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Communicating decisions you don’t agree with – Tip #3

For the last week, I’ve been offering specific ideas on what to do if you find yourself in a situation where you’re being asked as a leader to communicate or implement decisions that you don’t fully agree with yourself. Last week I gave you two ideas; here is one more.

So? Do you think it’s possible to be this honest with ourselves? I say “yes”, but others have told me otherwise. I would love to hear your perspective!

Communicating decisions you don’t agree with – Tip #2

Last blog post I started a five-part series of short videos focusing on how to rise past your own emotions when it comes to communicating changes or decisions in the workplace that you don’t necessarily agree with yourself. After all, it’s tough to sell something to your team if you’ve haven’t bought it yourself! Here’s idea #2.

Thoughts? Is this practical or unrealistic? Please share by adding a Comment below.

Communicating decisions you don’t agree with – Tip #1

As a leader, you’ll sometimes find yourself in the position of having to make unpopular decisions or communicate bad news to your staff.  And there will be times when these decisions are not of your making!  Which means that you can find yourself responsible for communicating and implementing decisions and changes that you don’t necessarily agree with.  Tough place to be: it’s hard to support and implement a decision if you don’t agree with it yourself!  So what can you do under such circumstances?  Continue reading

Deal firmly with negative employees who rant

Dealing with workplace negativity is a subject that comes up often in my blog, and last year, I talked about how negative people often use fairly predictable tactics to create a destructive work environment. Stalling, defensiveness and disrespectfulness are just three ways. Ranting is a fourth. Think about it: from a negative person’s perspective, a fit of emotion is a good way to regain the attention and control of a situation. By crying or ranting, the person can distract you from holding him accountable or from giving her some critical feedback, which may or may not be negative. Getting past this tactic is easy though. Continue reading

You are a role model!

Given that today is Valentine’s Day, I thought that this video titled “If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own” is VERY appropriate.  Just to set expectations though, it has absolutely nothing to do with romance!  It’s less than five minutes long, so I hope you’ll take the time to watch it – it struck a chord with me for several reasons – one of them not so obvious.

This video has a lot of great messages in it, but I have one that most people don’t immediately see.  What this video really illustrated to me is the importance of role models.  I repeatedly tell leaders – “You are role models.  Whether you want it or not, whether you like it or not, your people are watching you, and your behaviour and actions will determine how they behave and act.”  And it really doesn’t matter if it’s at home or at work!

What else does this video say to you? Please share.

Are you shining the spotlight on your employees?

Did you know that if goldfish are kept in the dark, their colour fades? This is because goldfish scales are made up of hundreds of photo-reactive cells that respond positively to sunshine and bright light. In fact, aquarium enthusiasts know that the easiest way to get vibrantly-coloured goldfish is to keep them under bright lights for at least a portion of each day. Continue reading

What does it (really) take to think and act strategically

Terry Blaney has been a business colleague for many years, stretching back to the time we both worked for the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell in Canada.  Now Terry is based in Shanghai, China where he provides consultancy expertise in strategic thinking and planning to the oil, gas, petrochemical and other industries.  I recently reconnected with Terry during one of my speaking engagements in China, and it was a delight to both reminisce about our “Shell days” as well as catch up on all our new adventures.  Terry has graciously agreed to not only guest on the Turning Managers into Leaders blog today, but will also return next month on March 11 to give us a follow-up post. Continue reading

Here is my “shipped” list for 2012!

Last week, I told you about an exercise I’ve done for two years now – creating and celebrating a list of what we’ve “shipped” in in the previous year. Remember, this isn’t shipping of books or products to a destination, but rather the “shipping” of deliverables – getting things done, achieving goals, reaching the finish line, delivering completed products and services – you know, accomplishing significant goals and objectives. The amazing thing is that every time I do this, I am always surprised what we’ve managed to pull off and bring about in the past year. Last week, I encouraged you to do the same, and I promised that I would share my list with you once it was complete. So here it is! Continue reading