Simply stated, challenging conversations are where we mine the gold from our leadership and management efforts. It's too bad we spend so much time delaying or dodging these discussions. When we do engage, often, we muddle our way through and leave money and performance on the table. Join me for my free webinar on the six challenging conversations at work you must learn to master to succeed.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective. In this article, I share six ideas on how to use a leadership journal to strengthen your performance through continuous daily improvement.
I learned to love challenging conversations the hard way. I delayed and destroyed a number of these earlier in my career until I recognized these are truly the opportunities for managers to mine gold in the form of development, learning, problem-solving and innovation. Here are some key reasons why you need to learn to love challenging conversations:
Leadership Grit is that grind-it-out sticktoitiveness in the face of adversity displayed by individuals long on character and short on “I can’t.” It's also THE essential leadership characteristic I want to see in my developing leaders. Here are 12 examples I'm grateful to have observed and learned from:
Too often, our approach to professional development and growth comes in the form of big, broad solutions and approaches. While these approaches sound appealing, they often don't address the core behaviors essential for improving performance. Instead, learn to thin-slice your professional development for effective behavior change. It helps to recruit a Swim Buddy along the way.
Instead of fretting over annual resolutions that tend to fizzle by February, focus on strengthening your effectiveness as a leader every single day. Here are 3 daily resolutions guaranteed to help!
Credibility is the manager's currency. Without it, you are bankrupt. Here are 16 behaviors to help you build this critical store of value as a manager:
Perhaps the single most valuable piece of career advice I ever received happened early in my career. I'm not certain I understood the importance of this advice at the time, but it stuck with me. The advice is:
Starting out as a manager and learning to lead is hard enough, without the obstacle course of doom many of our organizations set for us. However, there are some approaches that can help you move beyond "bad at the beginning." Here are 3 leadership hacks to help smooth the process a bit:
We're all guilty of building obstacles to progress in our minds. Successful managers learn to unpack those obstacles and overcome the self-limiting beliefs holding them hostage. Here are 8 key questions to help: