Teams

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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When feedback isn’t helpful. What can you do?

We assume because it’s feedback that it’s right. Wait! Stop right there. Just because it’s feedback doesn’t make it good feedback. Feedback is simply information. Good feedback is information that is reliable, relevant and actionable.  Studies show that feedback is impacted by biases like the natural tendency to rate people toward the middle, the lack…
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How You Are Wired: The Thing that Only You Can Do

Sometimes we get caught up in “shoulds” and the most dangerous ones are the “shoulds” that tell us who we should be. They go to the core of who we are and suggest that we should be something different or more than what we are. The steady hum of these thoughts can become a barrier…
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