Burning the Pancakes: 7 Steps to Empowerment

7 Steps to Empowerment

“I will let your son burn the pancakes.” This is what I tell visiting parents who are trying to decide if their boy should join our Scout Troop. What I’m really telling them is that we do our best to empower the boys, and that the process can be messy. Here’s my thinking on that […]

How to Train the New Guy

Train the new guy

Being the leader is a challenge, but it can be even more challenging when you have new people join the team who don’t yet know how to contribute.  In the next two minutes I’m going to show you a way to pull the new guys on to the team and quickly turn them into productive […]

Get it Right with a Pre-Execution Checklist

Pre-Execution Checklist

Have you ever been getting ready to do something important, then forgot to take care of one critical thing?  That almost happened to me a couple weeks ago.  Fortunately, there was a technique we used that saved us some embarrassment and helped make sure things went smoothly.  It’s called the Pre-execution Checklist, and today we’re […]

Avoid the BOGSAT and Make Your Meetings Productive

BOGSAT

  Have you ever been in a meeting when a tired topic comes up yet again, there’s discussion, then the topic changes, and you get that sinking feeling that at next week’s meeting the same thing will happen? It seems like you never get any closer to resolving the issue.  If so, it is quite […]

How to set SMART Goals

smart goals

This video introduces the acronym SMART as a tool to help you take your vision or idea and turn it into a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Taking the time to establish clear goals is the critical first step in making them become real. By using SMART Goals you can be […]

Delegation, Part 3: Who, How to Delegate?

How to Delegate

Now that you see the true value of delegating well, and have a handle on the kinds of tasks that are best to delegate, we get down to the business of choosing someone to delegate to, and the process of how to delegate the task in a way that is structured, thorough, developmental, and practical. […]

Delegation, Part 2: What to Delegate?

What to Delegate

Knowing what to delegate makes all the difference in the world. The the thing is to remember that it’s not just about clearing your calendar so you can focus on those key leadership tasks, it’s also about choosing tasks that your teammates will be energized about doing and that will make your organization stronger by providing greater […]

Surviving a Leadership Vacuum

leadership vacuum

Things don’t always turn out the way we plan.  Key people show up late, come down with the flu, miss the flight.  Suddenly there is a leadership vacuum.  People start to drift, time is lost, confusion and frustration set in.  Something needs to happen quickly to get things back on track.  Here’s a recent story […]