ALPHA ThinkingTips, tools and thoughts for top performance
Flags can provoke powerful responses. In the context or work, leaders can fly all sorts of flags. By flag flying I mean, by words or actions what people interpret to be the priorities of their leaders…
When a new leader is struggling in a new role the cause is often diagnosed as a lack of leadership skills. This may be the case, but often the obvious and overlooked point is the impact of preference. In addition to lack of skills is there also a lack of a preference to lead people? In retrospect was the move to a new role actually a poison promotion?
Research has shown that if people enjoy 75% or more of their work, they are 4 times more likely to be successful at it. Unfortunately, some leaders miss maximizing the performance and retention of their teams by not addressing these common “enjoyment killers.”
Cold plunges and cold showers are a popular component of athletic performance routines. Taking metaphorical “cold plunges” can also have tremendous impact on our growth as leaders. The benefits include improved perspective, accelerated learning, discovery of new abilities and renewed enthusiasm for goals. Here’s three ways to do it…
Leadership is like a string in two ways: we can push or pull. “Pushing on a string” is exhausting and has limited utility, including in organizations. Pulling works, but is limited to the extent that your force is greater than the possible resistance.
Pick a business and it is likely that business has changed. “The business has changed – have you?” This sign was on the desk of Mr. Robert Ratliff. He was a founder and the CEO of AGCO, a farm machinery company.
Coaching is an under-developed skill for many leaders. Here are four ways to improve in this necessary (and often quite rewarding) area:
Teddy Roosevelt as a young man was perceived as odd. His persistence was remarkable and a great part of his success. In addition to persistence in the face of skepticism from others, there probably is not one aspect of leadership impact that cannot be boosted by persistence.
Physical stretching requires two components: application of pressure in the appropriate position and relaxation. The same idea of letting go applies to making improvements as a leader.
Music is a powerful way to get in the right mindset for success. Songs can also give us powerful (and fun) reminder of how to be our best at work and home. Below are five of the greats.
Great leaders are not only looking at their own assumptions but also foster an environment on their team that helps people check their own thinking and keep them out of trouble – kind of like a lifeguard…