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Leadership Tips

TAKE A CALCULATED PAUSE LIKE THIS MANAGER DOES…

by Jeff Saari

I am supporting a manager in a company currently who was on the rocks with his team.  He was even on the track to be fired until I was called in to facilitate a transformation in his leadership.  Now before I make it all about me, I tell you it takes two to make a transformation happen:  my support and his willingness.  Both were clearly there 100% out of the gate.  The shock of the initial feedback about his performance and attitude quickly gave way to an appetite for growth.  Over a couple months things began to turn around.

When meeting with him last week he said something truly profound, that he takes a ‘calculated pause’ now.  I was blown away.  This pause is so subtle yet so powerful.  Before I came into the picture he would react to his frustrations and anxieties by being negative.  He was part of the problem, which he didn’t see.  As we went through some of the feedback he received from a 360 degree report, as well as the feedback I was able to ascertain working with his team without him, he began to take a critical look at how his strong negative emotions were wreaking havoc in his team.  It goes without saying that this manager has done some pretty intense and amazing work in a short time to effect an almost complete turnaround.  Mastery takes time and I told him last week that I believe he is at the point where he won’t regress back to old behaviors because he is onto himself and he values being a supportive and engaged leader.

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Leadership Blind Spots

by Jeff Saari

I think most of us have been in the position of going to change lanes in our car only

to be honked at. Simply put, the other driver was in our blind spot — that area to the right or left of the vehicle that nothing can be seen from the side mir- rors. If you are going slowly, this “blind spot” mistake can cause a scare or a fender bender or simply an inconvenience. Going fast it can cause major damage, injury or death.

Our leadership is analogous to this concept because what we don’t see about ourselves can have a minor or major impact on our business or team.

Behaviors you can’t see

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The Economy of Emotions

by Jeff Saari

I have been hearing lately in many places this notion of the economy of motion, that is making each movement as efficient as possible.  So if you are weight lifting for instance, or running, you don’t want to waste energy in inefficient body movements.  Not only do you not get the benefit of the gains you want, you can get injured as well.  So I was thinking about how this may apply to the emotional world.

In a recent blog I mentioned how an adverse feeling like embarrassment can lead us to take actions like acquiescence, avoidance, going small.  However, when I ask people, these are not usually the actions they really want to take, so to me this is an inefficient way to deal with the strong negative emotions.  One woman in a recent workshop blurted out that is just seems so natural to purvey these ineffective actions.

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Being the Leader Your Business Needs

By Ann Connor

The business world is competitive and forever changing. In order to rise above the competition business owners need to learn how to become the most effective leaders they can be. Keeping up with evolving marketing methods and changing technologies while also leading your team to success, is oftentimes too much weight to bare. There are some leaders that have this unbearable weight on their shoulders and as a result, they tend to bring down those around them. Due to high failure rates of startup businesses, strong willed and educated leadership is a prerequisite. Figuring out how to become the kind of leader that employees and associates can depend on, is the best way to create and maintain a successful and potentially lucrative network.

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