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April 2017

Five Answers You Need To Have About Your Team

I laughed to myself as the young comedian quoted the famous line from the 1992 movie, A Few Good Men. "He wasn't even born when that movie came out," I thought. In case you've never seen the movie, the line is, "You can't handle the truth!" It's spoken by Jack Nicholson, who portrays a Marine colonel, in response to questioning by a Navy JAG officer played by Tom Cruise.

In my work with leaders, I sometimes discover they are unwilling to ask the hard questions about their team. It's not because they are afraid of the truth; they are just so busy "juggling elephants" that they won't invest the time for such reflection. Sadly, it's often this very type of exercise that could help with their physical and mental overload.

If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by all you are juggling as a leader, finding answers to these questions (and taking the appropriate action) will create a healthier environment for you and your team:

1) What really drives each member of my team to deliver their best work?
Do you use that knowledge and insight to create more effective conversations with them?

2) Does my team have a healthy respect for the "Why" behind the "What?"

Are your team members so busy meeting the next deadline that they have forgotten the value they bring to internal or external customers?

3) Do my team members feel safe to talk about conflict or difficult issues?
Effective teams don't avoid the tough conversations. They know their work is too important to be weighed down by the "elephant" in the room.

4) Do I trust them?
Are you giving them "stretch assignments" to help them grow and relieve some of your workload? Do you encourage diversity in thought? Would they say you micromanage them?

5) Am I a positive example of how I want my team members to think and act?
Do you show respect and understanding? Are you cultivating a culture where everyone's contribution is valued? And do you model a healthy work/life balance?

While these certainly aren't all the questions you should be asking, they will give you enough information to move forward with greater confidence and clarity. Isn't that what the truth should do?

For more, check out, Seven Questions You Need To Ask About Your Team.

Featured Video

Where Are You Being Willfully Ignorant As A Leader?-Jones Loflin
Four questions to ask yourself to see if you are engaging in this dangerous practice.

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Virtual Book Signings

I've so enjoyed talking with those of you who have read my new book, Always Growing. Learning about specific leadership challenges and how they can be addressed with ideas in the book has been rewarding... and I want to have more of those discussions. So I am creating some "virtual book signings" over the next couple of months.

Here's my offer to you and your team: Purchase at least five copies of Always Growing (Of course I'll sign them). Once you receive the books, contact me and we will arrange a complimentary 30 minute audio or video call with your team. It's a fantastic way to help the ideas in the book "take root" with your team.

Only requirements are that you must purchase at least five books from my store, and the call must be completed by May 31st. Order now or call 800-853-4676. I look forward to our conversation!


Favorite Quotes

What would happen if you became the person who was smarter, better at solving problems, and cared the most?
-Seth Godin

I'm extremely focused because I want to leave at 5. Time I waste is time I am not with my family. That's a very high price.
-Michelle Peluso (Chief Marketing Officer, IBM)

Life is lived in the little moments.


Free Resource 

How do you become a stronger leader when you're already struggling with too much to do? Here are my thoughts:

How To Grow Your Team When You Are Juggling Elephants

Quick Tip

Develop An "End of Day" Perspective
When trying to prioritize your daily activities, ask yourself, "What 3-4 things, if finished today, would give me the greatest sense of accomplishment?"

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Featured Testimonial

Thank you for joining us for this meeting and for delivering such a compelling view on owning change management. Several team members cited your change management session as a highlight of the event.  Your enthusiasm and guidance really resonated and was highly valuable in giving the right framework and mindset to embrace change.  So, well done!
-Robert Buckman, Amadeus

To say thanks for reading the whole newsletter...

Last month I offered a deep discount on copies of Always Growing and the response was fantastic. This month I'm offering FREE shipping on any order through April 11. Here's the link to my store. Use the coupon code aprilshowers. I am grateful that you find value in the content I offer.
With Gratitude,

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