When you’re constantly fighting fires, endlessly bombarded with emails, and double-booked in meetings for 60 or 70 hours a week, it’s hard to get ahead and easy to lose perspective on what really matters.
Are you a great leader or an "at risk" failing leader? How do you know? What would your staffers say? What would your own supervisor say? "While there is a seemingly endless list of things to consider when asking yourself 'how am I doing?
What Does It Take to Change the World?Huffington PostThe Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying that the "Western woman will change the world" and I believe there is some truth to that although I don't think we can do it alone and I definitely...
Conflict is a huge and fascinating topic and the Assumption Iceberg is a simple but powerful concept that you may find useful for both yourself and your clients. It comes from “The Joy Of Conflict Resolution: Transforming Victims, Villains And Heroes In The Workplace And At Home” by Gary Harper.
So, have you heard the old saying, “We judge ourselves by our intentions – and others by their actions”? It’s one of the best conflict tips there is – let’s explore.
Schools are now playing catch-up in the world of teaming, but just putting teachers into teams doesn’t always yield the hoped-for outcomes. While most teams are able to accomplish low-level tasks such as organizing field trips and planning bulletin board displays, they often fail to accomplish the higher-level goal of improving teaching and learning.
We have some ideas about why this is so. In over 15 years of studying teacher teams, we’ve identified major barriers to effective teaming, as well as five conditions for effective teams.
What’s “the thing” for you right now? Caution: Read this post when you’ve got some thinking time available to you. It is likely to be too distracting if you try to juggle it with everything else you’ve gotta do.
"...you need to focus only on the items that add the most value to your organization. In general, these are the things that you, and only you, are capable of doing."
Five Steps to Effectively Delegate
1. Identify the Right Person for Delegation
2. Clearly Define the Project
3. Discuss the Plan of Action or How the Task Can Be Accomplished
4. Have Them Repeat Back the Plan
5. Monitor Progress and Provide Feedback (Longer-Term Tasks)
"You must also accept that many delegated tasks may not get done as well as if you did them yourself. Although this isn’t acceptable for some areas of your business (e.g., providing a service to a customer), for others (e.g., reordering supplies, completing paperwork), good enough is good enough.
Effective delegation makes you replaceable, and although it sounds a bit strange, this is what you want. It allows you to spend time growing--rather than simply maintaining--your business. You can spend less time working and take real vacations. It also makes your business attractive to buyers, which is particularly important if your end vision is to sell your company."
There are many different types of leaders, and you will likely encounter all of them over the course of time.
Some individuals openly seek out positions of leadership, while leadership is thrust upon others. Whether leaders are elected, appointed, anointed, or self-proclaimed, and regardless of whether it is by design or default, they nonetheless carry the burden and responsibilities associated with being a leader.
While individual leadership approaches will be as different as night and day, and some will clearly be more effective than others, there is something to be learned from them all.
The more you can train yourself and condition yourself to think more positively, the more you'll see reflected back to you and the better you'll feel.
So, here's a little experiment I invite you to try this week:
1. This week, make a note of your thought patterns
2. On a scale of 1 - 10 (where 1 is extremely negative and 10 is extremely positive), notice where they tend to hover. (Try to avoid sitting on the fence and going for 5! Do a proper analysis).
3. If you discover your thoughts are around the 7 + mark - GREAT! What can you do to keep thinking this way? What needs to happen for you to stay consciously plugged into the positive?
4. If you discover more of your thoughts tend to be towards the lower end of the scale, ask yourself: "What needs to happen for me to move my thoughts just one step further up the scale?" This isn't about pretending everything is great and pretending you're on a "10" - it's about being aware of how and what you think and trying to look for the positive - however small - when you notice your trains of thought taking you down a negative track.
What are the core values that define me? Which values do I hold dearly and would not violate under any circumstances, no matter what the outcome might be? Furthermore how do these core values push me to work (or build) an organization that aligns with who I am?
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