You Say You're Approachable?

by blogadmin 25. April 2018 04:43

Rhoda Kreuzer | Special Communication Edition | April 25, 2018

At times, we can all come across with an aloof attitude or seem put out. We all have our moments, but some dwell in Sourville. Your ability to connect with people and stay connected is directly determined on how approachable you are. Simon Sinek puts it another way in his Ted Talk, "Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe".

Colleagues and customers will marginalize you if you lack approachability. Family and friends may even disconnect from you if they cannot gain your attention, if you always seem moody, appear constantly busy, or put yourself on a pedastal. If people cannot trust the consistency of your attitude and moods, they simply will not trust you. They will stop approaching you and communications shut down. No communications means no team work.

Personal Challenge: 

Take a short quiz published by Mindtools.com to get an idea of just how approachable you are. Score yourself and then think about the suggested strategies for becoming more approachable in 4 different areas: Look Available, Listening Skills, Verbal Communication, and Body Language. Focus most on where your score is low. What simple change to the way your manage or communicate will make the most impact? 

     

Hmmm...Too Busy Working To Make Your Business Successful?

by blogadmin 24. April 2018 01:42

Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership Edition

Effective leadership is more than getting things done and doing things right. It is also about focusing on the right priorities. Leaders agree that there is tremendous urgency to complete projects and see results as quickly as possible. While this sounds like a good thing, the "busyness" of being good often keeps us from the great. Neuroscience research video demonstrates how strategic leaders use their brain differently than busy leaders.

Greatness takes time to think about how one paradigm or unrelated concepts might intersect with your business world. Consider how one small change can profoundly impact your business model. Spending 30 minutes per week in strategic thought and planning makes a significant difference in the growth you will experience in business and leadership.

Strong leaders and sucessful businesses possess the courage and the discipline to set aside weekly time to view their business through many lenses, putting purpose and mission at the center. They are open to new approaches and value their others' input.

Strong leaders prioritize relationships with others who are open, inspiring, and challenging. They build alliances with other strong leaders to foster growth. These cohesive relationships are essential to business success and building leadership skills now and in the future.

How will you spend your day? Where can you schedule 30 minutes in your work week to strategize? I challenge you to set and send yourself a weekly calendar invite. Creativity, fulfillment, and joy will also come along with the business success!

 

POWER, PURPOSE & PEOPLE: Does your organization have the right mix?

by blogadmin 2. April 2018 01:00

POWER - PURPOSE - PEOPLE. These three words seem to have little in common, but in fact, they are the essential fuel for your business or organization. Success comes not just because we hope it will happen, but rather because we understand the impact of these three words.

POWER is critical because if you are using the wrong type of power, it will fail. For example, some leaders try to use positional power. "I am the boss" is their refrain and they expect subordinates to do what they want because of their title. This type of power is doomed to fail as others will only follow you if you lead from who you are and caring about them.

PEOPLE are critical because without a dedicated team, we have assets, but we are not a business. We have no capacity to produce or serve if it were not for the people who make up our organizations. Leaders who invest in people are the true winners.

PURPOSE is critical because without a sense of mission or purpose we have no direction; nothing on which to base decisions or attract customers and clients. Clarifying our purpose allows us to attract the right employees, customers, and clients. Leaders know that without vision and purpose, organizations will wither and fail.

Challenge:  Make POWER, PEOPLE, and PURPOSE your focus and watch the difference that will emerge in your organization. 

 

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