Fair & Frequent Feedback

As a leader, feedback is and will always be challenging. Why? Because you intrinsically want to be the “nice guy” and you were probably told to sandwich feedback – good, bad, good. Well, the reality is that people want and deserve to know how they are doing and they don’t like surprises, it should be frequent and fair. Frequent Frequent feedback means that you are giving feedback more than just once or twice a year. Typically, organizations have mid-year and year-end feedback cycles, otherwise known as performance reviews. The intent of the mid-year is to provide a sense check, so … Continue reading Fair & Frequent Feedback

Success is Built on Failure

How you handle failure as a leader sends a clear message to your team, so make sure it’s the one you want. Failure isn’t what makes people lose trust in you as a leader. Factors such as ownership, transparency and resiliency are what influences trust. So what do you do as a leader when things go south? Here are three things that will help get you back on track: Own up to it with your team by acknowledging the misstep Engage them by asking what could have been done better or differently Demonstrate resiliency by moving forward and focusing on … Continue reading Success is Built on Failure

Delayed versus Denied

We often judge a person’s success or ability on whether or not they’ve made it. We all know people who are more than qualified and more than capable; they’ve demonstrated a higher level of competency than others, yet they seem stuck. It’s a matter of possibility and probability. It is very possible that they can achieve the higher levels of success and attainment they seek, but the probability of that happening lessens with lack of mentors, sponsors, proper branding, and positioning so that when the opportunities arise, their name comes up first. Without these things, they are underrated and in … Continue reading Delayed versus Denied

Your Haters Have a Purpose

The same way that you have an assignment or divine purpose, so do your haters. While your friends will comfort, elevate and celebrate you, your haters promote you. How? Because they spend so much of their time talking about you, others will wonder who you are and what is it about you that has them “obsessed”. Your ability to survive or conquer them will give you significance. People don’t remember the losing teams, they remember the victors. Finally, your enemies and haters force you to do and be better. You have to bring your A-Game constantly so as not to … Continue reading Your Haters Have a Purpose

Speak What You Seek

Tomorrow is almost here…it’s  another Monday, another week… We all have that moment where we wish the weekend could last longer. We think to ourselves how much we hate Mondays and all of the ish we have to deal with.  It’s easy and acceptable to complain… that’s what we do, especially on Mondays. Try something different. Take a different path, one equally visible but less traveled..  Instead of talking about your problems, talk about what you dream… your vision… your impact in the world  Once you do that, you’ll see things start to change because you are giving attention to … Continue reading Speak What You Seek

Always Learning

I was reminded this morning that sometimes we get so focused on the “what” that we screw up the “how”, getting in our own way. Part of growing and building is learning and course correcting. Be open to feedback, humble enough to admit it, and agile to fix it. Networking is a challenge for most people because all we think about is getting out our message and it does the DIRECT opposite of what we intend to do or meant to do. When you start from a genuine place of love and service, your focus changes and you look for how … Continue reading Always Learning

Push Through 

Whatever you do, don’t stop.  Cry, be angry, get frustrated,  feel tired.. But DO NOT stop.  Push through, trusting and believing that things are working out to and for your good. Understand, though, that sometimes that means addition by subtraction. You have to trust that if you lose something or someone in the process, the loss is making room for what really belongs. Push through. Have faith, and push through.  Continue reading Push Through