As a leader, you probably hear time and time again about the importance of having a growth mindset. We’re told that it’s important to have a positive outlook and to be able to shift our perspective.
But is it ever possible to take it too far?
In my opinion, it definitely is. When we take these ideas too far, we wander into the realm of toxic positivity.
Denying reality and forcing ourselves to be “positive” all the time can have detrimental effects.
As leaders, it’s crucial that we learn …
Do you struggle with knowing how to delegate?
Feeling resistant to give up control?
Worried no one else will do it like you do?
If so, I want you to know - this is 100% normal.
As humans, we struggle with asking for help. Our brains simply don’t like it. We don’t enjoy opening up and getting vulnerable with others. Sometimes we might even feel like asking for help is a sign of weakness, or will diminish our authority in the workplace.
I’ve been in this exact same spot myself. You hire people be…
If you’re anything like most of the leaders I work with, you’ve got a BIG vision and goals.
But how do you make sure you’re prioritizing those goals on a daily basis?
It’s easy to spend your days getting caught up in busywork, putting out fires, or simply being reactive to what everyone around you needs from you.
Remember: as a leader, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure you’re carrying out your company’s big vision.
By the end of this post, you’ll have specific strategies to help you br…
Step 1 is to:
NOT Set New Year Resolutions
But on a more serious note, I talked through several ways to set better 2021 goals including:
👉🏽 Leveraging your self-awareness and starting with a vision.
👉🏽Picking a guiding theme or word of the year instead.
👉🏽Focusing on behavior and actions that can be turned into a regular habit.
Feedback is a key component of being a better leader and human in general.
Sometimes it seems like it is easier to give feedback than it is to receive.
I have found both to be difficult.
If you are looking for a few questions to give feedback, even if it is to yourself check out the questions below.
- What do you expect?
- What is she/he/you doing well?
- How is he/she/you not meeting expectations?
- What you want him/her/yourself to do differently
- What support does he/she/ nee…
Time is the most precious resource we have and we tend to waste it on regretting the past or being anxious about the future.
Mindfulness is all about making the most of your present time.
I used to think it was a super complicated concept that involved long meditations and chanting.
I have learned, and now teach, super simple techniques you can implement right away so you can take into account your past but make the most of your present to maximize your future results.
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I get even more done when I am able to bring others along.
One of the many productivity issues I experienced as a leader was firefighting.
I would rush from task to task, not even completing one before I would think of something I needed to do, or a member of my team would interrupt me.
Even now I sometimes get off track and feel rushed to finish a project or have a conversation with a client.
What I have learned:
There is nothing such as being ‘too busy’ - there is only prioritization.
Even as leaders we do not like everything we have to do.
Invoicing, building budgets, and approving spending used to be super cumbersome for me.
So I appointed someone on my team to help me with it.
Now that I work for myself, I have to make it work and have selected a specific time in my schedule to tackle it. I even reward myself when I complete my finance-related work.
In every position, we have a range of motivation and engagement.
We are never 100% happy or excited to do our jobs.
So am I.
When I feel a bit off, distracted, nervous, or want to make sure I accomplish something significant, I stop and set mini-intentions using my five senses.
Let me break it down for you:
- What do I want to see? 👁
- What do I want to hear? 🔊
- What do I want to smell? 👃
- What do I want to taste? 👅
- What do I want to feel/touch? 🤏
Now, let me apply it to how I prepare for group sessions I facilitate:
- I see smiling faces and nodding.
- I hear vulnerable questions and stories.
- I smel…
2020 is the year in which I'm focusing on Exponential Value and Visibility. A huge part of being able to achieve this is reflecting on how far I have come and celebrating my progress. You can follow my journey to experience my vision here.
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I try to take the time to document my progress in many different ways, so I start off by reviewing things I have already recorded. If you have been …
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