5 Tips in 5 Parts – Transforming Leadership Disagreements into Leadership Alignment – Part 4

~ what to do when your leadership team clashes more than it agrees ~ 

This 5-part February series is about aligned leadership. If you are the leader of an organization, the manager of a team, or part of a team that can spend too much time struggling to find agreement, I’m confident you will find at least two take-aways for helping your team stay aligned and attain their highest-level success. This is Part 4 of the series.

Are continuous leadership disagreements stalling your company’s success? When “varied perspectives” become continually disagreeing perspectives, the success of your organization or company can suffer the consequences. Delayed decisions, meetings that take too much time, and discussions that focus more on problems than solutions, are sometimes only the top layer of what’s not working.

There are numerous possible recurrent issues, such as a major conflict regarding the organization itself to an increase in a team member’s personal stress-level. When team conflicts consistently arise, your ability to get a clear sense of the cause or problem is a first step in addressing it.

Part 4

Non-productive leadership patterns 

We all have productive ways that support our business success. We also have less-productive ways that can dampen our perspective, communication, and energy. These leadership patterns (beliefs, habits, reactions) don’t typically begin when someone is promoted or reaches a certain level in an organization, they sometimes go back to early life or work. Less-productive patterns can get in the way of our communication, enthusiasm, planning and other strategic aspects of our work, and so diminish our ability to collaborate and effectively contribute to a team.

Moving forward  An important clue that a “problem” pattern (or patterns) may be sidelining your team’s success is recognizing that your or a team member’s reaction (or over-reaction) has shown up before and has been showing up for a while. As this is a larger topic and a common challenge, please stay tuned for solutions and further discussion in a blog post following this series.

This is part 4 of a 5-part series. Click here Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 to read from the beginning. If you don’t already follow my blog, sign up now (in the right-hand column) to receive email notifications of future posts. I appreciate your readership and welcome your thoughts and comments!

Thought is the sculptor of Leadership

“Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.”  – Henry David Thoreau

Leadership is about awareness — awareness of our thoughts and behaviors.  When we notice thought patterns that may be holding us back, we can shift these thoughts to help us lean into our power, creativity, and confidence and so open the door to opportunity and possibility.

Noticing our thoughts gives us the power to change them and so change ourselves.

Sounds so easy, doesn’t it?

Trish Pratt,  Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area

Three Things that Energize Your Career

Work responsibilities such as an endless list of deadlines, overtime and high standards can sideline your work enjoyment and leave you feeling pressure, burnout or disengagement.

Whether you’re a manager looking to motivate your staff, or an individual looking at career options Three Things that Actually Motivate Employees from @HBR looks at what makes an individual’s “work engine” fire on all cylinders.  @RosabethKanter beautifully narrows it down to 3 clear and tangible things.

 

Emphasize your positive impact.  Make it a great day!

Trish Pratt –  Executive and Career Development Coach, Greater Boston area.

 

An Executive Coach’s 5 Tips for Getting into Your Productivity Groove

  1. Embrace energizing goals. You may or may not consider yourself a goal-oriented person. One key lies in finding the “right” goals – the ones that spark your energy and creativity. Here is a “career goal” worksheet to help you uncover and define the New Year goals that will “pump you up!”
  2. Notice your focus. Begin by noticing what takes you “off focus.” Is it a specific time of day? Or are you easily distracted by unopened emails? …Or the happenings on social media? You may need to connect with people. And you may simply be avoiding the task at hand. Acknowledging challenges and addressing distractions proactively can be key to increasing your productivity. Which brings us to…
  3. Have a WIP!  Ground yourself with a WIP (works in progress) spread sheet . One of the best defenses against distractions is a clear list of tasks to return to after being pulled off-track. Email Trish (trish@trishpratt.com) for a beautifully-blank WIP to get you started.
  4. Clog Up the Drains.  Not the ones in the kitchen or bath! …but the ones that are zapping your energy. Energy drains such as: a messy office where finding things is taking too much of your time; the regret you have about what you said, didn’t say, did or didn’t do regarding a relative, friend, colleague, etc.; or the indecision you feel about …? well anything. These drains can zap your energy, wear down your enthusiasm and cause your mind to work too hard for only fruitless results. So ease up on yourself. Take necessary actions to clear up or clean up anything that isn’t sitting well with you. Begin with one change. And move on into the flow~~.
  5. Notice Your Thoughts. What researchers notice is that we often quickly and easily believe any negative thoughts about ourselves, but look endlessly for validation of our positive thoughts or traits. The result of all this can undo your confidence and cause you to lead your life, work, and decisions from a place of indecision and doubt. So step bravely and confidently into your attributes and accomplishments! You really are incredible!

Wishing you a new year of happiness, and your perfect goals achieved!