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Discovering Your Power At Work

Susan Flower of the Blanchard Group reminds us that what we do does matter. We think we have no power, but we do. Read on:

 

An essential mindset for achieving your goals and contributing to the goals of others is recognizing and appreciating your power at work. I’ve witnessed many amazing transformations as individuals altered their mindset related to power, explored their points of power, and proactively created positive change. This transformation begins by recognizing an important truth about power: […]

via Don’t Underestimate Your Points of Power at Work—5 Places to Look — Blanchard LeaderChat

June 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Looking Around at the Milestone Markers: Where Have We Come?

It is graduation time. After the celebration and the well-wishing for our graduating students, let’s take a few minutes to assess where education is. I know, we are all very interested in taking off, going for summer, sitting by a pool; but just a minute, let’s see how we as educators and administrators are doing.

Simon Sinek is making a name for himself with an analyzation of millenials. He says we need to stop the phone screen addiction. I agree. He says the corporation need to work harder to accommodate this generation, because they have the lowest self-esteem of any generation and are so very unhappy.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sinek+millenials

Of course, Sinek makes no claim to real social research, but his discussion has gone viral because he has hit upon a major concern. He blames “failed parenting” but what about failed education? What about the generation, or 2, of self-esteem bolstering boosterism? BTW, real science indicates that self-esteem is created by real achievement. Never mind that teacher training continues in the wrong direction. What about the fact that the corporation was never intended to do any more socialization than be sure that the workers was working to standards and the culture of the corporation. The agents of socialization (training a child to be a functional adult) are parents, school, — and gosh maybe the church might have a role in helping people live adequately. Might we not discuss what they should be doing and doing differently?

Or must we stay with the thinking that caused the problem and say, oh you poor thing, we must take more responsibility, boundaries, and teaching/correction away from you, so you will be happier?

What do you think?

May 25, 2017 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Time to Prepare for Job Performance Reviews – Help Here

As Andy Williams crooned, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about March Madness! I’m a big fan of college basketball and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is like Christmas in March. There are always underdogs upsetting the established favorites and feel-good stories of players overcoming […]

via This Coach Tells You What All Great Leaders Know — Blanchard LeaderChat

Most of the managers and directors I talk to hate performance reviews with a passion. However, they are the number one tool to make your staff into the team you want them to be. I have recorded training for directors loaded right now. Get training there. Or call me and we can have a consult. Clock hours for Directors in Texas. Con ed credit for some other professionals. Call now: 512-249-7629.

March 30, 2017 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

CONFLICT REDUCTION FOR CHILDREN!!! yay!

Since I do many workshops on conflict reduction for school personnel, I am frequently asked to provide something on teaching conflict reduction to children. Finally, I have it!

Aware of the controversies, I didn’t want to speak until I had something to say. Now I have it! Time tested method and some new research. Bam! We now have peanut butter AND jelly! Together, great sandwiches!

So call me for a four hour workshop for your staff. Normally $480 + mileage & expenses outside of Austin metro, but now, through February 2017, only $420.

Call now 512-534-5425. Be sure to get your date! My schedule is filling up.

Think of how much good you will be doing for the world. Think of your parents, and even your students, grown, coming back to thank you. Think of how much better your classroom could be.

February 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Coaching to Support Learning: 3 Best Practices

In Education, we often forget the importance of training — and implementation. Nothing can be more important to the lead educator than being the lead learner and the cheerleader for the coach she/he has brought in to train the staff.

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CoachCoaching to support learning is a process that gives learners a chance, after training, to go back to their jobs and practice using the concepts they just learned. Providing employees with two or three 1-hour coaching sessions creates an actual learning process instead of just a training event.

This extra step is important in today’s busy work environment. Many organizations don’t have the resources to provide managers the time to grow and develop their people. And employees often don’t have enough room in their schedules to practice training concepts when they get back to work.

Done right, coaching to support learning sends employees a clear-cut message: Your leaders believe training is important—and we want to provide you with the support you need to be able to apply your new learnings back on the job.

Here are three best practices to provide coaching that supports learning in a way that works.

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January 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

One Best Thing to do to Reduce Employee Turnover! Surprising!

Lots of my clients got in a management position because they loved what they were doing: teaching children, making furniture, preaching — not because they wanted to read management books. Now, they are, however, managers. One of the biggest challenges is to keep good employees. Wouldn’t you like to know how to do that? How to reduce turnover? How to make good employees great? How to avoid having to start all over again with a new employee — that great gamble? And the answer is — based on both scientific study and experience and taught by the most famous management guru – drum roll — is staff meetings.

WHAT? Right. Ken Blanchard recommends two staff meetings a week. In these staff meetings, you let your employees know what you want. You find out what problems they are having. You let them feel like a team. You avoid conflict. You also train them. Good meetings are often overlooked tool in managing people. Bad meetings are bad. Good meetings work. I can help. I train managers (pastors, owners and whoever runs meetings) how to do better meetings. I can also be part of the training of your staff. Plan your meetings now.   Oh, an anyone who engages me during January 2017, will receive a 20% discount. Have a great year.

January 5, 2017 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Leadership is About Helping Other Implement Values

The values you hold determine how you evaluate action. Successful people are people who have accurately and consistently implemented their values. Leaders are those who have helped a others implement them. Normally this is a group who implement them together. We call this a successful company, congregation, school, or non-profit.

Many people cite a long list of values. A counselor, would say, look at what a person does; this is what they value. In a group, however, sometimes it is very difficult to implement values. The social structure of the group tends to be stronger than the moral will of the individual. That is why good leaders are priceless — they enable the mission to be met.

What values do you wish you could implement? Is your organization living up to the values you hold most dear? How well, then, is the group meeting its mission?

Would you like a confidential reflection on this; investigating your own practise of management and leadership> Would you like a structured conversation with your group? I can facilitate that meeting (meaning bring structure so the conversation happens.) Is there a particular value you feel your organization is not living up to, but you would like to find solutions for shift? Call me. We can get it done. 512-249-7629

November 3, 2016 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

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