Take 60 Seconds and Save Yourself Hours

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Are your people on target? These days, no leader has enough time.Not enough time for work.  For family.  Or for oneself.Here’s today’s reality for most leaders:Take your job description from December 2019.Add 50% more work and responsibility due to COVID-19.Now try to get it all done in the same amount of time.Are we doing what needs to be done?With all that COVID-19 has brought to leaders, it’s enough these days…

Time to Look Down

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Do you know how things are? For many leaders, the coronavirus will be a career-defining moment.And unless your company was a master at scenario and/or strategic planning, for the most part, it’s been learning by doing. And that’s not a criticism.  It just is. Focusing upward and outwardRegardless of where you are in the organizational hierarchy, you’ve likely not had time for much else other than your historic responsibilities and the…

It’s No Time to Be Wishy-Washy

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Is That Truly What You Mean? According to Merriam-Webster, “wishy-washy” means “lacking in character or determination, [as in] ‘ineffectual wishy-washy leadership’“.  Google defines it as “feeble or insipid in quality or character; lacking strength or boldness“. Not sure I’d want to be known as “insipid in character”.Merriam-Webster adds that “wishy-washy” was first used in 1703.  Curiously, their website doesn’t indicate where it was used.  Suffice it to say, we’ve had wishy-washy…

And Are Your People Ready?

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Working in the Next Normal Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay So by now your organization’s workforce:a) has returned to work;b) started to return to work;c) are planning their eventual return to work; ord) has always been at work (with a personal shoutout to my wife and all the other nurses!)No doubt, you and your team have been planning how to make the workplace as safe as possible. So let’s say that’s…

Have You Zoom-ed Out?

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When Work Becomes Your Screen Test At the end of 2019, Zoom had approximately 10.7 million active users.  And on April 22nd of this year, 300 million people used Zoom.  Not a bad growth rate. And it’s likely your usage of Zoom / Webex / Teams has increased at a similar rate.  Back in December, maybe you used it just a bit.  These days, it’s likely several times a day.And…

How to Lead in a Crisis

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Leading others through uncertainty On 9/11, I was working in Manhattan.  Today, when people discuss 9/11 and New York City, everyone knows there were two planes, and only two planes, that struck the Twin Towers.  That morning, though, no one knew how many more there would be, or what else was to come. Not that the comparison is parallel, but we’re in similar times.  We’re not quite sure what’s to…

Working Remotely Under the New Normal

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Some suggestions from 17 years of working virtually I’ve been working remotely with leaders for over 17 years.  My work with them has been a combination of in-person meetings and meetings via the web.  Working remotely/virtually has provided me the opportunity to work closely and instantly with leaders nationally and internationally.  I certainly wouldn’t say I’m an expert at working remotely, but I have learned a few things about how…

Communicating During a Crisis

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3 Valuable Resources Leaders are being challenged to communicate effectively under these stressful, complex, ever-changing conditions. For many, it’s their first time doing so during a company-wide, nation-wide crisis. We thought readers of our 60-Second Read would find the following three resources helpful: Communicating Through the Coronavirus Crisis.  From Harvard Business Review, a 5-step framework for your communication strategy.  (Note: HBR has a paywall, but your first 3 articles per…

So Where Exactly is the Next Level?

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We’ve all heard it at some point. And we may have even said it on occasion. The next level. “Because of the recent economic and competitive challenges confronting our company, it’s imperative that we reject the status quo, and instead, take this organization to the next level.” (Lots of applause) “Pat, if you’re truly serious about moving up to the District Manager role, you’ll have to take your game to…

Buzzword Bingo, The Sequel

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Wikimedia Commons:Abbey Hendrickson About seven years ago, in the January 2007 issue of our 60-Second Email, Think Outside the Buzzword, we featured several popular consultant terms (a.k.a. jargon) along with their alleged as well as their true meaning. Well seven years is certainly more than enough time for a new batch to flourish.  So here’s the sequel: Buzzword: “Take this offline”  (to deal with separately and later) Example: (said with a friendly,…
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