Kevin Eikenberry

Creating a Communication Cadence

Kevin Eikenberry

As leaders, we must always be thinking about when and how and what we communicate with our team members. Finding our way here is critical to our short and long-term success as a leader.

Collecting Questions – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

We are in the middle of a series of videos about collections. And if you haven’t noticed yet, some of these collections are of “things” that you might not have thought of collecting. In fact, most of them aren’t anything that you can put on a shelf or in a room of your house.

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Why Being a Remarkable Leader Matters

Kevin Eikenberry

Being a leader is complex and difficult. It is understandable that we can get frustrated with things we are trying to improve that are complex and difficult. Being a leader is also important. Remaining aware and ready to improve can be a challenge, unless you know why leading is important to you.

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Collecting Lessons – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Last week I shared my observations on the idea of collecting something. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

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The Trouble with Comparisons

Kevin Eikenberry

We all do it. We see someone doing something that we value – and doing it very well. If we want to be better at what they are doing, at first it makes sense to look at them and compare ourselves. Comparisons like this rarely help. In fact, they can be quite damaging to our […].

Collecting Memories – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

We are continuing in our series of videos about collections and today’s video is about collecting memories. I’ll talk about WHY we should collect memories and HOW to do it better and more often.

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What are You Waiting For? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Today I am talking about a lesson I learned in reading a quote from the Theologian John Henry Newman: “Nothing would be done at all if a person waited until he/she could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.”

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Collecting Ideas – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

This is the third video in a series on “collections” You can watch the previous videos here: Collecting Lessons and What Do You Collect. Now to the casual observer, a series on collections might seem an odd choice for a leadership blog. But trust me, it’s not.

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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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Skills Aren’t Enough (To Be a Remarkable Leader)

Kevin Eikenberry

When people want to become a more effective leader they ask, “What skills do I need?” When organizations plan their leadership development programs, they start with the skills that will be needed to be successful. It is an understandable goal – to know what people need to be able do in order to lead.

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Three Keys to Influencing Your Team More Effectively

Kevin Eikenberry

As a leader, you are in the influence business. People are watching what you do, when you do it, and how you do it. They are listening to what you say, how you say it and when you say it. And that is just part of how you are influencing your team. To be a […].

Do Friends and Leadership Mix? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

This is a question that I get asked a lot and I think in order to answer this question, you have to understand the answer to another question first: How do you define friend?

Seven Ways to Make More Time for Yourself (and Banish “I’m Busy”)

Kevin Eikenberry

Ok, I know you can’t literally make time. We all have the same 60 minutes per hour – a total of 1440 minutes each day. Yet you don’t have to look very hard to realize that some people achieve far more than others, and those same people are often calm and at peace, too. You […].

A New Type of Onboarding – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

You likely have a program of some sort when new employees join your organization – most call it onboarding – but do you have the same process for NEW supervisors? These onboarding processes are so valuable for new employees, but they can also have value for new supervisors.

One Thing Organizations Must Provide New Supervisors

Kevin Eikenberry

Every day, in organizations everywhere, people are promoted to their first leadership role. They receive titles like supervisor, lead, foreman, or front-line leader. The titles matter less than the situation – people are moving from doing the work to leading the work.

How to Make a Memory – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

I’ve gone to a lot of “life events” and experiences and there’s one thing that I see people doing over and over again that not only makes me sad, but also gets in the way of making memories.

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Collecting Relationships – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

We are continuing in our series of videos about collections and today’s collection topic is one that I can almost bet you have never thought of collecting: relationships. And yet, as a leader, when you do this and do it right, I can almost guarantee that you will see your success skyrocket.

The Hospitable Leader

Kevin Eikenberry

Like me, you have likely seen many adjectives placed in front of the word leader. Never has “hospitable” been one of them. Until I found The Hospitable Leader by Terry A. Smith. The newness of the idea drew me to it, as I hope it will you. Let me tell you what hospitable leadership means, […].

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Setting Yourself Up to Lead in 2019

Kevin Eikenberry

rThere are predictions and prognostications of all sorts at the start of a new year. If you read enough of these you will find some that completely contradict each other. I will not share either, rather I make five promises.

The Leader’s 12 Days of Christmas

Kevin Eikenberry

Christmas is almost here. And while you likely won’t go all “12 Days of Christmas” on your team (what would they do with turtle doves anyway?), you might be thinking about what you could give them this holiday season. I have some ideas for you that require no ribbon or […].

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Are Leaders Heroes?

Kevin Eikenberry

That is a very good question. Here is the short answer: It depends on how you define hero. With the common definition of a hero as a person with great strength or ability, you can make a list of leadership heroes, with very little problem.

Why Accountability is So Important

Kevin Eikenberry

Accountability is consistently on the Top Ten of my Hit Parade. Leaders regularly ask me questions about it, hoping I will have the magic answer. They ask, “How can I get my people to be more accountable?” “Why Why aren’t people accountable anymore?” “Can Can I coach accountability?” and more.

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Five Keys to a Wildly Successful New Supervisor Training Process

Kevin Eikenberry

Do your new supervisors hit the ground running? Are they successful from the start? Do those new supervisors have the confidence they need to be successful? Do you have new supervisor training, and if you do, is it working?

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The Case for Progress vs. Perfection

Kevin Eikenberry

Coaching success as a leader ultimately rests on answering one question: Did the person being coached reach the level of performance or behavior desired at the start of the coaching? Reaching the objective is one thing, yet the process of coaching is more nuanced than that.

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 […].

The Power of Process Improvement – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

This is the 250th episode of Remarkable TV so it only seems appropriate that we use our journey in getting here to talk about the power of process improvement.

Two Simple Stress Relievers – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

There are more than a few reasons for additional stress during the holiday season… Family, giving gifts, finances, over-commitment…the list goes on… So today, I’m giving two simple stress relievers to help you de-stress and relax as we head into the busy holiday season.

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Collecting Gratitude – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

How Committed are You?

Kevin Eikenberry

I know I’m asking you an important question. I may be asking a hard question. I’m also asking a question you might want me to clarify, like what type of commitment am I referring to?

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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Win. Change Your Thinking, Change Your Destiny

Kevin Eikenberry

Many would call me a positive thinker. And if you looked at my bookshelves, you would find books by renowned positive thinkers – Norman Vincent Peale, Zig Ziglar, and Robert Schuller, to name a few.

Five Ways to Improve Your One-on-One Meetings

Kevin Eikenberry

Leaders need to stay connected to and in sync with the members of their teams. Both parties have the need for updates and communication. And in my experience, many leaders and team members don’t believe that connection and communication is as effective as it could be.

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The Coaching Alphabet

Kevin Eikenberry

Daily, I am asked questions about coaching success. Daily, I strive for greater coaching success for myself. Today, I challenged myself to share three ideas that will, when implemented, help you be a more successful and confident coach.

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Learning Happens in a Circle

Kevin Eikenberry

WWe are all familiar with the traditional school experience. Let’s call it learning in rows. The teacher stands in the front of the room and lectures, relays, or shares the information to the students as they sit in rows.

The Leadership Mirror – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Most of us look in a mirror every day – and sometimes more than once! But I’m not talking about looking in a mirror in this regard. In this episode, I am advocating for a mirror as it relates to our leadership and I’m asking a few questions to help you understand what you’ll see […]. The post The Leadership Mirror – Remarkable TV appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.

Anticipation and Influence

Kevin Eikenberry

Do you remember how you felt a week before Christmas as a kid? If you are like me, you were practically bursting with anticipation. School would be out soon. There were Christmas cookies around and Christmas music on the stereo.

The Power of Small Steps – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Last week was our 250th episode of Remarkable TV and while I was filming that episode, I got to thinking about the power of small steps. In today’s episode, I am going to share my observations in what I’ve learned about this very powerful idea.

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You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Kevin Eikenberry

If you are a new leader or supervisor, you likely have questions about the complex world you now find yourself in. If you lead new supervisors, you may wish there was a place they could get some additional answers to their questions. Never fear, Guy and Kevin are here.

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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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Factfulness

Kevin Eikenberry

By Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund Few books give you advice on how to think more effectively. Fewer definitively answer big questions. This book does both.

Leadership Gift #4 – Share Your Belief

Kevin Eikenberry

On Monday, I offered a shopping list of gifts leaders could give this Christmas season. In that post, I promised to detail each of these gifts as a part of a 12 Days of Christmas series. For Day 4, the shopping list suggests you share your belief. What beliefs should you share?

Three Ways to Build Greater Commitment with Team Members

Kevin Eikenberry

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

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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