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So, you’ve recently found yourself promoted to the position of leader in your organization? Congratulations! This is a huge step in your journey as a leader, and it’s not something to be taken lightly.   As a leader myself, I’ve found there are 5 tips that can drastically help you transition into the role of leader.   Lead yourself exceptionally well   When you step into a leadership role, you become the one responsible for your team’s success. Therefore, modeling the right attitude...

In your journey as a leader, there will be plenty of challenges you face along the way. One of the best and most rewarding opportunities I hope you get to experience is getting to promote someone on your team to lead others.  It is a big deal for them, for you and the team. Over my last 30 plus years, I have gotten to promote some great people to a leadership role. Let me share 5 quick...

Did you know that 90 percent of all teams are influenced by one specific type of communication? Curious about what it could be? Well, the answer is leading by example.  Most people forget about this in the heat of the moment, and some don’t even consider it a type of communication. But your attitude and how it translates to your team will affect the overall culture of your workplace.   When leading by example, keep in mind that a...

When finding out what it takes to be a leader, don't forget to take into account the 4 L's of great leadership. Believe it or not, the 4 L’s are all about communication. But what are they exactly?  Listen. To be an inspiring and motivational leader, you need to be a great listener at key times. One of the main things I’ve learned over the years is how important it is to spend one-on-one time with my...

In the past, I’ve spoken and written about trust, as well as the actions that breed trust. One day as a few of us on staff were discussing the definition of loyalty, I was reminded of that message. The answers I related to best were straight from our front line team members.  “To be trusted, to do the right thing no matter the cost…sticking together through the good and bad…not giving up, staying committed…always being there…they’ve got your back…someone in the...

Generally speaking, no one likes being micromanaged, but more than likely, you’ve worked with a micromanager at some point in your career.  An employee’s drive and ambition are quickly killed when a helicopter boss is in the mix. Along with affecting the employees, micromanagers also create environments of distrust, over-dependence, and stress.  The crazy thing is, so many micromanagers don’t even realize what they are doing. No one wants to think of themselves as a helicopter boss, which...

“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” ~Norman Vincent Peale As we move from summer to fall weather, we can feel the crispness in the air.  Some perennials are beginning their slow shut-down that will get them through the cooler months.  Football season is underway, along with all the festivities that come with it. What does the fresh change from summer to autumn mean...

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” ~Steven Spielberg Think back to your very first day at work.   Were you given a mentor to help you learn the ropes, speed up the process and avoid mistakes?   How could a mentor help you in your success today?  Mentoring has been happening since Ancient Greece.  A mentoring relationship in the work place can do more...

Today’s millennials really care about their work.  In a survey, 50% listed "meaning" as the #1 reason they want a job.  Amy Wrzesnieski, a Yale Management professor, explained it like this, “Students think their calling is under a rock, and if they turn over enough rocks, they will find it.” It has been proven that people understand the ultimate "meaning" in their work find more satisfaction in it and do a better job at it.  Even if...

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