5 Kick-ass Kick-starter Questions for your One-on-Ones

Leaders have expressed to me that they struggle with how to get their employees talking in one-on-one discussions.  Here is an example of a typical exchange between the leader and me:

Leader: My employees tell me they don’t need a one-on-one. They either don’t talk at all, or they tell me they have nothing to bring up or discuss.

Me: So then what happens?

Leader: Well, I just cancel them because clearly they don’t need them….or want them.

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Hit the Reset Button: How to Have Awesome One-on-Ones

One-on-ones are a very important tool to cultivate the relationship with your employees, and there are many tips out there on what managers can do to have effective one-on-ones. When I was managing a large operations team, I came with a strong background in HR, so I knew the ins and outs of having effective one-on-ones. However, what I didn’t anticipate is that the employees I managed had no idea how to have an effective one-on-one with me! Continue reading “Hit the Reset Button: How to Have Awesome One-on-Ones”

Lining up your Leadership Rubik’s Cube

The term alignment is becoming more popular in the leadership space. However, what does this term actually mean?

First, let’s get down to the technical. The definition of alignment from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is ” the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts in relation to each other.” So what happens when we bring this definition into the context of human existence, interaction and leadership?

When we create alignment in our human existence, we create the proper positioning of all the parts that make us who we are, particularly in relation to each other. This means that we are bringing the components of our mind, heart and soul together. Continue reading “Lining up your Leadership Rubik’s Cube”

What’s all the Hype about Executive Coaching Anyway?

Well, here’s the thing. Throughout my years as an HR professional, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have seen capable managers who get into their own heads. We all do it, we second guess ourselves and carry baggage with us such as feedback we have gotten from past managers, friends and even family. We all have sensitivities, insecurities, and what results is the “uncertainty dance”. We get in our own heads and think we know the next leadership move then, in an instant, we don’t. Continue reading “What’s all the Hype about Executive Coaching Anyway?”