Are you looking for a new, effective to way to show employees your appreciation? Here are 10 questions to help you find it.
Great leaders are always looking for effective, meaningful ways to show employees they are appreciated. However, sometimes what you think is really going to be great falls totally flat for your team. To prevent spending time, energy and money on a flop, run your idea through these 10 easy questions to help you determine if it's worth trying out.
1. Did it come from HR? Then immediately disregard.
2. Who is it really for?
4. What are you hoping it will create?
6. What’s in it for them?
7. What’s in it for them?
8. What’s in it for them?
9. What’s in it for them?
10. What’s in it for them?
If after questions 5 – 10 your idea meets the following agreements:
Take it Easy,
I ran across this article about the importance of coaching and how challenging it is for managers to accomplish. It makes some great points. My favorites highlighted below.
“Business coaching has gone from fad to fundamental. Leaders and organizations have come to understand how valuable it can be, and they’re adding “the ability to coach and develop others” to the ever-growing list of skills they require in all their managers. In theory, this means more employee development, more efficiently conducted. But in reality, few managers know how to make coaching work.
According to the 2010 Executive Coaching Survey, conducted by the Conference Board, 63% of organizations use some form of internal coaching, and half of the rest plan to. Yet coaching is a small part of the job description for most managers. Nearly half spend less than 10% of their time coaching others.
With such limited time devoted to coaching, organizations need to be sure their managers know how to do it right. "Candice Frankovelgia
Right, and that would be to hire someone who is a coach.
The best analogy I can think of when it was my Uncle Ralph’s night to make dinner. He would pull out his credit card and ask us what we wanted to order. His job was not to make dinner; it was to make money, to pay for dinner. He was well aware and didn’t waste the little time he had available in the evening attempting to perfect something that had nothing to do with why he was chosen for his role in the first place.
For a little extra clarity on this topic, I checked out what Merriam-Webster had to contribute.
noun, often attributive \ˈkōch\
: a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer
: a person who teaches and trains the members of a team
: someone who is in charge of a business, department, etc.
: someone who directs the training and performance of a team
Coach = teaches and trains person
Manager = in charge and directs team
Want to make your managers more effective managers? Don’t ask them to coach.
Let your manager manage. Get a coach to coach. It’s easier for everyone.
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Take it Easy,
Me too… I always feel like saying, “Well hell, if I knew that I wouldn’t be waiting”
Plus there's everything we’ve been told about waiting being a trap, that only losers get caught in. It seems some smarty-pants guru is always bringing this to our attention by quoting some other famous go-getter.
“Do not wait, the time will never be just right.” George Herbert
“Things come to those who wait, but only what’s left by those who hustle”. Abraham Lincoln
“Don’t wait for opportunities. Weak men wait for opportunities. Strong men create them”. Orison Swett Marden
“Make ‘someday’ today”. Dove chocolate wrapper
Brilliant. Thanks a lot know -it -alls.
And there we are left looking at ourselves saying. “Dang. They are so right. What am I waiting for?”
Here is a great way to find what that is, plus an opportunity to actually use algebra in real life! It’s true! The moment you’ve anticipated since 8 grade has arrived.
Write out anything you are waiting to have or accomplish in this format.
I have this/ am here, and once I do/have/create/finish this, then I can do/have/create/finish that”
Congrats! You have effectively created a circumstance for action to take place. a+b=c. From here finding what you are waiting is really easy because you have two known variables and just one unknown:
What you are starting with (known) + what you require (x) in order to get (=) what you want (known)
Now all you have to do is “solve” for x. What is actually required?
I recommend you write this out. For some reason seeing it visually makes it easier to solve. (Think about doing a math problem. Is it easier in to solve in your head or out on paper?)
Alright, now the cool part. Once you clearly see the value of “x” you know how much energy is required for you to solve the equation.
Chances are it’s a much smaller factor than you originally thought.
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Take it easy,
Do you spend a lot of time making sure something is just right before you present it to anyone?
“Something” - idea, product, report, budget, website
“Anyone” - team, clients, board members, PTA
I can relate.
This is a great example from my wanna-be Martha Stewart heydays: I planned spaghetti for dinner one night but got home late (probably because I was perfecting a presentation). At the time, my process for making great sauce required at least an hour on the stove. Around 8:45 my then husband came into to the kitchen and asked when dinner was going to be ready. I said the sauce will be perfect in about 30 minutes. He said. “Damn it Betsy, I don’t care if the sauce is perfect. I just want to eat!”
It’s so easy to get stuck in that perfection process. Of course you want to deliver your best stuff. However, who’s idea of “just right” are you using? Is it what’s good for you Goldilocks, or truly what will work for your audience? Here’s a little trick to clear that up.
Ask this question – What would they like to receive?
Does it deliver the information/action/nutrition my client/boss/husband asked for in a way that is good for them? Seriously put yourself in their shoes and give them what is required, for them.
Frankly, most of the people you are serving won’t know and don’t care if your offering is perfect. They are just ready to eat.
Take it easy,
How often have you received "expert" advice and thought, "Hhmmm, That doesn't work for me. But, what do I know? They're the expert". You followed the expert advice, against your better instinct, then later thought, "Damn. I should have ignored them and trusted my gut!"
Me too. I hate that feeling.
Number three from my list of favorite advice from business expert Alan Woodard, co-creator of Fast Company.
“Do what needs doing whether experts agree or not”
Great leaders choose what works for them. Being willing to choose it no matter what people who “know” better (i.e. experts) say, is what makes them great.
That being said here is a quick little tool to double check your knowing, before you do what needs doing. I call it the 3C’c
1. Does this Contribute to the Ultimate Vision?
- If yes - Yay! Done. Move on
- If no - Go to C2
2. Can I Change it?
- If yes – How?
- If no - Go to C3
3. Kick it to the Curb
And go with your gut!
If you don't have an Ultimate Vision, or if it's there but a little foggy, a 30-minute session may be just the ticket. Its quick, it’s easy, it’s FREE and the whole point is to get clear on your Ultimate Vision. Click here for more details.
Take it Easy,
I wasn't Iooking for failure when I bumped into something that pointed it out to me. (Sort of like the story of my life).
At any rate, I found this article on why leaders fail that Samuel B. Bacharach** wrote for Inc. Magazine. He brings up some interesting issues. Which I think are, of course, easily solved. In three steps, actually.
Top Five Fails (Reader's Digest version)
1. Confidence becomes ego. Ego changes the conversation so that it becomes all about the leader.
2. Teams become groupthink. If the team or teams become single-minded in nature, and are not encouraged by the leader to engage in creative thinking, groupthink sets in.
3. Vision becomes obsession. All leaders need a vision. They have to have some core idea of what they are all about and what they’d like to achieve, not only personally but also for the organization. (I agree!) However, a determined vision can easily slip into obsession, alienating his or her team, customers, and business partners.
4. Delegation becomes chaotic. A problem arises when the leader delegates too little, leaving people to flounder without direction, or too much, and expects them to take on too much responsibility without support or interaction from the leader.
5. Determination becomes inflexibility. If outside forces and events indicate that the leader is taking the wrong path, then he or she has to make corrections and adjustments.
The 3 Steps to avoid all these Leadership Failures
Step 1 - Create your crystal clear Ultimate Vision (UV) for Success
Step 2 - Share it with your team
Step 3 - Have the team members create their own UV for Success that feeds into yours.
Done. Disaster averted. Leadership Success!
Steps 1 – 3 are the process of creating an Activated Organization.
The process of Activating your Organization eliminates all these failures.
Who knew it could be so easy?
To learn more about what Organization Activation is and how it works, click here
**Samuel B. Bacharach is the McKelvey-Grant professor in the department of organizational behavior at Cornell University's ILR School, and is director of Cornell's Institute for Workplace Studies in New York City.He seems like a pretty good source for this info, don’t you think?
Seriously. Look at it. That running list of things that you need to "Do".
Would you like to eliminate the crap?
Here are three steps to eliminate at least half, if not more, of your Do Do list. Have your Ultimate Vision for your business in mind and review your tasks.
(If you do not have a UV, click here)
1. Does this contribute to the vision and our current targets?
If you get a "No", then cross it off the list. This knocks out anything that doesn't serve your goals and makes maintaining focus easier. It keeps your eyes on the prize.
2. Does this require my attention or someone else's?
This is not about passing off tedious chores onto other people. If you get that something does not require your attention chances are some one else can deal with it more effectively than you. And that person may actually enjoy the task.
3. Do I enjoy this?
If this answer is "No", and it got a "Yes" for questions 1 and 2, ask this:
"What would make this easy for me?"
The crucial component of this exercise is a clear Ultimate Vision. It's a great tool to eliminate waste. Just like your body. If something isn't serving a purpose, it gets cleared out.
This may sound a little woo woo but it's better than do do, right?
Having an Ultimate Vision is the first step in Leading with Ease. That's when your team is motivated to make millions while you go on vacation.
If you don't have an Ultimate Vision, or if it's there but just a little foggy, a 30-minute session may be just the ticket. Its quick, it’s easy, it’s FREE and the whole point is to get clear on your Ultimate Vision. Click here for more details.
The #1 Secret to Great Leadership That You Should Know
What if authenticity is not only possible, but is the easiest strategy?
I read a quote that sticks in my mind, mainly because I didn’t totally get it, that went something like this.