Kevin Eikenberry

One Thing People Want From Their Leaders

Kevin Eikenberry

Ask leaders what they want from their team members, and you will get a fairly consistent list: They want people to: Work hard Be productive Be safe at work Listen Be trustworthy. Fill in your blanks. Fundamentally, on top of all of that, they want their people to follow them. So, if […].

Seven Questions to Ask Yourself Before You have a Difficult Conversation

Kevin Eikenberry

Tough conversations. You know, the ones we need to have, but are concerned about. The ones that remind us of the similar conversations that didn’t go so well in the past. Popular books have been written about these types of conversations, and have changed what we call them.

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Ten Great Coaching Questions

Kevin Eikenberry

Coaching is an important part of our role as a leader, and to do it well requires that we engage the person we are coaching in the conversation. After all, it is their behavior and outcomes we are talking about. One of the best things we can do as a coach then, is ask more […].

The Most Powerful (And Dangerous) Question in the World

Kevin Eikenberry

Questions in general can be incredibly powerful, and the right one asked at the right time can change a situation, a relationship and even the world.

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Overcoming the Organizational Communication Gap

Kevin Eikenberry

I’ve been working with people in all levels of organizations for nearly thirty years – from CEO’s to middle managers, from frontline employees to first level leaders.

Having Great One-on-Ones with Employees

Kevin Eikenberry

As a leader, you need to stay connected to the members of your team – so you know what they are doing, how they are progressing, and have a chance to provide support for them and much more.

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The Starting Point of All Improvement

Kevin Eikenberry

Most everyone wants to improve. And if you have chosen to read this, I can say with certainty that you value improvement – for yourself, for your team and for your organization. There are many things that can help us improve; in one respect, that is the topic of most all my writing.

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Are You Playing Offense or Defense?

Kevin Eikenberry

I recently read this question somewhere, and it stuck with me. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I was that it is a valid question for us to ask as individuals and as leaders. Are you playing offense or defense? Like in sports, where you can have a strength in offense or […].

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How Leaders Can Support Experimentation

Kevin Eikenberry

Before I dive into my idea and proposed actions for you today, I must start from a different point of reference.

Powerful Leadership Invitations

Kevin Eikenberry

Think about it. Would you rather be invited to an event, or be demanded to attend? If you want to go to the event, doesn’t the demand change that at least a little bit, (and maybe a lot)? And even if you don’t want to attend the event, doesn’t the invitation feel good and perhaps […].

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7 Ways to Be the Employee You Want to Have

Kevin Eikenberry

Anytime I am with leaders (which is most days), I will get asked some version of this question: “How do I get my team members (or a specific team member) to do x?”

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Getting People to (Really) Listen

Kevin Eikenberry

A few weeks ago I asked viewers to submit their ideas for Remarkable TV topics and today I’m addressing one of those suggestions: how to get people to really listen.

The Power of Positive Framing

Kevin Eikenberry

An old Chinese story goes something like this. There was a farmer who tilled his fields with a single horse, until that horse escaped. This would seem to be a very difficult situation, yet when asked about his misfortune, the farmer replies, “bad luck or good luck, who knows?”

Convincing Senior Management That Change Is Needed

Kevin Eikenberry

In a request for questions that I made on an episode of Remarkable TV, Frank asked me, “What are the best ways for middle managers and human resources to convince upper managers/ owners (if a smaller business) of needed change?”

Five Keys to Communicating Remotely

Kevin Eikenberry

Never has the desire to and need to communicate with people distant from us been more pressing or important than it is today. And while communication is complex enough to start with, when we are doing it at a distance, even more barriers arise.

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Three Kinds of Remote Teams

Kevin Eikenberry

As the co-founder of The Remote Leadership Institute, having worked with a wide variety of leaders and organizations with remote teams, and as a leader of a remote team myself, I believe thinking about the type of team you lead is important.

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Why Are You Giving Feedback Anyway?

Kevin Eikenberry

Ken Blanchard calls feedback the breakfast of champions, and he is right. For any of us to be successful, we need feedback. For us to coach and develop our team members successfully, we must be able to give feedback to them. I have spoken and trained on giving feedback for years.

Why You Get Your Best Ideas in the Shower (and Why Matters)

Kevin Eikenberry

How many times have you gotten a flash of insight, a great idea or remembered the name of that person you couldn’t come up with, while taking a shower? I’ll bet it is more than once. In fact, one survey of highly creative people found that 19% of those people get their best ideas in […].

Successfully Leading the Change Personalities on Your Team

Kevin Eikenberry

As a leader, like it or not, you are in the change business. You are leading people to a new and better future which means that things will change on that journey. If they don’t, you will certainly never reach your desired outcomes. And even if you are trying to preserve the status quo for […].

The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink

Kevin Eikenberry

Chances are you have heard the phrase “groupthink” and if so you have a justifiably negative feeling about the idea. Chances are probably even better that you haven’t heard the phrase “teamthink”, and that is the point of this article.

Using Body Language to Communicate More Effectively

Kevin Eikenberry

While we might think (or wish) that communication were as simple as the words we say being the message, that isn’t reality. The truth is there is far more to our message getting received than just our words.

Built to Last: Five Leadership Principles Required for Long Term Success

Kevin Eikenberry

At my farm in Michigan stands a barn that, according to a barn expert I recently spoke with, is well over 100 years old. There are older structures than this, of course. But this barn has served its multiple purposes well over years, and stands ready today for its next stage of life.

What I Learned About Leadership From My Mom

Kevin Eikenberry

Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday. I won’t tell you which one it is, but like all the rest of them, it is worth celebrating. As I’ve been thinking about Mom’s upcoming birthday, I’ve been reflecting on what she’s taught me – it’s a long list.

The Role of Pride in Effective Leadership

Kevin Eikenberry

Pride, like many words in the English language, can be complicated. Pride, as a noun means delight, pleasure and joy – a feeling of deep satisfaction; and it also means arrogance, vanity and egotism – an excessively high opinion of one’s self. Pride is also a verb, meaning to take satisfaction in.

Five Unusual Productivity Tips

Kevin Eikenberry

There are two key words in the title above – one, or the combination of them, is why you are reading. So before I get to the tips, let’s look at those two words. Unusual. A lot (I mean a l o t) has been written about productivity. So how will I define unusual? I […].

The Power of the Pattern Interrupt

Kevin Eikenberry

Habits – they affect us as an individual and as a leader. Chances are you have at least one habit you would like to change, and perhaps habits of your team members you would like to help them change too. I’m sure that is true, but it’s hard to do! There are hundreds of […].

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What Does it Mean to Be a Genuine Leader?

Kevin Eikenberry

Genuine. It is one of the words used when I ask people to describe a highly effective leader. Yet when you ask them to define what the means, they often struggle. Like I often do, as I started to write this, I went to the source – the dictionary. Here are the two relevant definitions […].

Five Reasons Why Leaders Need to Relax

Kevin Eikenberry

Leaders have a lot on their plate. They have lots to think about, lots to do and lots to decide. This likely conjures a picture of frantic busyness and not one of relaxed calmness. Yet, I propose, and by the end of this article I hope you will agree, that we will be more successful […].

Communicate Like a Leader: Connecting Strategically to Coach, Inspire and Get Things Done

Kevin Eikenberry

by Dianna Booher If you want to be more successful in life and ask people for advice, two pieces of advice will show up early and often: Become a great communicator. Become strategic or intentional. This is amazingly sound advice. And when you are in a leadership role, the advice is doubly true.

How Leaders are Catalysts

Kevin Eikenberry

In your mostly long-forgotten chemistry class, you learned that a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected. (OK, OK, maybe you didn’t remember). That idea is a powerful one, but by itself doesn’t prove the point in the title of this article.

How Do I Communicate Better With People at a Distance?

Kevin Eikenberry

The saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. While that may be true in some cases, another old saying is also true: Out of sight, out of mind. Both hold shades of truth for any of us wanting to communicate more effectively with people when we are separated by space.

Unlock Conversation With These Seven Question Keys

Kevin Eikenberry

We have all encountered locked doors in our lives. Most of them are literal slabs of wood or metal, keeping us from moving to someplace we want to go. And to get through doors, keys are required. The keys I am sharing with you today however, unlock more than a literal door. They are key […].

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Finding Common Ground: Leadership and Communication Lessons in a Fractured World

Kevin Eikenberry

The current climate of politics and opinions in the United States is contentious and fractured, to say the least. With a long historical perspective, it has been like this before; there has been wide and deep discord in this country in the past (as just one example, we had a Civil War, after all).

Why Leaders Need to be Abundance Thinkers

Kevin Eikenberry

What we believe about ourselves, our situation and our world drives our thoughts and actions, and therefore has a huge impact on the results we achieve.

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Why All Decisions Aren’t Created Equal

Kevin Eikenberry

Decision making is a perennial topic for leadership and employee training around the world. It is one of those skills that we all use every day, yet we know it is sometimes hard, and we could probably be better at it.

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The Power of a Minute: How to Get More Out of Every Minute In Your Day

Kevin Eikenberry

Within the last couple of months, I have recorded three episodes of Remarkable TV that talked about what you can do in five minutes, including, be more influential, coach, or learn something.

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What Peyton and Cam Can Teach Us About Leadership Styles

Kevin Eikenberry

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a Super Bowl coming up. It features the Denver Broncos and their legendary quarterback in the twilight of his playing career, Peyton Manning, against the Carolina Panthers and their young, star quarterback, Cam Newton.

9 Reasons Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders

Kevin Eikenberry

There are hundreds of companies large and small that offer services to help leaders grow and get greater results, ours included. This means there is a large market or organizations that look for, secure and use these services to equip their leaders to become more effective.

The Language of Encouragement

Kevin Eikenberry

Some of the most powerful things in life are simple. Such is the case with encouragement. People are more productive, more focused and more successful in a positive and supportive environment than in a negative one. And we can help create that environment by being more encouraging.

Why Training is Always Pushed Down the Priority List

Kevin Eikenberry

It happens over and over. There is a call to cut the budget. Senior leadership says the future is unclear. The merger is complete and new leaders want to show cost savings. The private equity firm wants to make the P&L look a bit stronger.