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!

6/10/2021 Today’s Tip:
Don’t settle for mediocre. I know, sometimes it seems easier to let things slide; however, I promise, you will at some point, pay for your willingness to ‘settle’.
1. Set the expectation
2. Create steps toward the expected result
3. Monitor
4. Encourage
5. Take action to achieve each step
6. Celebrate each accomplishment and keep going!

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6/8/2021 Today’s Tip:
Does your team know you count on them? More importantly – do they know they can count on you?
It’s not just about the results they get for you, it’s about really caring for them. When was the last time you made the effort and put forth a bit of energy to actually show them that they matter – as individuals, as someone who makes a difference, that they are important? Here are a few ideas to get you started!
1. Make a call just to check in on their well-being
2. Send a note – in the mail – and let them know they make a difference
3. Send a gift card in appreciation
4. Take them to coffee.

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6/3/2021 Today’s Tip:
Do what you love and love what you do! Great leaders are inspired by what they do and this shines through in their leadership journey. If you find yourself unmotivated to lead others – guess what? Your followers will not be motivated to follow! Find what inspires you, visualize it and bring it forward for others to experience.

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6/1/2021 Today’s Tip:
Are you a leader who takes things personally? Do you get your feelings hurt and then respond by either closing ranks to a quiet simmer or by lashing out in defense? Leadership IS personal; however, how we respond when challenged says a lot about how we show-up in our leadership skin!
1. Become curious – let go of the defensive
2. Keep an open mind – ask questions
3. Open respectful communication – keep others up-to-date
4. Seek to understand – listen, really listen
5. Stay present – parking lot the past; anticipate the future; Be in the Here Now.

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5/20/2021 Today’s Tip:
Are you challenged by that team member who rarely has anything to contribute in your 1:1 conversations? Here are a few tips that my Enlighten, Engage, Empower! Women’s group came up with yesterday – we hope they help!
1. Let your team member know this is ‘protected’ time – it is reserved especially for him/her.
2. Have a ‘structured’ meeting; give him/her an agenda in advance.
3. Have the team member go first – what does he/she want to get out of this time.
4. Give him/her a few ‘pre-meeting’ questions to answer to get the conversation rolling.
5. Use open ended questions.
6. Be okay with silence – if you fill the conversation space, your team member won’t have to!

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5/18/2021 Today’s Tip:
Have you ever had that burning question stuck in your gut and it just won’t come out? You wanted to ask, but perhaps were hesitant because it might reflect poorly on your knowledge, or ‘they’ might question your competence or even your common sense. In other words – asking might make you look stupid or silly! I’ll let you in on a secret – great leaders ask questions! Here are a few tips for asking:
1. Don’t over set-up your question, just ask;
2. Take in the response and ask clarifying questions if you need to further understand;
3. Don’t interrupt;
4. Allow for (and be okay with) silence and pause – it might mean they are thinking!

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5/13/2021 Today’s Tip:
As a leader, have you ever wondered: ‘Do I really belong here?’ Sometimes, things get really tough and it seems nothing is going your way. Obstacles keep popping up and it feels a bit like the Twilight Zone. I mean, how much do ‘they’ think I can handle! Then, just when you are about to throw in the towel and give up…something happens that proves you DO belong and it’s a very good thing that you are where you are supposed to be. When you begin to question your belonging:
1. Take a pause and remember your ‘Why’;
2. Reflect on three things you have contributed to an employee or another leader
3. Write down (with pen and paper) two things you are learning from your current experience
4. Give one person a gratitude moment
5. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, take a deep breath and go do what you were meant to do!

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5/11/2021 Today’s Tip:
Are you an observant leader? This is a powerful behavior for leaders. I know, you are busy and you cannot be everywhere overseeing everything. Yet, observation, used with intention empowers you to lead more effectively. A few tips to help you become a more observant leader:
1. Be Here Now – that is, become present to what is happening around you;
2. Become aware of your filters – what in your mind might be getting in the way of seeing more clearly;
3. Notice the little things – small stuff that is overlooked may become big stuff later;
4. Determine what is missing – yes, this takes energy and the missing element may just be the key you need!

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5/6/2021 Today’s Tip:
Empowering your staff may mean that you are giving-up some control. Are you feeling a sense of loss; does this make you a bit uncomfortable? That is okay. Today’s tip is to show you what will fill that void. When your staff is empowered, they will make mistakes and if you are truly leading, they will learn. Here are a few benefits you, your organization and most importantly – your team – will gain:
1. Accountability – staff with take ownership of the outcomes and do the job to the best of his/her ability;
2. Improved customer service – with the ability to make more decisions, service time will improve;
3. Streamlined processes – your staff will become more involved in process improvements and be willing to test the waters on their own great ideas;
4. Job satisfaction – trust, confidence and respect grow because your staff knows you value them and their contributions.
So, leader, get comfortable in that uncomfortable space of letting go. Just see how far your team will take you!

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5/4/2021 Today’s Tip:
Empowerment is a key element in creating employee satisfaction. When you give your team permission to take action and to make decisions, you are empowering your team and encouraging creativity, initiative, creativity and accountability. Are you ready to loosen the leadership reigns and give this permission to your team?
You cannot just let go – here are a few steps to prepare your release;
• Define the boundaries with clear expectations
• Provide tools and resources
• Become open and receptive to new (and sometimes unusual) ideas
• Acknowledge and appreciate work well-done

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4/29/2021 Today’s Tip:
My last post got you thinking about becoming more self-aware. Here are a few questions you may want to journal to take this thinking deeper:
• What is going well for [your name] now? What is creating this success?
• What is a challenge for [your name]? What is creating this challenge?
• What or who needs [your name]’s attention?
• In what way is [your name] doing and being who she said she would be?

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4/27/2021 Today’s Tip:
As a leader, just how aware are you of what is going on? Now, you may think I mean what is going on around you – that topic is for another day. I’m curious, how aware are you of what is going on within you? Are you aware of how you do what you do – how you say what you say – and how you behave is absorbed by others? You do know that everyone is watching. Whether you know it or not, they are acting and reacting based on clues you are giving.

The tip: When things are not progressing as you intend – look in the mirror and ask: What might I be doing or saying or how might I be behaving that might possibly impact the outcome? Is there a shift that you need to take in awareness to produce the results you desire?

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4/22/2021 Today’s Tip:
Leader, do you hear your employee – or are you really listening? There is a difference, you know!

Hearing is an automatic brain response to sound. It is effortless and we have trained our amazing brain to filter-out or disregard many sounds that mean little to us – an airplane flying overhead, the cars passing by, the furnace kicking on. We also hear and recognize important sounds such as our baby crying, the doorbell and sirens.

Listening, however, is focused and intentional. We choose to listen, and this takes a bit of effort on your part. When you are truly listening, you are engaged in the conversation and you are showing that you care – it matters what the other person is saying. Here are 5 Quick Tips for improved listening:
1. Drop your distractions; be fully present
2. Take it in – don’t put it out; avoid interrupting
3. Create a picture; allow your brain to follow the speaker with a mental picture
4. Question for clarity; seek to fully understand, not to judge
5. Use your eyes and heart; be aware of the non-verbal message

Genuine listening builds relationships, reinforces learning, reduces errors, empowers others, saves time and energy and ensures understanding. What difference will your team make when everyone truly listens?

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4/20/2021 Today’s Tip:
You are shifting to encouraging your staff to become more self-sufficient and innovative in problem resolution. Just how do you go about this change in your style?
1. Be okay in giving a bit of slack in the line: You know these folks are good at what they do – give them the freedom to do it!
2. Keep an eye on your actions/reactions: Make sure you create an environment in which it is safe to make mistakes.
3. Communicate clearly: You are not intending to give away the store, so be sure folks know how to keep you informed and create a clear update/check in process.
4. Listen more/speak less: You will create an environment of trust and respect when you listen with an open mind and heart – you’ll likely learn something, too. Ask clarifying questions, ask to have them more clearly explain and understand and ask to deepen learning.
5. Acknowledge: Be it a success or improvement or even a trial that failed, acknowledge the person and the process. Celebrate, regardless of outcome. Let them know they do make a difference.

Now, what are you going to do with all this freed-up problem-solving time? That is a delightful obstacle to consider.

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3/25/2021 Today’s Tip:3/23/2021 Today’s Tip:
This week I want to talk about ‘going the extra mile’. I thought it was interesting to note that this is a biblical term, and while I try to avoid religion and politics here, I wanted you to know where this term originated. So, for those who are curious, I encourage you to do a bit of research!

As a leader, going the extra mile may look different for you than from your boss’ perspective or even from your employee’s point of view. It is important that you define what that ‘extra mile’ looks like from your perspective!

It may not be enough to say the extra mile it is to make an extra effort or to do more than expected. You must first set the norm – the starting point. From there, you can define what is special, what is out of the ordinary and what is extra. Become clear in your expectations and then be open to embracing, recognizing and rewarding that ‘extra mile’ contributor.

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3/18/2021 Today’s Tip:
I think if there is one learning from our year in COVID it is adaptability! Think about this for a moment – you had the opportunity to fine-tune a greatly needed soft-skill during this past year. Leaders who adapted to leading changes of working from home, reduced staff, flexible hours, shifting priorities and responsibilities, Zoom vs. in-person staff meetings, letting go (a.k.a. trusting when you are not watching!), shifting work-flows… Did you know that adaptability is one of the most highly sought-after leadership skills?
You are resourceful, you are a life-long learner, you are persistent, you are curious, you are a problem-solver. Continue to look for ways in which you demonstrate and build your adaptability. It may define your career growth!

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3/16/2021 Today’s Tip:
One thing you can count on in leadership is that leading is unpredictable! Not only do you have the ever-changing concerns of the business but also, leaders are working with people. You know how unpredictable people can be! Life happens and you, leader, must become agile and develop the skill of adaptability. You know there is no one-single approach that will work in all situations. Leaders who are adaptable and agile are better able to direct change and support their followers to successful outcomes.

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3/11/2021 Today’s Tip:
Leadership and Teamwork – how can I help my team to become more engaged, empowered and successful? Great question, leaders! Sometimes, this means for you to step away. Yes, step away! I encourage you to give these tips a try and watch over your team from the 10,000’ level – be a drone. You will be able to swoop in, if needed; however, my guess is after a bit of time, you will see you have laid the groundwork and they are ready, willing and able to shine for you.
• Empower them to problem solve
• Open lines of communication
• Allow them to be accountable
• Build trust and respect and relationship
• Show confidence
• Encourage problem solving
• Demonstrate appreciation

Leading others is a privilege and a responsibility. Your work is designing future leaders. How great is that!

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3/9/2021 Today’s Tip:
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth

Leaders, is your focus on the team? Your success is dependent upon the team’s results. How they work together, collaborate, communicate, participate and drive results is the measure of your success! Team focus is not about each great individual player – it is about the synergy created when all play together, seamlessly. Team focus is about creating the vision of the end game and empowering each player to contribute to the fullest.

It takes a leader who is confident and courageous to lead a team to become more than the skills and talents of each individual player. Are you up for it?

Learn how to become the confident and courageous leader you aspire to become in my 4-Session Couse for Women Leaders: Enlighten, Engage, Empower!
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3/4/2021 Today’s Tip:
Do you react or respond? There is a difference, you know and your success as a leader may be, in part, reliant to the answer of this question.

When you react, emotions take control. Often reactions are assumptions, fear, frustration and short-sightedness. Reacting involves snap-judgement. Your voice of wisdom has not engaged and someone or something is to blame.

Responding, however, is a change in your thought pattern. It is a mindful behavior taking into consideration all known and possibly unknown details. Responding involves a discovery process and addressing the concern in a strategic and well-thought-out manner.

How do I become more mindful and responsive?
1. Focus on what is before you, right now – no multi-tasking
2. Notice in your body where there is tension – breathe deeply into it and let it go on your exhale
3. Become solution-oriented rather than focus on who/what is to blame

Learn more in my 4-Session Couse for Women Leaders: Enlighten, Engage, Empower!
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3/2/2021 Today’s Tip:
A characteristic of an accomplished leader is one who is responsive to the needs of her staff, her leaders and her organization. The responsive leader uses her knowledge, wisdom, intuition. She remains aware of what is both said and unsaid. She watches, learns and teaches. In unstable times, she is agile in that she is nimble and shifts quickly. She is also resilient, tough and responds with stamina during the most challenging time.

There is a great deal of uncertainty in today’s world. In these difficult times, leaders who perform with a responsive approach are prepared to unravel unanticipated obstacles, enact change and drive results.

Learn more in my 4-Session Couse for Women Leaders: Enlighten, Engage, Empower!
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2/25/2021 Today’s Tip:
In my last tip, we talked about being an empathetic leader. What are some tips in how to go about this skill?
• Two ears and one mouth – listen more and talk less
• Ask when you see or think something may be bothering someone
• Stop judging and critiquing
• Become ‘other-centered’ rather than self-centered
• Invite different perspectives
• Invest in building relationships
• Be curious

As you lead your team demonstrating the characteristics of and empathetic leader, notice the improved productivity, lift in engagement, collaborative spirit and inclusiveness of your team. And, notice how much more do you enjoy leading this team that values understanding and compassion.

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2/23/2021 Today’s Tip:
What does it mean to be an ‘empathetic’ leader and why might this be an important trait?

Webster defines empathy as: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feeling, thought and experience of another…in an objective manner. In simple terms, it’s putting yourself is someone else’s shoes.

Why might this be important for a leader? When you are capable of really relating to what your team is experiencing, you become more present to their successes and challenges. This creates a space for innovation and collaboration and engages your team to higher performance results. Individuals on the team feel appreciated and pleased with not only their results, but also that of the team.

Take a moment, take a look – where is your level of empathy and what might be one golden nugget you can glean to step into someone else’s shoes today?

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2/18/2021 Today’s Tip:
Have you heard the term ‘analysis paralysis’? At times, when we are charged with making a decision and moving forward, we experience analysis paralysis. We, of course, want to make the best and right decision and so we over analyze. We spend time in the ‘what if?’ wheel. Today, I want to give you a few tips for getting off that wheel and making the best decision you can. Sometimes, it won’t be the best or right one – give yourself grace and learn from these! Nevertheless, you will make a decision and you will move forward, off the wheel of indecision.
• Identify your ‘What and Why’ – what is the intended outcome and why is it important;
• Data points matter – what data supports your decision;
• Pros and cons – get out the old pen and paper, make a pros/cons list;
• Phone a friend – talk over your options with someone you trust and respect;
Remember – a decision not to move forward is still a decision. Does that move your results forward?

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2/16/2021 Today’s Tip:
Leaders are decision makers. They do what they say they will do, when they say they will do it. Being decisive means you have and show the ability to make decisions quickly and firmly. However, it does not mean you do it without careful review and determination of the outcomes. The decisions you make will not only impact your team, but also your company, your stakeholders, your customers and certainly your ability to lead. When making decisions, one of my favorite mantra’s is from Stephen Covey’s 7-Habits of Highly Successful People: Habit #2 – Begin with the end in mind. When you begin with the end, the result or outcome of your decision, you see more clearly how your decision affects what comes next and you will be better prepared to recognize obstacles along the way as well as consider any uncomfortable circumstances that may arise.

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2/11/2021 Today’s Tip:
Let’s continue the conversation of being an approachable leader.
Do you look approachable? This visual is the first thing people will notice. Keeping your office door open, having and open and inviting body posture, mirroring interest, respecting personal space and looking folks in the eye – these are all approachable behaviors.
How about your communication? Are you fully focused on the individual, not multi-talking, not checking your phone; are you deeply listening, staying curious and optimistic?
Finally, when given feedback, are you being gracious and accepting and then asking how you might improve? These are just a few areas in which your approachability shows up in leadership and creates an atmosphere of warmth, welcome and team.

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2/9/2021 Today’s Tip:
Effective leaders are approachable leaders. Seems simple enough, yet we all likely know leaders who seem to have built a wall of protection, who lead with an iron-fist and those whom we’d like to hide from when they enter the room. Being approachable is an intentional step you will need to make with your team, your peers and your leaders. Approachability is key in building relationships, creating a strong team and bringing concerns to the forefront.
Approachability is being accessible, being aware of your body language and verbal communication. It’s about seeing potential barriers to connecting and using your skills and talents to work through these obstacles to create an authentic connection. Being approachable is foundational in building strong relationships with your team, your peers and your colleagues.

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2/4/2021 Today’s Tip:
The last time I posted, I spoke of being Trustworthy and stated trust is a two-way street. Not only does a leader need to demonstrate she is a person who is trusted, but also how she trusts others. For some, this may be more challenging. Trusting others means the leader relinquished some of her power or authority to empower others. It looks like this: counting on team members to do what is needed without micromanaging; delegating; growing leadership in others; maintaining confidentiality; developing a team of cohesiveness; allowing others to learn and grow from missteps. Keeping a watchful eye is certainly needed; however, a leader who is trustworthy finds the right balance. With your ability to trust others, you will build effective relationships, functional and cohesive teams and a synergistic environment.

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2/2/2021 Today’s Tip:
Let’s talk trust! To be trustworthy is to be someone others can believe in; to be completely reliable; to be authentic. As a leader, would your team say you are trustworthy? The interesting thing about trust is it is very much a two-way street. As leaders, we sometimes expect others to trust us. Perhaps because we have the ‘title’ or ‘position’ and therefore feel we have earned the right to be trusted. Not so, dear leader! Being trusted by others is something that you must earn by demonstrating in your words and actions who you are and how you behave. For the next 5 days, take stock of your words and behaviors. Keep a log – each time you are speaking and being someone others can believe in, someone who is completely reliable, someone who is authentic – take note. AND, when you are not being that leader, make that note in bold and highlight it. These are the instances in which you must shift to become a trustworthy leader.

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1/28/2021 Today’s Tip:
What do you look for in your leader? What attributes and behaviors inspire and motivate you? My guess is your team is looking for similar qualities in their leader – in you. You can find lists of qualities if you do a Google search, and I encourage you do to so. When you do, pick 5 – just 5 of the words that really speak to you. Allow these to be the 5 qualities you live by, that describe how you are showing up in your life and leadership. These will be the characteristics that define you. This is how you model to your team, your leaders and even your acquaintances. It is who you are. What could be better than that?

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1/25/2021 Today’s Tip:
Like it or not, you are a role-model. Someone within your sphere of influence looks to you as the guide and follows your lead. Think back to your previous leaders. Who do you remember and why? IF those were great experiences, most likely you are demonstrating some of the same attributes and mannerisms. IF they were not such great memories, what were those leaders doing that you want to be sure you are not exhibiting? If your team is not giving you the results you need, or they are not as engaged as you’d like to see…take a quick look (or maybe a long, hard look) in the mirror. They may be following you. Is it possible you may be doing, saying or being someone who is not demonstrating the best role model behavior? Is it possible?

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1/21/2021 Today’s Tip:
Do you remember those goals you set for 2021? Here is a tip to help you move forward. Create 3 very small authentic actions that you are willing to take within 7 days to make progress. It sounds simple, and it is! When you set great SMART goals, the next step is to put into writing 3 things you are willing to do in a very short amount of time to make progress. Sometimes our goals look great, but we think they will magically happen without much more effort from us. Not so! IF your goal is to build team engagement, your actions might be to create a real connection with one staff member each day. That could be a conversation, buy them coffee, congratulate someone on a job well done…Something small and sweet – intentionally and consistently. When you add these 3 actions each week, you will realize your goal is being achieved.

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1/18/2021 Today’s Tip:
There is a lot of talk with a New Year about goals and being goal oriented. Just what exactly does that mean? Being goal oriented means being focused on reaching a specific objective or accomplishing a particular task. In order to be goal oriented, it makes sense that one would have a goal! Seems simple enough. The problem comes when the goal is not something you are interested in doing, or it is not specific.

Today’s tip is to remind you that when you are writing a goal (and it must be in writing!) to make it SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timebound. I find the ‘relevant’ piece the key. If the goal does not have great importance or relevance to how I intend to show up in life and leadership, it is simply a waste of paper and ink! Take another look at your goals – do they reflect who you intend to be? If not, take a second crack at them and if you need help – give me a shout-out. I can help!

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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”.

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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!

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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.

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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.

#leadership #motivate #engage #teambuilding

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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