Thursday, July 31, 2014

Centered Leaders Are Encouraging

Do you ever find it tough to be the positive voice of encouragement?

When things get especially tough it can be tempting to fall down in the driving encouragement area. As leaders, we can even drift into a sameness invoked pessimism when challenges derail our plans or delay our goals. But we can do better.

The more difficult the situation, the more encouraging a leader must be.

It's important. It's vital. It's instrumental to our success.

Centered leaders are constantly encouraging -- even when, especially when, that is hard.

The more difficult the situation, the more encouraging a leader must be.

Who are your team could use some encouragement today? How will you provide it?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Welcome More Questions

Does it ever seem like your people have an inexhaustible supply of questions? That's probably because they do. How do I do this? Why are we doing this? Can I have my birthday off? Why did Donna get a promotion? Is our business going to lay people off?


While it is not completely your job to answer every question -- your people are looking to you for guidance. When you can provide that by allowing them to discover their own answers to questions, they will grow. Sometimes, though, they simply can't get the answers or would be in danger of making answers up unless you help them. So help them.

Every answer raises two more questions. 

Or as I like to think of it, two more opportunities to lead.

-- Douglas Brent Smith

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Propel Yourself

What gets you going? What sets you into motion, headed toward success?

What about goals?

Do you set clear, powerful, action focused goals?

A clearly stated goal propels you into action.

Why not get started now?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Limit Your Number of Goals

How many goals do you have?

Do you remember all of them? Do you work on each of them each day?

Yesterday, as I was looking at a list of goals that I had created, I noticed that my work had evolved beyond that list. To work that list at this point would be a waste of time. A new list is needed. The old list got tossed.

If you can't remember all of your goals, you have too many goals.

Let your goals serve you best: limit how many you carry around.

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Focus On Your Goal

Where do you start your problem solving process?

Many people jump right in defining what they think is the problem, but what they are really describing is the symptoms. If you've ever solved a bunch of symptoms only to find the problem still hanging around, you're ready for another approach.

How about starting with your goal? What is it that you really want?

It's much more effective to focus on your goal because then there are things that you can DO to get you there faster.

Before solving a problem, focus on what you really want from a solution.

You'll be much happier with the solutions you find when they help you achieve your goals.

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Understanding Your Own Problems

Have you noticed that it feels easier to understand someone else's problem than your own?

Maybe the solutions pop up faster, too. You have that sense of impartial perspective, that clarity of thought that could be so useful on your own problems.

That's why we involve other people. It's one of many reasons to involve other people.

Other people give us another perspective, more energy, accountability, focus, and new ideas.

Almost anybody's problem is easier to understand than your own. Why not get the help you need?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Monday, July 7, 2014

Take The Time To Know Your People

How well do you know your team?

Do you know each person's individual goals and desires? Do you know how they enjoy spending their time? Do you know if they are happy on the team and with the team mission and goals?

It's easy to take team members for granted. Sometimes we miss a window of opportunity when someone first joins a team to learn all about them and before we know it, days and weeks go by and we're working closely with someone we hardly know. We can do better than that.

Who ever is on your team, I encourage you to get to know them better. If you have a large team, it may take a while to get caught up, but it will be well worth the effort. Getting to know our team members better gives us:

- a more cohesive team
- short-cuts to conflict resolution
- insights into what motivates each other
- more fun!
- constant, real-time team-building
- better relationships for greater collaboration and cooperation

Centered leaders take the time to know their people.

Who do you need to spend some time with today?

-- Douglas Brent Smith