Tuesday Tidbit: On Encouraging The Team

Posted August 26, 2014 by El
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If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it. -John C. Maxwell

Friday evening, my husband and I attended a football scrimmage between two local high schools. As the game went on, we couldn’t help but notice one particular player emphatically walking up and down the sidelines, yelling encouragements to his teammates.  He occasionally slapped someone on the back, in the chest or across the helmet.  We coudn’t hear his exact words, but he was loud enough that we could hear his booming voice. He was clearly the team’s spirit leader.

We don’t know if that player was a star on the field of play, but he was definitely a star on the sideline. Encouraging the team through challenges and toward the goal is a form of leadership and he was certainly giving it his all!

Every team needs encouragement, whether it’s a team of high school football players or your customer service team at the office.  The team might be struggling to move toward the goal or hitting on all cylinders; encouragement helps keep them focused and energized. Take note of who the spirit leader is on your team and be sure that he or she is recognized and encouraged, too.

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Tuesday Tidbits are usually focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, inspirational. Feel free to share with your team. Consider adding your own comment to let them know why you are sending it to them.

Tuesday Tidbit: Wanting vs. Needing to Hear

Posted August 19, 2014 by El
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My recent retirement opened the floodgates for many heartfelt conversations and emails; often sharing gratitude for a long ago conversation that had a significant impact on the person involved. This feedback will be held closely and will inspire me as I move into my new future.

One such message went like this…

Do you remember when you sat me down to tell me that I better get my act together if I wanted to stay with the company?  I was a pretty high performer and thought I was “all that.” But, I was not living the “positive attitude” and “teamwork” values you preached.  You told me at one point that my attitude was going to get me in trouble.  Sure enough, I stirred the pot once too often and was placed on a warning for my behavior.

You took the time to schedule a meeting with me, reassuring me that the warning was not to push me out the door but, rather, to find a way to keep me on board. I was so nervous about that meeting! But, I found out for myself what others told me; you were meeting with me because you cared, not to lecture me.  You gave me a loud and clear message, though – attitude and respect matter. And, I mattered.

It was quickly clear to me that you were sincerely concerned about me and my succcess. Your message was hard for me to hear but it was what I needed to hear. You could have just moved on.  You didn’t. And, thanks to you, neither have I.

I’ve told that story to new employees when they joined the team.  I want them to know that leadership here really does care about them. Thank you for caring about me.

Telling someone what they need to hear, when the message is rooted in love, is not a difficult conversation; it is a necessary conversation. Helping someone grow to be their best self is what happens when we show that we care. And, caring is one of the roots of leadership, isn’t it?

Tuesday Tidbits are usually focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, inspirational. Feel free to share with your team. Consider adding your own comment to let them know why you are sending it to them.

 

 

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by shared wisdom

Posted August 12, 2014 by El
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Over the last 21+ years, I’ve worked for three different people.  I thought it would be appropriate, before I retire this week, to share a takeaway wisdom from each of them.

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. I would much rather have you look at a problem, decide what needs to be done and then do it, even if it turns out to be the wrong thing, than see a problem and do nothing. At least you’ve considered the options carefully and made a decision. That is better than standing by and doing nothing. -Dave Bianconi

Dave shared this with me very early in my time at PMI. He wanted me to learn, to try, to risk, to grow. It also showed his faith in me which boosted my confidence in myself.

Don’t get too high and don’t get too low. It’s like a baseball game. Nine innings is a long time and a lot can happen to change the outcome of the game. -Kevin Banion

Kevin gave me my first opportunity to lead a team.  I would get super-excited when something went right and would beat myself up when it didn’t. He taught me to be a little more even-keeled and not take the good or the bad too personally.

All I expect is that you do your work just a little bit better today than you did yesterday and treat each other with respect. -Mike Brandenburg

Isn’t this really the core of what we all want from our team members?  An attitude of continual improvement paired with respect for each other as human beings. Keep doing that and we can’t fail.

One phase of life ends and another begins, but the tidbits will continue here as I reflect on the many lessons I’ve learned over the course of my career.  I hope you’ll come back often! There are some exciting changes coming to Being Fully Present and I’d love to share them with you.

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by some of my favorite authors

Posted August 5, 2014 by El
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While the Tuesday Tidbit will continue here on my soon-to-be-updated blog (yay!), I am winding down the share I do each week with my team as early retirement is just around the corner!  This week, I thought I would share quotes from some of my favorite leadership authors’ books:

Real leadership, in other words, is an extreme act rooted in love and motivated by a desire to create a better world – whether it’s the world of your company, team, neighborhood or family. -Steve Farber in “Greater Than Yourself

Thus, the best way any leader can demonstrate their love for their team is to help each person discover their strengths and provide an opportunity for that person to utilize them.  When you create a system that provides a way for your people to shine you not only bring out the best in them but in the team and the company as well. – Jon Gordon in “The Energy Bus

When I know the leaders in my organization, believe in them, encourage them, and help them to succeed, it helps to strengthen their belief in themselves…People almost always rise to meet your level of expectations. Believe in them, and they will rise to fulfill that belief. -John C. Maxwell in “Developing The Leaders Around You

Encouraging the heart, then, is about the dichotomous nature of leadership.  It’s about toughness and tenderness. Guts and grace. Firmness and fairness. Fortitude and gratitude. Passion and compassion. Leaders must have courage themselves and they must impart it to others. – James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner in “Encouraging The Heart

If you haven’t read any of the above books, I encourage you to follow the links above and check them out! What author, book or quote would you add?

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Frank Thomas

Posted July 29, 2014 by El
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Inspiration can be found in so many places. On Sunday, as a baseball fan, I was trying to catch the highlights of the Hall of Fame induction speeches. I enjoy the emotion and gratitude that is often on display as the inductees share stories of people and events that impacted their lives.

It was quite the class of superstar players and managers this year, but I kept hearing sportscasters refer to Frank Thomas’ speech in particular. I knew I had to watch it.  And, so,  early Monday morning I did.

Near the end of his tearful, heartfelt speech, he said this:

To all you kids out there: There are no shortcuts to success.  Hard work. Dedication. Commitment. Stay true to who you are.

I don’t think there’s much else to say. I hope all the kids were listening (and the grown-ups, too!).

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Derek Jeter

Posted July 22, 2014 by El
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As a lifelong Yankee fan and a fan of their shortstop, Derek Jeter, I was very interested in the coverage surrounding this year’s Major League Baseball Allstar game. Jeter was voted to the team for the 14th and final time, as he is retiring at the end of this season.

Among the many stories and interviews, the following quote stood out:

It doesn’t take any talent to play hard. Someone might be better or have more talent, but there’s no reason someone should outwork you. -Derek Jeter

That absolutely applies to more than baseball!

Substitute the word “work” for the word “play” and read it again.

It doesn’t take any talent to work hard. Someone might be better or have more talent, but there’s no reason someone should outwork you.

Think about it. Are you being outworked?

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Change

Posted July 15, 2014 by El
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an-enemy-called-averageMy leadership library is one of my favorite things. I have well over 300 books on various topics relating to leadership, communication, change management, teamwork, etc. I love to randomly pull down a book, flip through the pages, and see what draws my attention.

Sunday, the book was “An Enemy Called Average” by John Mason. It’s an easy read; a lot of short sections, inspirational pictures, full page quotes. I landed on page 85 in Chapter 20, titled “When you refuse to change, you end up in chains.”

Here is an important exerpt:

There are three things we know about the future: First, it is not going to be like the past. Second, it is not going to be exactly the way we think it will be. Third, the rate of change will take place faster than we anticipate…

…We should not let “the way we’ve always done it” interfere with the opportunities in front of us today. There is nothing that remains as constant as change.

Even the most precious of all gems need to be chiseled and faceted to achieve its best luster. So, don’t end up like concrete – all mixed together and permanently set…

Go with the flow. Be sensitive to the new things. Stay flexible and know you’ll need to adjust, move, correct and change to be successful.

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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