Worksheet: 7 Sources of a Problem

When you are faced with a problem, step back and clearly state the problem. Then, brainstorm various sources of the problem. To help you do that, consider these seven common sources to problems: Is something in the external environment (e.g., customer, competitors, regulatory, etc.) causing the problem? Are your goals, initiatives, or plans leading to…

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Level Up Your Leadership Tool

Great leaders look at people and see an unlimited potential within them and work to help to bring that potential into the world. I’ve been fortunate to have leaders like this in my life, and I hope that you have as well. If you have yet to find a leader who helps you reach your…

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The Power of Routine Tool

I imagine that you have a number of routines in your life – no doubt, some serve you well, and others are less effective. I invite you to find ways to reinforce the former and improve the latter. To help your efforts, I offer three routine considerations: Routine Thinking Routine Assessment Routine Advice We designed…

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A Double Take at Leadership: Tool

Let’s face it; even the best team members can slip into negative thoughts complaining to one another, “that won’t work here, we’ve already tried that.”  When these sentiments arise, consider acting more like an optometrist. Instead of throwing the idea out or giving up on the initiative, engage your team members and ask them to…

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Crisis at 800 Feet: Tool

You likely:  Work in a fast-paced, dynamic, and demanding environment. Encounter curve balls and have to deal with the unexpected. Have people looking to you for answers and direction. Must rely on your experience, knowledge, procedures, or the example of others as you respond to a crisis.  Here are six practices to employ in the…

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How to Delegate Tasks

Every manager will be relied upon to effectively delegate tasks to his/her team members. The manager has the authority to delegate tasks, however in many cases, especially for new managers, it can be challenging asking another person to complete a task based solely because of your management position/authority. The following steps can be used to…

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How to Lead in Your First 90 Days

Congratulations! You’ve just been promoted to a new management position and are ready to display your leadership potential. If this is your first leadership role, it can be unsettling having a completely different set of job responsibilities and working with a completely new team. Here are some tips to help you succeed in your first…

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How to Ask for Assistance

There are multiple times when working on a project or on a team that you reach a point and need assistance. This can be due to a lack of information, lack of experience, needing a required approval authority, or uncertainty on how to continue. In order to progress, we must approach the team leader for…

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How to Run an Effective Meeting

Inc. Magazine reports that Doodle’s 2019 State of Meeting study revealed that in 2019 alone poorly organized meeting cost U.S. organizations $399 billion  and $58 billion in the U.K. This is almost half a trillion dollars for these two countries alone Use these steps to keep the meetings you run from falling into these costly traps.…

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