Monica J. Griffith

Leadership IN-sight – Tips for New and Seasoned Leaders

Leaders, new and seasoned, are you looking to refresh your leadership results?

Sometimes we need a fresh idea – or to refresh our thinking with something we may have done in the past but forgotten. I am excited to share tips with you to support your leadership journey, to refresh your leading spirit and engage your staff (and YOUR leader!).

Whether you are looking for new ways to recognize your staff, ideas on how to celebrate work anniversaries, build and motivate your team or simply say thank-you in appreciation for the staff that keeps you leading…I will have something for you!

Please let me know how you are using these ideas – or additional ones you have to share!

1/14/2021 Today’s Tip:
Are you using the same words to encourage people? Here are a few that might be new for you – add them to your toolbox and see how your staff responds!
Admire, catalyst, conquer, enthusiasm, fearless, inspiring, limitless, perseverance, possibilities, spirited, wise. Don’t make the mistake of repeating the same type of recognition over and over. If you are at a loss for something new – Google it! Encourage your own growth along with that of your staff. Find new words and ways to encourage others and more likely than not, you will find yourself encouraged as well!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

1/11/2021 Today’s Tip:
How great is it to be the leader who encourages others? Some of our most successful employees are those who confidently bring their unique ideas. It is so rewarding, as a leader, to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to the company. Even those off the wall ideas have juice and while they may not be feasible at the present time, encouraging your staff to think outside the box and bring ideas forward can become a golden nugget in more ways than one.
When was the last time you encouraged a brainstorming session to solve a problem?

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

1/07/2021 Today’s Tip:
People want to know ‘Why?’
One reason followers are not clear about what the leader wants is because we did not answer the ‘Why’ question. Now, some leaders don’t think they need to explain this; however, that is likely an ego thing with the leader. Of course, you need to answer this question within reason. When people understand the reason for doing something it makes the task clearer and possibly more urgent. Remember, your staff are not your children – the ‘because I said so’ response no longer works! Tell them why, ask what questions they have, confirm they understand and watch them take off to fulfill your request!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

1/04/2021 Today’s Tip:
Do you ever wonder why your team seems confused when you are very clear about what you want/need? Giving clear direction seems simple; however, mixed messages and assumptions and a variety of options often get in the way of clear and direct communication.
Just to be sure your receivers are certain about your message here are three things you can do:
Don’t assume – explain in ‘non-lingo’ language;
Get clarification – ask your receiver to tell you in his/her words what is needed;
Do a check-in – don’t let the request go with out checking in to see status.
Remember, it’s not only about what you said or asked – – – it is really about what they heard!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

12/30/2020 Today’s Tip:
Why create a recognition program? Create a culture where people want to do their best work; improve attitude; lift morale; engage loyal employees; put focus on achieving specific goals; have fun in the workplace.

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

12/23/2020 Today’s Tip:
When was the last time you penned a personalized thank you to your employees? Thanking them with a note from ‘the boss’ for a specific result is one of the best recognition awards ever!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

12/18/2020 Today’s Tip:
Is personal recognition new to your corporate culture? If so – start slow: listen to your employees; look for opportunities to give recognition; give words of praise often, quickly and specifically. You are off to a great start!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

12/16/2020 Today’s Tip:
Create your recognition program with intention: connect your program name to the intended goal; keep is short and simple; keep the organization image in mind.

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12/11/2020 Today’s Tip:
Why wait until an employee leaves to celebrate their success? How about throwing a “Not going away party!” to celebrate all they contribute?

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12/9/2020 Today’s Tip:
Here are a couple of ideas for you to recognize an employee: car wash coupons; change roles for the day; allow an employee to job-shadow you; invite them to attend a meeting with you; give them the title “Employee of the week”.

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

12/2/2020 Today’s Tip:
Praising people makes them feel good about themselves and their job. It’s almost magical how attitude improves, and morale is lifted. Attitude is the secret sauce!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

11/27/2020 Today’s Tip:
Looking for a low-cost way to reward your staff? Leave a car for a lunch date with the employee; greet employees by name when passing by their desk; invite them to a coffee break, just to get to know them; leave a personalized thank you note for a job well-done; create a Hall of Fame wall with photos of outstanding employee contributions.

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

11/20/2020 Today’s Tip:
Do you need a name for your recognition program? STAR has become a popular theme – remember the gold star you received in school when you did a good job? Here are some ideas for what STAR can mean: Service Teamwork Attitude Respect; Special Thanks And Reward; Service That Always Reigns Supreme; Striving To Attain Results.

Ask you team what STAR means to them – then lift-off to great heights with your recognition program!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

11/18/2020 Today’s Tip:
Inspire buy-in in 5 easy steps! Tell them WHY it is important; Present a RECOGNITION plan; Ask for COMMITMENT; Create specific ACTION steps; Provide recognition materials and TOOLS to get started.

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

11/13/2020 Today’s Tip:
Time to look in the mirror, leader! Do you recognize the qualities in yourself that your team values (fair, honest, support, collaborative); do you trust people in a way that brings out the best in them; do you sweat the small details that matter most to them; do you focus more on doing the right things rather than doing things right; do you take charge of maintaining the momentum; do you focus on your strengths and the strengths of others?

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

11/11/2020 Today’s Tip:
Catch the energy and release the potential! This is from FISH! Choose to make their day. Find a way to play today – yes, work is serious; however, you can find ways to be serious about work without being quite so serious about ourselves. Stay focused and be present – be there when someone needs you most. Others can feel your energy and when you find someone who needs your help or support, you have an opportunity to make their day and release their potential to become phenomenal!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

10/30/2020 Today’s Tip:
Create a Traveling Trophy – this one is a fun way for peer-recognition. You can only keep the trophy for one week and you can only receive it once per month. Encourage your team to recognize peers who are doing a great job! Be sure the one who passes the trophy includes a card or note as to ‘why’ – this is a reminder for the recipient of the great job done when s/he passes the trophy on!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

10/26/2020 Today’s Tip:
Change up your rewards! Try a votive candle with a ‘you shine’ note; how about car wash coupons; maybe a miniature stuffed animal holding a roll of life savers or a Kudos bar; movie tickets…

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

10/22/2020 Today’s Tip:
Is there someone you want to recognize with a little extra time off? Tell them exactly what behavior or accomplishment you are rewarding and give them an extra long lunch break. Be sure you cover their position while they are gone!!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

10/19/2020 Today’s Tip:
Keep rolls of ‘Lifesaver’ candy in stock. As you notice or hear about someone who was a great helper in a particular situation, wrap the candy roll in at thank you note and present them with the candy and thank them for being a real ‘lifesaver’!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

10/15/2020 Today’s Tip:
Ready – Set – Motivate – Reward!!!

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10/9/2020 Today’s Tip:
How many ways can you praise your employee?

Spontaneously – catch them doing something right; Purposefully – take an employee to lunch; Privately – show up at their desk/office/phone them with sincere appreciation; In writing – grab a note card, write your appreciation and actually mail it to their home!

#leadership #motivate #engage #teambuilding

10/5/2020 Today’s Tip:
Do you have a welcome kit for new hires? Consider how motivating it would be to create one with a welcome note signed by each team member, a fun name tag, an office ‘map’ and a few goodies. Wouldn’t you love to join such a welcoming team?

#leadership #motivate #engage #teambuilding

10/1/2020 Today’s Tip:
Celebrate high performers in new and creative ways. Make the recognition truly memorable! Tap into employee talents at recognition events – do you have poets, singers, dancers, artist, musicians? Would they be willing to share their talents in celebrating recognition of others? What fun this would be!

#leadership #motivate #engage #teambuilding

9/28/2020 Today’s Tip:
The self-starters in today’s world are motivated to take the lead in building teamwork and world-class performance. When leaders empower these folks and teach them how to give recognition to co-workers, the increase in peer recognition increases substantially building a positive culture for the bottom up.

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9/23/2020 Today’s Tip:
People of all ages have valued recognition. We all need it, we all crave it and we all respond to it!

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9/18/2020 Today’s Tip:
Providing genuine appreciation means making the connection between the person’s behavior or actions and how that positively impacted the results you are seeking. Make you praise sincere, immediate and meaningful.

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

9/15/2020 Today’s Tip:
You know that recognition is not just a one-way street, right? Recognition is everyone’s job and sometimes the impact is quite different depending on who is recognizing whom. What are some things you respect about your coworkers? What attributes, abilities or qualities do you admire in your colleagues? What do you welcome about your manager or supervisor? What do you value in your employees?

One final question today – when was the last time you let them know how important they are to you?

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

9/9/2020 Today’s Tip:
The best time to acknowledge someone is during to immediately after they demonstrate a desired behavior. Giving timely recognition for someone’s accomplishments strengthens their self-esteem and self-confidence. Don’t delay in giving praise!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

9/7/2020 Today’s Tip:
Think Positive! You know this. Where our thinking goes, so goes our attitude and thus, our actions. When you embrace the power of positive thinking, you show-up and act in a positive manner. When you shift your attitude – you shift your life. How great is that!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

8/31/2020 Today’s Tip:
Where do you feel praise when someone acknowledges you and your hard work? Think about it – physically, in your body, where do you feel it and how does it feel? Is it warm and light, does it make you smile and lift your spirits? Do you get a feeling that you are standing a bit taller and holding your head a bit higher?

Praise motivates people and provides a sense of self-worth. Make praise a priority – whatever your style. Make it personal and from your heart. Show your appreciation authentically and on a consistent basis.

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

8/26/2020 Today’s Tip:
Do you measure motivation? There are many tools available for you and I propose this could be a ‘game-changer’ for your team. Without some measurement tool, you may be accepting average levels of motivation and you could be losing opportunities to motivate, recognize and reward.

You do not need to spend a lot of money or time to create a motivation measurement tool. Thank goodness for the internet! Take a look – there are many ideas just waiting for you. Get a few ideas, noodle on them for a while and see what develops for you. Get your team involved. I’ve shared before that people like being rewarded in different ways – so too, people are motivated in different ways. One way to find out what motivates your individual team members is to simply ask!

These tools will empower you to see situations from the employees’ point of view; create a more motivated environment; evaluate the effectiveness of your motivation and rewards strategy.

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

8/5/2020 Today’s Tip:
Create a sharing recognition board. It’s great to recognize folks for their great contributions and it’s even better to see these accomplishments throughout the department or team area. Cut out stars from construction paper; note your staff’s great work on each star; leave blank stars available for peers to recognize co-workers. If you have a place to pin or tape these to a board or wall (use painter’s tape so they don’t pull off the paint) that is great! If there is no place on the wall to do this – be a creative leader! The important thing is to let people know how much they are appreciated – not only by you, but by their peers as well!

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

8/3/2020 Today’s Tip:
Recognition fuels the inner energy and sparks self-motivation into a fully energize flame of ongoing achievement.

Take time every day to reflect on your own accomplishments, and this will translate to noticing other’ triumphs as well.

#motivate #leadership #engage #teambuilding

7/29/2020 Today’s Tip:
Leading by example is one of the most powerful tools you have as a leader. When you demonstrate recognition as a normal and natural way of ‘being’, your staff notices. Many employees strive to emulate the leadership qualities you show, after all, many want to be a leader someday and they will pick-up some of your behaviors. You feel good when you recognize others and they certainly do as well. Isn’t this an action you want them to carry forward?

I’m curious, is your staff a little surprised with the recognition you are bestowing upon them? What about your boss? Have you recognized him/her recently? It’s interesting that when people are regularly recognized for their work and participation and attitude, they begin to trust in the system, knowing their hard work will be rewarded.

When recognition becomes a natural part of the way we do business with each other, it creates a domino effect that becomes endless. I appreciate you for beginning this incredible chain of appreciation!

#motivate #leadership #engage # teambuilding

7/27/2020 Today’s Tip:
What if you focus on one behavior a week to recognize in your team? Just one thing you are looking for, intentionally!

This week, you could look for teamwork and acknowledge it. Next week, you might want to pay attention to those behind the scene workers who may not be a direct part of your team but do so much to help your team’s success. I especially love to appreciate them, and they love the surprise of being recognized. The next week, you might want to notice when someone takes initiative.

You are a busy leader and I know you think you are recognizing people – you intend to do this, yet sometimes what you intend to do and actually DO are different. Take a minute, great leader, and jot a quick note on your calendar. For the next 3 or 4 weeks – make it your Monday intention to cull out one behavior you will intentionally look for this week. AND make a note on Friday morning – – did you do what you said you would do?

#motivate #leadership #engage # teambuilding

7/22/2020 Today’s Tip:
Here is a fun teambuilding, motivating, appreciating activity.
Distribute a brightly colored sheet of paper to each team member. Have them write their name on the top, trace their hand on the paper. Ask the team: Think about your co-workers; what skill or attribute do you appreciate about him/her? Have them pass their ‘hand’ around through the team and each person writes on the other’s ‘hand’ the answer to the question. When your ‘hand’ is returned, have a sharing time. Everyone gets to leave the meeting with a ‘pat on the back’!

#motivate #leadership #engage # teambuilding

7/20/2020 Today’s Tip:
Start each staff meeting with Kudos!
As your team gathers for your staff meetings, why not start with: What went great for you this week (or last week if you meeting is early in the week!)? Who do you want to acknowledge for helping in your success?

This is a great way to start off on a positive note and build team engagement. My experience has been when team members recognize each other, the recognition is much more powerful and has long lasting impact. If this is not something you are used to doing, it might seem a bit awkward – fear not! It will become something the team looks forward to doing and each will look for something to contribute!

Are you willing to step out and innovate?
#leadership #motivate #engage #teambuilding

7/15/2020 Today’s Tip:
Tie your recognition to organization strategy. How do I do this? It’s really quite simple. When you recognize an employee, be sure your comments mirror values of the organization.

Here is an example: I was impressed with the way you handled your last customer. I could see she was quite upset. You stayed calm, listened to her without interrupting and resolved her concern. You were living one of our company values of ‘We trust and respect’. That one interaction will go a long way in boosting our company’s image.

Your Call to Action: Clearly and specifically tie your company’s values into a recognition for your employees.
#leadership #motivate

7/10/2020 Today’s Tip:
How many different reasons can you find to recognize your staff, your peer or even YOUR leader? Here are 5 reasons to add to your list:
1. Solving a problem
2. Accepting a challenge
3. Ethical behavior
4. Being proactive
5. A creative or innovative idea

What other brilliant ideas will you share?
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