Three More Areas Where Consistency Really Matters

Last week I blogged on what our inconsistencies really say about us. While our own perspective might just be that we’re a big flighty or crazy busy, our teammates might see us as undependable or worse, untrustworthy.

I also linked to a post I wrote a few years ago where I highlighted four areas that we should always strive for consistency: in our decision making, in our emotions, in how we handle conflict, and in how we spend our time.

Today I want to highlight three additional areas where leaders should strive for consistency: (more…)

Stay out of the weeds! It’s often regarded as sage advice for all mid- to upper level leaders, but the reality, especially for entrepreneurs, is that the foundation of a business is built in the weeds.

Leaders of young businesses who dwell in the weeds aren’t micromanaging; they’re establishing a foundation. When the foundation is there, they can step out of the weeds knowing that the details will continue on without them being in the weeds to oversee it.

So, how do you build your foundation? Here are four areas to focus on: (more…)

In my career, I’ve been blessed to coach to a variety of personalities, strengths and work styles. I’ve learned that in most cases, there is no “right” and “wrong” way to be, and that different roles seem to attract different types of people. For example, sales people are more likely to fly by the seat of their pants and just wing it, especially if selling comes naturally to them. While it’s great that a person can quickly flex, a complete lack of discipline can harm the teammate’s individual performance as well as the team’s overall results. As leaders, we sometimes need to coach our people on those discipline extremes back toward the middle. (more…)