The Ultimate Team and Leadership Challenge

March 26th, 2010

What does this video tell you about teams and leadership and rising to the challenge?

As I watch it I see so many lessons about what we do – and don’t do – in the workplace when we are leading a team to achieve great results like this…

Could you motivate your team to do anything this complex – in one take? What would it take?

Watch this amazing video and share your thoughts and comments below. I’ll hunt out some prizes for the best contributions next week.

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PS. I have now sent a small gift to everyone who commented, to say thanks for your thoughts. (27 April)

Leadership Quote to Consider

March 10th, 2010

“The emperor sent his troops to the field with immense enthusiasm; and he will lead them in person when they return.”

Mark Twain

Leadership Quote to Consider

February 16th, 2010

“The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.”

Stendhal

Group Dynamics – When Group Conflict Creates Problems

January 21st, 2010

This is a really short message! But if you ever have problems with conflict in your team meetings or other aspects of group dynamics, you will want to read it carefully.

You probably know I do a lot of facilitation of strategic planning and conference or group meetings, which may be why I am often asked about group dynamics and facilitation skills by some of the executives and team leaders I coach.

Now I know it is not always possible to bring in an external facilitator (although I hope you will call me on 03-9859 3924 whenever you need one) so as a leader, it is important for you to develop the skills required to manage group dynamics and handle group conflict effectively.

Anyway, I have just finished writing an article on three critical aspects of group dynamics a meeting facilitator must manage and I thought I would share it with you.

You can read about it here: Group Dynamics

Have a read and let me know what you think.

There are a lot of different things to balance when you are facilitating an important meeting, including group conflict, so I hope it helps you to manage all aspects of group dynamics better.

That link again:
http://www.kmgconsulting.com.au/strategic-planning/group-facilitation/group-dynamics.html

Kind regards

Kerrie

PS Watch out for some of the great things we’ve got planned for this year. I’ll share the first one with you soon.

Leadership Quote to Consider

January 12th, 2010

“Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.”

Publilius Syrus

A Special Message for You

December 23rd, 2009

Thankyou for being a part of our 2009.

Season's Greetings

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

We hope you have a good break over Christmas and the new year and look forward to working with you again throughout 2010.

We have lots of exciting things planned for 2010, that we can’t wait to tell you all about.

Leadership Quote to Consider

December 15th, 2009

“The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.”

Anon – World War II military slogan

Leadership Quote to Consider

November 15th, 2009

“Let us be thankful for the fools.  But for them the rest of us could not succeed.”

Mark Twain

Leadership Quote to Consider

October 15th, 2009

“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.”

William Ralph Inge

Leadership Quote to Consider

September 15th, 2009

“The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else do it wrong, without commenting.”

T. H. White

If you need to know how to improve employee performance and boost workplace motivation check out this powerful tool:  http://leadershipskillcenter.com/workplace-motivation/

Leadership Quote to Consider

August 15th, 2009

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”

Anon Italian Proverb

Are You A Good Leader?

August 13th, 2009

I often hear people, who might be employed by either big or small companies, complaining that good leaders are hard to find.

Is this true? Do we need to look for good leaders who were born that way, or can they be taught?

While I agree that some people are natural born leaders, I believe that most arrive as a leader through learning and experiencing what works and even more importantly, what doesn’t.

There are many things a leader must do, but let’s focus on three specific things that you can do to be a better leader. In order to do a good job, any leader must be able to guide, motivate, and help his or her people.

Guidance:
A leader guides people by providing an example of how things should be done. To guide effectively, a leader should be working alongside his or her employees, in the trenches so to speak. The leader is not necessarily doing the same work but is working alongside them.

A leader doesn’t just tell someone to do something; that’s what a boss does. Leaders demonstrate what they want their people to do. Do you want your employees to be punctual and work hard? Then don’t come in late, take long lunches, and leave early.

Motivation:
A quality leader motivates others. There are many ways to motivate, but a common thread among great leaders is to listen to what their people have to say and respect them and the job they do.

As a leader, your team members are important. They have a huge wealth of experience and knowledge about the integral workings of their job that you probably don’t have, unless you worked your way up the ranks. Look inside yourself and think about what motivates you – a bonus, extra time off? Those are nice, but actually the biggest motivator is recognition and a big pat on the back for a job well done.

Help:
Good leaders provide help to their team members to do their job. What do your employees need from you to get their job done quickly and efficiently? What tools can you provide them to help them do their job better?

If you are not sure what help your people need, simply ask them what they need. Could you demand an employee type and email a 97 page report when he doesn’t have a computer? Of course not, he is not equipped. Help also can be provided in the form of additional training for the employee to do the job correctly, or coaching and feedback that improves performance.

So, are you a good leader?

Most people in leadership positions must learn how to be good leaders. If you focus on guiding, helping, and motivating others, you will be well on your way to becoming a leader anyone would be proud to follow.

For more ways to improve employee performance and boost workplace
motivation check out this powerful tool:
http://leadershipskillcenter.com/workplace-motivation/ from Kerrie Mullins-Gunst.  Kerrie specializes in helping leaders and managers develop all the skills they need to mentor manage and lead.

For more ways to improve employee performance and boost workplace motivation check out this powerful tool.

How to Relieve Stress

August 10th, 2009
Today I thought I’d share some tips with you to help you celebrate Lifeline’s Stress Down Day. If you find them helpful you might like to make a donation to Lifeline at http://www.stressdown.org.au/ and forward this on to anyone else who may find it helpful.
Stress can have a number of adverse affects on your health, both short-term and long-term.
If you’re experiencing some of the following symptoms, it could indicate that you could benefit from some advice on how to relieve stress before your health suffers any worse than it already has.  Feelings of anger, fear or helplessness are common indicators of stress, as is insomnia.  Stress can cause headaches and pain in the jaw, neck and back.  Habitual smoking, drinking, overeating and drug abuse may also be caused by stress.
Stress is how your body responds to change.  And situations that cause stress in one person may not cause stress in another.  It’s a very individual experience.
One person may become tense when driving over high bridges, while another may enjoy the view.  The thought of skydiving terrifies some people, but others find it thrilling.
It’s nearly impossible to classify any particular situation as stressful, because what causes stress in one person could be a source of enjoyment for the next.  The key is to identify and manage what is stressful for you personally, because letting stress go unmanaged can have life-threatening health consequences.
Things you feel that you have no control over can be upsetting.  But remember it’s not the situation, but how you deal with it that’s important.  You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can choose how you handle stressful situations.
For practical tools and useful ideas on how to handle stress effectively have a look at my Stress-Free Course at http://stressfreecourse.com/ – my gift to you today at no cost!
Meanwhile, here are some quick tips for relieving your stress:
* Focus on your breathing and breathe slow, deep and deliberately.  Picture a peaceful scene in your mind.
* Exercise regularly.  Exercising releases tension from your body.  Find something you enjoy that gets the major muscle groups going.  Jogging, walking, swimming or bicycling are all excellent choices.
* Count to ten slowly and deliberately.  This helps you to pause and relax before reacting to a stressful situation.
* Do some stretching exercises several times during the day.  Stretching relaxes the muscles and reduces tension.
* Have a friend massage the back of your neck, shoulders and upper back.  These muscles get especially tense when you are stressed.
* Take hot showers and baths.
* Listen to relaxing music.
* Talk to your family and friends about what is causing you stress.
Seek help when you need it.  If you have recurring headaches and neck or upper back pain, and are having problems sleeping, you should see your doctor.
Stress is a normal part of working life, so it is important to learn how to manage it.
Learning how to relieve stress, and putting these methods to use are critical your overall health and happiness.  Try to learn to accept what you can’t change.  Not everything is going to happen the way you want it to – and not everything will turn out to be as bad as we sometimes imagine it might be.  Train yourself to look for the good in what appears to be a bad situation, talk to others about your troubles, and try to mentally remove yourself from the situation then evaluate it from the outside looking in.
For some really practical information on how to manage stress you might like to join my Stress-Free Course at http://stressfreecourse.com/ – my gift to you today absolutely free!
Kind regards
Kerrie
PS  Watch out soon for some big things happening in the Leadership Coaching Club  http://leadershipcoachingclub.com

I recently shared some tips on how to relieve stress with subscribers of my Leading Well newsletter in honour of Lifeline’s Stress Down Day. (If you find them helpful you might like to make a donation to Lifeline at http://www.stressdown.org.au/ and forward this on to anyone else who may find it helpful.)

Stress can have a number of adverse affects on your health, both short-term and long-term.

If you’re experiencing some of the following symptoms, it could indicate that you could benefit from some advice on how to relieve stress before your health suffers any worse than it already has.  Feelings of anger, fear or helplessness are common indicators of stress, as is insomnia.  Stress can cause headaches and pain in the jaw, neck and back.  Habitual smoking, drinking, overeating and drug abuse may also be caused by stress.

Stress is how your body responds to change.  And situations that cause stress in one person may not cause stress in another.  It’s a very individual experience.

One person may become tense when driving over high bridges, while another may enjoy the view.  The thought of skydiving terrifies some people, but others find it thrilling.

It’s nearly impossible to classify any particular situation as stressful, because what causes stress in one person could be a source of enjoyment for the next.  The key is to identify and manage what is stressful for you personally, because letting stress go unmanaged can have life-threatening health consequences.

Things you feel that you have no control over can be upsetting.  But remember it’s not the situation, but how you deal with it that’s important.  You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can choose how you handle stressful situations.

For practical tools and useful ideas on how to handle stress effectively have a look at my Stress-Free Course at http://stressfreecourse.com/ – my gift to you today at no cost!

Meanwhile, here are some quick tips for relieving your stress:

* Focus on your breathing and breathe slow, deep and deliberately.  Picture a peaceful scene in your mind.

* Exercise regularly.  Exercising releases tension from your body.  Find something you enjoy that gets the major muscle groups going.  Jogging, walking, swimming or bicycling are all excellent choices.

* Count to ten slowly and deliberately.  This helps you to pause and relax before reacting to a stressful situation.

* Do some stretching exercises several times during the day.  Stretching relaxes the muscles and reduces tension.

* Have a friend massage the back of your neck, shoulders and upper back.  These muscles get especially tense when you are stressed.

* Take hot showers and baths.

* Listen to relaxing music.

* Talk to your family and friends about what is causing you stress.

Seek help when you need it.  If you have recurring headaches and neck or upper back pain, and are having problems sleeping, you should see your doctor.

Stress is a normal part of working life, so it is important to learn how to manage it.

Learning how to relieve stress, and putting these methods to use are critical your overall health and happiness.  Try to learn to accept what you can’t change.  Not everything is going to happen the way you want it to – and not everything will turn out to be as bad as we sometimes imagine it might be.  Train yourself to look for the good in what appears to be a bad situation, talk to others about your troubles, and try to mentally remove yourself from the situation then evaluate it from the outside looking in.

For some really practical information on how to manage stress you might like to join my Stress-Free Course at http://stressfreecourse.com/ – my gift to you today absolutely free!

Do you have a favourite tips for relieving stress to share with other readers?  Please share it by posting a comment below.

Leadership Quote to Consider

July 15th, 2009

“The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”

H.L. Mencken

How do you cope with conflict in the workplace?

July 10th, 2009

Conflict can make many people feel very uncomfortable. It’s easy to become emotionally invested in the outcome of a conflict and feel personally attacked. For some, conflict in the workplace is an immediate incentive to start looking for another job.

As a leader and manager you can’t avoid conflict. It comes with the territory! And you can’t afford to ignore it or you may lose some of your best people as well as the resources you need to do your job. Nor can you afford to get so involved in the conflict that you become a part of it.

So how do you cope with conflict in the workplace?

In fact your role is to manage through conflict, however uncomfortable it may make you feel.

This means it is critical that you understand your own response to conflict and develop the skills that will allow you to cope effectively with conflict in organisations.

Once you can do that, not only will you cope well with conflict you will even begin to see the positive role conflict can have in an organisation in terms of fairly establishig priorities and access to limited resources.

You’ll find more details on the three essentials for coping with conflict in the Member’s area of the Leadership Coaching Club, so if you are a member, you can login now for more help to develop these critical leadership skills.

Of course if you are not a member of the Leadership Coaching Club yet, you really should consider joining immediately. There is so much practical and helpful information in there that you get instant access to, the minute you join. Not only that but more is being added constantly.

In addition to The Three Essentials For Coping With Conflict, here are just some of the items you will find inside:

How To Say ‘No’ To Your Boss
How To Handle People Who Disagree With You
How To Reduce Meetings That Waste Your Time
10 Ways To Start Taking Control Of Your Time, Your Life And Your Work…
The Easiest Way To Give An Impromptu Speech
Customer Service Training In 3 Quick Steps
Three Quick Stress Busters
What Your Employees Expect Of You
Motivating Staff Explained
How To Turn Problems To Profits
… and much, much more, including all the Core Training Modules, Special Bonuses, Free Resources …

Check it out today at http://leadershipcoachingclub.com

Kind regards

Kerrie

PS. That link again for the Leadership Coaching Club and all the help you need to mentor, manage and lead is http://leadershipcoachingclub.com

PPS.  Share how you cope with conflict in the workplace by adding a comment below.