Can you believe 2019 is just a few, short days away? Neither can I! This past year has flown by and I’m still trying to figure out where it went.
While 2018 was great for Pam and me, we never want to sit on our laurels. We always want to see bigger and better things for our lives and the lives of those we serve. That’s why I’ve been looking at ways to make 2019 my best year ever.
Photo by Carl Cerstrand
What does that look like? Last year was already pretty epic. Some of the highlights from 2018 were: Read more...
- We had our first trip to California
- A job change increased my job satisfaction and take-home income
- I ran my first marathon
- We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary
Any manager would appreciate having a team that could work effectively and independently, without overrelying on him or her to answer questions or smooth over minute workflow issues.
However, in many companies, this is simply not the case. Why?
Sometimes, it has to do with the team. Maybe your team is inexperienced at certain tasks and needs some extra oversight.
Sometimes, it’s a question of tools. Maybe your organization hasn’t fully bought into the collaborative software or communication tools you need to work more effectively, so workflows are spotty across a project’s timeline.
And sometimes, it’s your own inability to let go. Research from teamfocus finds many managers have trouble fully putting their trust in team members. As a result, work bottlenecks, team members struggle to clearly understand what it is they’re supposed to be doing, and managers increasingly feel bound to their jobs — at the expense of their own free time. Read more...
Those who lead need to be people of conviction. Leaders need to hold fast and true to what they believe true.
When they don’t, organizations begin to sway and falter. We see uncertainty and unclear vision when a conviction is not there.
This begs the question: What convictions should leaders hold onto? What can a leader believe that will drive their organization forward?
I believe there are 5 convictions every leader must believe and hold tightly to.
1. There are better days ahead: It’s easy to get discouraged when leading. Your organization might not be moving ahead as quickly as you would like. Your team may not be following your instruction. Your company may even be facing financial difficulty.
Those days suck. But there are better days ahead.
Remember the glory days? The days that looked so promising and held so much excitement? Read more...
Part of the leader’s job is to be available to those they’re leading. Or so we’ve been told.
Our culture has taught us that we need to be at the beck and call of those who have our number. After all, what’s a cell phone for except to get in touch with someone?
That’s what we’ve been told. We’ve been hooked with the lie that we need to be reached at a moments notice.
While a timely response should be common place, constant connection is deadly to our health and relationships.
Take a cue from these organizational leaders who know how to disconnect:
Heidi Klum – This woman is a machine. She’s a supermodel, the host and executive producer of Project Runway, a judge on America’s Got Talent, and she runs a fashion line. Read more...
The last year has been filled with a lot of hard work.
I’ve been crushing it at work. I’ve continued a rigorous writing schedule. I’ve filled my life with exercise and sports.
And then it hit me..
I haven’t taken a good rest in quite some time.
That’s a problem. Especially when I look at the vacation days I haven’t used.
We Forget To Rest
My vacation days were piling up. Mainly because of a major project launch within my organization.
This project has required a lot of preparation and setup. It’s also required a lot of travel.
Then, add in all the other activities in my day to day life and there wasn’t a lot of time for rest.
All of these activities I’ve been doing are good. Some are even great. But it’s come at a cost. Read more...