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The Power of Positive Feelings and How They Can Build Teams Up

The Power of Positive Feelings and How They Can Build Teams UpAttitudes can be powerful. With the right attitude, a positive one in which team members actually believe they can accomplish the goals set forth by the organizational leadership, can lead to success.

In the same way, a negative attitude can have serious repercussions. A person who is negative about nearly everything will have a tendency to begin dragging down people around them, causing them to believe that a certain goal or objective it is essentially impossible. What happens when people think that something is impossible? Do they have a tendency to give up on it?

For any executive leader looking to find a way to boost productivity, encourage team members to more actively involved in the process should focus on generating positive emotional feelings within the company or organization

There are plenty of ways to develop a positive environment within any organization.

First, establish clear organizational goals. Short and long-term goals are important for team members to focus on. Being able to accomplish small, short term goals can help people feel as though they are accomplishing something.

Second, recognize the accomplishments. When people do something on deadline, under budget, or even beyond expectations, make a note of it. Let them know their effort was appreciated.

Even though you probably required and expected the deadline to be met, when it is, drawing attention to that helps to create a more positive environment within the department or company as a whole.

Third, stem negative infighting. Any personal problems among team members should be addressed immediately. Allowing things to fester, allowing employees to complain about management, talk negatively about others, and even gossip around the proverbial water cooler can begin to instill negative feelings among some or many of your team members.

In order to learn more about instilling positive feelings within the team environment, you could benefit from an executive coach.

How Well You Hire Will Impact Your Executive Abilities

How Well You Hire Will Impact Your Executive AbilitiesWith so many responsibilities that executives and managers have, it may seem like hiring is something that should be done as quickly as possible. There are some estimates that for every new employee a company hires, they will have to invest $10,000, $20,000, and even more for each position. That all depends on the type of company, the work required of the new employee, and many other factors, but hiring the right person is essential for many reasons.

Not only is it vital from an economic standpoint, it’s also crucial from an executive leadership standpoint.

The employees any executive hires and surrounds himself with will become tantamount to their long-term success. Each employee is going to play an integral role in the success of the company in the long term. Hiring the right employees, ultimately to become team members, will have an enormous impact on the abilities of any particular executive.

How team members influence executive abilities.

In order to fully understand and appreciate the value of employees and the people that an executive hires, let’s talk about the influence they have on executives. Employees will generally be answerable to their direct supervisors. They may not directly work for executives within a company, but their ability to meet deadlines, accomplish their job, and be productive is going to have a direct result on a leader’s ability to focus on long-term goals.

An executive who is working with team members who are not responsive, who don’t believe in him or her, or who don’t really understand the organizational goals will be less inclined to follow direction from executives they aren’t directly involved with on a day-to-day basis.

Hiring people with experience, talent, and knowledge are certainly important for any company, but is also essential to find individuals who have a passion for the work they do and who believe in the mission and long-term goals of the company. Tapping into executive leadership skills, developing new ones, and growing as a leader can help any executive hire the ideal team members at any level and position within the company.

Executive Failure: It Happens, but that Doesn’t Mean You Have to Stay on the Dark Side

Executive Failure: It Happens, but that Doesn’t Mean You Have to Stay on the Dark SideDepending on one’s position within any company, the impact of mistakes on their behalf can be significant. An executive, such as a CEO, is tasked with running the company, including establishing long-term visions and goals that all team members will need to adhere to.

For some, failure is not really an option, and when you’re talking about the company as a whole, if it fails or some goal is not met, it can cost a significant amount of revenue, jobs, and even the survival of the company itself.

Executive failure does happen, but when it does it’s the decisions the executive makes that can impact the company for the future. A strong leader will step up, take responsibility, and seek out ways to avoid making the same mistake in the future. This may not be enough for him or her to retain their job, but it usually provides a powerful force for the entire company to get behind.

An executive who experiences failure and chooses to remain on the dark side will essentially blame others, shirk responsibility, and may even continue with the same shortsighted goals they had established previously.

It’s important to acknowledge mistakes when they happen. This is especially true for anyone who expects to hold others accountable. If they aren’t being held accountable for their own actions, decisions, and those mistakes, it will have a ripple effect throughout the company. Before long, employees and even team members will be less resilient, less dedicated to the company and its goals, and less inclined to take responsibility when things go wrong.

Every mistake a person makes is a learning opportunity. Failing to accept the lesson it provides is a tragedy in itself.

Tame the Technology Beast: Ways to Maximize Productivity with Tech, but also Keep it Contained

Tame the Technology Beast: Ways to Maximize Productivity with Tech, but also Keep it ContainedTechnology is absolutely enormous. When compared to the way things were just a few decades ago, anybody who had been transported from the 1980s, for example, into 2015 would likely suffer from culture shock almost immediately. From personal computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even computer technology on cars, the changes have been dramatic.

Many of the technological innovations have made it so that businesses run much more efficiently than ever before, but it’s important to temper the desire to innovate with more technology with the need for personal communication and interaction.

Many companies are encouraging employees to work from home in order to save money, especially when it comes to heating bills during the winter. Just shutting down a major office building for one day a week during the winter can save tens of thousands of dollars on heating expenses throughout the year.

While it may be tempting to have team members separated by distance yet communicating on Skype or Google Talk or other methods, it’s important to keep technology within the reins of control.

Nothing replaces personal interaction with regard to developing new ideas, being innovative, and allowing team members to be as creative as possible.

If you are scheduling conferences and meetings among team members on a regular basis, and if you have a tendency to rely on technology to get people into those meetings, even if they are at another location, it’s a good idea to encourage personal attendance whenever possible. That may require moving the meeting until such time as every single person scheduled to be there can physically attend.

That physical interaction helps to forge stronger relationships among team members. When a person is working digitally, from another location, they may not have the same connection to their fellow team members as they would if they had been in the same room, met them in person, and got an opportunity to interact on a regular basis.

Strong executive leaders understand the importance of personal connection and temper technological innovations with personal interaction.

Brainstorming: More than a High School Exercise … It’s Great Business Sense!

Brainstorming: More than a High School Exercise … It’s Great Business Sense!Back in high school, one exercise your teachers may have had you do, especially when you broke off into groups, was to brainstorm new ideas. Many students in middle school or early high school are first exposed to the concept of brainstorming.

Brainstorming is a process in which an individual or group of people work together to come up with as many different ideas that could help them achieve a certain goal.

Within the corporate world or modern business, brainstorming is an essential component of short and long-term success. However, the value of brainstorming has a tendency to be overlooked and this activity is relegated to the dustbins of history for some people.

For any leader in a company, ideas are what drive success well into the future. The company may have well-established goals and a solid reputation, but with so much competition (and new competitors entering the marketplace every single month) it’s essential to remain fluid and malleable. A strong leader will encourage his or her team members to come up with new ideas and innovations that can help them expand and grow into the future.

One of the best ways to encourage brainstorming and to help employees and team members feel like they’re part of something bigger is to establish a certain time, such as a meeting or conference, and have people divide into groups of 2 to 4 individuals to brainstorm various ideas that could help the company.

You can also encourage brainstorming on a slower model. Have a suggestion box set up somewhere in the office where team members can drop in ideas, either anonymously or with their name, regarding anything to do with the business and its future.

Discourage people from complaining about others, complaining about management, or using that suggestion box for a new coffee maker in the employee lounge or anything like that. This should be simply about creative ideas that can benefit the company within its goals for the short and long-term.

Strong leaders encourage creativity and allow their team members to ‘think outside the box.’

Building a Winning Team is More than Just about Talent

Building a Winning Team is More than Just about TalentOne of the best examples anyone can use to describe what makes a winning team is professional sports. There are numerous professional sports around the world, with different champions emerging every season. One thing that seems to be consistent across the board, across sports, and across nationalities is that a winning team is about more than just one person or basic talent.

Some teams have invested an incredible amount of money acquiring the so-called ‘best’ players at their position throughout the entire market. The New York Yankees are a prime example of this constant and endless pursuit of acquiring the best talent.

However, in recent years all of that money -the highest payroll in all of professional sports, has produced spotty results, at best. Yes, they have won the pennant, league championships, and the World Series. However, more often than not they are experiencing increasing failure year after year.

That’s because building a winning team is about more than just talent. Sure, talent can have a significant impact on the bottom line, but having a quality leader guiding the team, finding each team member’s strengths and encouraging them to focus on those strengths, and explaining the short and long-term goals so everyone understands them are essential components.

Focusing on one basic aspect of success within any company is missing out on a great deal of information. There could be many quality managers within a large company, but few quality leaders. There’s a significant difference between a manager and a leader.

A manager is somebody who essentially runs day-to-day processes on a somewhat technical level.

A leader is somebody who inspires employees and team members, mentors them so they continually improve, and looks at the long-term aspects of success rather than the day-to-day details.

In order to build the right winning team in any company, it requires quality leadership. Any manager can build a team but that doesn’t mean it will win. For those who want to build a winning team within their company, executive and leadership coaching are tantamount to those successes.

Keeping Energy Levels High is a Powerful Force in Keeping Your Executive Talents Strong

Energy Levels High is a Powerful Force in Keeping Your ExecutiveIt’s easy to feel worn out, run down, and completely exhausted. If you’re incredibly busy and are not getting the right amount of sleep throughout the night, you may feel as though you’re burning the midnight oil on a daily basis.

When you have low energy levels at your job, it can affect every aspect of your work. It can also have a direct impact and influence on your team members, employees, and everyone else.

This may be your own company that you built from the ground up and you’re pouring in 70, 80, 90, and even more hours into it every single week. That’s going to wear down just about anyone.

Here are some ways you can help keep your energy levels as high as possible and have a direct, positive influence on your executive leadership.

Get enough sleep at night.

You might feel as though you function just fine on four or five hours of sleep every night, but numerous research studies have shown that most people require 7 to 9 hours of sleep on a daily basis. If you’re not even coming close to that minimum of seven hours, reorganize your schedule so that you can.

Exercise on a regular basis.

Energy begets energy. If you aren’t getting any physical exercise aside from running from your car to your office or to various meetings, then it’s going to impact your overall energy levels.

Schedule some time during the day to get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular workout.

Eat healthy.

The foods you put into your body will have a direct impact on what comes out. That means the amount of energy you have during the day could be directly affected by consuming fast food on the go, eating processed, prepackaged frozen meals, and more.

Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast, a good lunch, and a very healthy dinner. Avoid as much sugar as possible and reduce your sodium intake.

Following these tips should help boost your energy levels, thus making you a much stronger executive leader in the long run.

Are You Ready to be a Leader? Find Out with this Simple Checklist

are you a good leaderYou may be looking into some type of leadership coaching right now, but have you taken time to figure out whether you’re actually ready to be a leader?

Many people incorrectly assume that just because they are managing employees, reached a certain pinnacle within their company or their career, or have other advantages going for them that they will make good leaders right now. Being a strong leader is a matter of numerous factors.

Below are several questions you should ask yourself to determine whether you’re ready for leadership coaching and to be an effective and powerful leader.

With regard to your vision and priorities, ask yourself these questions:

1. How often do you communicate your vision and specific priorities about your business to others?

If you don’t have a tendency to do this very often, you may not be ready to lead just yet.

2. If asked, would any of your team members or employees be able to articulate your specific vision and priorities?

If not, then you are not communicating them effectively or often enough.

3. How do you spend your time?

How you spend your work and free time will basically show you where your priorities are. If the majority of your time is spent wasting it, going through emails, avoiding important phone calls, and being late for meetings, you’re not quite ready to be a leader just yet.

4. How are your team members or employees spending their time?

If you’ve been frustrated by a lack of productivity within your company, it’s usually directly related to leadership and management. You may have to work on finding ways to encourage your team members to help them manage their time more efficiently and effectively.

5. How do you respond to feedback and criticism?

If you have a tendency to get defensive when somebody tells you something you don’t like or want to hear, it’s going to be difficult to get the most out of any leadership coaching.

If you ask yourself these questions and honestly believe you’re in a good position to be a strong leader, then leadership coaching is the right next step.

3 Things that Commonly Interfere with Executive Coaching

things that interfer with executive coachingHiring an executive coach is a very personal decision, but it can have incredible benefits professionally. In order to get the most out of any executive coaching relationship, it’s important to avoid some of the most common things that interfere in this process.

Here are three things that can pose a potential problem with regard to executive coaching and some solutions to help avoid them.

1. Not giving yourself the time to reflect on each lesson.

You may be incredibly busy, but if you’re making time for an executive coach, you also need to make time to reflect on the lessons learned during that working relationship. If you don’t take some time to carefully think about various situations, they can become missed opportunities very quickly.

2. An unwillingness to reveal weakness.

The last thing an experienced, professional executive wants is to expose their weaknesses to their team members or even their executive coach. They see exposure of weakness as a major problem, but the coach should have all relative information at his or her disposal.

Your coach would be held to the strictest of confidence, especially if you hire one through The Holbrow Group. Trust in that relationship and confidence and share potential weaknesses so that your coach can provide the best solutions and information to help you become a great leader.

3. Fear of letting go of habits.

Many of the habits you have right now are responsible for where you’ve gotten in your professional life. As a result, it can be unnerving to try and give up some of those habits.

Sometimes, though, it’s important to do just that in order to learn and grow into the future.

When you understand those common aspects that can lead to interference with executive coaching, you‘ll be in a better position to provide your personal coach the best information to make the greatest strides and progress.

Success in the Business World Does Not Hinge on One Person

Sucess in business doesn't hinge on oneSuccess with in the business world is not reliant on one single person. Even the most experienced, intelligent, and skilled leaders must rely on their team members and performance levels.

If you’re looking into executive coaching or any type of leadership coaching, the goal is to help you become a more effective leader, which helps you get the most out of your team.

How leaders get things done.

Yes, the best leaders in any company or organization have a tendency to take most accolades when things are successful. They also have a tendency to take the brunt of blame when things go wrong. That’s because leaders are the ones who stand at the top of the structure. They are most visible to the general public, other businesses, partners, and more.

Effective leaders find ways to motivate their employees. They have a tendency to think about their employees as team members rather than just employees. They seek out the strengths within their team members and shift them around if needed so that they maximize their strengths and assets.

Success for any company depends on numerous factors and players. While the head coach of any professional sports team is responsible for bringing those individual team members together to achieve the goal of winning, he or she can’t do it on their own. They must have valuable team members working with them at all times.

To become a better, more skilled, and more effective business executive, coaching can certainly help you get there, but you first need to acknowledge that success at this level does not happen within a vacuum.

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