Leadership Daily

This blog is written for everyone who is interested in Leadership. Every day I share a story inspired by something in my week, along with a thought on how you might integrate this into your life.

Stop coping with your problems

Stop coping with your problems

According to Dictionary.com, the word problem, " originally denoting a riddle or a question for academic discussion." Through time the definition evolved to be, "a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome." I'd...

Be careful what you teach them

Be careful what you teach them

We knew a dog obedience instructor who would say, "You can teach a dog to do anything, just be careful what you teach your dog to do." This bit of wisdom holds for teaching and coaching a team a new way of working. If you ask them to be more transparent and...

Are you looking for a miracle cure?

Are you looking for a miracle cure?

Throughout history, people have gotten excited about miracle cures. The desire for an easy cure, that likely led to the rise of the 'snake-oil salesman.' Of course, the desire for an easy cure has an accompanying desire for easy money. This search for miracle cures...

An obsession with certifications

An obsession with certifications

I read a post recently, which says there are now 200 Agile-related certifications available. Has the obsession with certifications gotten out of hand? My problem with certifications starts when people equate them with someone being the expert. The reality is, what...

Keep the feedback flowing!

Keep the feedback flowing!

I dedicated the first days of 2020 to the topic of feedback, as it is an important topic. Without feedback, you might see a version of reality but might struggle to see things for what they are. We, humans, are pre-disposed to evaluate our world. You will evaluate...

Don’t give vague feedback

Don’t give vague feedback

When you want to help someone grow from an experience, a vague statement like "good job" isn't overly helpful. Vague comments might leave them feeling good, but it will be challenging for them to find ways to continue improving. There is no prescription for effective...

Giving feedback about feedback

Giving feedback about feedback

Sometimes feedback can leave a person feeling attacked. When this happens it's too easy to dismiss the feedback as unwarranted or uninformed. You will not agree with all the feedback you receive, but to ignore it means losing the potential for growth. I don't believe...

Feedback is good, try feed-forward on for size

Feedback is good, try feed-forward on for size

Giving and receiving feedback is essential. Without feedback, people will be flying blind when it comes to an understanding of how they might improve. The problem, though, feedback is often focused on the past. To enhance your feedback, look to provide some...

Get feedback out of the system

Get feedback out of the system

Most companies have an HR system used for people management. It's possible, though, the HR system is handcuffing the growth of your people. As an example, most of these systems have a feature for providing quick feedback. A place where anyone can say, "Way to go!" Or...

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