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Work On Offering More Positive Feedback

Work on offering more positive feedback

To improve morale and get better results, work on offering more positive feedback. As a leader or manager your responsible for providing everyone with appropriate feedback so that each person knows where they stand and how to optimize their efforts.

Work on Offering More Positive Feedback

Effective feedback energizes; nitpicking de-motivates.

Nitpicking is:

  1. One way. You give but don’t invite feedback. It’s frustrating. Still worse, it’s belittling.
  2. Always negative.
  3. Low benefit.
  4. Demoralizing. Watch people when they walk away. Do their heads always hang and their shoulders droop?

People who crave feedback include:

  1. New hires.
  2. Freshly promoted employees.
  3. Those facing new challenges.
  4. Perfectionists.
  5. Self-critical downers.
  6. Highly motivated achievers.

  People who resist hearing feedback may be:

  1. Insecure and fearful.
  2. Drifting.
  3. Stubborn.
  4. Not committed to the pursuit of excellence.
  5. In over their heads.


Positive feedback is best served alone.

Don’t use it to buffer “bad” news. See the good – say the good – walk away. An abundance of positive feedback creates environments where corrective feedback goes down more smoothly.


What feedback tips or warnings can you share?

What does great feedback look like?

This short excerpt from Leadership Freak gets right to the point when it comes to positive feedback. Work on offering more positive feedback to employees and other with thesee simple guidelines. Sometimes feedback occurs spontaneously so try to remember these tips and you’ll usually get the results you were hoping for along with a great deal of respect.




Be Honest About Which Goals Really Matter to You


Be honest about which goals really matter to you.

If you are like most people you have thoughts about different kinds of projects and goals you would like to accomplish. What I’ve noticed recently is that most people, including myself, don’t act on those dreams and visions as often as we would like.

To overcome this problem, you need to be honest about which goals really matter to you. I found this wonderful article  that sheds some light on why our ambition seems to diminish when it comes to things we say we think we want to do.

Be Honest About Which Goals Really Matter to You

I have been challenging myself a lot lately regarding my goals and dreams. I say I want to XYZ, but if I am honest, there are many signs that should tell me that I really don’t want to do this. It is a goal I want to want. Something that I think would be interesting to want. But I have to push myself to get enthused about it.


Here is an example. I have been saying for many years that I wanted to get my PhD. I even enrolled in a great program and was underway. It was a slog for all the usual reasons including that I was working full time and trying to have a life. I thought this was normal and it is to a point. But even if I had all the time in the world it would be a slog. And now I can be at peace and tell you I really don’t want a PhD. I wanted to want it.


Quitting the program hurt because I had already made an investment. But is it ever right to continue spending time and money when it’s no longer a goal? No, it is not (especially if you do not need the credential/outcome, which I don’t). Read the full article here…


I am pretty sure all of you have your own examples of times when you “wanted to want” a certain goal and may have even felt a twinge of guilt about not getting it done. Isn’t it time to  be honest about which goals really matter to you? It’s actually a  very good feeling to let go of those things you have no real ambition for and to embrace one thing that means the most to you. As you can see, understanding this concept is important for good leadership.

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7 Attributes of a Good Leader

We find that sometimes, a bullet-pointed list is just what we need to keep a positive attitude in focus. It is like having those little post-its on your mirror or your fridge that remind you of what is important. We think these 7 attributes of a good leader, posted by Barbara White on Greenstein, Rogoff, Olson & Co are right on the mark.

7 Attributes of a Good Leader

How often have you heard the comment, “He or she is a born leader?” There are certain characteristics found in some people that seem to naturally put them in a position where they’re looked up to as a leader.

Whether in fact a person is born a leader or develops skills and abilities to become a leader is open for debate. There are some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their personality. Let us explore them further.

  1. A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.
  2. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
  3. A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.
  4. A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.

Original post here

Of course, we realize that there are far more than only 7 attributes of a good leader. We’d love to hear any you think have been left out of this list.


The Importance of Communication Skills in a Global Market

In today’s global market, there is more opportunity for growth and expansion than ever before.The importance of communication skills in a global market cannot be underestimated. Not only do you need to be able to effectively communicate with employees from other cultures, but they too need to be trained to communicate across their own borders. In this article posted on Market Watch, we get insight from Hays Journal, a world-class global specialist recruiting group, on how to be effective in an international evironment.

The Importance of Communication Skills in a Global Market

Communication skills are becoming vital if global business leaders are to effectively manage people across international boundaries, says recruiting experts Hays.

In its latest Hays Journal, out this week, the recruiter explores the growing importance of communication in international people management. Says Marc Burrage, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong: “For business leaders in an increasingly global, 24/7 environment, how they communicate with a multi-lingual and multi-cultural team, located across different time zones and markets, is increasingly important and critical to business success.

“Even the most globetrotting manager cannot be everywhere at once. The world of work is increasingly complex and in our experience of recruiting world-class leaders, strong communication skills are vitally important in a successful leader. They allow a leader to remain attuned to the different cultural and societal expectations of global teams through regular contact, while keeping in mind regional sensitivities and market differences.

“This includes being aware of how what you are saying is perceived by others, especially if English is not their first language.”

There has been some debate about whether such skills can be taught. “Certainly it requires multiple interventions over a period of time,” says Marc. “It’s also about bringing people together – networks are hugely important to learning, while ongoing leadership and talent development are also critical.

“Leaders can develop the skills and qualities necessary to build, engage and foster team spirit across different time zones and geographies. Many organisations run their own diversity and inclusion training programmes for managers, with extra programmes offered for those likely to work with staff across geographies.

“This includes managing different ways of working, such as differing leadership and cultural styles. Coaching and training in effective communication techniques, such as the danger of ambiguity, the need for clarity and the benefits of picking up the phone or even getting on a plane, are also essential. How you communicate is vital.

Original article here

The importance of communication skills in a global market is important not only for reaching out to your customer, client and partner base, but also in managing a multi-cultural business environment. Make sure your organization is ready for the challenge.


Leader’s Focus Should Be Individual’s Strengths

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Whether it's music, sports or a sales team the best leaders focus on individual strengths to get the best results.

Every company wants to utilize their employees efficiently and raise overall productivity. In order to do that, the best leader’s focus should be on individual strengths and talents and to place the right workers on jobs they can succeed at.

Happy workers are productive and innovative as well as loyal. When a worker feels proud of their accomplishments they will work twice as hard. What manager doesn’t want that? Steve Roesler on All Things Workplace points out the benefits of using this strategy in one simple example.

Leaders Should Focus on Individual Strengths and Talents

Here is a way to start thinking about where to invest energy: Building Strengths or Overcoming Weaknesses. I’ll use a sales example.

Let’s say you are a sales rep who has a track record of getting appointments and a presentation with 60% of the people on whom you call. But your ability to close the sale is 25%. You have been a sales rep at different companies for 18 years.(Stick with me, I’ve been a sales manager). What you now know is that you’re strength lies in building the initial relationship and being able to get in front of the client. No matter how hard you’ve worked at closing the sale, you’ve never gotten above 25%.

As your sales manager, I’d start thinking: If I help you focus on getting appointments and presentations–and you improve just 10%–then I have someone who can get us in front of a prospective client 66% of the time. If I start focusing on your closing deficit and you manage to improve 10%, you still only get to a 27.5% success rate. So I decide that I –or another “closer” with a high percentage of success–will come along to the presentations.

Read more of this article here

Sometimes even the workers aren’t sure where they really belong, a good leaders focus should be on the individuals strengths. When a manager takes the time to observe and assess the work environment and speak to their employees regularly they promote honest, stress free communication. They also create more opportunities to bring out the best in each employee by allowing them to use their strongest skills.



10 Helpful Tips for Effective Leadership

If we could simply list them, what are the essential qualities of an effective leader? If you have read our work, then you know how much we value bringing out the best in your people. In this article posted on News Olio, we found 10 helpful tips for effective leadership - in a nutshell.

10 Helpful Tips for Effective Leadership

Many people have a favorite teacher or boss who helped to motivate them into accomplishing important goals. Good leaders are made, not born. Here are suggestions for enhancing the directional skills of those in leadership positions.

  1. Value people. Instead of squeezing every last drop of sweat from those under your authority, make it a point to encourage good performance and emphasize positive relationships. Let people know you care about them, and not just about the work they do. Warm greetings, personal comments, and friendly conversation at lunch or after hours help to smooth workplace relations.
  2. Lead by example. Instead of appointing someone else to do the “hard” jobs, give it a shot to assess difficulty level, and to show staff that you are not above doing such work. Don’t goof off on the job, or others will expect the right to do it, too. Avoid using company resources for personal benefit, like making long distance calls, Internet shopping, or using office supplies for non-business work.
  3. Display a strong character. Remember that others are watching you. Control negative emotions like anger, frustration, and irritation. Practice good judgment, patience, and fair play in dealing with office situations. Leaders sit on pedestals. Everything you do will be magnified and evaluated by those you work with.

Original article here

Sometimes we like to make it simple – so there you have it, in a nutshell: 10 helpful tips for effective leadership. Please share with us how you have integrated some of these to help build innovative and motivated teams.


Leadership Skills from a Fishing Guide

What do fishing and leadership have to do with each other? Maybe you think that fishing is something you do after you have retired from leadership, but not so. In this piece written by Monte Burke and posted on Forbes, we see how we can get leadership skills from a fishing guide - someone who is dealing with a wide variety of people and personalities on a daily basis.

Leadership Skills from a Fishing Guide

Guiding is an unusual job. These small business owners–entrepreneurs, really–work in an office that’s as unpredictable as it is beautiful, in close and constant contact with their often demanding clients for a full day and sometimes even longer. Perhaps only golf caddies come close to having the demands put upon a fishing guide. A guide is, simultaneously, a coach, a temporary employee, a therapist and even a doctor. We pay them to show us where the fish are and how to catch them. They soothe our bruised egos when we miss that shot at a big fish. They occasionally have to pull hooks out of our heads.

Legendary Everglades fishing guide, Steve Huff, once told me that his job is, simply, to “make an angler’s dream come true.” That’s a decent amount of pressure to put on oneself.

I’ve found that fishing guides, because of the many hats they are forced to wear, and the multitude of personalities they are forced to deal with, tend to have a great perspective on the way the world works. Recently, I asked four of the best fishing guides in the business to tell me the best leadership lessons they’ve learned from guiding, advice that is applicable to many different jobs, both on and off the water.

original article here

If you would have never dreamed that you can learn leadership skills from a fishing guide, then perhaps you have missed other opportunities to learn from the unexpected. Always keep your eyes open for opportunities to learn and become better.


10 Approaches to Challenges in Leadership

People like to have lists because it puts everything they need to know in one place. Anytime we find a good list of tips for leaders, we like to share them. Here are 10 approaches to challenges in leadership, posted on Leadership Freak:

10 Approaches to Challenges in Leadership

The purpose of leadership is to identify and create the future. If you want to lead, go somewhere and take someone with you.

The challenge of leadership is helping people keep up. You are ahead. If you aren’t ahead you aren’t leading.

  1. Embrace dissatisfaction and discontent with optimism. Nothing gets done without optimism – the belief it can get done.
  2. Define and explain the future in relevant language. Passion ignites when others own the future for themselves.
  3. Find alignment of purpose between individuals and organizations.
  4. Constantly explore change with openness and skepticism. “Will this advance the agenda?” Doug Conant.
  5. Persistently push forward while celebrating past success – balance dissatisfaction with satisfaction. Many never move beyond dissatisfaction.
If these 10 approaches to challenges in leadership have helped you or you have more you’d like to add, we’d love to hear from you! Tell us about how you have come up with ways  to effectively manage challenges for both you and your employees.

Inspiration is Like a “Magic” Ingredient

Inspiration is a “magic” ingredient when you need to get something done or to lead a successful project. It is very difficult to know what will inspire someone at any given time but one thing I do know is you will have to figure out a way to tap into the emotional and empathetic nature to inspire someone to take action for the sake of others. Avery Lynn’s life was short but her bucket list touched hearts around the world and inspired many people to donate money and volunteer hours and other services.

Watch this video from CNN and find your own inspiration

Inspiration is Like a Magic Ingredient

The 6-month-old girl whose parents created a “bucket list” blog for their daughter after doctors said she would not live past age 2 died Monday, her father said.

Avery Lynn Canahuati, who was born in November with spinal muscular atrophy type 1, died of pulmonary complications related to the genetic disorder, Mike Canahuati said on the blog Tuesday.

“In short, one of her lungs collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest,” said Canahuati, 31, of Bellaire, Texas. “I immediately performed CPR on her and was able to bring her back to life, but only for a brief period of time before she passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Writing in the first person as if his daughter were the author, Canahuati created new bucket list entries during the week on the family’s averycan.blogspot.com website or their “Avery’s Bucket List” Facebook page. They included:

1. Wake up smiling.

2. Have a bad hair day.

3. Ride in an ambulance.

4. Get picked up by a fireman.

5. Meet a fan.

6. Talk to mommy & daddy.

7. Eat a cupcake & a Blow Pop.

8. Play with Play-Dough.

9. Play a practical joke on someone.

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If you don’t have one, start a bucket list today. A bucket list prompts the mind to consider “what if” and  inspires true exploration and discovery and that is always a good thing. Make sure inspiration is a magic ingredient in your life and in the lives of those around you.


Does Your Boss Lack Strong Leadership Skills?

Does Your Boss Lack Strong Leadership Skills?

The question is simple: does your boss lack strong leadership skills?  And while the question is simple, the answer is actually quite complex and in most cases inappropriate to be discussed aloud.  Still, that does not mean that it should not be considered.  In fact, it seems like the opposite is true.  Annie McKee discusses the implications in her article published in the Huffingtonpost.com. 

Does Your Boss Lack Strong Leadership Skills?

“I can’t stand my boss.”

It’s a sad situation, really, when statements like these are at the center of so many conversations at work. But it’s true: bosses are disliked, despised, disrespected and detested. More people leave jobs because of their bosses than because of pay issues, working conditions or the job itself. In fact, in a Gallup survey, fully one half of all workers would fire their boss if given the opportunity. So, if we want to improve our workplaces and work lives, we better start by looking at why so many leaders are falling short on such a grand scale…In the end, organizations create their own monsters.

1. The first thing you need to do is check to see if you are one of them.
If you have become the person everyone loves to hate, it’s time for a change. It won’t necessarily be easy, but if you want to get back to the person you really are, you’ll need to take a hard look at what got you to this place. You’ll likely need to make some pretty major changes to your lifestyle so you can deal with the stress that is inherent in your job. You may need to put yourself in a learning mode — get a coach, find a good leadership program, develop daily routines that support you to be at your best more often, maybe even get a therapist. Yes, it might require even that. At the least, you’re sure to need to focus on personal growth. Professional development simply doesn’t happen without it.

2. If you’re not the problem — still a good leader, still creating a resonant environment for your team — you need to find ways to protect yourself from the dissonance around you. You can start by making sure your psychological defenses are strong and in place.

3. You can also take some solace in looking down and around you. Make sure that you’re not “kicking the dog.” Instead of passing on the bad behavior, do just the opposite. Get yourself to the point where you can share positive emotions, not negative. Create an environment that is full of promise and excitement, not doom and gloom. Engage your natural optimism and focus on hope. Focus on empathy and compassion so you can direct your activities toward supporting others. Hope and compassion are two ways to literally shift your brain into a mode that helps you deal with stress — while you are also protecting and inspiring others.

4. Finally, you can stop the madness by promoting the right people. Don’t focus so much on results, focus on how people get results.  No matter how unpleasant it is, you really do need to learn to give people honest feedback about their leadership skills. Complete Story Here.

Does your boss lack leadership skills is such an important question we must all ask ourselves as it directly impacts your successful development and promotion within a company, not to mention their influence on the type of leader you will become.  My personal experience with this issue has taught me if your boss is noticeably lacking leadership skills….you better run!