must know, in order to succeed?

img_0294Leaders learn a lot and know many different things. Some of these things can be learned on the job or through various industry experience. A lot of times, education serves as the background for a leader’s knowledge. But there is one thing, that every leader must know in order to succeed, no matter the business or industry, no matter the level of leadership. If a leader fails to understand this, they will fail. Continue reading to find out what every leader must know.

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How to say “Thank You”.

img_0281As a leader, being grateful should be considered a key component in your leadership skill set. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked. When utilized properly, gratitude has many benefits and works to increase your influence. We should use this with co-workers, family, friends and anyone we care about. But it’s not simple. There is a specific way to say “thank you”.

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Group Projects Suck!

img_0272When I was in college, almost every class had an element of working in groups or figuring out something within a team. I can’t tell you how many times I cringed, when I heard the professor describing the project and giving the criteria for grades. My issue? I was a pretty good student, obsessively driven to get an A in each class. I worked harder than most and didn’t want my grade `to be reflective of folks who weren’t “putting in the work”. Continue reading to see how I survived.

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Do black lives matter in leadership?

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If you are sensitive to topics of race, it’s probably because our society has sugar coated this stuff for too long. Time to start ripping the band-aid off.

It’s sad, but true. The higher a black person goes in an organization, the less of his or her own they see. Does it matter, when it comes to that black person’s ability to lead the group? In corporate America, other races don’t face this question on the same magnitude as black people for two reasons. Continue reading “Do black lives matter in leadership?”

Identify the key players.

Identify the key players.

Forming a team of key players and aligning them around goals is important. This enables ideas to be flushed through competent folks and earns respect for the leader, as he/she allows the team to grow and share in the success. Understanding the individual strengths of team members and how those strengths work together in a collaborative effort is paramount to the team’s success. Goal implementation doesn’t happen overnight, but a committed team aligned toward the same goal can make the journey worth it! Have you formed your team yet?