The 5 Powers of Experience. Do You Have Them?

4 dangers of inexperience:Misled easily. Inexperience is blinded by unverified optimism. First-time investors get starry-eyed, for example.Decide quickly. Inexperience – unaware of potential pitfalls – blissfully moves forward. Naiveté believes the path forward is easy when it’s hard.Puff up naturally. Inexperienced novices haven’t learned that humility applies most when you…...

Conversation Starters that Enable Conflict Resolution

A plan:Conflict is inevitable. Establish rules of engagement before conflict erupts.Lack of preparation exacerbates conflict.A clear path forward makes stressful situations less stressful.7 conversation starts:Develop a conflict-resolution-plan WITH your team, not FOR your team.Participation increases ownership. When emotion is high, ownership lowers finger-pointing and keeps everyone engaged.#1. How do you…...

When to Just Shut Up and Do It

Just shut up and do it:Discomfort is the path to success, but not all discomfort is the same.Sometimes discomfort means STOP. You’re uncomfortable with fudging the numbers, for example. In ethical areas discomfort means stop.In the area of development, discomfort means press forward. The only way to increase capacity is…...

5 Leadership Styles – Which Best Suits You?

Leadership styles:Commanders:Take charge and tell people what to do.Fit well in hierarchical organizations.Work best when roles are highly defined.Thrive when their expertise meets crisis or pressing challenges.Collaborators:Seek input and suggestions.Try to satisfy all parties.Make many decisions by consensus.Work well when time allows for their process to work.Fit well when teams…...