Imagine your boss sees you and asks, “How’s it going?” Chances are you’ll smile, say “Great!” and continue on with your day. But things might not be going great. You’re overwhelmed with work. You’re anxious about an upcoming promotion opportunity. Or, you’re frustrated again by a failing tech infrastructure. Why don’t you say any of [...]
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Almost everyone experiences burnout at some point in their career. Some in toxic work environments deal with it constantly. But a workplace doesn’t have to be unhealthy in order for someone to feel burned out. Burnout can happen to anyone, even your star players. It happens when they feel overwhelmed, undervalued, or forgotten about. And [...]
The image of an iconic coach is that of a commander on the sidelines, yelling instructions at players or yelling in the locker room. This classic figure thrived on the belief that tough love and hard knocks would foster inspiration on the field. Many associate the role of a leader with that of a coach. [...]
There are lots of different leadership styles. There’s the inclusive leader, who brings people in to talk and process things. There’s the commander, who gives orders and doesn’t take no for an answer. There’s the passive leader who lets things work themselves out. The list goes on and on. Almost every leadership style is effective [...]
Picture a manager, recently promoted into a position of leadership. It’s their first time having such authority and they’re filled with anxiety. What if their team doesn’t follow them? What if people think they aren’t qualified? What if they actually aren’t qualified? Imposter syndrome is common for leaders in new positions, whether it's their first [...]
When the team designing the 787 widebody aircraft began their work, they faced a monumental challenge. In addition to creating an aircraft with great range and comfort, there was an overall requirement that this new airplane is 20 percent more fuel-efficient than any before. Leaders face similar challenges every year. Do more with less. Do [...]
Stereotypes showcase effective leaders as commanding, direct, and decisive but that same reputation also paints them as cold and often distant. This classic leadership image is one that we see in movies, in books, and all too often in our workplace. But there’s a problem: great leaders are not domineering ones. The reality is that [...]
In 2020, COVID deepened a lot of the different cracks in organizations’ workplace cultures. Employees may have been aware of these cracks, but the pandemic brought them center stage as pressure was put on systems and processes in multiple ways. As things begin to open back up, leaders have to take the opportunity to address [...]
All new leaders face numerous challenges when first stepping into their role. They have to build trust with their team and address the concerns of senior leadership, all without the benefit of experience. As a new leader, you must be armed with tools to lead each team member, no matter their starting point. Transitions are [...]
Every organization has a set of values. Whether or not they’re followed is an entirely different question. When we talk about values, we don’t mean a bunch of words on a fancy poster in the lobby or just some page in the About section of a website. When we talk about values, we’re talking about [...]