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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Leaders must say no when necessary.

img_0300A new leader might think, “It would be great if I could give my team everything they desire.” Higher compensation, benefits, resources, information, the list goes on. But a good leader understands, not only is that impossible, it could also be detrimental. Continue reading for 5 reasons why saying “no”, when required, is important.

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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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How to recover from mistakes.

img_0257You made a mistake. You lost confidence in yourself. Your performance is starting to suffer. People tend to do that from time to time. As a leader I have found that thinking positively, with the right perspective, can help you recover. This is a simple idea, yet hard to do. Here are 5 ways to ensure you think the right thoughts, in the midst of a mistake.

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We’ve always done it that way, how could this happen?

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Incidents often occur at organizations, where the root cause is found to be “human error”. In other words, a procedure was not followed properly or was otherwise ignored. Chances are it’s not the first time this procedure was broken. So how does this happen?  We have an answer to this question and suggestions for leaders who want to avoid this issue.

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PEOPLE THAT ARE AFRAID SHOULD READ THE HUMAN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

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People are afraid right now. It’s a fact. They justify their fears by saying “this or that could happen” and “the future is unknown”. By that logic we would always be afraid and unfortunately, that’s true for a lot of people. On the inside, we know we’re not supposed to feel this way. We innately know that on a daily basis, our life should be set up to live without constant fear. That’s why we go to work, earn a living, put a roof over our head, clothes on our back, support our children, etc… We’re naturally driven to seek out a sense of peace and security. One could argue that when we are fearful we are in a sense broken, or in a broken situation. So, how can we fix it?

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