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Look at any club, family, church, department, nation, or business you are a part of. When does the most infighting take place? Is it during a fight for its life? When pushing towards a common mission?
Big, slow moving companies like Microsoft know what I’m talking about. So does the PTA at an already successful school. They’ve lost purpose. They lose focus.
When there is nothing big to fight, they find stupid little things to focus on and whine about. In the end up, they fight each other.
Whether they admit it or not, most people are warriors.
They’re looking for a good fight. They need a mission.
Leaders with a vision can keep people focused on a common goal. They rally their troops and get them fighting together, not against each other.
We need to embrace our team of warriors and give them something to fight for.
All warriors need a mission.
Lead a mission tonight,
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Great leaders find a way to build confident teams. It’s one of the most overlooked facets of amazing leadership:
How do you get your team to believe in themselves?
Do you send them to watch “motivational” speakers? Do you make them read the latest “inspirational” book? Do you lie to them? Fake it?
There is only one way. It must be earned.
I believe that teams, just like people, develop authentic confidence when they actually experience success and can attribute that success to the work they’ve done. Some people don’t believe in themselves because they don’t feel they’ve done anything remarkable. Teams can be the same way.
As a leader, you must find a way to get your team believing they can achieve great things. Here are four steps towards the power of confidence:
1. Hire talented people
2. Expect great achievements
3. Celebrate success
4. Remind them of what they are capable of.
Then, push them further.
There is something special about those who have authentic confidence. For them, anything they chase is within reach. It’s not magic, sorcery, or luck.
It’s the power of believing in yourself.
Have a great night,
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You can only lead if you’re going somewhere.
This may be the single most forgotten piece of the leadership puzzle. Many people give orders, manage people, provide training, etc., but what separates a leader from a manager is the act of going somewhere.
Where are you going?
If you don’t know, then chances are good that others don’t know either. People can always tell. If they don’t know where you’re going, they don’t know where they’ll be going if they follow. A major problem.
A road map isn’t required to lead successfully, but leaders must have a vision and openly share it.
It changes the whole game.
As I mentioned in my birthday post, my first and best memories are of going somewhere. There’s something about heading towards something new, fresh, exciting. A person feels different inside. There’s a purpose to one’s steps. Hope. Adventure. Excitement.
Give your team members a reason to stay…a reason to follow.
Have a great night,
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“John Smith is no longer with the company. Please forward all phone calls to me.”
This is not one of them.
In one of my first jobs after college, the company I worked for would send out emails like this every time someone got fired or left. No discussion. No explanation. Simple and cold.
The problem is that even your best employee inserts their name into John Smith’s place. No one wants all their time, relationships, and energy summed up with the simple phrase “John or Jane Smith is no longer with the company.”
Most jobs come to an end, but we all want to believe that we’d be missed, celebrated, and respected.
It’s an emotional situation.
If someone leaves, is fired, or laid off, it should be traumatic to you as the leader. After all, it probably means you failed.
You hired the wrong person, didn’t build the relationship, or made decisions (or didn’t make decisions) that led to a need for downsizing. Obviously, people sometimes do unexpected things that make everyone feel good about a firing, but most times a firing ought to be the toughest thing you do as a leader.
But not for everyone else.
Those who are left behind need to feel like they are safe, appreciated, and respected.
Here are 5 things to do after a business breakup:
1) Be Honest
Don’t say much more than the basics, but what you do say should be honest. When you answer questions tell the truth. It always gets out and you don’t want to ruin your trust with the remaining team members.
2) Be Respectful
Focus on the positive things the former team member did. Be thankful for the good things and do not bash them. How you speak of the former team member is how others will picture you treating them if they’re gone.
3) Talk about the Future
Just like any relationship, people know that a relationship is intact when you talk about the future of it. Understandably, some of your team may be nervous if you let someone go, so it’s important to reassure them that the future is fine and they are part of it.
4) Pay Attention
If one of your team members is close to the former employee, make sure you pay special attention to them. Pull them aside to discuss the situation and ask them to share their feelings with you. Listen.
5) Be Human
Let your team know that you have feelings. Don’t be a strong leader, be a human one. You just used the big stick, now it’s time for the quiet voice. It’s time to share some emotions and make people comfortable again with you. The more they know of you, the safer they feel.
Whatever you do, do not treat it like a regular day. It is not. It is the day you lost a part of your team.
How you act will show the world what you think of your team.
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The economy has eased our worker shortage temporarily, but I have no doubt it will be back very soon. With healthcare reform to add 32,000,000 new patients to a system already facing a retiring baby boomer generation, this is going to get very interesting…and stressful.
In an industry with unlimited choices, where will all the talent go?
I believe they will seek to work with servant leaders who are knowledgeable, engaged, and caring. With burnout reaching epidemic proportions, and many medical professionals re-evaluating their career paths, caring will not only lead to your success as a leader, but to an increased quality of life for your people.
If you want to compete and make a difference, you will need to have an attitude of caring…and mean it.
That’s why it made my top 4.
Does it make yours?
About the Author: Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions. When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects. He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.
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