Scoring points vs. winning

by blogadmin 9. September 2019 03:21

By Rhoda Kreuzer, CEO, Leadership Coach

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." --Michael Jordan

 

There are many talented people who are able to score points whether in sports or in the boardroom. They close the deal, or they complete a complex project. In short, they do an outstanding job at their own responsibilities, however, they fail when it comes to working and collaborating with the team. They see everything through the lens of how it will impact them and how it makes them look.


Teamwork is key to achieving our vision and sustaining success. Individuals can gain momentum in the short term, but it is the team that sustains that effort and excels in the long term. The real question is do you have a group of individuals working for you, or a team that is working together to achieve tremendous impact on your objectives and vision.


Some questions that help us determine whether we are working as a team are:

-Do you have silos in your organization?
-When there is an issue, do people describe it in terms of what someone did wrong versus in terms of possible solutions?
-When one person or department is falling behind, do others on the team offer to assist?
-When the team is stuck and struggling to make progress, do others step up to help create momentum and lend their assistance?
-Do staff hold each other accountable?
-Do staff give recognition to each other on a regular basis?

The answer to these questions begins to illustrate how strong your team may be. Leaders can influence the strength of their team by providing clear vision, accountability for working together as a team, and rewarding people who display strong team behaviors.


Strengthen your team and lead the way to success!

Do You Shut Down Feedback To Avoid Criticism?

by blogadmin 24. June 2019 03:33

Leadership In Action | Leadership Edition | June 24, 2019

"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." ~Aristotle

For most of us, we hate criticism. We work hard to do a great job and when someone criticizes us, we take it personally. This can often lead us to believe the other person does not like us or does not understand that our way is correct.

This is certainly true of many leaders who receive feedback from their staff, clients, or community members. Many leaders try to shut down the feedback to avoid any criticism. However, as leaders we must hear and listen to those who provide feedback which may be critical in nature. You do not need to agree to everything they say, but you do need to remain open as their input may be invaluable to your overall success. 

Personal Challenge:

Who do you need to listen to in order to gain insight? When someone disagrees with you, how can you stay open and remain positive to feedback?

All The Best,

Rhoda 

Integrity. Are You In Alignment?

by blogadmin 18. June 2019 01:37

Leadership In Action | Sales Edition | June 18, 2019

 

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say,and what you do are harmony." ~Mahatma Ghandi

If you have ever gone to the chiropractor with back pain, you know the relief that comes from having them adjust your spine, so you are in alignment. All the pinched nerves and your vertebrae are in place. Ah, releif!

The same is true when we align what we think, say, and do. When are lives are in alignment, we do not need to worry about remembering what we said to different people. We have integrit in our lives that allows us to relax and for others to build trust with us.

Trust is the foundation of leadership and sales. If people can predict what we will do, and if they understand who we truly are - they will be drawn to working with us.

Personal Challenge:

Are you in alignment? In what ways can you strengthen your integrity to create stronger trust with those around you?

All The Best, 

John Karle 

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