As a parent, I’ve realized the extraordinary power my words have in the lives of my children. I can encourage and inspire my children to greatness, or bring them to tears with just a few words. Even though at work you’re dealing with adults, the power your words have is incredible.
The language you and your team use set the direction and atmosphere for your organization. Average leaders don’t give any thought to the words they use in their emails, team meetings, and hallway conversations. Great leaders are intentional about identifying unhealthy language and replacing it with language that is life-giving, encouraging, and forward-looking. They understand that language creates culture.
It happens to all of us. We get comfortable, complacent, and lose momentum. It happens as individuals, to organizations, and industries. Whitney Johnson has an incredible personal story of how she went from an administrative assistant, to an equity analyst, to one of the most influential managers and business thought leaders of our time. If you’re in a place where you know things need to change, or a disruption is needed, then read this book! It has great insights for both individuals and organizations. 86% of the people on Amazon that read it gave it five stars.
Coaching happens through strategic conversations. Strategic conversations don’t happen by accident, you must be intentional.
In the busyness and day-to-day grind, it can be easy to miss opportunities to have intentional conversations with the team you lead. Coaching your team to develop them personally and professionally is one of the most important jobs you have as a leader. This not only benefits your team but is necessary for your organization to be healthy, succeed, and grow.
How can you ensure these conversations happen? How do you bring up the sometimes difficult issues that need to be discussed?
Leadership is about people. As leaders, we are responsible for helping our team grow and develop. Our goal as leaders is not simply to get more output and performance but to help them discover and grow in their talents and gifts.
Good leaders will coach their people for performance while great leaders coach them for development. To coach your team, it’s important to have tools to help their development move forward. Here are the five qualities I focus on as I coach people for growth and development.
Every Good Endeavor (Penguin Books, 2014)
What does it look like to live your faith out at work? Far too often we reduce it to putting a cross up in your cubicle or having a Bible on your desk. Life as Christian in the work place is so much more deep and meaningful. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read in helping Christians see their work as meaningful, valuable, and good. Even if you’re in a difficult environment or you don’t like what you do, Keller will give you a new perspective as you go into work each day. If you want to have a greater impact and a better understanding of how God wants to work in and through your work then check out this book! 82% of people on Amazon gave it 5 stars.
You can do a few things superbly well, or do many things averagely well… if you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
George McKeown at #edgex2016
Heroes are no better than the rest of us. They just stay in the battle five minutes longer.
Zeke Turner at #edgex2016
I want to fail trying. I don’t want to fail watching.
Bob Goff at #edgex2016
Throughout history, the Jewish people have been one of the most persecuted people but also the most prosperous. How is it they always find ways to succeed and thrive in very difficult circumstances?
In his book “Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money” Rabbi Daniel Lapin talks about a key view of the Jewish people: they are always looking for ways to add value. If you make “Always Add Value” your mantra in the marketplace you will be noticed and differentiate yourself from your competition. Rewards, recognition, and resources follow those that always add value.
If you want to be great at leading, coaching, consulting and helping develop others then you should read this book. We simply talk too much for others when trying to lead them. We hinder their growth, impose our own thoughts and ideas, and hold them back. Learn how to listen well and lead others by asking great questions. This book has 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon and 365 customer reviews.