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THE JOB OF LEADERSHIP — November 27, 2013


Check out @MarkSFernandes’s Tweet:

“Leaders, Stop These Behaviors Now If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to the things you need to stop doing at the same time. Here are three to avoid: – Judgmental body language. – Interrupting. – Being inconsistent.” —


Leaders must perfect the art of bouncing back. There are places and spaces where we get side tracked or sidelined and how we “come back” will determine how effective we can be going forward.  Our past accomplishments and accolades can only carry  so far into the future.  Being effective in the right now doesn’t allow you to rest on the laurels of days gone by.  Whatever knocked you out, prepare yourself for great comeback!  Here are 5 tips to help you bounce back with a vengenance:

1.  Acknowledge/appreciate/commend those who held down the fort while you were out of commission.  Have them give you a comprehensive update.  PAY ATTENTION to their observations of the team and the work that has transpired in your absence. 

2.  Rally the troops.  Bring the team back together establish/restablish your baseline expectations and goals.

3.  Be patient. The troops may have grown accumstomed to the leadership style and expectations of someone else.  It may take a little time to readjust (for everyone.)

4.  Communicate.  Many times when we’ve been out of commission for an extended period of time and we quickly develop tunnel vision.  We want to dive back in and start producing.  While productivity is important, communication is key.  Stay connected.  Be responsive and initiate dialogue that will allow you to have an accurate view of the current status. 

5.  Strive to be constructive rather than critical.  Its very easy, if we are not careful, to fall into criticizing what was done in our absence.  Please do not take this bait.  Make the best of what happened or what didn’t and move forward.  You are now in a position to affect positive and productive outcomes.  Don’t waist time complaining about what cannot be changed.  This doesn’t mean turn a blind eye to gross negligence or incompetence.  But, to the furthest extent possible, focus forward and plan a success stragtegy that can build on the work accomplished in your absence without tearing down others.


Its been a minute since I posted an original post.  Lots going on in my world and most of it good.  With this post I will return to more regular and original posts on a weekly basis.  Trying to manage my time and my priorities more responsibly. 

Look at it this way —
Your Master Communication Lesson of the Day: “One Phone Call at a Time” —

Your Master Communication Lesson of the Day: “One Phone Call at a Time”

The 16%

Here’s what appears to be a no-brainer.  Who was the better communicator – John F. Kennedy or Lyndon Baines Johnson?

It seems like no-contest.  I can quote line after line from speeches by President Kennedy.  I don’t think I can quote a single line from an LBJ speech.  In fact, I think the line I know best from him is this line, from an address to the nation – not quite a “speech” in the traditional sense:  “I shall not seek, and I will not accept…”

So, JFK – the better communicator?  Right.

I’m not so sure.  Maybe LBJ wins that contest.  He just gave his “speeches” to one person at a time – over the telephone.  Lyndon Johnson was the Grand Champion, Super Bowl Champion, Gold Medal winner phone communicator of all time.

He was charming, direct – he could be ruthless, unyielding – all over the phone. …

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It’s better in general! — November 25, 2013
A Short Success Ritual —
20 Ways to Give Negative Feedback —
Leadership and the Art of Thinking —

Leadership and the Art of Thinking

Doug Dickerson on Leadership


If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. – General George S. Patton

A story is told of a man who bought a new gadget- unassembled, of course, and after reading and rereading the instructions he couldn’t figure out how it went together. Finally, he sought the help of an old handyman who was working in the backyard.

The old fellow picked up the pieces, studied them, and then began assembling the gadget. In a short time, he had it put together. “That’s amazing,” said the man. “And you did it without even looking at the instructions!” “The fact is,” the old man said, “I can’t read, and when a fellow can’t read, he’s got to think.”

Thinking is essential to your leadership. You deal with dozens of decisions a day that require clear thought and sound judgment and you need to be able to make those decisions wisely…

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Top 10 Easy, No or Low Cost Ways to Tell Employees “Thank You” —

Top 10 Easy, No or Low Cost Ways to Tell Employees “Thank You”

Leading with Trust

Thank YouTelling an employee “thank you” is one of the most simple and powerful ways to build trust, yet it doesn’t happen near enough in the workplace.

Whenever I conduct trust workshops with clients and discuss the role that rewards and recognition play in building trust, I will ask participants to raise their hands if they feel like they receive too much praise or recognition on the job. No one has ever raised a hand.

So in an effort to equip leaders to build trust and increase recognition in the workplace, and with the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday just four days away, I thought I’d share ten easy, no to low-cost ways to tell your employees “thank you.” I’ve used many of these myself and can attest to their effectiveness.

In David Letterman, Late Night style…The Top 10 Easy, No or Low Cost Ways to Tell Employees “Thank You:”

10. Let them…

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