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Leaders Helping Leaders Ep1

As the world around us is faced with the Coronavirus pandemic, leaders in all walks of life must step up t oprovide the calm. But as a leader spends his or her energy doing that, where do YOU go to find calm. I say you get with other leaders.

So I’ve dedicated a new series called Leaders Helping Leaders. I’ve opened my podcast studio to host a panel of experts, leaders in their own fields, to discuss what we can do.

As we learn a new normal for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all struggling to balance and react. Leaders need to provide a calming effect. But how do you do that when you feel your own world is upside down?

Does Your Company Have a Frozen Middle?

Do you remember the last time you took something out of the freezer and stuck it in the microwave? You were hoping for a tasty treat. But when the buzzer went off, you grabbed your food and stuck your fork in only to find a frozen middle.

The edges were hot and bubbly, but the center was just as cold as when you got it out of the fridge.

In today’s ever-increasing complexity of business, companies of all sizes are developing frozen middles.

What exactly does that mean?

Leaders Build Stepping Stones

What do you think of when someone says something about a stepping stone? The origin comes from placement of stones across a stream so that a pedestrian can walk across the flow of the water without getting wet.

I like to picture these stones when I think of key people who have been major influencers in my life. Likely, you too have had mentors or significant personalities that have played a role as a stepping stone in your life.

Are You a Bubble-Wrapped Leader?

Bubble wrapping is great for shipping delicate collectibles. But if you sit as CEO, Owner or manager in a company, you cannot afford to let yourself get bubble-wrapped as a leader. Today’s podcast explores how and why you might be getting insulated and isolated at work. And we talk about ways to avoid this dysfunctional leadership style.

For more topics on Leadership Powered by Common Sense, visit Doug’s blog.

Leaders Must Impact the Networks Around Them

Spend any time at a particular company and you will find yourself part of an informal network. This network is above and beyond the boxes on the org chart.

Your ability to build and effectively manage the networks around you might just be the single biggest advantage you might have as a leader.

In this episode, we’re going to explore the significance of managing networks (people networks) inside your company.

The 5 C’s of a Trusted Leader

Successful leaders build trust. Building trust is something you must do. Trust underpins every relationship in the workplace – between boss and employee, between colleagues, and between businesses.

Trust isn’t something that is inherent; it must be forged through consistent action. While there are many ways to become a trusted leader, here are some recurring themes. I’ll call them the “Five Cs.”

Building Team Trust

6 Proven ways to make Trust explode inside your team.

Do you think your work team is just average? Have you ever thought about ways to make it better?

What if you had a highly effective and productive team?

Being a leader at work, at home, or in your community suggests just that. Your team has to be hitting the right marks to make you feel like your leadership is going somewhere.

Kill the Bell Curve

Do you believe your team performance follows a bell curve? This is a long-standing belief, but one that is proven wrong in research.

bell curve diagram

Join me in this episode as we explore more valid ways to assess performance and improve employee engagement.

Here are 5 key reasons why you should reconsider the bell curve mindset when evaluating performance and making incentive compensation decisions.