FLASHPOINTS: Are You LISTENING To Your Team?

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Communication is an exchange of ideas, both verbal and non-verbal.

Gone is the day when a command & control leadership style of barking orders in a morning meeting effectively directs workflow for the day.  Long gone is the day when being a good manager simply meant having the right answer.  We simply can’t do it all alone!  Inspiring those around us to become proactive, critical thinkers & independent leaders means we must involve them in the creative & problem-solving process.  Remember though, effective communication is a two-way street.  To make and sustain significant change, it’s important to listen.  Sounds easy, but listening is so much more than just hearing what people say.  Can you sense their stress, loss of motivation, feelings of purpose, excitements, disappointments, and fears – even when they’re not spoken aloud?  Can you hear me now?

FLASHPOINTS: Letting Go: End of the World or New Life?

Letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.

Some leaders are self-confessed control freaks. Others are in denial. Some crave the limelight, while others prefer anonymity. Which category do you fit into? It’s ok to be in any one of the categories (or none at all), as long as you’re aware of your strengths and can rally the appropriate resources as needed. At times, we must maintain a tight hold on the reins of our organizations, and be involved in every decision and step. Other times…actually, most of the time, it’s best to take the back seat and let your team call the shots and feel empowered, while you offer guidance and simply bask in the glory of their accomplishments. When is the last time you loosened the reins on your organization’s stallions and let them run free?