Leadership Freak

The Four Powers of Courageous Leaders

Leadership Freak

The courage of leadership is seldom seen and never understood by those who choose safety over adventure. Real courage is a decision made without fanfare. Courageous leadership is the power to: #1. Live… Continue reading → Courage vulnerability courageous leaders Leadership Development

Power 196

The Five Practices of Smart Teams

Leadership Freak

Teams, like individuals, can be stupid or smart. Stupid teams consists of smart people who engage in stupid behaviors. The 5 practices of smart teams: #1. Team members disagree with the team leader.… … Continue reading → Teams Leadership Development Organizational Development

Team 199

4 Practices Guaranteed to Energize Tired Teams

Leadership Freak

We begin new jobs with enthusiasm. But repetition leads to boredom. Lousy bosses make work miserable. Constant pressure causes burnout. Successful leaders energize teams. 4 ways to energize tired teams: #1. Establish direction… Continue reading → Leading

Team 138

How to Build an Organization Where People Take Care of Each Other

Leadership Freak

You might believe that taking care of each other is weak or silly. But think of the alternative. Care is nurtured. An uncaring team is a symptom of neglect. 5 expressions of care… Continue reading → Encouragement energy Success Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Make Friends with Your Past – It can’t be Left Behind

Leadership Freak

The idea of leaving the past behind is an offense to who you are. And the hope of recreating the past is an offense to who you might become. Penobscot Bay, Maine Nostalgia:… Continue reading → Leading

175
175

How People Weasel Out of Change and Justify Staying the Same

Leadership Freak

Aspiration or frustration drives you to seek advice. But you end up rejecting advice in favor of staying the same. How to weasel out of change: You’re frustrated when others do it. Maybe… Continue reading → Leading

Advice 207

7 Ways to Thrive when your Company is Acquired

Leadership Freak

Mergers and acquisitions have winners and losers. You’re the winner if you’re on the acquiring side. You’re the loser if you’re being acquired. Disingenuous winners tell people that things won’t change. This is… Continue reading → Leading

The Number One Factor in Employee Satisfaction

Leadership Freak

How to Resolve the Negative Realities of Positive Thinking

Leadership Freak

“The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.” George Will Optimism is dangerous when it causes you to: Lose motivation. When you… Continue reading → Leading

A Premortem: Reverse Positive Thinking for Success

Leadership Freak

Do premortems. A postmortem is too late. Gary Klein introduced the idea of premortems. A premortem is reverse positive thinking. Instead of imagining success, imagine failure.

5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

Noticing – Not Feedback – Enhances Performance and Elevates Satisfaction

Leadership Freak

“People don’t want feedback, they want attention.” Nine Lies About Work) Feedback is valid when assessment is accurate, and numbers are involved. Feedback about traits is arrogant because we don’t know people. Tell… Continue reading → Feedback Leadership Development organizational success

Two Rules that Make You Look Smart When You Ask Questions

Leadership Freak

You’ve heard reporters ask, “Don’t you agree,” during interviews. That’s an idiotic question for a reporter to ask. Leading questions search for affirmation, not information. You talk too much when you ask questions… Continue reading → Curiosity Questions

Report 202

4 Ways to Build Trust When You’re in the Middle

Leadership Freak

When trust goes down cost goes up. Speed of Trust) Less than 50% of front-line employees trust the company. World Economic Forum) #1. Don’t complain about higher ups. Spend more seeking the best… Continue reading → Trust Leadership Development organizational success

Cost 195

The Anatomy of Encouragement for Leaders

Leadership Freak

Everyone needs encouragement, eventually. Encouragement feels like someone sat beside you and grabbed an oar. #1. Encouragement thrives with connection. Encouragement from a distance is better than no encouragement.

Power 203

An Exercise Guaranteed to Ignite Growth in Anyone

Leadership Freak

You need affirmation, but if you want to grow, seek discomfort. Comfort affirms. Discomfort transforms. Today’s challenge is as difficult as it is simple. Seek advice from an imperfect boss or colleague. If… Continue reading → Leading

Advice 178

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.

The Leaders We Remember

Leadership Freak

Everyone has a lousy leader story. If you’re a lousy leader, you won’t be forgotten. You intentionally recall positive memories, but negative memories come to you uninvited when you wake in the night.… … Continue reading → Leading

Leading Through Mergers and Acquisitions

Leadership Freak

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) aggravate instability. Leaders shine when they help people navigate uncertainty and instability. For example… New employees during onboarding. Moving from “Bud to Boss.” Terminations.

The 3 Expressions of Freedom at Work

Leadership Freak

Freedom at work isn’t earned, it’s unearned. Give people freedom to do the things you hired them to do. Treat people like the competent responsible individuals you hired – unless they prove otherwise.… … Continue reading → Leading

153
153

7 Faces of Distrust

Leadership Freak

A reader asks, “Maybe a post on how to proceed when relationships have been eroded among team members? With a small team, I find it especially challenging.”

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.

We Missed the Exit to Chick-fil-A

Leadership Freak

I’m back home in Central Maine where the people are wicked sharp, the Humpty Dumpty chips are wicked good, and the air smells like Christmas trees. See pronunciation guide below.) Wicked” is an… Continue reading → Leading

Sharpe 151

A Chipmunk in Traffic

Leadership Freak

You’re like a chipmunk in traffic because you need to prove yourself. Someone asks, “How are things going?” You say, “Crazy busy.” It’s a mortal sin to say, “I’m looking for something to… Continue reading → Stress Success Leadership Development

Stress 162

How to Respond to Stupid Suggestions

Leadership Freak

Leaders won’t seek input if they don’t know how to gracefully reject irrelevant or stupid suggestions. Don’t insult people when they offer ideas, or they’ll take their ideas to competitors. 5 types… Continue reading → Leading

How To 198

4 Principles that Enable Effective Feedback and High Performance

Leadership Freak

Gallup found that only 26% of employees strongly agree that the feedback they receive helps them do better work. 37% of managers don’t give positive feedback. Zenger/Folkman) Feedback principle #1. People prefer affirmation to… Continue reading → Coaching Feedback

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 Remarkable Leaders Do that Average Leaders Don’t

Leadership Freak

Rosa Parks wasn’t the first black woman to stand up for herself in Montgomery, Alabama. On March 2, 1955, nine months before Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, a… Continue reading → Influence Leading Marks of leaders Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership succes

4 Self-Limiting Statements You Must Stop Saying Today

Leadership Freak

Stop saying, “I didn’t have time.” Everyone has enough time. Refusing to accept reality is belligerent insanity. Two reasons you say, “I didn’t have enough time.”: ”: You over-estimate your talent and abilities.…

Energy 193

How to Become Wildly Productive

Leadership Freak

“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.” Wall and Piece) The most productive leaders: Set stretch goals. Drive hard for results. Practice unfailing consistency. Expand knowledge and… Continue reading → Leading

Wilde 156

Image Building is Fear Driven

Leadership Freak

You can’t enjoy leading and constantly worry about what people think of you. Would it really be a tragedy if people caught a glimpse of the real you?

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.

How to Become a Wise Sage

Leadership Freak

A wise sage has failed enough to be humble and succeeded enough to inspire confidence. The birth of a wise sage: You become a wise sage in the dark. There is no sagacity… Continue reading → Leading

How To 180

A Must Read List for Growing Leaders

Leadership Freak

A client requested a list of resources I referenced in the presentation I gave last Tuesday. Here it is… The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner “The five functions of leadership.” Dare… Continue reading → Leading

How to Thrive When You Feel The Sting of Unfairness

Leadership Freak

Unfairness abounds in organizational life. Your company merged with a competitor and your position was eliminated. You didn’t get the promotion. It’s not fair.

How To 207

7 Secrets to Help People Become Better People That Actually Work

Leadership Freak

You’re a better person because someone helped you become better. It’s your turn to help others become better. I don’t blame you if working to make PEOPLE better feels awkward.

7 Ways to Overcome Distraction and Do What Matters

Leadership Freak

47% of the time you aren’t focused on what you’re doing.* You give yourself to trivialities when distraction governs your day. 7 ways to overcome distraction: #1.

The Reason Leaders Pursue Excellence Will Change Your Life

Leadership Freak

It’s not about doing your best. It’s about doing your best for someone else.

4 Ways to Overcome the Deadly Traps of Managing

Leadership Freak

76% of employees did not want their boss’s job. HBR) Most American workers are not aiming for the corner office. Approximately one third (34 percent) of workers aspire to leadership positions, with only… Continue reading → Leading Managing Leadership Development Management

Questions that Fuel Energy when Your Tank is Low

Leadership Freak

Two people face the same challenge. One rises and thrives. One stumbles and flounders. The difference is motivational energy. You are responsible to manage your energy.

Energy 181

Ready to fix feedback?  Then let’s go “kick some ask!”

Leadership Freak

NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY! 20 copies available! Leave a comment on this guest post by Tamra Chandler. This post is based on her latest book, Feedback (and Other Dirty Words) which is co-authored with… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Feedback

Books 156

3 Shocking Ways to Show Up Today

Leadership Freak

Knowing stuff got you where you are, but “not knowing” takes you where you need to go. Choose how you show up BEFORE you show up. #1. Show up to let others be… Continue reading → Courage Taking others higher courageous leaders Growth Leadership Development