Are You Good at Leadership Development?

Are You Good at Leadership Development?

How do you know if you are developing leaders?  If you are working your tail off, and others are standing around, you are not doing a great job developing leaders.   If your leaders are developing leaders, you know you are succeeding at leadership development.  As a leader of a growing organization your main job is to develop leaders that will take over what you are doing now so you can focus on what is next.

Embracing Change

Embracing Change

Change will happen whether you embrace or resist it.   A taxi driver may talk about Uber as an evil force, and the sales person can resist online ordering for fear of her job.   Resisting market forces will not stop them.   Rather than resisting market forces, one may need to update her skills from an order taker to someone who creates a connection with a customer.   The neighborhood baker had to change his offering when supermarkets started selling baked goods.   Change in the marketplace creates the opportunity to differentiate by offering an experience through a human connection.

Building A High Performance Culture

Building A High Performance Culture

A high performance culture has a focus on and regularly achieves intended results.  Building a high performance culture starts with building great leadership team.  Assuming that that employees understand what is important, and know what it takes to do their job successfully, is the second mistake of average leaders.    If bad behaviors exists, it is because the leader allows those behaviors to exist.

Sample Reference Check Questions

Sample Reference Check Questions

In my experience, reference checking is one of the best ways to determine a good fit for a potential employee or vendor.   Unfortunately, when I have been asked to provide references as a potential employee or vendor, few have followed up to talk with the reference.    Of the references who were interviewed, the conversations tended to be short.   In some cases, the reference checker might have already made their decision and is just going through the motions.    In other cases, the reference checker might be inexperienced at asking great questions.

7 Levels of Why

7 Levels of Why

The 7 levels of why is a technique that I originally believed I developed based on my own experimentation.   In my experience, three levels of questions rarely get to the real cause of an issue.   While I thought I learned this technique of questioning based on experience, I am an avid reader, and I am confident I originally learned this concept from a book or possibly several.