Let's Grow Leaders Most Popular Posts of 2017

Most Popular Leadership Advice of 2017: Top 10 Posts

It’s always so much fun and interesting to see which of the year’s posts and topics resonate most with our Let’s Grow Leaders community. Here’s what you liked and shared the most as measured by page views.

We want to write on topics that will be most helpful for you! If you have a topic you’d like us to address in the New Year, please drop us a note at info@letsgrowleaders.com or leave a comment and will see what we can do to work it into our editorial calendar.

Bonus: Top Let’s Grow Leaders Most Popular Posts of All Time

Of the 927 posts published to date on Let’s Grow Leaders, there are two that continue to draw in substantial traffic every day, and ranked in the top three for this year.

5 Secrets to Great Skip Level Meetings (April 2014)
Done well, skip level meetings can inspire, engage, motivate and inform the skipper, skipee, and even the skipped. On the other hand, poorly run skip level meetings inadvertently bring on diaper genie feedback and diminish trust. Read more

leadership in kidsChildren’s Books on Leadership: Questions to Inspire Young Thinking (November 2012)

Which children’s books are the most helpful in teaching leadership to kids? I posed this question in my online leadership communities, as well as to parents, and a children’s librarian. The suggestions came pouring in. So many of us have fond memories of reading as a child and of reading with our own children. Thank you to all who shared your stories of the stories you love and the meanings they hold. Read more 

Let’s Grow Leaders Top 10 Posts of 2017

10. What the Best Leaders Know About Disengaged Employees (March)employee engagement
In this post, I share one of my signature keynote stories and the importance of “strapping on your skates” and making a genuine connection with the human beings you’re leading.

9. How To Get Noticed as a Leader–Before You’ve Led a Team (August)
Practical ways to demonstrate your leadership, before you take on a formal role. How to Get Noticed as a Leader– Before You’ve Led a Team

leading for results8. 3 Behaviors That Will Convince Your Boss You’re a Rock Star (July)
In this post, we cover a few of the behaviors we work on in our R.E.A.L. professionalism training.  3 Behaviors That Will Convince Your Boss Think You’re a Rock Star

7. 4 Powerful Ways to Get Helpful Feedback From Your Peers (October)
Here we work with our “Channel Challengers” concept that we address in many of our programs– with specific ways to solicit helpful feedback in a way that you can hear it.  4 Powerful Ways to Get Helpful Feedback From Your Peers

6. One Awful (But Common Leadership Practice and What to Do Instead One awful but common leadership practice and what to do instead(November)
David explains the downsides of the common leadership practice “Don’t bring me a problem without a solution” and offers concrete ways to help your team think more critically One Awful (But Common) Leadership Practice and What to Do Instead

5. How to Motivate Your Team When You’re Exhausted (July)
Here we share our technique of “looking down the mountain” and gaining confidence and motivation from past successes. How to Motivate Yourself When You’re Exhausted

4. 3 Simple Secrets to Running a Remarkable Meeting  (August) 
In this post, we share three of our Winning Well meeting management techniques that we frequently work on in our Winning Well programs.  3 Simple Secrets to Running a Remarkable Meeting

3. One Reason Your Employees are Rolling Their Eyes (March)
It’s sad when managers work to recognize employees, and all they do is roll their eyes. Learn how to avoid some of the most common recognition mistakes.One Reason Your Employees are Rolling Their Eyes

2.Stop This Terrible Habit You Don’t Even Know You Have (January)
Here I confess one of my biggest personal leadership challenges and why it can be so destructive.  Stop This Terrible Habit You Don’t Even Know You Have

Let’s Grow Leaders #1 Post of 2017

Mind the MIT Let's Grow Leaders1. 8 Techniques to Help Your Middle Managers Cultivate Their Sweet Spot in Your Organization

On paper, your middle managers are in your organization’s sweet spot. They’re the conduits between your strategic vision and the teams who implement that vision. In reality, however, your middle managers are in a tough place. They’re under increasing pressure–from above to improve results and from below to cultivate deeper relationships with their teams.

Results and relationships can be complementary; in developing relationships, managers can improve their teams’ results. But in practice, too many managers fall into an either/or mindset. They either drive hard for results and railroad their people, or they focus on team building and miss the numbers. Either way, they wind up feeling isolated, frustrated and overwhelmed. They find themselves working longer hours, caught in a vicious cycle between “being nice” to their teams to prop up morale and running everyone into the ground to win at all costs.

(Read more) 8 Techniques to Help Your Middle Managers Cultivate Their Sweet Spot in Your Organization

We were also delighted to be featured in the Training Industry’s top 10 articles of 2017

Frontline Festival March 2016: Fresh Insights for Leaders

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival, in keeping with the seasonal turn toward spring, is all about fresh insights for leaders.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Our thanks as well to the Brainy Quote site for being a great source of quotations.

Next month, we celebrate the launch of Winning Well, so we are asking for submissions about what Winning Well means to you, as well as giving you an opportunity to show us! Submissions due by April 15–the day of the launch!–for publication on April 22nd.  New participants always welcome–please use this form for all the details.

Now, on to some fresh insights!

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaborative Services  encourages that you are the instrument that makes your leadership work. Nothing happens without your continuous attention to yourself and your artFollow Mary Jo.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited suggests some fresh ways to say things. (Not THAT type of fresh.) Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership advises that it doesn’t take much to stay interested, motivated, and growing, but it won’t happen by accident. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials shares that insights can be like relationships. Sometimes we must step into a different perspective from the onset. She likens it to keeping a relationship fresh. Follow Michelle.

According to David Dye of Trailblaze, leadership theory is great, but what works day-to-day in the real world? In advance of our new book, David recently spent time with a group of accomplished managers to share their one most valuable piece of leadership advice. Here is what they said…   Follow David.

Ariana Friedlander of Rosabella Consulting brings to light some of the deep seeded cultural norms that discourage learning and how they negatively impact creativity and innovation in our organizations. Then it provides readers with some specific steps they can take to begin correcting these problems. Follow Ariana.

No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.
~ Hal Borland

Chery Gegelman of Simply Understanding shares that when people perceive that your comfort is more important than their needs or the growth of the organization…your leadership quakes. Leadership is not about you or your comfort.  Follow Chery.

Liza Heidelberger of MyLeaderSphere tells us that each leader has Super Powers, but those powers can easily become overwhelmed by the Dark Side.  Here are some ways that you can responsibly care for your leadership Super Powers.   Follow Liza.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement says leaders must be concerned with the results of what they are trying to accomplish. Leadership is not divorced from implementation of ideas it is intricately intertwined with implementation. Follow John.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents “What you may be missing every morning” where she shares a simple act that can transform your life. And work. And effectiveness. And enjoyment. Follow Lisa.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader  asks, “What is a leader’s role? How about making sure everything in your organization connects effectively?”  Follow Paul.

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

Scott Mabry of Soul to Work shares thoughts on how we invest our time and how we can undo busyness to focus more of our attention on leadership and influence. Follow Scott.

Bernie Nagle of Altrupreneur proclaims that contract is SO last century! Conscious leaders are learning that agreements based on Trust and Relationship are replacing the old paradigm of contractual obligation and “Remedy.”  Follow Bernie.

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership   reveals three leadership lessons gleaned from the annual spring ritual of the flight of the Canadian geese in V-formation on how leaders can spur collaboration and improved communication among those they lead.  Follow Tanveer.

From Jon Mertz of Thin Difference: Mindfulness‬ and effective strategic leadership are tightly linked. More than new age thought mindfulness can shape strategic leadership.  Follow Jon.

Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation  offers a fresh take on a classic piece of advice from leadership expert Ken Blanchard. Follow Jennifer.

Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com  shares that the audience decides if the story is believable. Find capable people and connect your vision with their desires. Follow Michelle.

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
~ Harriet Ann Jacobs

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights happily reminds us that it’s nearly spring. Though we have no control of the seasons, we have control over our mind. Leaders can choose their season. A fresh perspective and a fresh season may just ahead for you. Follow Skip.

LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center! tells us that not very many people are excited to get a phone call from an FBI Agent. They tend to be even less enthusiastic when the Agent tells them they need to speak with them about a pending investigation. As a result, I had to work—hard at times—to be likable if I wanted to get my job doneFollow LaRae.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute  says that diversity is needed to bring together the brightest minds to create solutions to business, economic and social challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Follow Artika.

Martin Webster of Leadership Thoughts reminds us that a crisis will happen in almost every business at some time and shares eight critical ways to lead in a crisisFollow Martin.

According to Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds, managers avoid career conversations fearing employees’ desire for promotions, which turns out to be a false assumption that puts career development at risk. Follow Julie.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~ C.S. Lewis

 

Children's Advice For President Obama

What advice do you have for President Obama?

We’ve been asking kids for their advice for Obama since the election results came in.

We asked them to consider…

  • What would you say to the President to help him with his next term?
  • If you were President what would you change?
  • In one word, what is the most important leadership quality for the President?

13 year old producer, Jared Herr, (pictured bottom right with Steven Spielberg) assembled their advice for President Obama into a short video.

 Please click on the following path.  Lets Grow Leaders Film.

I know I have readers of all political persuasions and social views. Some of these views are controversial. Thank goodness– diversity of thought helps us all grow as leaders. Some of you may have voted for President Obama. Others likely did not. Others of you are not in the United States. You will want to watch anyway, these kids are cute.

Many of the views represented here will be aligned with your core values. Others may not.

Either way, I encourage your to watch the video with your children, and record their comments in the comments section (feel free to include your advice as well).

Talking with our children about leadership and values is one of the best ways to help them grow as leaders.

Please also pass this post along to your social media friends, so we can collect as much advice as possible. All views welcome.

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Jared Herr is 13 years old and in 7th grade. When he’s not producing films, he likes to play basketball, swim, and act. He uses his leadership to raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade stand, a charity that helps to find a cure for pediatric cancer. He and his friend have raised over $25,000 dollars for cancer research.

 

Children’s Advice For President Obama

What advice do you have for President Obama?

We’ve been asking kids for their advice for Obama since the election results came in.

We asked them to consider…

  • What would you say to the President to help him with his next term?
  • If you were President what would you change?
  • In one word, what is the most important leadership quality for the President?

13 year old producer, Jared Herr, (pictured bottom right with Steven Spielberg) assembled their advice for President Obama into a short video.

 Please click on the following path.  Lets Grow Leaders Film.

I know I have readers of all political persuasions and social views. Some of these views are controversial. Thank goodness– diversity of thought helps us all grow as leaders. Some of you may have voted for President Obama. Others likely did not. Others of you are not in the United States. You will want to watch anyway, these kids are cute.

Many of the views represented here will be aligned with your core values. Others may not.

Either way, I encourage your to watch the video with your children, and record their comments in the comments section (feel free to include your advice as well).

Talking with our children about leadership and values is one of the best ways to help them grow as leaders.

Please also pass this post along to your social media friends, so we can collect as much advice as possible. All views welcome.

***
Jared Herr is 13 years old and in 7th grade. When he’s not producing films, he likes to play basketball, swim, and act. He uses his leadership to raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade stand, a charity that helps to find a cure for pediatric cancer. He and his friend have raised over $25,000 dollars for cancer research.