Imagine sitting by the campfire after a long day on the trail. You are surrounded by fellow hikers and guides, people who care about the goal, and each other. What would you talk about? What questions would you pose and what wisdoms would you share?
It’s time to reflect and contemplate next moves, study the map, search for the best path, assess the energy of the group. What has changed? Continue reading Welcome to a Fireside Chat for Leaders
Is there someone on your team who often disrupts the meeting? They hijack the agenda for their personal goals at the expense of the team?
Continue reading Don’t enable bad behaviors
Are you thinking of doing something completely different? Maybe starting a new career, having a child, or taking the summer off to travel?
It takes a deliberate effort to freely jump into the unknown. No one can open that door for you. Only you can! Continue reading The door to change opens from the inside
When I get annoyed, aggravated, or angry… my listening skills shut down. I focus my energy on defending my ground. I’m pretty sure the same is happening on the other side.
Continue reading If it gets emotional, shut up
This week I’m at the ODF conference in Ann Arbor, MI where I’m surrounded by professionals who design organizations for a living. It’s awesome being around Continue reading The only thing you can change is you
Have you ever met someone and wondered how they have the courage to do the things they do? Where does their energy come from? Why do they keep a positive attitude even when obstacles are everywhere?
Continue reading Surround yourself with people you admire
Deliberately selecting and being a role model defines character
We pick up mannerisms, thought processes, and behaviors from the people around us. And they pick up these things from us.
Continue reading Act 4: Role Model
How you spend your time, and who you hang around with, matters. Why? Because, it tells people what you think is important.
Continue reading Spend time wisely
When someone is silent, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are not listening.
Continue reading People are listening
Can you ever restore trust, once it’s broken? The answer is maybe, but it requires swift and deliberate action by a leader.
First, acknowledge the mistake as bad judgment. Don’t make excuses. Next, lay out a roadmap for sustainable change. Do not accept status quo.
Continue reading You don’t win trust, you earn trust
Do you want people to buy into your solutions?
Start with the WIIFM. What’s in it for me? The WIIFM answers, “Why should I give my energy and time to help you achieve your goals?”. Continue reading Act 3: Connect