Asking The Right Questions

by blogadmin 13. November 2018 06:43

Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership Edition | November 12, 2018

While many leaders are busy seeking answers, few are evaluating if they are asking the right questions. Gaining answers is easy, but if they are answers to the wrong questions, then the answers have little value.

Consider the following as an example of some questions that have limited value: "I wonder how much this will cost? How much time will it take?" While these are not necessarily bad questions, they are not the most important questions we should be asking.

Instead, consider the power of asking, "What is the most important thing that I can do that will change my business?"

The difference is one puts the "cost" of a change or a decision in context of the impact it will have on our business and team. The others simply point out obstacles. The reality is that anything that is truly important will have obstacles to implementing the change. That, however, should not stop us from doing what is important-instead it informs our strategy for implementation.

Personal Challenge:

Begin today to evaluate the questions you are posing to yourself and others. Make sure the best questions are being asked and achieving true success! 

All The Best,

Rhoda 

 

Opportunities Arise When Electing Strong Leaders

by blogadmin 5. November 2018 03:55

Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership Edition | November 5, 2018

Each leader must ask what they will stand for and the way in which they will influence and serve their team, organization, or country. Strong leaders possess the strength of character to lead with the integrity of word and action; to respect each person, and to work for the good of everyone.

As we approach the election on Tuesday, I am reminded of the many challenges before us as a country. You could site many obstacles or issues that voters will need to decide when they vote. However, it would seem that an even more important issue would be to decide the type of leaders we will elect to represent us. Will we elect leaders who possess integrity, who repspect and represent every single person? All the issues we face will be easier to confront and we will create better strategies if we have strong leaders. Strong leaders are not those who are the loudest; they are those who have a forward vision of what is possible if we work together, they are honest even when it means admitting mistakes, and they are respectful and care for everyone.

We must strive to be strong leaders in our own sphere of influence and seek to elect those that would reflect those values as well. We have great opportunities ahead if we elect strong leaders! Take this opportunity to make a real difference. Vote for strong leaders who will represent all Americans. 

All The Best,

Rhoda 

 

Resilience. How To Come Back Stronger Than Ever.

by blogadmin 22. October 2018 01:49

  

Carol Helsel | HR & Recruiting Edition | October 22, 2018

Resilient Leader:  A person who sees failures as temporary setbacks they can recover from quickly. They maintain a positive attitude and a strong sense of opportunity during periods of turbulence. They find ways to move forward and avoid getting stuck.

Resiliency can make or break a company during challenging times, making it a critical attribute to have. The question then becomes, do you have it or if not, can you develop it?

Addressing the loss of her husband, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg teamed up with Adam Grant, a Wharton professor of psychology. Here are 5 findings they teach us in their book, "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resistance and Finding Joy":

1.  STUNTING RECOVERY. Studies show that people recover quickly when they realize that hardships aren't entirely their fault, don't affect every aspect of their lives, and won't follow them forever. Think this way in terms of business leadership.

2. KICK THE ELEPHANT OUT OF THE ROOM. Sandberg did not speak of her husband's death when she returned to work, nor did her colleagues. During times of crisis, leaders can become silent to shield employees from what's going on. This can have a detrimental effect to how the team reacts and moves forward. It's critical to be open, hones, and transparent. Communicate what is happening. Employees need to know and should hear it from the most senior leader.

3. SELF-CONFIDENCE & SELF-COMPASSION. Whenever Sandberg finds herself overwhelmed, she takes it one step at a time. "I didn't have to aim for perfection. I didn't have to believe in myself all the time. I just had to believe I could contribute a little bit more. She regularly gives this advice to colleagues who doubt themselves. 

4. CONTRIBUTE. To help Sandberg rebuild her self-confidence, Grant suggested she write down three things she did well every day. Instead, she counted the contributions she made every day. This boosted her confidence, because gratitude is passive: it makes us feel thankful for what we receive. Contributions are active: they build our confidence by reminding us that we can make a difference.

5. PAY ATTENTION TO JOY. Rather than waiting until we're having a good day to enjoy life, whe should go and do the small things that make us happy. When you seize more and more moments of happiness, you find that they give you strength. And strength is what you need to get through the tough times. Getting through the tough times is what resiliency is all about.

Personal Challenge:

-Where do you tend to hold back when communicating to your employees? Why? 

-In what type of situtations do you tend to get overwhelmed? What is one way you can contribute just a little bit more?

-What small moments in life make you joyful? How can you incorporate those into each work day? Is it something where you could include your employees?

 Find ways that help you move forward when you get stuck. It's the tenacity to simply continue to move forward. Resiliency makes a company lasting and strong.

All The Best,

Carol 

 

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