The Fundamentals of Problem Solving

Problem Solving

 

Leadership and problem solving go hand in hand. And practice makes perfect.

One way to practice problem solving is by brainstorming. Brainstorming is a very efficient way to get the mind working and discover more about how your brain processes problems. According to Success, “your first ideas are obvious and thus first-level thinking. You need to go deeper than that to find gold. You must go beyond that first-level thinking to discover unseen ideas that truly solve the problem.” Instead of becoming impatient and going with the first few ideas you come up with, it’s important to think deeper and narrow down your ideas afterwards. (more…)

How To: Managing People Well

Managing People

 

Having the ability to manage a group of people is yet another necessary skill to have if you are in a leadership role. This skill requires patience, respect, organization, and good communication.

Rather than barking orders to your team without explanation, managing people well means working with them and giving proper direction, all while building a network of trust amongst your team or department. Without sufficient explanation, they may not turn in their best work. Without sufficient trust, they may not feel safe enough to think outside of the box. While your employees should not necessarily have their hand held throughout their working process, they also shouldn’t be expected to read your mind. (more…)

Overcoming Work Insecurities

Work Insecurities

 

No one feels comfortable about talking about our insecurities. It’s a type of vulnerability that requires us to admit where we feel unqualified. It’s hard enough to navigate in our personal lives, but when we bring insecurities into the workplace, we’re questioning our ability to do the job we were hired for — and do it well.

Harvard Business Review describes work insecurities as, “The nagging worry that we are not quite as smart, informed, or competent as we ought to be, or as others might think. The fear that we are not good enough, or simply not enough. The second thoughts about our ideas, observations, and even about our feelings. The constant concern about being judged.” (more…)

Using the Enneagram to Gain Leadership Insight

Enneagram

 

Has the question, “What number are you?” been posed to you more frequently as of late?

If you are a client of mine, you’ve probably already taken the DISC — a behavioral assessment tool used by a lot of leaders to better understand their strengths and weaknesses. You may have heard about Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, and many other personality, behavior, and strengths assessments too.

But there’s one that’s been gaining a lot of traction lately. It’s a concept that has been around for centuries but has most recently taken the Christian leadership world by storm. It’s called the enneagram. (more…)

Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”Declaration of Independence

 

On this day, each year, we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A document that led to the freedoms we have today as citizens of the United States of America. While I am incredibly grateful for the life I live and the freedoms I am allowed, I also find myself reflecting on the incredible leaders these men were who forged this document. Just like this group of people, we face opposition in our own lives. Perhaps not at the level of trying to declare independence from an oppressive government, but opposition in our own right. With opposition comes choices. We can choose to give up and find the easy way out. To do just enough to get by and live the life we are handed rather than what we want. Or, we can choose to stand up and become the people that we not only desire to be, but are called to be. Each of us has a vision for our lives. Goals we want to achieve. Becoming the leaders we need to be to reach the level of success we invision for ourselves will require discipline, risk, and hard work. I want to challenge each of you today to take a moment and reflect on the person you want to be. Let’s use our forefathers as an example to step out and make it happen!

 

 

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writing skills

 

I’ve always been a speaker. Whether I’m preaching, coaching, or talking to friends and family, I’ve always enjoyed speaking more than anything.

While I feel I have good writing skills as well, writing has always been a more exhausting form of communication for me. It takes a lot longer for me to write than it does to prepare a talk. I much prefer speaking. (more…)

Is it time to change your routine?

change your routine

 

We’ve talked about the importance of breaks on this blog before. There’s something very powerful that’s set off in our brains when we disrupt the normalities throughout our day.

Some make this same argument about routine. Believing that changing your routine helps improve memory and focus, and boost creativity — because you’re no longer operating on autopilot.

But how do you know when it’s time to make a change? There are a few questions you might want to ask yourself before adjusting.
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