Moving Forward, One Step At A Time

by blogadmin 26. August 2019 02:44

 

 
 Leadership In Action | Leadership Edition

Have you thought one or more of the statements below?

 

  •        The economy is just too bad to succeed.
  •        The competition has an unfair advantage.
  •        I can’t find good help.
  •        I’m not lucky like others.
  •        I just can’t get a break when competing with larger companies.

Do many of them sound familiar? It is easy to have this mindset when times are tough. We all experience difficulties from time to time. Those difficulties may be in our personal lives, they could be economic or in the community. Wherever difficulties present themselves the real question is, what will you do about the situation?

There are a few key steps to our response to be aware of if we want to be successful.  First, check your attitude.  It is almost impossible to succeed if your attitude is down in the dumps.  Sure, we have challenges, but the key is to realize that there are more blessings in our lives than those challenges. Focusing on the positives in our lives gives us the strength to better identify the steps to the solutions.

Second, remember that if you focus on the solution you can rise to success.  We cannot change the circumstances we face, but we can focus on how to overcome them.  It may be an unexpected resignation by a key employee, or the loss of a client.  These can create opportunities to improve, grow and reshape your business.

Third, reach out.  You are not the first person to have these issues and there are others with wisdom that could assist you in identifying key strategies to overcome challenges.  It always helps to know that others care and have survived a crisis. Reach out to others in your network to gain perspective and insight to address the challenges you are facing.

 

Become successful one step at a time! 
 
 

Dear Change Leader, Change Yourself.

by blogadmin 3. June 2019 02:37

  

 Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership In Action | Leadership Edition 

Why is change so difficult at work? Often, it's because leadership uses a logical approach to deal with the implementation of a new process, but ignores the emotional side of the equation. Put yourself in your others' desk chairs when it comes to change:

(1) It is unknown. We can't be sure if the change will be positive or if it will work.

(2) It requires us to change our pattern of behavior. Most people enjoy a routine pattern or a way of doing things. Change disrupts our routine. 

(3) It requires energy. Most of us would rather continue our current practice because it takes less work. We prefer autopilot mode.

(4) I am losing something of value. Most of us feel that with change we lose something important. Something we value about our status, our work, our relationships. We may even feel that we are out of control. 

You may think the ability to empathize and fully understand what's going on in a team member's head is easy, but today's leaders need to be REAL change leaders. Draw people into the story by making them active participants. The trick is to uitilize your soft skills and address the real concern of what's in it for them. Great change leaders make people see the positive side of change, show them how they will learn, grow, and improve, and make the status quo seem unappealing.

Personal Challenge:
With upcoming changes that need to be made, what can you do to improve your own soft skills? In what ways can you involve your team in the change process? How can you include them in the journey? Where can you demonstrate your enthusiasm and gratitude for their roles in making your company thrive and become even more successful?

Here's wishing you great success in all that you do! 

CEO's Agree: 5 Emerging Talent & Team Trends

by blogadmin 18. February 2019 04:27
 
Rhoda Kreuzer | Team Edition | Leadership In Action | February 18, 2019 
 
One of the biggest challenges for today's business owners and executives is managing their people strategy. When prioritizing the next generation of leaders in the year ahead, attracting, developing and retaining top talent is no easy feat.
 
Here are 5 emerging talent and team trends successful executives need to be aware of in 2019 and beyond:
 
1. Treating Leadership Preparedness Like Disaster Preparedness. Continuously empowering employees to develop support systems, adopt resilient behaviors and shift mindsets before the unexpected occurs will build resilient teams.
 
2.  Replace Ineffective Conscious bias Training with a Focus on Conscious Inclusion. Diverse teams acheive higher levels of innovation, stronger client relationships through a better understanding of client needs, and attracting and retaining top talent.
 
3. Throwing the Boomerang:  Investing in Departing High Potentials. A shift in mindset about exiting employees can generate positive returns. View former employees as brand champions, future clients, or boomerang employees that you could re-hire. Emphasis on positive exit interviews are key.
 
4.  Move From Being An Authentic Leader to Cultivating Authenticity in Your Team. Leaders and teams who thrive will create space for thoughtful, genuine conversations about issues impacting employees to happen safely and sensitively in the workplace.
 
5. Planning For Success All-The-Time, Year Around. Actively involving the entire leadership team to identify and develop prospective leaders will also ensure important decisions about succession and the future of the company are not made during an abrupt departure.
 
Over the next year, we will see these trends pave the way to improve business processes, management, and the bottom line. 

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