The 6 Perspectives Part 8 – Enabling and Training

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(Image: Screen capture from Alec Steele video on YouTube – picture is linked to the original.  In the image, Alec Steele is showing Mike Boyd a better angle for striking the hot steel while forging a leaf. Alec is a talented YouTuber who has terrifically designed merchandise available in his store – Alec Steele Shop) Note: This is the 8th in a long series of posts that will teach and explain The 6 Perspectives of Leadership™.  Find the other parts to this series HERE. This series will lead up to a book-launch planned for the fall/winter of 2018 for my upcoming book…

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The 6 Perspectives of Leadership – Part 5 – Creating your Vision

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Note: This is the fifth in a long series of posts that will teach and explain The 6 Perspectives of Leadership™.  Find the other parts to this series HERE. This series will lead up to a book-launch planned for the fall of 2018 for my upcoming book “The 6 Perspectives of Accountable Leadership.”  Share this article on LinkedIn and TAG YOUR COLLEAGUES! SHARE IT WITH YOUR NETWORK AND ORGANIZATION. Preface Part 4 of this series introduced the First Perspective – Lead from the FRONT with VISION. That article made a case for the critical nature of leading with vision. It also described what…

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Don’t Say These 5 Things if You’re a Leader

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Derek R. Pangelinan – Derek Rey Consulting, LLC Jay is one of my closest friends.  He happens to also be a mentor to me, and a world-class trainer and facilitator. Jay finds a way to work a specific concept and phrase into nearly every workshop he facilitates.  He’ll usually pause, maybe even take a seat for added drama, then take a beat to look at the workshop attendees directly and with intent, and he will say, “Words matter.”  Jay then pauses again, allowing the workshop attendees time to let the idea sink in.  After a few seconds he follows it…

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The Problem with Leading by Example

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If you’re a leader, can you choose to lead by example?  – NO! You are always leading by example whether you choose to be or not.  Your people are always watching you and what they see, sets the example.   I’ve talked before about the notion that effective leadership is a set of behaviors that will result in your people following you the right way.  In my experience as a leadership coach and trainer, I’ve seen that most leaders who don’t take the time to systematically learn those behaviors, like a guitarist practicing their chords and strum patterns, only end…

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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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