Solve problems by asking the right questions

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As leaders, we need to be in tune with our team in order to solve problems. That means we have to listen. In order to ensure you are listening to the right thing, you need to ask the right questions. Here are three ways to make that happen.

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3 Reasons to Respect Strangers

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You never know who God will place in your path. In our daily lives, we probably interact with strangers more than our loved ones. At work, the bus stop, market, airport, etc., we are connected to people who are moving through this world at a rapid pace. No one knows the mind of a stranger. People have no idea who a person is or where they came from, which is why parents tell children to stay away. But the fact is, they are people with feelings and experiences. God knows this and if you are in tune with Him, he will guide you through these meetings and create some amazing experiences. The key is respecting them at all times. Here’s 3 reasons why.

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Teaching people how to think.

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People 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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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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Group Projects Suck!

img_0272This is a reblog of a post from a couple of years ago.  It’s still pertinent today, maybe even more than ever…

When 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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