Optimising keeps you and others going
As a leader, you have to manage uncertainty. BUT, you need a vision too. Sharing a compelling vision of the future is critical to achieving your goals. Being positive in a negative situation is how leaders should operate, the energy you give off comes back to you in spades. See the bigger picture, and share…
Focus on “them”
Being a leader, and building a culture, isnt about you and your personal agenda. It is about focussing on “them” – your team, your people, your company : and making the decisions which are in the best interests for them. People are the priority.
Micro-management doesn’t work for anyone. I am yet to find someone who it is working for – teams or leaders alike. If you are worried about remote workers, and if they are being productive: you are expending your energy in the wrong way. Don’t ask your people to come back to the office, so you…
People want different things
Remember, people change and want different things when they are 28 vs 27, or 25 vs 20. Some want to work more, some want more time off – because they fall in love or have a baby. As a leader you have to be in tune to this, know your people, and regularly adjust. Don’t…
Colin Powell – Quote of the Day
You know you’re a good leader when you have good followers.
Leaders are people too, with their own flaws. That’s OK – the job of a leader isn’t to be perfect all the time, know everything and have all the answers.
Eddie Howe – Newcastle Manager
Eddie Howe has three “non-negotiable behaviours” which form the bedrock of the culture he is building at the club, and I just love them. 1. Always give your best 2. Be willing to learn and improve 3. Put the interests of the team always above your own
Time to reflect
We are so busy working we often don’t reflect. Don’t reflect on our strengths and weaknesses. But, it’s necessary to take a break from the day to day and give a thought to this….what could you do differently to improve or amplify?
Try not to project fear upon your team. Your role as a leader is to help people perform at their best, and people can’t when they are working with fear surrounding them. They need to believe.
You really need to spend time getting your new hires up to speed with the culture of your business and how the company works. Spotify spends months bringing people up to speed with the culture and Scandinavian way of working. They know without that effort people are lost along the way and ultimately leave the…