Tools for Every Day Leaders

Ep #89: Managing Former Peers

The future growth of organizations and the baby boomer bail out will increase the likelihood that people will have to manage former peers. Here are some suggestions for how to handle that relationship change. What you’ll learn from this episode: Meet with them and acknowledge the awkwardness. Recalibrate expectations and see if they have any…

Tools for Every Day Leaders

Ep #67: Who Is “They” – Managers and Blame

Do you avoid sharing unpopular decisions with your employees and defer to some “higher up” for their voice and title? If so, you’re not building your own credibility as a leader. What you’ll learn from this episode: Two remedies to address this situation. The two different types of people who exist regarding responsibility and blame. Working…

Leading Teams through Change

Change happens every day. Our work is not static. We have to stop believing that things should stay the same. We have to stop expecting things to be consistent. A vital role as leaders today, is to move our teams, effectively through change. When we join our team in commiserating, complaining and moaning about change; we aren’t leading. It…

What Breaks Your Heart?

I watched this quick video last week and found it incredibly powerful. Asking this question can help direct our energy (for ourselves and our organization). Understanding THAT thing that breaks your heart, knowing your compelling reason to do what you do… it’s the secret sauce. I thought about it. What breaks my heart? Knowing that…

Managing and People Pleasing

I cannot count the amount of times I’ve heard a manager tell me they’re a ‘people pleaser’. As a result, they find it difficult to: Say “no” Have conversations with others about performance Delegate Ask others to do work they know they could just do themselves (see delegate) Give bad news Change their mind Write-up…

Your WHY is Steering Your HOW

Why did you sign up to be a manager? Was it for the promotion? The salary? The increased responsibility? Maybe it’s because it’s the next natural step to a longer term goal. Maybe it’s so you can have a broader impact and give back. All-too-often we don’t really know WHY we want to be managers.…