Every leader has a big temptation in front of them. The temptation is whether to be true to who they are or to be who they think others want them to be.
The shocking truth is that the people you lead want you to be yourself, not some fake.
Why We Struggled Being Our True Selves
Let’s be honest here, being yourself is scary. I remember elementary school.
Kids would pick on me relentlessly. Whether it was the fact that I wore Hush Puppies or that I was a giant among my peers. The kids in my school picked on and bullied me.
The sad thing about the constant taunting was that I was being picked on for things that I couldn’t change. Read more...
Employee dissatisfaction is a major factor in leaving a job. Employees don’t want to work for a place they don’t enjoy.
Unfortunately, we’re not doing a good job of surveying the workplace environment to see how employees are feeling.
Because of this, we see large numbers of employees come and go. That’s not good for business. And that’s not good for leadership either.
Leaders should desire to create a workplace that attracts top talent. We should also make sure our talent wants to stay with us.
We can’t help keep our top talent if we’re not aware of how satisfied they are.
Areas Of Employee Satisfaction
When thinking about surveying your employees, you need to decide which metrics actually matter to your team. Does your team want better pay, more recognition, autonomy, flexible hours?
Each of these areas matter to different employees. Read more...
Have you ever played a game of chess? It’s a game of strategy. It’s also a game of value.
Each chess piece has value. Each piece has its purpose.
From the Pawn to the King, there’s value to be had.
Everyone Has Value
Much like chess, every member of your team has value.
From the janitor to the salesman to the CEO. Each person brings a unique skill to the table.
Take the janitor for example. He takes pride in keeping the shop floor clean and safe. He also takes out the trash in the office area and makes sure any messes are cleaned up.
This can add tremendous value that we don’t see.
The clean shop floor provides for safe transport of materials. Team members will feel better because there’s a sense of calm with an uncluttered floor. Read more...
Theodore Roosevelt once said
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
The more I’ve led, the more I’ve discovered this truth. When we were leading young students, this especially came into play.
With troubles at home, issues at school, and a general disdain for authority, they struggled with listening to those in a position of power. That is, until you showed them you cared about their life.
So, what can you do to show people you care? I think the following 7 actions demonstrate an attitude of caring towards others.
1. Ask pertinent questions: People love to talk about themselves. So ask questions that relate to their lives and their interests.
By asking questions around their likes and desires, you open up a channel of communication and this shows that you care about them not only as an employee but also as a person. Read more...
I think we’ve been sold a lie. That leadership has to be difficult and complicated. But a recent blog post about unconventional ways to lead brought out that many leaders have learned the truth.
Simple leadership rocks and more leaders need to hop onto the train.
While I’m a fan of simple leadership, it got me thinking about the reason why. I believe it deserves a deeper look.
After thinking through the reasons why our leadership needs to be simple, I came up with 5 reasons to lead with simplicity.
1. Simple leadership allows for clear communication: When leaders are leading with simplicity, they’re much more apt to speak and communicate with a simpler message. This allows the leader to give directions in ways their team members will understand. It also helps prevent misunderstandings. Read more...