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3 Secrets to Persuasive Communication

On Sunday, March 12, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt gave a leadership lesson in persuasive communication when he delivered the first of what would come to be known as his “fireside chats.” In a radio address of less than 14 minutes he would influence the behavior of millions in order to help curb a national banking crisis. He managed this accomplishment just eight days into his presidency because he did not lose sight of the fact that a position of authority…

Remote Leadership: 4 Powerful Email Tips That Matter

Remote work makes email more vital, but it also magnifies email’s downsides. Make sure you bring your A game in order to lead effectively in this mode.  The struggles with email are familiar. Messages can be unclear, counterproductive threads ramble and confuse, and insensitive or misinterpreted comments can cause angst. But there is an upside too. Email can keep people looped into important information, help organize work effectively, facilitate a response to a crisis, or even provide inspiration and excitement…

How to Improve Your Team’s Organization Right Now

Team leaders too often overlook the value of basic organization. But a well-coordinated team gets much better results and stresses people out less. Pandemic disruption has made this clearer than ever. The further work gets away from structure and predictability, the harder it is to get work done and the more discomfort people feel. Sure, innovative thinking and new ideas fuel transformative change. But that is the exception not the rule. Most of the time you, and your team, need…

Coaching a Team Member Through a Stress Point

You might feel a little frustrated when someone you manage comes to you all worked up about a seemingly minor issue. They have hit some stumbling block and are over-reacting, you think. In fact, you probably wonder why they are not handling this on their own and leaving you out of it? That’s what professionals do. But these often turn out to be moments where your leadership and guidance is needed most, just not in the traditional way. They don’t…

Get More Done in an Hour Than You Ever Imagined

The ancients divided the day into 12 equal parts of day plus 12 equal parts of night. That’s how we got 24 hours in a day—and it changed everything. Once the idea of time had become normalized and standardized, timepieces proliferated and a common sense of “time” began to drive the flow of human activity. As early as the sixth century, church bells rang on the hour setting and keeping the rhythm of the day for all. Industrialization drove this…

Whiskey Lessons for Personal Growth

I’ve been to two whiskey tastings this week. One in a backyard by a fire-pit and one online in “virtual” mode. (The meeting was virtual, the whiskey was not.) But I’m not a whiskey drinker. Nor do I aspire to be. However, I do like to learn, which I find best done by trying new things. I could read about whiskey all day long without understanding it or why some people are really into it. Truth be told, these two…

The Critical Skill You Need for the Future of Work

We are deep into a period of uncertainty that is likely to continue, which makes one thing more certain than ever: The skill you will need to be successful in your work from here on out. But first, what does the future of work look like? If we listen to the high level view from the likes of McKinsey and Company, we will see successful companies that are: Flatter with less hierarchy and streamlined decision-making Using faster information flows enabled…

The Key to Lowering Team Stress Levels

Imagine if you could help your team work more efficiently and with less stress. Would that be helpful in these uncertain times? I bet it would. And I bet your team would appreciate that kind of leadership. Let’s look at a lesson from cycling to see how this works. To lead a pack of cyclists, the leader must ride fast but also in a “smooth and predictable” manner so that the other riders can follow along in a way that…

3 Less Stressful Ways to Get Your Daily Work Done

Many things in daily life cause stress, but our response can be simple. The mistake we often make, however, is to pile on more stress by complicating the way we deal with things. Here’s what we should do instead. First, it’s important to recognize that there are really only three ways to respond to stress. We can take action to change things. We can change the way we perceive things. Or we can come to terms with the fact that…

Tadej Pogacar and the Truth of Leadership

They call it the race of truth. Each Tour de France rider races alone along a set course. The person with the fastest time wins. That is how one day of each of the annual three week race is spent. Today, on the penultimate race day of this year’s three week race, Tadej Pagacar beat them all and earned the coveted Yellow Jersey of the overall race winner in a shocking finish not seen since 1989 when Greg Lemond beat…

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