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11 ways to be more successful as a leader-manager

11 ways to be more successful as a leader-manager Ralf a

So you worked your bum off and now you got promoted to leader-manager. It is really not all that tough. What changes is that you will need to spend some time on the leadership topic, otherwise the people you are supposed to serve will start losing trust in you and your company. Here are 10 quick tips that can make a huge difference for how well you lead your team.

  • Park your personal agenda and ego: Did you ever like a boss that is only concerned about his / her own issues, but never yours? Turn that down a notch or two. Have you ever seen the movie “Saving Private Ryan”? In it there is a great line about leadership: “Never gripe down, always gripe up.” Your folks are not interested about your woes; their’s are big enough the way they are.
  • Be fair: Kick up the old golden rule to platinum level. Treat others how they would like to be treated. Never treat people differently. You will regret it in the end. The moment you lose their trust you will no longer be privy to vital people and company information. There has to be clarity about what applies to everyone.
  • What happens at the work place, stays at the work place: Other than the heavy hitters of employee safety, harassment, discrimination, moral, and ethical problems, no other team member information is supposed to leave your lips. Confidentiality is the keystone to how much you will be trusted as a leader.
  • Make sure having a great one on one contact with your team members: Nothing beats being able to help and assist your team members on a one on one basis. You get to know about their struggles and aspirations and you can help make a difference happen.
  • Listen, listen, and listen: Your organization can tell you anything you want to know about the state of mind of your folks and also the strategic and tactical progress you are making (or the lack thereof). Boy, did that take me a while to learn how to do this better. Asking engaging questions is the tougher but better thing to do and you get to listen to your organization’s creativity come alive.
  • Be humble and grateful: Nothing beats a little self-depreciating humor when you make mistakes. Admit them and make them public. No one – not even you – should be able getting away with not learning from your mistakes. At the same time you want your team to stay informed enough such that they will not have to make the same mistakes either. Be grateful for the openness your team affords you. Not allowed are intentional or pattern of mistakes.
  • Embrace transparency and collaboration: This breeds trust. Trust begets creativity. Realize that you cannot and should work alone. You need all the help you can get working toward common goals. The worst that can happen in business is to have success. Success can outgrown and outspend you in a heartbeat. You need a team that is nimble and fully engaged in order to make it through the ups and downs of the economy.
  • Do something with what they tell you: When your team is trying to tell you that there is a systemic problem with a process, policy, people, etc. do something with this info. That is why you became the leader-manager in the first place. Do not let anyone else handle this important detail for you. This needs to come from and through you. Taking charge of difficult situations is (unfortunately) something you will to get to deal with. Do it well and people will trust you.
  • Be mindful of other people’s time commitments: Knowing when to end a conversation is tough. Sometimes it feels great speaking with like minded folks about issues you are mutually facing. Cut it short if it no longer serves the purpose. Do not fall victim to scope creep either. One issue leads to the next and then there is another one, etc. etc. Trust me, there are more challenges than you can shake a stick at. Keep it to solving one short and effective issue at a time.
  • Prepare meetings well ahead of time: Most meetings are really not necessary, or the are simply not effective. Too often leader-managers look at them as a “working meeting”, meaning that the problem, problem statement, and possible solution finding happen with the attendees hearing about this issue for the first time.
  • Start and end meetings on time: Do this religiously. Yes, there are times when it may be necessary to run over. Attempt your very best to get a reputation for beginning and ending on time. Your folks want to get their tasks done.

Do not be afraid to fail with any of the above topics. Only very few business schools are providing leadership and soft skill training – yet. I am hoping that one day leader-manager training will become a mandatory topic at gradute and undergraduate level. Plan, Do, Reflect, and Correct your future behavior and you will have made the biggest change already. Good luck!


A slight but very exciting change is coming

A slight but very exciting change is coming Ralf a

I am not a friend of the status quo and you may have picked up on that reading my blog. My primary objective has been helping to poke you, the reader to reach out and tap the full potential you have been blessed with. That is not going to change. What will change is my focus on who will benefit most from reading my blog. I will be homing in on entrepreneurs, small to medium sized businesses that have either just started going through their pioneer phase or are ready to grow out of that phase.

The other group near and dear to me are either people or business entities that are faced with adverse conditions. Adversity can be your friend and overcoming it can let you come out ahead once you have mastered your challenges. With that I will keep the original spirit of the blog alive and everyone will still be able to get something out of reading the 3 times per week posts.

Thank you for your trust and interest. Look out for interesting material to come your way.


Do this and explosive personal and corporate growth will follow

Do this and explosive personal and corporate growth will follow Ralf a

Our business has grown at a phenomenal rate over the last decade. When folks ask about how we did this they are stunned hearing my answer: All it took was one leader who started to gather a team of people and asking them the open question of what we should become.

Yes, I know. It may sound too abstract. Let me break this down to 10 main headlines then. I have listed the key take away lessons here for you:

  • Success needs time to come to fruition. Discerning your future, planning, and then implementing change takes about two thirds of your planned time frame. At around that time ratio you will find yourself enjoying exponential growth.
  • Success needs a coach or mentor. Trying to grow on your own can render significant growth, but it is not ideal. Having someone guide you through troubled waters of change will almost always beat doing this all by yourself. How often have you not been able to see the forest before the trees?
  • Success needs a team. There may be an “I” in winning, but there is still none in team. Significant growth and success can only ensue when you have a team gathered with you. The more diverse it is the greater the amount of creativity can be tapped. When people believe in your mission and vision there are engaged and fully motivated.
  • Success needs a set of open-ended questions. Telling is worthless, asking is priceless. People want to figure life out on their own and they want to make their own decisions. A team that draws conclusions from pondering open-ended questions together will almost always dig deeper and farther. The open-endedness inspires creativity.
  • Success needs a list with what you want to become. Enough said. Do not venture out without knowing what you want to achieve and what that helps you to become.
  • Success needs a list of things you will stop doing/ being. Chances are that you are engaging in a lot of stuff that you should not be doing anymore. When you want to do something more of the stuff that will help you living on purpose, there had better be a list of stuff that you will quit doing. Chopping wasteful activities from your task list feels wonderful and it opens up time for the things you will need to do in order to follow your goals.
  • Success needs a timetable with benchmarks. There are two time frames where things get done: Right at the beginning, or in the last minute. Unfortunately, most happens at the last minute. Regardless of that, you will need to have a set of deadlines. What gets measured gets done, and what has a deadline gets started.
  • Success needs a warm, safe, and authentic environment. Those are the elements of trust. Genuine collaboration can only happen when you create a safe environment for your team.
  • Success is never about yourself. Take your ego out of this equation. Leave it in and whatever you will create is doomed to fail when you are not there.
  • Success is about putting in hard effort. Sorry folks, but when you want to create something that is meant to last it had better be great. That takes real effort. It’s like painting a room: 2/3 prep work, the rest is slapping the paint on the walls.

Get rich schemes will probably never go out of style. Problem is that they make others rich and you do all the hard work. You might as well put that sweat equity to good use and follow your own path to success. Explosive growth will begin with you stopping what you are doing and starting to ponder what you are really meant to do. Openly collaborate with others and ask a few open-ended questions. The rest is up to giving it a little time and of course, there is always a little luck involved too.


A bizarre little known fact about habits

A bizarre little known fact about habits Smaller FB

Habits are like a warm bed. It’s easy to get into and tough to get out of. This you may have heard about plenty of times. What folks typically do not realize about habits is that they usually do not start with THOUGHT. You don’t become the thing you THINK about all the time. You become the thing you DO all the time. This DOING eventually turns into long lasting habits that are tough to fight.

Habits are so tough because our brilliant brain plays a huge trick on us. It suggests that we always have a CHOICE. We can choose to do something about the habit any moment. So when the habit we want to change comes about, guess what happens? “There is always tomorrow”, your brain tells you. Tada! You are slipping straight back into the habit.

So here it is important to be “in the moment”. Make a difference in the moment, the here and now. Pushing this off to another day only delays your success in life.


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