ALPHA ThinkingTips, tools and thoughts for top performance
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…
Leading and managing does not have to be a complicated or expensive activity. The truism that many of the best things in life are free applies very well to leading and managing people. Below is my list of high impact behaviors often overlooked by leaders
It is ironic that the times when we most need internal resources (e.g. creativity, perspective, drive, vision, resolve) are often times when our access to those resources can be most impeded. I think of this disparity as the Zone of Irony. Performance habits are essential to get out of and stay out of that zone.
Just as there are no ideal ducks, there are no ideal leaders. There are lots of ways to be a successful duck and lots of ways to be a successful leader.
Even excellent people cannot be excellent if the right conditions are not met. Imagine recruiting a top basketball player and then not turning on the court lights. “Sink or swim” may be good for Spartans, but it is an expensive and time-consuming philosophy for those tasked with creating value in an organization. The key is complete onboarding.
Silos are likely costing your company significant money. There are several factors that allow for silo building. There are two approaches for silo busting.
Playing Games you Can’t Lose creates momentum and supports motivation. The opposite is playing Games you Can’t Win. Surprisingly, far too often, intelligent people spend time playing games they can’t win – daily.
Feedback may be the breakfast of champions, but it is ONLY breakfast. If we don’t do something with that feedback, then another champion will eat our lunch. Once a person receives feedback, they need to do something with it.