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 […].

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.

What a Leader Must Focus On

Kevin Eikenberry

As a leader, you have a myriad of things that vie for your attention; many things that you feel, or others suggest, you need to focus on.

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 […].

Eight Ways to Be a Better Employee in 2018

Kevin Eikenberry

If you work, you are an employee. Much of what I write about here is about leadership and how to be more effective in helping others choose to follow us in the pursuit of desirable outcomes. But every leader is a member of the team too. Even the CEO, even the owner. For the next […].

The Self-Aware Leader

Kevin Eikenberry

There are many characteristics associated with effective leaders; you can find those lists easily, or you can just make a list yourself.

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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Two Truths About Humans that Leaders Must Always Remember

Kevin Eikenberry

I am about to outline two truths that you already know. Wow, that is a great way to get you to read…) I am going to remind you of these universal truths and help you see them in a new way to give you something critically important to remember and think about. This view is […].

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?”

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?”

Think Before You Respond

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever responded in a conversation and wish you had said something different, differently or wished you had said nothing at all? Unless you are completely lacking in self-awareness, your answer to that question is assuredly yes, and probably true most everyday of your life.

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.

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.

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 […].

Three Keys to Being a Successful Remote Team Member

Kevin Eikenberry

As a person who has worked remotely, leads a team who largely work remotely, and works with leaders of remote teams regularly, there is much advice I could share about how to be successful working remotely. That however, isn’t what this article is about.

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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.

Three Keys to Greater Focus

Kevin Eikenberry

In the world today with electronics of all kinds beckoning us, with the speed of the world ever quickening, and with work expectations continuing to ramp up with leaner organizations and a 24/7 world, we are all feeling it.

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.

8 Things Not to Say During a Presentation

Kevin Eikenberry

If you have watched a presentation, you have heard these things. But just because you’ve heard them, doesn’t mean you should say them! If you want to be more effective in giving your presentations, avoid these words.

Do You Lead a Remote Team? We Want to Hear From You!

Kevin Eikenberry

I’m writing a new book with my co-founder of The Remote Leadership Institute, Wayne Turmel. The book, which publishes next April is titled, The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership, and we want your help.

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.

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.

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?”

Compliance or Commitment, Which Do You Want?

Kevin Eikenberry

Most of the talk about leadership style is futile without first understanding the answer to this question. Most leadership development is hollow until those learning are clear on their answer to this question.

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 […].

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.

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.

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 […].

Overcoming the Tendency to Micromanage

Kevin Eikenberry

Micromanagement. The word creates emotion in most anyone who has ever worked a day in their life. Most have been micromanaged, and none liked it. Few call themselves micromanagers, and even fewer want to do it; yet they often don’t realize when they are doing it.

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.

The Difference Between Dialogue and Discussion

Kevin Eikenberry

There is a great deal of misconception about the nature and meaning of the two words in the title of this article. Both are forms of communication, both are relatively common words, and both start with the letter d.

What Long-Distance Leaders Need to Know Today

Kevin Eikenberry

If you lead a team that is remote part or all the time, whether they are across town or around the world, you are a Long-Distance Leader. And if that isn’t you today, odds are high that it may be sooner than later. The trend towards people not being “at work” is growing and evolving; […].

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 […].

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 […].

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.

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 […].