Leaders Step Up

Are you pushed in your role as a business leader into areas outside your comfort zone?

Working outside of your comfort zone is a reality for many leaders.  Your comfort zone is the complete opposite of risk.  Choosing to remain in your comfort zone leaves you risk-free but fails to allow for growth, development and leadership.  If you can’t step up , do what’s needed and push forward, you risk losing the respect and dedication of your team and business success will elude you.

Leaders thrive on risks and challenges.   Risks are frequently calculated and designed to achieve growth and development, innovation or advancement.   Risks also lead change.  As a leader, the people who follow you will learn from your reasoning, your actions, your emotions and how you face each situation or any set-back.

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“Managers work to get their employees to do what they did yesterday, but a little faster and a little cheaper.

Leaders, on the other hand, know where they’d like to go, but understand that they can’t get there without their tribe, without giving those they lead the tools to make something happen.”

 

In his book, “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us“, Godin indicates that leaders know when to step forward and lead from the front.  They also know when to lean back and lead from behind.  Leading from behind allows those around you to become more engaged and facilitates improved utilization of the skills and abilities of your team.

Failing to lead your team can lead to many obstacles and challenges in your business.  A few of these challenges include:

1.  Lost motivation — In the business world there are leaders and there are followers.  If you fail to lead, those who are following you will quickly become “lost”.  Poor leadership causes frustration, disengagement, productivity drops and more.   To any business, this is very costly!

2.  High Turnover — When your team are unhappy and unmotivated, they look outside the workplace for “something better”.  Employees spend a majority of their day at your place of work.  If you are not leading them effectively, why should they stay?  Turnover is a major expense to any business and for the most part its avoidable.

3.  Financial Failure — Poor productivity, high turnover and disengaged teams will reap havoc on your bottom line.  No business can withstand these issues for long if they want to be profitable.  Your financial picture can tell you more about the inner workings of your business, and how well you are leading them than you may recognize at first glance.

Want to step up?  Make the changes needed to create the work environment and outcomes you can be proud of?

Consider working with a certified business or executive coach.  You will identify the what areas you want to work on over the summer to capitalize on this slower time of year.  Leverage your efforts to re-energize yourself, your career or get that project completed.   You will create a detailed plan and implement the steps to move you toward your goals.  Let’s take action together so you have the support and encouragement to walk outside your comfort zone and enjoy a stellar Fallthe choice is yours!

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Is Failure an Option or Rite of Passage?

Best selling author and entrepreneurial guru Seth Godin once said,

“If failure is not an option then neither is success.” 

This week has been one of great successes and some frustration along the way!  I always set the bar high and when I fall short I do experience some frustration.  The challenges I faced this week were not failures but set-backs.  Does this sound familiar?  Many of my clients experience similar situations but together we identify options to overcome the obstacles and breakthrough to new heights!

As a business owner and business coach with 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, I know I certainly don’t set out to fail.  This doesn’t mean I haven’t experienced some failures – as most successful business leaders will attest to.  Instead my focus is always set on success – for me and my clients.  By design, I have achieved more success than failure, even when I have made significant changes in my business.  The results I achieve reflect the effort and planning I put into my success.

Powered By YouI frequently tell potential clients “Failure is not an option”.  When I work with my clients we focus on what is working for them, what is not and the changes that are necessary to make the transition so they achieve the desired results.  In each situation we hit our fair share of challenges and it can cause trepidation, uncertainty or new setbacks.  I stick with them and in every case, together we break-through to achieve success.

Seth Godin’s also said,

“The goal has never been to always succeed; the goal is to be allowed to keep initiating.  

This is the secret that is often lost on many entrepreneurs or business leaders.  If you keep on doing what you are doing today, you will keep getting the same results… well, not necessarily.  Change happens all around you, and it doesn’t stop.  If your business is successful today, but the market changes, you most likely won’t be successful later unless you make changes too.  If you are struggling today, the same holds true.  Change is needed to change your results.

Successful entrepreneurs and business leaders have two key habits in common.  These two habits increase their focus, commitment and the results they achieve.

1.   Focus on Your Target.

On Target  Success will remain elusive if you are not clear on what it is you want to achieve.  Are your goals SMART (specific, measureable, actionable, realistic and time-specific)?  Are they written?  Are they integrated into your weekly, monthly and quarterly action plans?  Do you take time to reflect on your goals, the results and if actions are taking you where you want to be?

If you answered no to any one of these questions then you are leaving success to chance.  Business leaders use journaling as a tool to integrate all of these requirements into a fast, effective method that also has been shown to increase productivity and ease decision-making.

2.  Stay Connected with Your Network.

You have a circle of friends, colleagues, business advisors, mentors, suppliers and your database of customers or others interested in what you have to say.  This network is one of the most powerful and valuable tools you have available tGet Connectedo build a successful business.  The key is staying connected to each person in your network.
Take time each day to connect with three people. These people may be new contacts, acquaintances you haven’t spoken to in awhile or someone who is a key supporter.

Networking events are one way to connect.  Follow up after events with each person, and personalize your communications with them.  Explore what you can do for them!  Add value to your message by offering something of interest to your contact – a current article, a tool, a referral.

Next, create a system that will allow you to stay connected.  One colleague I met sends out a letter every month and includes a 1 page article of interest or tips that he believes colleagues and potential clients may find useful.  A newsletter, personal emails, a quick phone call, or an invitation for coffee or lunch are all options you can use to stay connected.

Set-backs or failures are a natural part of the road to success.  If you want to grow your business or advance your career and enjoy greater success, integrate these two leadership habits into your day and enjoy the benefits that follow.

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