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Monday Morning Leadership Q&A – 6/19/17

Monday Morning Leadership

  Client Question: “I have been a leader of a team for about 6 months.  I feel like I am doing okay at it, but I know I am still acting like a doer instead of a leader.  What should I be doing differently?” You are not alone in struggling with this transition.  It happened to me and to many others who have taken the leadership path.  You jump right in and start doing things just like you always have. …
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Do You Know When It Is Time To Ask For Help?

                When I started working many years ago, I showed initiative, solved problems and got things done.  I was rewarded for it, so I continued to work a lot of hours and do those same things throughout my career.  When I started to lead a team, I should have realized that my job had changed and I needed to do things differently. This happens to a lot of new leaders, but even to…
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Are You Ready For The Hard Truth?

It is a huge challenge to juggle everything that needs to be completed between work and home. Our to-do lists continue to grow, no matter how many things are crossed off. This creates that feeling of being overwhelmed. Being able to create boundaries in your life can help reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and allow you to take back the decisions about where you spend your time. Here is some advice that I received in my career to help…
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Don’t Know What To Do? Follow This Advice!

Have you been in a situation at work that you are unsure of what to do?  I am sure that this has happened to you in your career at some point along the way.  It is a vulnerable place to be as a leader feeling like you should have all the answers.  Although you are in the leadership role for what you know and what you can get done, it is just not possible for you to know everything.   I…
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I need help! I am so overwhelmed right now!

  Imagine that this is what is on your calendar this week…3 presentations, 15 meetings with various groups, 6 meetings with your direct team and your kids have two sporting events that you need to attend after work.   Some of you may be thinking how on earth can that be real?  I can tell you that it is absolutely real and the way that many people will be spending their week.  It seems crazy, but this is actually probably conservative…
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3 ways to focus on the things that should be first

Generally when people talk about “firsts” they refer to babies and toddlers.  She got her first tooth today, she rolled over or she took her first steps.  The truth is that you go through a million firsts in your lifetime though.  First day of school, first time you go on a date, first time you drive, first job, etc.   Each time you go through the next big “first” it brings a little anxiety, a bit of fear, but it also…
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6 Leadership Lessons for a New Leader

I remember when I first became a leader of a team.  I went to a training class for three days to learn how to be a leader.  I learned a lot of things at that first session, but I didn’t have a whole lot of real life experience to apply at that point.   However, I took those lessons to heart and began to lead my first team.  Even though I tried really hard, I made many mistakes along the way.  …
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How can I build confidence to do more self-promotion?

It is great to be humble and modest, but there comes a time that you need to self-promote. Remember that you were hired for a reason. You have knowledge that others do not have and details that could make a difference in decisions that your management needs to know. Just start by interjecting a comment about what you are working on in a meeting, asking a question that shows you have thought about the conversation or sending a status report…
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Do you want to be the Secretary of State?

I just watched the season premiere of Madam Secretary tonight. It is absolutely one of my favorite shows! I love the character of Elizabeth McCord who is the Secretary of State of the United States played by the actress Tea Leoni. She has a tough job to do as she is navigating the politics that surrounds her, managing up (imagine if the President was your boss?), staying connected with what is going on, having a good staff that she had…
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Hey new leaders…you need to read this advice!

Leaders need to focus their efforts on areas where they can add the most value.  There is never a shortage of priorities, so what do you do?  One of the biggest transitions for a new leader is that you no longer do things by yourself, but you need to get things done through others.  Focus on delegation and accountability or it becomes very easy to fall into old habits of doing things yourself and you get overwhelmed.   Doing things really…
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