Performance Goes up When Praise is Present

My favorite leaders are positive leaders. They understand the value of affirmation.

“Negative” and “critical” words are rarely associated with respected leaders.

If you want to be a great leader, work on being a great encourager.

Why not make it your goal this week to say at least one positive comment in every conversation you have?

Randy

When is the last time you saw performance affected by encouragement?

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Are You on the Doorstep of It Might Have Been?

A while back I caught a few minutes of the TV gameshow Jeopardy. One of the questions was a great reminder for leaders.

The clue … WHITTIER WROTE, “OF ALL SAD WORDS OF TONGUE OR PEN, THE SADDEST ARE THESE …” 4 OF REGRET THAT COMPLETE THE LINE.

The answer … IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

The lines come from Whittier’s poem, Maud Muller. It is about two people who missed an opportunity for love, only to be left thinking, “It might have been.”

Scary words for a leader. Think about it. With barely more than a quarter left in 2016, many of us are on the doorstep of “It might have been?” 

Before the curtain closes on 2016, I encourage you to refocus and go into attack mode to finish the things still undone.

If you will, at year end hopefully you’ll be able to say, “I did it,” rather than, “It might have been.”

Randy

What needs to be your top priority before the end of 2016?

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Do You Delegate Decisions?

A while back I had a great conversation with a leader who runs a company that generates over five million in annual sales. To say he is successful would be an understatement.

I spent most of our time together asking questions and taking notes. Being a student of high performance organizations, I was fascinated by one thing in particular he said …

Wow! So simple, and yet, how many organizations have we all seen micromanaged or controlled by egos?

Are you struggling to keep your team members fully engaged? If so, one of the best things you can do is delegate some decisions. The truth is, those in the trenches usually make better decisions than the ones in the executive suites.

Remember, the lower decisions are made in an organization, the healthier the organization.

Randy

How well does your organization share decision making?

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Weigh In Leads to Buy In

I love teams. Since I was five years old they have been a part of my life.

I’ve been on good teams, bad teams, and even a couple of great teams. My experiences have surfaced the question, “What is the differentiator between teams that are average, or even below, versus those that thrive.

I have a theory. Could it be that as leaders we have failed to foster an environment where everyone is allowed input?

The best leaders allow those on their teams to weigh in on important decisions. Unfortunately, not every leader falls into this category. Many default to controlling, micro-managing, ignoring, and even shaming those they hired to help them. As a result it shuts down engagement.

If your team is currently stuck or there are members who are less than fully engaged, maybe it’s time to have a conversation and listen to everyone’s input. Remember, people don’t need their way as much as they need their way considered.

Greatness is a choice. If we will spend more time listening our teams will be well on their way to becoming dominant.

Randy

Why do you think some teams flounder while others flourish?

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