Tuesday, October 2, 2018

10 Common Leadership Mistakes

Common Leadership MistakesLeading is challenging enough without becoming your own worst enemy and  having to deal with the potential negative fallout associated with the 10 common leadership mistakes listed below. Take a moment and ask yourself if you might fall prey to one or more of these mistakes. If so, identify some action steps that will help you avoid these potential pitfalls in the future.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Essential Communication Tips for Leaders

Communication TipsOne of the most powerful skills a leader should strive to master is communication. He or she may have brilliant ideas and the vision to solve problems and accomplish daunting missions, but if the ideas and direction can’t be communicated effectively to others, the mission may produce weak results and fall short of the goal. When that occurs, low morale among the ranks usually follows.

I recently came across a list in New Man Magazine of nine principles of communication every leader should adopt. To be the kind of leader that not only gets results, but also earns the respect and loyalty of those you work with, you will want to learn and consistently apply these principles.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Making Your Employees Jolly During the Holidays

I get it – the holidays may be the busiest, most frustrating time of the year for your business. Demand for products and services skyrockets as gift-buying escalates. As lines get long, tempers can get short – on both sides of the counter. Your customers are under pressure to finish their holiday preparations, deal with kids bouncing off the walls and meet all their “joyful” obligations. You need your staff to be extra patient, extra friendly and extra efficient. The reality is, you need them to be at their best when they have all the same pressures, time constraints, plans and problems your customers have.

Jolly BossSo, what can you do to help them have a jolly holiday in spite of the hassles? It doesn’t take a lot of time, money or effort to keep employees feeling positive about working for you, even during the busiest season – a little of each goes a long way toward job satisfaction and loyalty.

Thank them – When you know your staff is hustling to meet the demands of the season, take a minute often to tell them that you can see that they are working hard and that you really appreciate it. Remind them that their effort matters and that you will all succeed together. If they’re working longer hours or doing tasks outside their usual job description, be generous with acknowledgement and thanks.

Treat them – It’s amazing how much a simple thing like food platters, special coffee, cookies, snacks or candy can brighten your workplace and bring a smile to your staff. You may even be able to go all out and have a full lunch delivered, especially if everyone’s so busy they can’t leave for lunch. Hungry people are often cranky people who make more mistakes on details, forget important

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tips for Team Building Success – Part 2 of 2

No man is an island, according to poet John Donne. While we strive as individuals to shoulder our responsibilities, solve our problems and achieve our goals, the fact remains that we are always interconnected with other people. In a workplace team environment, the success of each individual and the success of the team are inextricably intertwined. That’s why it is important to make an effort toward building a healthy team dynamic.

team building

Last time I presented the first 5 of 10 tips for team building success, so we will look at the last 5 today.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tips for Team Building Success – Part 1 of 2

The Apprentice television show revolved around the premise that a stable of young talent is trying to get a job with Donald Trump. In their endeavors they are challenged with weekly assignments. Be a leader. Sell product. Manage people. Ultimately, their goal is to win. But along the way the most successful candidates also learn something else – that a good team greatly enhances your personal success.


Whether you are responsible for one person or a whole team, there are several very important keys to managing people well. If you are a manager, review the tips below and assess how you’re doing and whether or not you can identify areas for improvement.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Earn Respect at the Office

Many struggles at work can be attributed to one major symptom: a lack of respect from your co-workers, subordinates or supervisors. But, if you feel there is a lack of respect, how do you go about regaining or earning that trust from those in your workplace? Do you go around demanding that others respect you because of your title or position?

Earn Respect at the Office

I suggest there are better alternatives, grounded in solid business and relationship principles. Read the following strategies to help you develop and earn the respect that will help you and your company achieve more success.

Live, Work and Relate Well!

Dr. Todd

1. Consistently complete projects on time

Getting your work done on time, or even ahead of schedule, demonstrates the value and worth you place on the project as well as the people you work with. It will go miles toward developing that respect you so desire.

2. Refrain from complaining or criticizing

Rather than point out faults or problems, offer solutions when making legitimate complaints, and make sure to communicate them to the appropriate person. This way you will show that you aren’t just being critical. Instead you’ll display the leadership you have by proactively recommending solution-based strategies.

3. Follow through on your commitments

A lack of follow through communicates irresponsibility and carelessness and can seriously undermine trust and confidence. However if you develop a reputation for completing projects or assignments on time, you’ll gain favor as someone who can execute and finish the job when needed. In addition, your work ethic will reflect well.

4. Speak up in meetings, but don’t dominate the discussion

Most workers have been in meetings where a select few dominate and don’t share the forum. By the end, everyone else has phased out, or lost interest because they weren’t able to