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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.

How to make the transition from friend to boss

CPA_Mag_Aug2014So you got promoted!  But what if the promotion now puts you in charge of people who were formerly your peers and friends?  Awkward?  Or okay?  This is a topic that is on the mind of many.  In fact, one of my regular columns for The Globe & Mail earlier this year focused on the exactly this subject (Seven steps to ease the transition from friend to boss).  And it came up again recently.  Writer Deanne Gage approached me for my advice on an article she penned for the August issue of CPA Magazine*.  To read the advice that I and several other experts offered, access the article: Continue reading

Seven steps to ease the transition from friend to boss

Today’s column in The Globe & Mail’s Leadership Lab series:

How to be the boss when your co-workers are your friends

G&M012314Yup, it’s written by yours truly!

If you’re familiar with Canadian media, then you know that The Globe & Mail is the country’s most respected and widely-circulated national newspaper, printed in six cities from coast to coast across Canada.  So I think you’ll understand why I am SO EXCITED to tell you that I have just become their newest columnist! Starting today and approximately once a month from now on, I will be a contributing author for the Leadership Lab series which focuses on the issues and challenges that leaders and managers face every day.

Today’s column focuses on making the sometimes awkward transition from peer to supervisor, a challenge I know is faced by leaders everywhere.  Please take a couple of minutes to read it, and even if this isn’t a situation you’re personally facing, I hope you’ll pass the link on to your staff and colleagues because, sooner or later, this is an issue that every leader comes up against.

Plus, quite frankly, I’m so tickled pink that I’d love your feedback.  Comment right on the Globe & Mail’s site, or comment here.

Yeah, I am excited! And in case you haven’t figured it out already, this is BIG (for me), and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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

Would you change how you interacted with your employees if they were volunteers?

There are hundreds of not-for-profit organizations that are successfully run with small armies of volunteers. It certainly isn’t the money that is keeping them engaged, committed and involved. So what is? If you ask them, here’s what they’ll tell you. They feel that they are significant, that they matter. They feel like they are appreciated and recognized. They feel like they are supported in what they do. They feel like they are empowered to take action.

What if your employees were volunteers? Would that change how you interacted with them? If you want the kind of engagement and commitment that not-for-profit organizations get from their employees, then perhaps it’s time to start thinking about them as if they were volunteers.

What are you doing (or what can you do) to create a workplace where your employees feel significant, appreciated, supported, and empowered? Let’s get the conversation going!