Delegating can be a struggle for many leaders. I see it quite often with the leaders I coach or train. One of my clients is a capable and talented leader who knows her stuff. She is often sidetracked when a team member comes to her with a challenge they can’t seem to solve. As they discuss the problem, she usually figures out a solution. Since she knows how to solve it, she says to the team member, “I will do it, and you can continue to work on the other project.” She repeats this at least once a week with members of her team. She wants her team to be productive and not bogged down with issues. She feels good because they can work on things they are familiar with. This makes sense to her. Except she is becoming extremely busy and not able to complete her own work because of the additional tasks she is taking on. She is beginning to feel burned out.
How would you rate yourself on asking for help?
I’m not talking about being a slacker and asking others to do your job. Instead, this is about chipping away at your “I can do it all” mentality and gaining benefits from someone who is willing or even eager to help you.
Creating and applying a successful business strategy is crucial for long-term growth and success. To optimize a strategy for results, it is important to involve a diverse group of leaders who bring unique perspectives to the table, embrace innovation and execute the strategy with discipline, focus and alignment. In this article, we will explore insights from three experts in leadership, innovation and strategy implementation: Ron Price, Dr. Evans Baiya and Dr. Timothy Waema.
A structured approach to navigating workplace change
We live in a fast-paced world, one with constant change. There is always new technology, new software, new markets, new processes, and new ways of thinking to consider or adopt. Which means there is always change in the workplace.
From Episode 86 of The Complete Leader Podcast
Do you remember when you could only buy one song at a time, on a 45? Or, if you had enough money, maybe five or six songs on each side of a 33?
Perhaps I’m dating myself.
But paradigms within the music industry have changed significantly over the past several decades, from vinyl records to cassette tapes to CDs to getting your music over the internet—and now we each have entire libraries at our fingertips. These paradigm shifts, especially with the coming of the internet, were hugely disruptive to the industry. But they each took place to solve a problem or exploit an opportunity.
Keeping yourself on track takes more than a great system. Staying on track takes a net woven together with supportive people who will push you to go higher, hold you up and catch you when you fall.
How do you weave this kind of support net?
As a leader, you are responsible for leading your team to achieve their goals, and ultimately, the success of your organization. However, we know that success in leadership goes beyond technical skills and expertise. To be a Complete Leader, you must develop your emotional intelligence (EQ). EQ refers to the ability to recognize and manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.
From Episode 85 of The Complete Leader Podcast
Imagine a coworker tells you they’re going to a soccer game tomorrow.
Immediately, there is a certain image you capture about what that experience will be like, depending on what you know about your colleague. You might envision a child’s school match with a field marked by orange cones, or picture a large stadium with roaring crowds, nachos and hot dogs in hand.
Either way, you both have a common understanding of what a soccer game is. It’s a concept you hold in your mind because you share a common language. This is conceptual thinking at its root.
How prepared are you for the unexpected? “Life happens”—and doesn’t it always seem to do so at the most inopportune times?
You can perfectly plan your schedule, and then life inserts itself, throws you off base, and leaves you bewildered about how this could have happened when you were so well-organized.