One of the things that gets me most fired up is wasted human potential! And unfortunately that’s one thing I still see too often in our organisational worlds.
As a leader, you have tremendous power – power that can be used for good, and power that can just as easily be used for evil. Your leadership power can be used to release, or squander, human potential.
My fitness instructor makes constant reference to team… ‘Come on team – we’re nearly there!’, ‘go team’, ‘you’re doing so well this morning team’ etc.
We are not a team!
Most leaders would agree that coaching skills are useful in formal development conversations. Fewer leaders know that coaching skills also increase the impact of those snippets of conversation you have throughout the day.
Most of my messages are directed towards the leader… Today I am talking to you about the leader you report to – your boss. Do you have a tricky relationship with your boss? While you both come to work to do a good job, something is getting lost in the translation. Is...
Simon leads a program of multi-million dollar construction projects. He is a skilled project manager, an excellent people leader, widely respected, and has heaps of potential. His key area for development was ‘strategic thinking’. Having been given this feedback over a number of years, he agreed and fully owned this challenge.
‘Why did you set your alarm this morning?’ That was the question the aerobics instructor asked the crowd at 6:15am. Were we there to tick the ‘exercise’ box? Or were we there to really make a difference to our health and wellbeing?
I firmly believe that the vast majority of people operate with their best positive intentions. We come to work to do the best job we can.
And sometimes it doesn’t look like that!
How often do you take the time to reflect on who you are and how you want to lead? If you finished last year tired, stressed and with a long ‘to-do list still outstanding, it might be time to add coaching capability to your leadership toolkit. (The people you lead will benefit too!)
It’s that time when we reflect on the year that’s been and the year that’s coming. It’s also a time when many of us choose gifts to acknowledge the importance of those nearest to us.
Last week I spoke at an industry conference. In the trade show area one of the exhibitors was running a competition – the objective was to put 100 g of salt into a cup. The closest person to 100g was the winner. The exhibitor challenged me to have a go. Why not? Being...