Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What Your Team Wants

Your team wants you to be a great leader even more than you do. They just might not know what that looks like -- and it's up to you to learn.

-- Doug Smith

Monday, January 23, 2017

Coach, Please!

When a team sees their supervisor as a coach they perform at a constantly improving level.

"Want a boss?"
"No thanks."
"Want a coach?"
"Yes, please!"

-- Doug Smith

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Communicate Your Vision

Do people know your vision?

Can each member of your team clearly define the vision of the team?

Knowing where you are headed is important. It helps you prioritize. It gives the team energy. And, if you form your vision carefully enough it can make life around you very fascinating.

Go for more than interesting. Go for outrageously fascinating. Change something big. Make some noise!

-- Doug Smith

Monday, January 16, 2017

Training Matters

Avoiding training doesn't negate the need for it.

You may have felt the hammer: often the first thing cut is training. Budgets are tough, productivity is leveling off, and turnover feels stabilized by a weak job market. So senior leaders, looking to get ever tighter on the budget, cut training dollars.


People leave organizations because:

1. They don't like their boss, and
2. They aren't trained what they are expected to do

You can get ahead of both of those problems -  as a leader get the training that you need.

If your company provides it, great. If you're in charge of it, bring it in. If your company does NOT provide it, care enough about yourself and your people to get it yourself.

Training matters.

-- Doug Smith

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Achieving Your Goals: Believe

Have you ever achieved anything without first believing in it?

Whenever I have trouble believing in an effort, and whenever I doubt a goal, it becomes impossible to achieve.

I'm not one of those people so optimistic that I believe you can achieve anything you believe -- to me that's nonsense. You still need the skill. You still need the training. You still need the discipline.

But even with all the skill, training, and discipline in the world you also must believe that what you intend is possible.

And then -- and then go do it.

Pick sensible goals (or go ahead, pick wildly impossible ones!) and then believe.

You will see how much more you achieve.

-- Doug Smith

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stay Both Strategic And Tactical

High performance leaders are constantly looking ahead while grounded in the now.

It's not either/or. It's not a choice between tactical and strategic or leadership and management. High performance leaders do it all and they do it all at once: looking ahead (what's the big picture and how does that shift our direction now?) and staying grounded in the now (how do we take care of the team?)

Do you tactics align with your strategy? Are you attending to both today?

-- Doug Smith