Kevin Eikenberry

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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?)

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 […].

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.

The Power of Positive Perspective – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

I’ve found that almost all of the successful people that I know, have met or even have read about have at least this one thing in common: They have a positive perspective. And while this can mean that they are sometimes optimists, it isn’t necessarily the same thing.

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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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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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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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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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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Use Wisely Your Power of Choice – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

I am sharing a lesson today from one of my favorite books by Og Mandino, The Greatest Miracle in the World. In this great book, there is an incredibly powerful sentence that all leaders can learn from: Use wisely your power of choice.

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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 […].

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.

How to Improve Your To-Do List

Kevin Eikenberry

You fall into one of two camps: you make to-do lists, or you don’t. If you are a to-do list person, what I am going to share with you today will instantly make your list more helpful and enable you to get more done. If you aren’t a to-do list person, read on, because this […].

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Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive

Kevin Eikenberry

by Bradley R. Staats If you know me, you won’t be surprised that I was drawn to this book when a copy was sent to me. After all, I am a lifelong learner, and nearly all of my writing implies (if not overtly suggests) the value of lifelong learning. The book was sent to me […].

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How You Can Get More From Any Assessment You Take

Kevin Eikenberry

If you have taken one assessment of yourself, you’ve taken a dozen. Some might have been quick to take and free, while others have been far more involved, cost you or your organization quite a bit, and been far more accurate.

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Get Your Emotions Under Control

Kevin Eikenberry

You may have made this fevered pitch for emotional control to someone (or yourself): “Get your emotions under control!” And yet, while you may have wanted to do it, you might not have known how. Let’s face it, things at work can be frustrating.

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What Independence Means to You as a Leader

Kevin Eikenberry

As this releases on July 3rd, people in the U.S. might be thinking about freedom as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day. But independence doesn’t only apply in early July. Leaders can and should be thinking about independence and what it means in their teams and at work.

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A Question Leaders Need to Ask Themselves – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

In these Remarkable TV episodes, I answer questions; you ask questions; we consider questions; there are a lot of questions. In this episode, I am proposing a question that all leaders need to ask themselves. Tweet it out: Remind yourself to W.A.I.T. – ask yourself Why am I talking?

Focus on Trust – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Trust is the foundation of some extremely important business issues. From retention to employee engagement to Customer satisfaction and productivity – you likely won’t be satisfied with any of these unless there is trust.

Keys to a (Really) Successful New Supervisor Training Program

Kevin Eikenberry

If you have an organization of any size, you have new and front-line supervisors. And chances are they are frustrated, and so are you. Do you have trouble identifying front-line supervisor candidates? Once you find them, do you have trouble further developing their leadership skills?

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 […].

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Small Acts of Courage Create Big Results

Kevin Eikenberry

When most of us think of courage we think about the person who rescues someone from a burning building, leads helpless people to safety or helps others in any number of crisis situations.

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How to Lead a Change You Don’t Agree With

Kevin Eikenberry

As a leader, change is part of your job description; it comes with the territory. And while leading change with others involved is always complex, in some situations, it seems almost impossible.

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What Are You Reading? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Every week for the last several years, my remote team has shared a weekly report with updates and pertinent information for the other teammates. And while this report has changed over the years, there is one component that has been consistent: What have you learned this week?

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The Power of Observation

Kevin Eikenberry

“Chance favors a prepared mind.” ” The quote from Louis Pasteur is well known, but it is incomplete. The full thought is Where observation is concerned, chance favors the prepared mind.

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Why Well-Meaning Managers Burn Out When Leading Remotely

Kevin Eikenberry

There are many leaders and managers who want to do good work and serve their teams and organizations well. They are well-meaning and hardworking, but too often they burn out – for both organizational and personal reasons.

What Will You Learn Today?

Kevin Eikenberry

If you have kids or if you were ever a kid (and I’m guessing you can answer at least one of these affirmatively??), you have asked or been asked this question before: What did you learn today?

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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.

The Power of Thank You – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

“Please” and “Thank You” is something that parents of young children spend a lot of time talking about and enforcing. And it’s something that shouldn’t stop or begin just there. There is incredible value to us as leaders in showing gratitude and appreciation.

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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 […].

Seeing the Current Reality – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Our lives are busy – both at work and at home – and it’s easy to live in reality but not always easy to actually “see” what your reality is. And as leaders, this is a really important distinction.

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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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