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John A. Mitchell III

First Union National Bank, FLA


Leadership Quick Tip:  A few have it under control

It didn’t cost a dime, the new “used” car Martha got to replace the one she totaled when the deer raced into her path.  Good insurance. 

It’s tougher to deal with the head on collisions people are facing every day at work—understaffed and overworked,  having to do more with less. 

No budget to make things better and no relief in sight.

Does it feel out of control?

We talk to leaders every day who’ve found ways to take the bull by the horns, even with budget and staffing constraints.

They’re getting to the root of the problems, finding first solutions that work, and relieving lots of stress, for themselves and those they lead.

You can hold these same benefits in your hands, if . . . you want to.

Here are nine tips they’ve passed along to us. You don’t have to spend a penny (or a dime).
  1. Whatever you think the problem is, that’s not it. Talk with employees who are living with the problem. They see exactly what it is.
  2. Whatever you think the solution is, that’s not it either. Ask employees how they’d solve it. They know solutions that will work.
  3. If you want to make things better for yourself, you have to make things better for those you lead.
  4. The only way you can make things better for others is to call on them for input.
  5. It’s fine and dandy to get group input, but everybody has their own individual issues. If you truly want to make things better for others, you can do it best one-person-at-the-time.
  6. It’s not what people say that matters the most, it’s what they’re not saying that will turn things around for them. All you have to do is get them to talk.
  7. You can’t lead in a vacuum, no matter how smart you are. The people you lead know things you can only know by talking with them.
  8. Guessing will kill you every time. If you want to roll the dice, go to Las Vegas. Otherwise make informed decisions by getting ideas from those you lead.
  9. Stop being surprised when employees come up with good ideas. Remember, they’re closer to the problems than you are. This gives them a tremendous problem-solving advantage.
We could (but we won’t) dress all this up with language like how to motivate, employee job satisfaction, employee performance management, or employee performance improvement.

Instead we see these tips as nothing more than good COMMON SENSE. We hope you do too.

And the best part is this. You will find all of these tips simple, practical, and easy to apply.

It’s an urgent matter, this condition you are facing—overworked and understaffed, having to do more with less.

Hang in there. Now is the time to act. Choose a tip or two, now. Make something good happen . . . for you.

All the best to your success this holiday season,

Martha Forlines and Thad Green
Martha and Thad

P.S. If you have a tip you want to pass along, or any other message, click on REPLY and let us hear from you.

P.S.S. The benefits you see on the surface of the nine tips above are only the tip of the iceberg. If you’d like to know the real, longer lasting reasons to use these tips, go to today’s BLOG.


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