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! 

How Do YOU Lead?

by blogadmin 4. February 2019 06:07

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION | LEADERSHIP EDITION | FEBRUARY 4, 2019

"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." ~John Maxwell

Leaders define success much differently than others within their respective organization. Some may define success as getting their reports done on time, staying within the budget, and meeting deadlines. These tasks are good accomplishments, but they do not meet the test for the INFLUENCE of leaders that spurs success. 

Strong leaders define success as creating influence around things that are important. They strive to change laws or environments, create  opportunities, and to change the power structure to benefit others. They seek to influence not as a benefit to themselves, but rather to assist those they serve. Their measure of success is all about how much they have influenced others for their good. A great calling for those who are not caught up in the trappings of artificial success. 

Personal Challenge:

Which team member do you know the least? When is the last time you took a moment to share your knowledge and expertise? In what new ways can you inspire others?

All The Best,

Rhoda 

Black Clouds With Silver Linings!

by blogadmin 2. January 2019 04:05

 

Rhoda Kreuzer| Leadership Edition | January 2, 2019

If you ask people how they learn, many would say by reading, studying for an exam, or going to workshops. These are traditional ways in which education and learning take place. However, while these tools are good, they provide us with knowledge, but not wisdom.

Knowledge is that process of learning information that could be useful to you. It contains facts, statistics, and maybe ideas. However, wisdom is built out of life experiences. Experiences force us to apply what we know to problems, task, and goals. Wisdom is often more difficult to obtain and is born out of the challenges we face.

Challenges cause us to ask questions, learn new tools, rediscover existing knowledge, and then apply that knowledge to successfully create new solutions. Few people love to think about difficulties they face, but in fact we should be thankful for those challenges. No, I'm not suggesting that you are thankful for the difficult things that happen to you. Rather, I'm suggesting that life's challenges are black clouds with silver linings. It is in times of challenge that we're focused to stretch beyond our comfort zone, to search for new answers, and to create new ideas.

What challenges have you avoided because they are uncomfortable? Embracing a challenge while anticipating growth will change your attitude and cause you to watch for the silver linings along the way!  

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