Effectively Leading Through Conflict – Part 2

In you haven’t already, you may want to first read Effectively Leading Through Conflict – Part 1. Conflict makes your blood pressure rise, your mouth dry, your senses heightened, and puts you in self-protection mode. It’s almost like you are in psychological warfare. Well, it’s best to get all parties involved to take a deep breath and calm down, so rationality can prevail. Sounds easy? Not really, but it is possible if one of the sides …

Effectively Communicating Through Conflict – Pt1

No one likes conflict. Most people do not like confrontation. Unfortunately, it happens and you cannot avoid it. The issue is not the fact that conflict happens, as much as it is how we handle it. A great leader has the ability to make a rough situation not look so bad. You can usually diffuse a situation just by handling it properly. It takes more than optimism, it takes the right communication to get others to feel calm …

Stress Fractures of a Leader

Have you ever noticed how different it is to be the leader? Not only do you have the responsibility for your actions, but also for those following you. Followers have strong opinions about how the leader should lead. They critique your decisions and are quick to make public any misgivings you may have. When you work with a team like this, it causes added stress in your life as a leader. These things build up until they cause “stress fractures.” …

Millennials – Getting Your Team Off The Same Page

We have begun to research this important piece needed for successful teams, and quite honestly it’s not as negative as you may think. Millennials are GREATLY different than any other generation, but not necessarily in a bad way. We are in a new day. Living in a new era. Gone are the days of working for an “institution” or “corporation”. Welcome to the new days of working for a purpose. Jeff Boss reported the following …

Leadership Longevity

In a day where commitment is hard to find, it is great to see a person who just will not quit. Most people are committed until it gets hard, and then they feel a desire to go on to other responsibilities. In past generations, people would join a company at the ground level, work their way up through the ranks, and eventually retire. Today is much different. Most people will work for a dozen different …

How to Have Your Best Year Yet!

2016 in Review ~ 2017 in View This is the time each year to have a serious reflection about the past year and to gain a clear direction about the coming year. Every year I hear people say (and I have said as well)… “Whew, I’m glad that year is over. I’m ready for a new year”. But in reality, it was not the “year” that was bad; it was the circumstances, situations, and decisions that might not have been so good. Some of these things were …

Have You had Your 15 Minutes of Fame?

We have all seen the news when a big event happens. The news camera usually focusses on someone who doesn’t have a clue, and the reporter asks questions. This is their time to shine in the sun. They were not expecting it nor were they prepared for it. They say things on live television that will make them kick themselves later. This was their 15 minutes of fame. Think about it, 15 minutes is not …

The Go-To Guy

Every organization and every team has a “go-to” person (and every team needs them). They can get something accomplished when it seems like no one else can. Leaders love go-to people. When deadlines are looming and opportunities are opening up, this is the person an organization leans on. If you are the go-to person, or if you would like to be, may I give you some things to consider? Understand your potential. I am sure you have …

4 Key Leadership Facts about the Rear View Mirror

  It’s hot in Georgia. It’s so hot that my rearview mirror fell off of my windshield the other day. The glue just said, “I can’t take it anymore, I give up”. It made me start thinking about why I needed a rearview mirror any way. I was busy and it took me a couple of days to stop by the auto parts store to pick up the glue to re-attach it. In the mean time …

5 Business Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Author: Jeff Hannah – Consultant/Connexus Group Read more about Jeff here… I’ve made plenty of mistakes in business – many have cost me dearly. I’ve learned much from those poor choices, which I want to share with you. These are the five most important lessons that I’ve learned the hard way, as I look back over my 25+ year career – as an employee, and as an employer. I hope that these lessons can help …