I walked into my regular cafe at the usual time, stood near the counter and waited to be served. It was busy, which was nothing new. I had been waiting for no more than ten seconds when the manager of the cafe asked me if I was being served. My response was “No, not yet. […]
During your leadership career, you’re going to face some daunting challenges. You’ll need to know how to make progress, even in the face of scary goals. You might be trying to dramatically change the way your team works, implement a new computer system, or trying to achieve significant personal development goals. Whatever it is, sometimes […]
Here is my secret to being able to stay motivated all the time. Ready? Here we go: Don’t try to stay motivated all the time. It’s impossible. Find ways to be productive, even when you aren’t feeling motivated. If you ever read anything about how Gary Vaynerchuk works, you’ll probably feel inadequate. He seems to […]
Here at Thoughtful Leader, I write a lot about how leaders should pay attention to the behaviour and relationships within their teams. The focus for a leader should be on making sure their team members can perform their role well. This is all well and good, but what about how leaders themselves feel? Being a […]
There are many and varied types of employees. They all require slightly different approaches when you’re leading them. People are complex, and therefore a one-size fits all approach will never work. You may need to adapt your leadership style to cater for the different types of employees. In this post I’ll discuss how to approach […]
Your top performers set the standard for your team. You can’t afford to have them walk out the door. Don’t let them get away, keep them close!
Is your team in the habit of missing deadlines? Learn more about the reasons for this phenomenon and how you can try to put a stop to it.
Most leaders like to think their team is motivated. But are you seeing signs of team motivation? Or are you just kidding yourself?
Some jobs simply aren’t designed for leaving work on time. Many jobs involve working long hours. It’s pretty easy to find stories of people who suffer career burn out and switch to something less stressful. I’ve worked in a few roles which encouraged long hours. I have also worked in smaller companies where leaving work on time is […]
Understanding workplace behaviour is an important leadership skill. It is easy to judge people’s behaviour without thinking about the deeper causes that might be driving it. Failing to understand workplace behaviour causes misconceptions If you judge others in a shallow manner, it can often seem as if they are being unreasonable, illogical or stupid. Unfortunately, it’s […]