Direction Over Speed

Speed has been the focus of many leaders.

We’ve been pushed to be more efficient, quicker to release, and the first to market. Everything tells us that speed is good.

Blurred lines caused by speed

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What if I told you this was wrong? What if speed wasn’t as good as we’ve made it out to be?

You may think I’m crazy. You may think Joseph’s finally gone off the rails.

Yet, by the time you’re done reading, you will agree with me.

Why Speed Isn’t The Bee’s Knees

Everyone likes to be first. Our sports stars have taught us this.

Every winner had to come in first. They beat the other team. They shot more shots than the other team. Something brought them to first place.

This mindset has invaded our businesses. We think that speed is the key.

It’s not. Though it is important.

Employees Under Pressure? It’s Time To Bring In The Life Rafts!

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Your employees have been through a lot. Between the pandemic and the cost of living crisis, and some tough headlines to deal with, there is a lot impacting your employees right now. 

In some workplaces, things are busier than ever. Workplace burnout is on the rise, with two-thirds of full-time employees saying they’ve experienced burnout at some stage. To top it off, more than a third of workers say their employers have nothing in place to help them avoid it.

As a leader, it’s up to you to protect your employees and help them maintain a balance at work. If your workers are feeling the pressure, then perhaps it’s time to do something about it.

Get your employees the help they need with the following ideas to relieve workplace pressure and put an end to employee burnout. 

Easy Ways To Motivate Employees So They Always Bring Their A-Game

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Imagine this. You’ve just started trading and you have a team of employees at your beck and call. They’re making sales, liaising with customers, working on prototypes, and creating new marketing materials.

For the first few weeks, everything is going great. But then, after a while, you notice that standards begin to slip. Employees aren’t showing up for work on time, the quality of their output is going down, and they don’t seem as enthusiastic about what they are doing as before. What’s going wrong?

Bursts of motivation are common in workplaces. However, sustained effort is a rare beast indeed. The majority of employees simply aren’t interested in slogging their guts out, week after week, just so that management can hit its targets. They care about the quality of their lives and aren’t interested in living exclusively for work. They want fun in their lives. 

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Lightyear

A Reel Leadership Article

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

I was excited for the 5th movie in the Toy Story series. While not a Toy Story movie in name, Lightyear tells the origin stories of Buzz Lightyear (Chris Pine) and Zurg (James Brolin).

We find out that Buzz Lightyear is based on a movie Andy had seen as a child. This movie had a toy line created from it. And Andy loved the movie so much that he had to have a Buzz Lightyear toy (as seen in Toy Story).

Mo, Steel, Izzy, and Buzz Lightyear in Lightyear movie

Finding out the origins of Buzz Lightyear was a fun journey to infinity and beyond. If you love the Toy Story films, you will enjoy the latest addition.

Today, our Reel Leadership article will look at the leadership lessons in Lightyear. Hold onto your seats as we blast into space with this one!

How To Find Help When You Need It

Early in my career as an Information Technology manager, I felt as if I had to have the answer to any question that came my way. My desire to have all the answers caused a lot of issues, as you can imagine.

Sometimes, I would give incorrect information because I didn’t want to be caught without an answer. Or, I wouldn’t give a reply and let the issue die.

Orange life ring

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These are never reasonable solutions. In fact, they often cause more issues in the long run.

What changed?

I realized I didn’t have to have all of the answers. I realized there were people out there who knew more than I did. I could use their expertise to gain the answers I needed.

How do you do this?