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The 5 most common new leader mistakes

My latest column for ProfitGuide.com is about the most common new leader mistakes, and it’s now up in cyberspace.  This will apply to you both if you work in an organization for someone else, as well as if you’re an entrepreneur running your own business.  No matter your current role, at some point in your career, you’ve likely come across managers who were indecisive, uncommunicative, demotivating, and just plain old horrible to work with.  I make the case that it’s perhaps not their fault, because chances were that they just never learned how to be good leaders.  In this column – The 5 Rookie Mistakes New Leaders Often Make – I lay out the five most common gaffes made by leaders, and how you can steer clear of them.

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So what else can you add to my list of the top five?  What have you experienced or observed.  Please share by commenting below.

 

P.S. I am delighted to be in my second year as a regular contributor to ProfitGuide.com’s panel of business experts. You can find links to my previous columns on their site. For your information, Profit Magazine is a sister publication to Canadian business magazine giants Canadian Business, MoneySense and Macleans, and their list of columnists reads like the Who’s Who of Canadian business, so I am proud to be in such distinguished company.

And our leadership survey winners are … (drumroll please)

On September 2, I shared the results of our 2014 Leadership survey.  Hundreds of you participated in the survey, and we appreciate you greatly!  While most of our responses were from Canada and the United States, we actually had 11 different countries represented in this survey.  Leadership truly is a universal issue!

WinnerI had promised that I would give away ten copies of my new book Generations Exposed: Unexpected insights into the people you work with, randomly drawn from all those who took the time to share their thoughts, and I am now delighted to announce our winners.  Here they are in no particular order. Continue reading

The results of our 2014 Leadership Topics survey are in!

PollBoxAs most of you know, we’ve been soliciting your input for the topics we should cover in our upcoming Leadership Skills Series of online events.  And hundreds of you participated in our short 5-minute survey (thank you!) which has been running since the end of July.  We finally closed the survey last week, and as promised, here are the preliminary results.  The question was how useful and relevant you would find training courses on specific subjects that we identified, and the top four responses in terms of VERY (I need this now) and SOMEWHAT (likely worth my time) were:

  • Leading Employees Who Are Stretched to the Limit – 86% said VERY and SOMEWHAT!
  • Age Matters – Leading a multi-generational work team – 77%
  • Growing Today’s High-Potential Into Tomorrow’s Leaders – 77%
  • Make Yourself Workplace-relevant – today and tomorrow – 77%

Not surprisingly, our next Leadership Skills series online event will be on Leading Employees Who Are Stretched to the Limit, and it’s tentatively scheduled for Wednesday October 8.  More on that later once we’ve finalized the details.

As promised, we are giving away ten copies of my new book Generations Exposed: Unexpected insights into the people you work with, randomly drawn from all those who participated in the survey, and those winners will be announced next week right here on the blog.  So stay tuned!

Just one more day to win! Add your voice for upcoming online events

We want your help in planning our upcoming Leadership Skills Series online events, AND we’re giving away PRIZES in return for your help! It will take less than 5 minutes of your time.

PollBoxClick here to complete the survey

You’ll get ten chances to win a signed copy of my newest book Generations Exposed: Unexpected insights into the people you work with.   We’ll take your responses until 11:45 PM MDT TODAY, and then we’ll randomly draw for ten winners. We’ll announce the winners here on my blog next week, and also in September’s issue of my Mega Minute.

2014SurveyQRCodeDo it now – you can also use your mobile device to scan this QR code – and thanks for your help!

 

 

Ten prizes up for grabs – complete our short survey for a chance to win!

SurveyWe need your input as we design our Leadership Skills Series online events for the rest of this year and next.  And in return for five minutes of your time, you could win one of ten signed copies of my latest book Generations Exposed: Unexpected insights into the people you work with.

Follow this link to complete our short survey:

http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/merge/2014-topic-suggestions/

2014SurveyQRCodeOr just scan this QR code with your mobile device to get you right to the survey.

We’ll take your responses until 11:45 PM MDT on Thursday August 28, and then we’ll randomly draw ten winners. I’ll announce the winners right here on my blog in the first week of September, and I’ll also share the consolidated results of the survey with everyone.

Win a prize! Help us determine the topics for our online events

Survey2After the great success of our first two Leadership Skills Series online events this year (Stop the self-sabotage!  Breaking communication habits that are hampering your success and Don’t Back Down – Dealing with bullies in the workplace), we’ve decided to do one more, tentatively scheduled for October.  But first … we need your help in determining the topic.  For five minutes of your time (probably less!), you could win a signed copy of my new book Generations Exposed: Unexpected insights into the people you work with.  We’re giving away ten copies!  Follow this link to complete our short survey:

http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/merge/2014-topic-suggestions/

2014SurveyQRCodeOr just scan this QR code with your mobile device to get you right to the survey.

 

 

How to avoid the most common first-time leader mistakes – live audio event on May 22

leadership3When you make that big move into a position of leadership, the skills that made you successful in the past are likely to cause you to fail as a new leader! Earlier, you were probably recognized and rewarded for your track record in getting things done; but when you have staff that report to you, your success is now measured by how well you can get other people to get things done. And that’s not always as easy as you might hope!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in your leadership role for a while, or if you’re just aspiring to a supervisory or team leader position, Continue reading

What is your single greatest challenge in your new leadership role?

leadershipWhen you make that big move into a position of leadership, the skills that made you successful in the past are likely to cause you to fail as a new leader!  Earlier, you were probably recognized and rewarded for your track record in getting things done; but when you have staff that report to you, your success is now measured by how well you can get other people to get things done.  And that’s not always as easy as you might hope! Continue reading

And the results are in …

Many thanks to all those that participated in our latest survey! Your insights have been incredibly invaluable as we plan for our Leadership Skills Series Live learning events for 2013. We’ll continue to take a closer look at the results in the next few weeks and will soon be announcing our first Live learning event for next year. In the meantime though, here are your top three picks in our survey in terms of overall rating.

  • How to retain your best and brightest employees
  • How to avoid the most common first-time leader mistakes
  • Dealing with bullies in the workplace

You, our clients, have helped make our Leadership Skills Series Live events hugely popular over the last five years, and we promised you prizes in return for your help in filling out our survey.  We’ll be randomly drawing for our lucky winners from all the completed surveys and we’ll announce the results right here later next week. We’ll notify winners individually as well. Each will get his or her choice of a Leadership Skills Series Live audio CD or mp3. Nineteen to choose from, and you can see them here.

Three more days to complete our survey for a chance to win!

We want your help in planning our 2013 Leadership Skills Series Live learning events, AND we’re giving away PRIZES in return for your help! It will take less than 5 minutes of your time.

Click here to complete the survey

You’ll get four chances to win your choice of one of my Leadership Skills Series Live audio programs, either in downloadable mp3 or CD format, a $197 value. Nineteen to choose from, each one offers specific, practical and hands-on skills to become a better leader. Whether it’s delegating the right way, overcoming negativity in the workplace, having difficult conversations with employees, or just learning to communicate more persuasively, each one gets right to the heart of the issue and gives you what you need to know! If you want to see what you’ll be making your prize selection from, click here.

We’ll take your responses until 11:45 PM MST Wednesday December 5, and then we’ll randomly draw for four winners. We’ll announce the winners here on my blog, and also in December’s issue of Merge’s Monthly Mega Minute.

Do it now – click here – and thanks for your help!