Category Archives: Leadership

Getting Clarity in Your Leadership Direction

It is easy to get distracted by ambiguous goals, sales targets and many other issues of daily operations. As the leader though, it is imperative to HAVE and PROVIDE a clear path of direction.  This is for you to make strong decisions and for your team to be able to execute their part of the…
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Management Tips for Great Leaders

Share information - SERIOUSLY! YES! DON't be cryptic! remember if you don't share the info or story, they will make it up - and it is rarely better than the truth Adjust your style I KNOW. REALLY? But yes! Know your team and their style and communicate in a way that speaks their language. It doesn't…
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What LEADERSHIP Mistake are you making?

Recently I read this article: 5 Common Leadership Mistakes You're Probably Making. I loved it and found it nailed some of the key areas leaders got off track -- ego, emotional reaction, avoidance, not delegating or planning and questioning yourself. All are natural and human and normal. The best leaders have to work through these things……
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Can Other Leaders Inspire Us?

In their article, 10 business leaders that innovate, inspire, and influence, American Genius staff tell about leaders from various industries that "INSPIRE US TO GROOM OUR OWN PATHS."  They go on to say "one of the best ways each of us can become a better leader is to groom our leadership paths, inspired by those who…
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Can Others Help You Win in Your Business?

An independent business owner (IBO) often thinks he has to “do it all.” For example, he may say, "I AM my business, who else can help with this?” You can outsource just about anything, for a price. Many IBO's may do this for technical things (web development, printing, etc.) but try to fight through the…
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15 Minute Bounce Back

A quick but structured exercise to reduce stress and fatigue Source: Deb Giffen, MCC, MAPP Goal of this intervention: The goal of this intervention is to give you a quick and effective way to relieve stress and anxiety that can arise during the course of everyday events. This resiliency exercise will give you a structured…
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Collaborate For Win-Win Situations

compassionA small business owner often thinks he has to “do it all.” He may say, ”I AM my business, who else can help with this?” However, you can outsource just about anything, for a price. Many people do this for technical things (web development, printing, etc.) but try to fight through the marketing, selling, development, administration and accounting, etc.

You cannot be good at everything! Even if you work in a specialized field, there are probably things you are not so good at and that cause you to waste a lot of time. Consider how you can partner with people around you to create win-win situations.

  • Consider what is on your plate.
  • Rate on a scale from 1-5 what you are great at versus what you don't like and takes you a lot of time
  • Brainstorm how you could collaborate with someone else to get this done. Think outside "buying" assistance, consider how to make win-win situations.

Keep Charging & Shine!
Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

The Power of Saying “NO”

I say NOWe are in a season where activities and demands are picking up. There are more schedules to manage and pulls on our time. In general, we want to be helpful and accommodating to people. Therefore we hate to say "NO". People often do anything to avoid this word. We will avoid people, redirect conversations, make excuses, be non-committal or simply say "YES" to things we know we will have a hard time following through on. The reality is we simply cannot do everything. When we keep saying "YES" to things we are adding on "stuff" to our "plate" which causes overwhelm, stress and frustration. Even though we would like to answer "YES" to everything, we must learn how to say "NO" in order to have a peaceful life which exhibits quality, balance and basic sanity.

How do you do it? When you say “YES” to a new activity, you have to say “NO” to remove something else that is already on your full plate. Here is how:

  1. Be clear on your priorities and what is important. If you are not clear, you will not have a compelling reason to say "NO" when you feel drawn to accept a new item on your plate. Try to strike a balance with the "Essential 8": family, friends, work, health, budgeting, fun, physical space (home, office, car), and personal growth (spiritual, educational, personal development). i.e. #1 Family. I will spend 5 hours a day taking care of my family and making sure they get their needs met. #2 Work. I will spend 8 hours a day working on projects that produce an income of $5000/mo. so I can provide the best for my family, etc.
  2. Set filters for each of your Essential 8 areas. You want to have your Essential 8 listed by priority and set a filter for each (take the purpose/goal for each area and then be clear on what fits and what does not). Take special note of the proportion each area is getting. If priority #1 is family, #2 is work, #3 is health and you have 100% work commitments and no family time or personal care several things will happen. Your health will suffer which will then jeopardize your physical ability to complete those tasks and your family will interrupt and demand superhuman feats for you to squeeze their needs onto your already full plate. These filters will help you discern what things you need to say "NO" in order to maintain balance.
  3. Evaluate what is on your plate. Considering each of the Essential 8 areas and your priorities, determine what your "needs" are. "Should's" need to move to one side of the fence. Do you need it or not? Consider your balance so you have some big projects (meat), some personal care (veggie), some daily necessities (good grain/filler), and a hobby/fun thing (dessert). These are the things to which you are saying "YES!"
  4. Say "NO" to the things that do not meet your filters. These may be the least important things on your list OR new things that come up in your life. Remember whenever you say "YES" you are saying "NO" to something. If you say "YES" to a weekend project at work, you are saying "NO" to your family time that weekend. You may not have to tell your family "NO" but that will be the result. If you say "YES" to volunteer at the evening carnival you are saying "NO" to your workout – which could result in your being more tired and lethargic and therefore less productive the next day.

When you say "NO" you have more power to say "YES" to what is important.  Remember "NO" can mean never, it can also mean, "no, not right now".  Let yourself have some space to do what is important. You will experience the power of balance and boundaries which will result in you being more effective and productive. You will enjoy less stress and more peace with your life.

Keep Charging & Shine!
Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

Scorecards and Dashboards

7As leaders, we are usually diligent at the end of a year to review where we have been and reflect on where we want to go. We take time to set goals and encourage our team to set goals as well. Sometimes people post their goals but usually they are on a worksheet and by this time of the year are getting buried. Good goal planning will advise posting the goal in THREE spots where you will see it daily and can read it often.  If you have goals and they are not posted, consider doing that simple step right now! The challenge with goals is usually ACCOUNTABILITY to the goal. How is it going? Is progress being made? Was there a milestone set? Are we past that? Some leaders who do well with planning follow the rule of thumb 10 min to plan your next day, 1 hour to plan your week and 1 day to plan your next month. These leaders will pull out their planning sheets, traction organizer, business plan ... whatever tools they are using to outline their vision, focus and goals. They then set their plan for the next month. This is a good practice, but can be time consuming and challenging to connect the dots month to month unless you have a SCORECARD or DASHBOARD. These two tools are phenomenal game changers to track performance and goals for your team.

Keep Charging & Shine!
Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

Leader’s Dilemma: Scorecards and Dashboards

When leaders do not use a dashboard or scorecard it is hard to measure and track and therefore hold yourself and your team accountable. It is often difficult for everyone to be disciplined to keep a matrix or chart updated. However, the consequences of not tracking lead to the "feeling" you are making more progress than you are and before you know it many days and even months have passed and you are not nearly far enough along. This gets serious when we are talking about a shortage of clients, income, production, etc. Often we feel we are doing a lot, when it is not enough to generate the results required for a sustainable and healthy business. SO, moral of the story: TRACK your activity.

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Keep Charging & Shine!
Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com