Category: Coaching

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Lead with a concrete example when training

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When you’re training or coaching, it’s tempting to give people a general principle and follow it up with applications. Resist that temptation. We learn best when we get a concrete example first and then the principle. You can make things even more effective if you give several examples and let your team  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Praise progress

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Don’t wait for perfection. Praise progress. It doesn’t have to be giant progress. A little progress works, too. Praising progress keeps it going and builds morale, too. This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time. Just promoted from individual contributor? Check out my book  »  Read More

Learning to mow the lawn

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“How did you manage that?” My friend, Tom, was incredulous. I explained how it was that, at 67, I was mowing my first lawn. I’m a Pastor’s son. When we lived in parsonages, men from the church took care of our lawn. Other times when I was growing up, we lived in apartments, with no lawn to take  »  Read More

Coaching and the 21st Century Leader

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The retired executive sat back in the chair and let me talk through my idea. When I finished, he leaned forward, resting his forearms on his thighs. He looked me straight in the eye. “Let me ask you a couple of questions.” As usual, the questions cut to the heart of the issue. As usual, they were not easy to  »  Read More