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The Power of Mentoring

I could use some help. I’m trying – without success – to create an acronym that captures the essence of mentoring. How would you use MENTOR or MENTORING as an acronym? What I have so far needs some work. M. Mission – what are we working to accomplish. Mentoring has focused outcomes. Mentors and proteges […]

via An Acronym That Explains Mentoring — Leadership Freak

Mentoring is often overlooked in the rush of day to day activities, especially in smaller businesses, but it can make for longevity of the business, easier life in the long run for the owner, and better retention of the best staff.  Larger businesses where many people call themselves managers place much more attention on training people to be leaders, managers, and mentors. In small businesses, by contrast, most managers are more interested in getting daily tasks accomplished. Often they came from the trade that the business offers, rather than seeing themselves as only managers. This is especially true in pink collar areas. Women often lack training in managerial skills. When they gain them, they often forget to mentor others.

Dan Rockwell offers great, brief reflections that help people be better managers. Whether you are a director of a preschool, a small business owner, or a pastor, you might enjoy and benefit from Dan’s insights. Please stay in touch here, with orgstrat, as I bring you a cross pollination of all things good.

BTW, I have a very few openings for trainings this fall, but only in Austin. I would like to do some more, but I am so busy preparing great things for you, this fall I can not travel.  If you are out of town, please do call for next year. Thanks, Sharon 512-NOSPAM249-7629.

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September 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

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

Is Training Really Worth It?

Remember Henry Ford? He was the business breakthrough of his day. His innovations we depend upon today. What would you life be like without the automobile?   Without the assembly line?

Here is Henry Ford on the topic of training, but a business owner’s perspective:

The only thing worse than training  employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.

Think about it.

BTW, when times are hard, small businesses usually cut training first and advertising second. No wonder the failure rate is high among small businesses. Small or large, do not let this be true about your work group.

May 6, 2017 at 6:02 am 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.

Blanchard LeaderChat

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

Time to Plan Again : By Connecting

Many of my clients are schools and preschools. It is a busy time there, fresh with planning the new year and meeting new students.
Whether or not you are in that environment, you probably feel the freshness of the new school year. It is a great time for planning and a great time to hit the mission again with your team.

For some fresh ideas on planning with you team, how about some words from a new source? Kay Orr writes how she handles first of the school year planning and how she brings the stakeholders together. Read with an open mind and open heart and I’m sure you will be refreshed.

https://www.thsc.org/2016/08/5-simple-points-for-planning-the-academic-year-23997/

August 18, 2016 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

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