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3 Early Warning Signs Your Culture is Going Wrong

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And you need to act fast to turn it around.

Here's the clues (solutions to follow).

๐Ÿ˜ก You are struggling to hang on to your best people.

๐Ÿ˜ก The people you have are reactive, rather than proactive.

๐Ÿ˜ก You are working the tasks, rather as a leader.

There are solutions to these issues, which are demonstrating the signs of a weakening culture, which is the start of a very rocky road.

Let's take a look. . .

๐Ÿ‘ Become fully aware of what's going on.
โžก Acknowledge that responsibility lies with you.
๐Ÿ‘ Ask curiosityโ€ฆ

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6 Easy Ways to Pay Focused Attention

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You make the time, so make the most of it.

That you deserve, and so do they.

These are for you to work into your 1-2-1s, so try them on ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ and they will grow on you!

1. Take a couple of deep breaths and ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ before you start.
2. Find a ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ. Hang up a Do Not Disturb sign.
3. Remove any ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€, such as paperwork, phones or email pings.
4. Even virtually, ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ to do anything else.
5. ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ. Even if they stop, give them a momeโ€ฆ

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Minimising the Urgent in Your Leadership

Getting to the urgent is what matters. Almost nothing should be urgent in the work a leader does. Yet so often, we are driven away from the important to what seems to be urgent.

There are three 'urgents'

  1. Crises - with a modest investment of time, these can be reduced to a trickle
  2. Other people's urgent - saying 'no' to some and 'yes' to others (who offer help), will reduce these to a minimum
  3. Your choices - when you do unproductive work, this is not important, so yes, you can stop

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The WRAP on Decision Making

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I like the thoroughness and simplicity of this technique from ModelThinkers, not to mention the easy-to-remember mnemonic! It covers all the angles you might easily forget. It feels great for team-building in decision making too!

#focus #leadership #teambuilding #decisionmaking #TheKindLeader

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Great Leaders Learn from Others - Even the Bad Stuff!

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Remember, when you are leader, and your boss isn't that great (happens sometimes, right?), what an opportunity to learn what NOT to do in your leadership of your own people.

It might be uncomfortable to experience, but what a chance to learn from others.

#TheKindLeader #growth #leadership #supportive #learnfromexperince#leadershipdevelopment #TheKindLeaderProgram

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Unavailable Options from Seth Godin


In this tiny post from Seth Godin - which is well worth the read - I'm reminded of the value of just asking the question. When you don't, you're guaranteed not to get something extra.

When you do, you never know.

I love this whole concept and, as long as you arenโ€™t attached to an expectation, just occasionally, magic happens!

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The What and the How of It

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Even when your organisational culture is less than kind, supportive and encouraging, you can set your own standards and create your team microculture within an unsatisfactory world.

It might not be easy. It might require some careful navigation. And when you do this, you will remain in control of what you can control. Your people will be engaged, motivated and appreciate what they can control too - a valuable lesson for their future career.

You have to deliver the 'what' of results in this world sโ€ฆ

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There's Always Change

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New walking boots. I walk quite regularly, so getting new boots is a bit of a worry (keeping life in context, only a BIT of a worry).

We absorb small changes into our lives every day. At first, new boots feel a bit odd as I make sure theyโ€™ll do the job. And soon Iโ€™ll forget theyโ€™re new.

If you think about it, we absorb change all the time. Even those big changes are not so daunting, looking back.

When we take control and get perspective over changes, even those imposed on us, we feel all the bettโ€ฆ

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