Leadership

What do I delegate and what do I keep?

In this blog series, I have been sharing a story early in my career about how I learned to delegate through the eye-opening process of making rookie mistakes. I was unclear on what the employee needed, in fact, I hadn’t even thought to ask. Sadly, it ended in her resignation. I needed to make some…
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How Do You Know When You Need To Delegate?

Last blog I shared a story of how I failed at delegating early in my career. As it turns out, I ended up humbly accepting the resignation of my employee because of my rookie mistakes. Before I hired her replacement, I knew I needed to make a few adjustments. Delegating is more than giving an…
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Where Did You Learn To Delegate?

Where did you learn to delegate? Most of us didn’t have a class in delegation, yet it’s one of the most important tasks of a leader. Leaders must move from getting things done . . . to getting things done through others. A big assumption in that transition is: DELEGATION. It’s not like we are…
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To Meet or Not To Meet: That Is The Question

I like “short cuts”: making things easy but still useful. The best shortcuts get us to the destination without creating more chaos along the way, right? I was recently involved in a project with unclear goals and multiple people involved from both inside and outside the organization with differing perspectives. I was trying to take…
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Your 1:1 Meetings: Move Beyond the Simple Checklist

Dion was just coming out of a meeting with his manager. The frazzled look on his face told everyone how that meeting went. Dion was more stressed and more overwhelmed by the meeting. Like too many other meetings, his already lengthy to-do list got longer and his energy got lower. The bounce in his step…
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Need a Team Decision-Making Framework? Try Discover, Discuss, Decide

It’s time to make a decision and you know you don’t have all the information you need. The decision impacts a broad range of people, and you are going to need some buy-in from others to execute on any of the options you choose. This situation calls for a meeting … and not just any…
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Meetings are a Must: So, Master your Meeting Facilitation

Meetings are a must for every leader. So commonplace that we often don’t invest in the savviness that it takes to lead a meeting well. All too often I can show up for a meeting and just wing it and typically it turns out okay. But, when I take the time to prepare it can…
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Not The Same Old Boring Meeting

I clicked on the link and headed into the virtual meeting. I had no idea what to expect. There was a “title” on the invitation to the meeting, but it was pretty nondescript so I was unprepared for the meeting. I was new to the team and everyone else seemed to fall into a groove…
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Adjust Your Pace for Perspective

Have you ever thought about how stepping out of the day-to-day into a new space offers a new perspective? It seems so simple, but sometimes working at a coffee shop instead of your office opens up creativity. Stepping out of the rigor of the lengthy “to-do” list to dedicate time to think strategically or generate…
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Pressing into Something New

Starting a new thing can be tough. It can stretch us, alter our thinking and heighten our emotions. That’s not a bad thing. That’s growth. Recently, I started a new project. It included dusting off an old skill I haven’t used in a while as well as stretching into areas where I’d never ventured before.…
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