3 Steps to Engage your Protective Leadership Mindset

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It’s human nature to watch out for one’s self.  But when you’re a leader, the people you lead expect you to also watch out for them.  Employee engagement is a result of leadership behaviors, and highly-engaged employees deliver results with very little resistance.  But let’s focus on the first part of that last sentence: “Employee engagement is a result of leadership behaviors…”  In my years of coaching and developing leaders, I’ve found that some leadership basics are common knowledge, and others are not.  In particular, I’ve found that few leaders realize that their people expect them to be protectors.  “Protect your…

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“I watch them every day…”

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If you’re in the Portland area and you haven’t tried the macarons from Decadent Creations, a café and bakery in Hillsboro, you’re missing something special.  My wife and I came across our first macaron about 10 years ago and they’ve been a favorite treat since then.  When we first tried the macarons from Decadent Creations at a farmer’s market a few years ago – we were ruined!  No other macarons come even close to the perfection of those at Decadent Creations; every other macaron is simply a disappointing experience now.  I can’t even choose my favorite from Decadent Creations… maybe…

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The Quiet Wheel

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All workplaces need two primary things to function. 1) The processes by which the work gets done. 2) The people who perform the processes. By this point, you, the reader, are probably thinking ‘Yeah, I knew that!’  But follow this line of thinking for a minute and a very common mistake will be revealed. Supervisors are subject to human nature.  Human nature dictates that we react to the squeaky wheel and ignore the quiet one.  Processes are squeaky wheels.  You see, we measure processes and the results of processes much more often than we do the people of our business….

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