What Are Effective Leadership Skills?
How do you lead well and make your company culture awesome? More importantly, how can you as a leader get your employees do what you want them to?
Leadership is a skillset that’s like a muscle. You don’t have to be born with it, and leaders aren’t only those select individuals who are exclusively gifted for the role. Instead it’s a practice that you need to continuously work on, developing muscle memory that keeps you growing stronger.
Leaders Are Constantly Under Construction
Donald Miller who runs Business Made Simple publishes some great short daily videos Monday through Friday that have great business advice— in one of those two minute clips he said everyone wants to know where we are going (which he repeats several times). His point is that as a leader you need to continuously repeat your vision and purpose.
This means developing what it looks like for you and your business to be winning. As an effective leader...
Why Micromanagement Is Hurting You and Your Employees
The following is adapted from The Problem Isn’t Their Paycheck.
Have you heard yourself saying any of the following to your employees recently?
Sound familiar? If so, you’re micromanaging, and it needs to stop.
If you’re a business owner who micromanages, it’s limiting your employees’ freedom at work. Without freedom, employees have lower job satisfaction as well as lower productivity. Keep reading to find out how else micromanagement is harming your employees—and yourself.
Micromanagement indicates a lack of trust in your team. You don’t believe that they are capable of completing a task on their own, so you micromanage, holding...
What Must You Do To Fire an Employee?
Maybe some of you have had to fire employees before, or some of you haven’t. For those of us that needed to fire people in the past, that thought might have turned you off to hiring new people in the future. It’s not something that should necessarily excite you, and it can be intimidating.
Firing Is a Process
One that that must be a part of the firing process is setting expectation. In the book Radical Candor by Kim Scott the subject of firing is addressed by asking you if your team would know if they’re about to be fired, or would it come as a complete surprise. Firing someone in a situation where they have no idea it’s coming can be an extremely dangerous process. Your
not only affecting the employee that’s being fired, but the rest of your culture internally as well. Everyone else will be watching, and when someone’s added or removed from a team it changes the team.
Firing needs to occur with full...
What Is Servant Leadership in Business
Having become a buzz word in certain circles, it’s not immediately apparent how serving people or servant leadership can be applied to the business world where there needs to be accountability, and goals. Business has profit-and-loss, and bottom lines, and needs to be rigid, right?
How can we make this happen in the workplace? Your typical performance review is an inaccurate look at how your employees are performing. More often than not, it’s a giant waste of time for you and your team. They’re a massive destruction, and demotivating. This was what Forbes had to say in an article aptly titled Performance Reviews Suck.
In my experience the way most performance reviews are accomplished, like what Forbes describes, are the complete opposite of servant leadership— the most dangerous aspect being demotivation.
In most situations performance reviews have you waiting 90 days to talk with someone about setting goals and projects...
The New Employee Checklist
Great! You’ve hired a new employee. Now how do you make sure they’re placed in a really great position so they can hit the ground running. Integrating new employees within your company culture, helping them get up to speed and productivity quickly, and ensuring they can be an asset to your self directed team is just as important as hiring them in the first place.
The absolute most important thing you can include within your hiring and on-boarding process for new employees is social engagement. Forbes recently published an article on the topic which identified that work relationships can be incredibly important to employee well being. As humans we crave contact and connections with other people, and it’s important for employers to understand just how critical social connections in the office really are.
As a manager or a boss you will have some agency over the list of things new employees need to check off right when they...
How Did Move My Company to Move in a Growing Direction
All of us as business owners want to have companies that are growing, and we want to aspire to greatness, and above all move in a positive direction. My company Stewardship recently won Inc 5000s Fastest Growing Company in America Award. How did I get us to move in that direction?
Let’s talk about the Award itself. It’s not a political decision, or one based off of who can fill out the most forms or submit the best paperwork for candidacy. Inc 5000 is literally looking at the financial records for the top companies in the country. It’s an actual numbers game, and something that we received using methods I think you can accomplish too.
Get Your Financials Where You Want Them
Everything changed for me when I got out of working in my business, and began working onmy business. In other words, the dramatic shift occurred when I started to hire and trust other people to create a culture where they could move foward....
What Is Leadership and Management?
How do you become a good leader, and what does it look like to be a good leader while you’re managing a team of people in the workplace? That’s a big question, but it starts with something very important.
Forbes describes some things that must be in place for a good manager, which we already talk about like honesty, integrity, confidence, inspiration, passion (a big one now that the workforce is largely dominated with millennials who’ll see right past you if you’re not being genuine or authentic with your emotions), clear communication, and developing accountability in your workers.
Each of these attributes are certainly present in some combination or another with good leaders, but before you can act on any of that effectively one thing must be done.
Keep Your Emotions In Check
Control your emotions. As a leader you must have the ability to control your emotions, because if you can’t you will have a hard time being a...
How To Find Your Best Employees
Whether I’m talking one on one with other business professionals, or speaking at conferences, this is one of the questions I get asked the most— Where do you find them? My own success can’t be only attributed to me, but due to some of my best employees. Truly, they’re amazing. Today I’d like to share some insight for everyone that’s asked how to attract the team members who are willing to go above and beyond, or perform at the highest levels of their ability and the field.
Harvard Business Review recently published an article that best describes the philosophy behind finding the right employees that’ll help you grow. “Most Companies Design Jobs, and then slot people into them. Our best managers sometimes do the opposite. When they find talented people they’re open to creating jobs around them.”
This has been a huge key to finding awesome people. I’ve been available,...
Work on the Business, Not in the Business
Work on the business, not in the business. I did a google search for that term and the number of articles that came up were crazy. There are so many people writing about this and it’s really a struggle for many small business owners.
We don’t necessarily trust people because we may have gotten wounded from trying to hire people before and then they didn’t work to their potential. They might have quit, or you may have lost money, or you maybe don’t trust them to do things as well as we do.
You are an owner and operator, and it’s not just the owner title that you carry. You are not a legitimate CEO yet, you literally are dependent upon the day to day tasks of everything within your business.
This can be tough. By working “in” the business every day instead of “on” the business from a 3,000 foot view, is not sustainable. It also prevents growth.
WHAT IS COMPANY CULTURE
What is company culture? It’s a buzzword that’s being talked about a lot. ERC defines it by saying that “culture is the character and personality of your organization. It’s what makes your organization unique, and is the sum of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors and attitudes”.
I love how they say that culture is the character and personality of the organization, because I think that sums it up very well. Often times, organizations think that in order to have good company culture, they need to have sweet bean bags and a really neat office environment.
Cultureiq.com says that your company culture doesn’t come from the monthly massages or kombucha on tap. Instead, it comes from conscious decisions based on your willingness to listen. That’s a big deal!
If the character and personality of your organization does not have a leader that...