Have you ever been handed an “impossible” project, only to realize that the next step is to convince your team it’s completely doable? In this video, I share two manager’s responses to the identical task. The project was identical, their team’s response and level of engagement is worlds apart. I imagine both scenarios will feel scarily familiar. What can you do to encourage more from
I’m launching a new project that will significantly propel the LGL mission of growing leaders with the confidence and humility to make a deeper impact on the world. It’s a strong team, and I found us organically asking one another questions to frame our mission and set us up for success. There was no checklist, but I thought, “Wow, wouldn’t it be helpful for others in such scenes if there
Without executive support your project will fail. You need funding, headcount, and time. Your team’s counting on you to manage up well. You’re looking for the secret sauce to convince your boss. Start by avoiding these 5 mistakes.
5 Big Mistakes When Communicating with Executives
Over Confidence – Executives are suspicious of rose-colored glasses. Water down you exuberant optimism. If
The higher you grow in the organization, the more you work in sound bites. Process fast to look smart. Draw conclusions where others see only questions. Conclude with conviction. Make decisions and move the process along. Ask your team to “net it out.” You don’t need all that detailed information. Or do you? The devil still basks in details.
When execution is broken, so is leadership. Teams that don’t execute are starving. They crave vision and direction. Carrots don’t improve vision. Execution breaks down when there’s.. fuzzy vision lack of buy-in hidden agendas competing priorities confusion chaos apathy broken teamwork ? Don’t blame, punish, or make excuses. Lead better.
4 Reasons Execution Breaks Down (and what to do about
I was doing my normal juggling of “leader” and “mom” roles. I was feeling pretty good about the “mom” part as I drove to the stadium that night. Sure I was on a conference call the whole way there, but I pulled into the parking lot well before halftime. The marching band had not yet entered the field– that’s a win. There was plenty of time to set up to take the
When are you most productive? If you are like most people I know the answer is easy, when you really need to be. Most of us have great examples of crises and other urgent situations, where folks pull together and get more done. And yet, at other times, lots of stuff seems to get in the way. And we look at each other with the common question, “how can I get more done?”
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Most great project managers know that it’s important to do a post-mortem after any major undertaking. In my experience, a post-mortem is much more likely to occur when something went terribly wrong. I have heard (and said) in the heat of frustration, “we just need to get through this now, but afterwards we need a very careful post-mortem.” In this funny and insightful post, Lee Cash, shares the