Kevin Eikenberry

The Danger of Expertise – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

We spend most of our lives trying to learn and know as much as we can. It’s ingrained in us that the more we know, the better off we are. And while there’s no question that knowledge truly is power, sometimes…as leaders…there is danger in expertise.

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Is it a Strength or a Weakness?

Kevin Eikenberry

There is much talk about strengths and how we should play to them. The wisdom is learn about your strengths, and once you know them and use them, you will become more effective. This is a fine approach, and while I agree with it in general, there is a problem. A problem that might be […].

What It Means To “Approach It Like a Coach”

Kevin Eikenberry

There are nearly as many ways to lead as there are leaders. What we believe and our mindset relating to the role of leading others says much about how we choose to lead. When you bring a coaching mindset to leadership, it will change your approach to many situations.

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The Painful Truth About Procrastination

Kevin Eikenberry

Procrastination. If you were to tell me you’ve never done it, I would question other things you say too. Granted, not everyone procrastinates in the same way or to the same degree. Yet procrastination is something everyone does.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

What You Can Learn From Auto Bingo – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

When I was a kid, my sister and I used to play a game in the car called Auto Bingo. And while I think my parents mostly gave us this to keep us quiet, there are quite a few leadership lessons that we can learn from this fun family game of my youth. Check it […].

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Hey Leader, Do You Feel Like an Imposter?

Kevin Eikenberry

As a leader, by most any standard, you have achieved a level of success. After all, not everyone gets promoted, or perhaps even multiple times, and now has the responsibilities and opportunities that come with leading others.

What Do You Expect? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever been disappointed? Frustrated? Maybe even annoyed? And then maybe you said (rather cynically), “Well, what did you expect?”

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Learning to Lead Remotely – on LinkedIn

Kevin Eikenberry

If you have remote team members and a LinkedIn account, this announcement will be of great value to you. I have partnered with the folks at LinkedIn Learning to create a brand-new online course, titled Leading at a Distance.

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Previewing A World-Class Learning Experience

Kevin Eikenberry

When I talk to organizations about their gaps in leadership development, developing coaching skills is near the top of their list. Here at The Kevin Eikenberry Group, we’ve been training and developing coaches for many years.

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Three Great Words of Encouragement – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to record a video course with some great people at LinkedIn Learning. And while the process that I go through each week here on Remarkable TV has grown and improved significantly over the years, my time at LinkedIn Learning was quite different.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Your Culture is an Asset – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

While I’m not an accountant and you likely aren’t either, I am using an accounting term today to help us understand the value in our workplace culture. Tweet it out: Your organizational culture is an asset. How can you maximize its value?

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Preparing Remote Leaders for Success

Kevin Eikenberry

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You

Kevin Eikenberry

Chances are you are manager or anticipate becoming one. If you are a new manager, you know the challenges associated with it. If you have been through it, you remember. Imagine sitting next to someone who has been there and done it in high-tech environments.

What Can You Control?

Kevin Eikenberry

Control is something we all want, and most leaders think a lot about control. Many of the big leadership questions revolve around control and who has it. Does control come from position? Are leaders exerting more control by micromanaging? And what about control and employee engagement?

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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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called ideation rate. Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

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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Practical Ways to Make Work Meaningful

Kevin Eikenberry

Make a list of your fondest wishes about your work. Nearly everyone will put “meaningful work” on that list. We might not all say it the same way, but we want to do something that matters, that we care about, and where we feel like we are making a difference. If you have that in […].

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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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Every Day is New Year’s Eve

Kevin Eikenberry

Most everyone has things they do on or around New Year’s Eve. For most people, that includes some reflection on the past year and planning for the new year. All of which is fine, as far as it goes. Today, I share two ideas with you. First, if you are going to do that exercise, […].

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

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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Finding Coaching Moments with Remote Team Members

Kevin Eikenberry

Coaching is important, regardless of team member location. But coaching must be more than something that is done occasionally and in formal settings. Once you realize that you should coach more frequently and informally, you are headed on the right path. But what if you are coaching remotely?

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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 […].

How Do You Receive a Compliment? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

“Ohh… it really wasn’t a big deal… ” Have you ever downplayed a compliment? Tried to pass it off or re-direct the conversation when you’ve been given one?

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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 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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The Talk Like a Leader Podcast

Kevin Eikenberry

One of the foundational skills for leaders is communication. Leadership communication involves different communication mediums, with a variety of people in a variety of roles, in all sorts of situations. So how do you improve your leadership communication skills?

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 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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Helping New Leaders Establish Credibility

Kevin Eikenberry

When people are promoted to leadership roles, one thing they struggle to develop is credibility. If promoted from within, they likely have credibility around their work, but not necessarily their leadership.

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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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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The Culture Question: How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work

Kevin Eikenberry

Everyone seems to be asking the culture question – at least everyone seems to be talking about workplace culture. While understanding and improving culture is incredibly important, it has become almost cliché and a buzzword. Something becomes a buzzword the more people write about it.

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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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Demystifying Remote Leadership

Kevin Eikenberry

Leadership is complex enough without adding team members you rarely see. Whether we like it or not, remote teams and remote leadership is here to stay. The fact is fine, the real challenge is how do we do it well?

How Will You Develop Your Leaders?

Kevin Eikenberry

It is a good question, and one that drives the leadership development conversations in organizations around the world. Organizations that understand the value of growing leaders for both today and the future have the best chance for success. All strategy, culture, growth, and more comes from leaders.

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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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.

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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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 […].