5 Essential New Manager Survival Tips

New Manager Survival Tips

Your first days as the new leader of a team can be a challenge – new faces, new places, the fire hose is on and you are definitely drinking in as much as you possibly can.  And even as all this is happening, you are anxious to make a good impression, build your team, and […]

Pose Power: How to Lead Better in Only Two Minutes

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Can the way you stand or sit make you a better leader?  Short answer: Yes, I believe it can.  There are two main ways that this happens, and we’ll be talking about how you can put them both to work to enhance your ability to lead.

Book Notes: Bunker Hill – Right Vision, Wrong Goal

Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick

Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish.  If you like historical non-fiction that reads like a novel, this is a great one to add to your library. Aside from telling the fascinating story of the events leading up to the American Revolution, there was something near the end […]

Leading Your Friends: 9 Ways to Lead Your Former Peers

Leading Your Friends

Congratulations – you’ve just been promoted to Team Lead! What’s the bad news?  It’s the same team you’ve been on.  How are you going to lead your friends? One of the hardest things to do as a leader is to lead your peers.  When you all come from the same starting point, what is the basis […]

Doing it Best but Doing it Wrong!

Doing it Wrong

Have you bumped up to the next level recently? Taken on a leadership role? Congratulations!  Just keep in mind that what got you there might not be what keeps you there.  Today we’ll take a quick look at a common pitfall new leaders often succumb to, and some good questions to ask that will keep you headed in the […]

7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence as a New Leader

Boost Your Confidence

The air is screaming by outside at 120 miles an hour, the ground is receding in the distance, and the weight of your parachute and equipment seems to be pulling you down.   Your heart rate is up, there’s a little tremor in your hands.  The risks seem real, but everyone in the airplane is watching […]

5 Ways to Build Credibility

Leadership is challenging enough when you know what you are doing.  But when your teammates happen to have more knowledge or experience than you do, it can get a little tricky, especially in the early days. It’s OK, though – it turns out that there are lots of ways to address this situation quickly and […]

How to Focus the Team and Know Where to Be

Focus the Team

Two big keys to success in leading a team are to make sure everyone is on the same wavelength, and be in a position to control the action.  In this two minute tip I’m going to show you a team trying to solve a problem, and talk about how what the leader is doing right […]

What to Do When They Know More Than You…

They say knowledge is power. But if that’s true, how can you be in charge when you don’t know as much as the others on your team? Lots of times you might find yourself put in charge of something you know very little about, or that your teammates know much more about than you do. […]

9 Leadership Lessons I Learned from my Dance Instructor

9 Leadership Lessons I learned from my Dance Instructor

I guess you can learn about leadership just about anywhere if you happen to be looking for it.  Last Thursday evening, I wasn’t even looking and it hit me square in the face. My wife and I had signed up for dance lessons (think basic ballroom stuff – definitely not Dancing with the Stars!).  But as […]

Accountability Hacks – 12 Ways to Check the Troops, and Why You Should

accountability

Having a goal, a plan, and asking teammates to do things is only the start for you as a leader.  Making sure everyone does his job to make the plan happen is a critical part of leading the team to success.  One word for this idea is Accountability.  Leaders who check and make sure things […]

Know This One Thing Before You Try to Lead – 2 Minute Tip

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Leading a team includes accomplishing the mission while also taking care of people.  If your people’s needs aren’t being met, chances are that the mission is going to suffer.  Here’s a simple framework you can keep in mind when working with your people to ensure you are meeting their needs.