Kevin Eikenberry

Busy is a Four-Letter Word

Kevin Eikenberry

Yep, busy is clearly a word of comprised of four letters. And I believe it is a word that we should banish from our vocabulary – just like many other four-letter words our moms wanted us to suppress.

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Why Training is an Event and Learning is a Process

Kevin Eikenberry

For about 30 years, people have pegged me as a “trainer” and defined what we deliver as “training.” It didn’t take me nearly 30 years to realize that “training” is a limiting term. The truth is, we aren’t in the training business at all. That’s why for many of those 30 years, I have been […].

Three Things Your Remote Leaders Need to Plan for Next Year

Kevin Eikenberry

Ready or not, here comes 2019. If there is a time of year that leaders have the most to do, this might be it. Perhaps this is even more true for remote leaders, trying to coordinate year-end tasks and calendars with those they don’t see in the office. If we want to be more effective […].

Have You Become Your (Worst) Boss?

Kevin Eikenberry

Every boss you have had has had an impact on the leader you are today. Chances are you have had some bosses you didn’t love, and hopefully you have had some that you respected, looked up to, and tried to emulate. Most of us try to forget the worst boss we ever had. Today, I […].

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Trust in Two Words – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s episode is the fourth in my series based on a talk that I gave to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders. During the talk, we discussed several of the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school. They call it GRIT. And this week, I am focusing on […].

The Case for Gratitude

Kevin Eikenberry

I recently spoke to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders on their first day of school about the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school. They call it GRIT. And this week, I am focusing on the first letter, G, which stands for Gratitude.

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Five Reasons to Be a “Learn-it-All”

Kevin Eikenberry

You’ve experienced a know-it-all. They are that person who believes they have mastered the subject(s), have been there and done that, and let you know it. At their worst, you view them as arrogant and cocky. At the least, it is clear they aren’t interested in learning anything new.

The Decision Making Trade-off – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

I often find myself talking about decision-making in my conversations in training workshops and this question usually comes up: What’s the best way to make decisions in a group, and specifically, what should my role as a leader be?

Three Ways to Build Greater Commitment with Team Members

Kevin Eikenberry

Team member commitment is a much-discussed topic among leaders.

Becoming the Leader You Were Born to Be

Kevin Eikenberry

Chances are you want to be a more effective leader. Chances are you have worked toward that goal in the past. And chances are you aren’t as far along (or gone as quickly) as you had hoped. You care about leadership development – how it will help you and your team.

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The Power of Balance – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

When most people think about “balance”, they think about it in relation to work and life: work/life balance. And while I am going to discuss this in the video below, it’s not where I am going to start. Instead, I’m starting with a bicycle analogy.

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The Power of the One-on-One Meeting

Kevin Eikenberry

Most all leaders will talk about the importance of the one-on-meeting; the chance to spend time with each of their team members individually. Few will do it regularly, and fewer still will get the full benefit from these meetings for themselves and their team members.

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Be Resilient! – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s episode is the second in a series that is based on a recent talk that I gave to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders. During the talk, we discussed several of the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school. They call it GRIT. And this week, I […].

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Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder

Kevin Eikenberry

by Chip Conley In a world with people from four generations in the workplace, understanding how you can best contribute can be hard. For the older ranks at work, it might be hard to adjust as the “digital natives” begin to lead.

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Are You Prepared for Your Leadership Journey?

Kevin Eikenberry

When I ask a question like this, it presupposes something – that you believe that leadership is a journey. So while I want you to consider whether or not you are ready for your leadership journey, I am starting by suggesting that you must see it as a journey before you can prepare for it. […].

Why Follow Kevin on Facebook?

Kevin Eikenberry

There are lots of reasons people follow or connect with people on social media. From staying in touch with long-distance friends, to getting news, to seeing the latest memes, to finding great recipes. If you are on Facebook, even if rarely, I hope you are following me.

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How to Be More Curious – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s episode is the third in my series based on a talk that I gave to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders. During the talk, we discussed several of the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school. They call it GRIT. And this week, I am focusing on […].

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Why It Takes More Than Skills to Be a Great Leader

Kevin Eikenberry

More is written about and more time and money are spent on leadership development and leadership effectiveness than ever. The reasons are many, and yet the results often fall far short of the hopes and expectations of those involved.

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Applying Financial Math to Leadership Success

Kevin Eikenberry

If you are a leader in the world of finance, you might be excited by this title. If math isn’t your favorite subject, you might be wondering if you want to continue. Regardless of the nature of your work or your proficiency with numbers, the ideas I am going to share can be a key […].

New Ways to Think About Work

Kevin Eikenberry

The idea for this article came to me knowing it would be posted on Labor Day, but the message here knows no season. We all have opinions, beliefs, and experiences with work and because of those things, we have developed working habits.

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Is Leadership Portable? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

If the title of this post and video has you scratching your head, you aren’t alone. When I was asked this question at a workshop recently, I wasn’t entirely sure what direction the question was taking…at first.

Using Your Remaining Training Budget Wisely

Kevin Eikenberry

Whether you manage the training budget for yourself, your team, your department, or your entire organization, you are acutely aware that there are just two months left in the year. And chances are as you look at the ledger, you are thinking one of two things.

Seven Ways to Be More Self-Aware

Kevin Eikenberry

There is research that shows that as humans we aren’t very self-aware. But you don’t need research to prove that to you. Even if you don’t see this in yourself, you see it in others, right?)

The Power of Thinking on Paper – Remarkable TV

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The Case Against Busy – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

In this video, I’m talking about a pervasive “B” word in our society that is getting in the way of our success and our results. And I’m building a case against this word and giving you five reasons why we need to banish it from our vocabulary.

Three Reasons Technology Won’t Save Your Remote Team

Kevin Eikenberry

If you are on (or lead) a remote team, you have remote technology. You likely have licenses and logins for a variety of tools. You might have even added a new tool, thinking it would be the solution to the woes that face your remote team. And what did you find? Is your team woe-free […].

Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger

Kevin Eikenberry

Influence is a topic I have long been interested in for both personal and professional reasons. And since everyone is influencing and being influenced every day, I wonder why more people don’t share my keen interest.

Want To, Not Have To – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

I recently recorded a podcast with Seth Godin, a really smart and prolific blogger, and in our conversation, I asked him about the discipline it takes him to write a blog post every single day.

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Three Reasons Why Small Things Make a Big Difference

Kevin Eikenberry

You’ve heard, and probably said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” While there is some truth in that statement, the sentiment can be very harmful if we don’t consider small things in the right context.

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How Leaders Can Support Remote Trust Building

Kevin Eikenberry

Trust is a critical factor to the success of teams. The more trust exists, the easier and faster the right work gets done. Building this trust on a remote team can be especially tricky, which is why remote leaders must know how to support remote trust building, with and among their team members.

Why it Takes More Than Skills to be a Remarkable Leader

Kevin Eikenberry

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post with almost the same title. I outlined what I call The Remarkable 3 and described what is missing when most of us think about leadership development.

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How Leaders Can Prepare for Crisis

Kevin Eikenberry

Of all the things that might keep leaders up at night, dealing with a crisis is near the top of the list. Seldom do people feel comfortable with crisis leadership until they have been through at least one crisis successfully.

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Four Ways to Avoid Catastrophic Thinking

Kevin Eikenberry

Catastrophic thinking is a term used to describe extreme worrying. It is the thought cycle we go through when we think about the worst possible outcome, and those thoughts make it hard to think about anything else. This happened to me today.

Getting Beyond Small Talk

Kevin Eikenberry

Advice for having more meaningful conversations with your team, or anyone else I your life. The post Getting Beyond Small Talk appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.

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A Lesson in Vulnerability – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

In this episode, I am really practicing what I preach by being personally vulnerable and sharing some valuable lessons that leaders can learn when they open themselves up to others and are truly vulnerable. Tweet it out: The leaders willing to be vulnerable are those others choose to follow.

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Why Coaching is the Gap Even When People Don’t Know It

Kevin Eikenberry

I talk with leaders nearly every day, and often I hear strains of angst and consternation about problems with their teams and team members. There is nothing wrong with identifying problems or issues.

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Eight Ways to Be a Better Leader in 2018

Kevin Eikenberry

Last week, I released my list of skills that employees need to focus on and improve on to make the biggest impact in 2018. Today, I release a similar list for leaders.

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The Question That Can Make Your To-Do List More Manageable

Kevin Eikenberry

Some people are “list people,” while others aren’t. Even if it isn’t your general inclination, you have made a to-do list at some point – likely on a day when you had lots to do. There is a question that might change everything for you.

Have You Changed Your Filter? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

While the title of this post might have you thinking about the HVAC in your home, let me assure you that’s not what this is about. In today’s video, I’m talking about the filters that you see the world through as a leader – what they are and then how to change them.

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Three Keys to Successful Delegation

Kevin Eikenberry

For some, delegation is like cod liver oil – it might lead to a good outcome, but it is so distasteful, they don’t try it. Others see delegation as the solution to all their time management problems – give the work to someone else, and all will be right with the world. Neither is the […].

Where is Your Focus? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

It is my personal belief and a major organizational philosophy of ours that you cannot be a successful leader over a long period of time without having an OTHERS Focus. And when I use this term, the topic often turns to Servant Leadership – are they one and the same?

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The Power of Potential – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

In my company, I allow my employees to choose their own job title. I of course, did the same. And I know that I did a pretty decent job when I picked mine because when I tell people what it is, I almost always get comments on it. But this video isn’t about my title, […].

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Helping Us Commemorate 25 Years of Leadership Development

Kevin Eikenberry

We could have chosen to celebrate our 25 years of work in developing leaders and leadership development, but rather we wanted to commemorate it. Rather than planning a party, I went into the studio and created a series of 8 videos for you.