After encouraging a group of leaders to address the emotions on their team, I was asked this week if managers are now expected to be therapists for their employees. Here’s my answer, and a step-by-step guide to managing through an emotional outburst.
Do you have a strategy? A real strategy, not just an objective, or a goal, or a vision? Most leaders I meet think they have a strategy, but what they have does not meet the definition. If they do have a strategy, they are not getting the most from it by using the strategy in two different ways. Today, I bring you an in-depth post on what is (and is not) a strategy, how to create one, and the two things you need to do with it.
When introducing change to your team, it’s completely normal that you’ll face some unpredictable reactions. Heck, it’s completely normal that you’ll HAVE some unpredictable reactions. Volatility in the face of change makes a whole lot of sense when you think about how our brains are built. We’re wired to be suspicious of situations and behaviors […]
“I’m very protective of my people.” That’s a line I heard last week from an executive addressing the question of whether it’s ok for members of the executive team to give feedback to one another’s direct reports. What do you think? Is it necessary to “protect” your people? What would be the necessary ground rules for you to be willing to let your peers give feedback directly to your team? Hmmm… fun questions!
I love language. I have always adored selecting the perfect word to convey exactly what I mean. At least until I realized that those gorgeous, expressive, sumptuous adjectives that I love are little rascals. How could your management benefit from ditching the adjectives?
Do you have someone on your team who responds to every question about the future with a statement about the past? Are they holding your strategic conversations back? Here are some tips to manage your team historian.
Most teams think that one of the most important activities they do as a team is to make decisions. I argue that teams don’t make decisions and those that try to are less efficient and effective than those that assign the authority for a decision to an individual. Does your team suffer with any of these symptoms of team decision-making?
A few people have asked me how they can successfully onboard new employees when we’re still stuck in work from home. It’s possible, it will just require that you’re more deliberate about what you want the new team member to experience and more creative about how to make that happen remotely. Here are some strategies you can use to orient new employees in a work from home world.
What’s different about managing during a pandemic? It’s how much time and energy leaders need to invest in addressing the fear and emotions of their people. Here are a few reminders about how to keep emotions from hijacking your team.