Leadership Archives - Building Champions

Dan Foster, Vice President and Principal Coach at Building Champions, shares three mistakes he made on his journey to becoming a coaching leader. If you missed last week’s video on his journey, you can watch it here.

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When it comes to effective management and great coaching leadership, one-on-one meetings (1x1s) with your people are a necessity. Without regular, scheduled time with your people, it is nearly impossible to lead and engage them well.

Regular 1x1s allow you to stay connected to your team, hear what’s happening and important to them (both at work and in their life) and provide the support, encouragement and accountability that’s required of you as a leader.

So if you are a leader that isn’t currently having regular 1x1s with your people, that’s the first step – and honestly a non-negotiable. So as soon as your done reading this, make sure to get those scheduled ASAP.

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When it comes to what employees are looking for from their employers, the standard is higher than ever before. For my parent’s generation, most were content if they had solid wages, safe working conditions and a boss who didn’t yell at them too much.

Command and control were the standard leadership style, and career advancement, connection to a meaningful purpose and development opportunities weren’t on most people’s minds. But today they are front and center as employees wield more power, control and choice than ever before.

Now, employees change jobs and even careers at an unprecedented pace as they look for more meaning, connection and purpose. Before it was about a paycheck and the promise of a promotion; today it’s about finding a place where they belong, contribute meaningful work and have opportunities to grow and develop.

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In the Spring of 2020, Brett Barriage joined our team of CEO Mentors. Recently we sat down to get to know him better.

 

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It was about three weeks ago when I realized the Covid-19 crisis was going to be different than anything I had experienced in my life. The predictions saying it would be over quickly turned out to be wrong and the phrase “new normal” became the way we all described this new way of life and work.

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Every­thing in your life and busi­ness is per­fect. You don’t have a care in the world, right?

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 Studies show that the CEO-CFO relationship bears strongly on a CFO’s success and longevity in their role. 

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This fall, human resources consultant Wendi Kroll joined our team of Executive Coaches!

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When we talk about coaching team members, most people have a preconceived notion of what that means. 

For some, it might bring up a mental image or memory of a coach along the sidelines screaming loudly and turning a little red from all the excitement. Others might picture a parent silently cheering for them as they get a word right in a spelling bee. And some might not really have a personal experience from which to draw, so they picture a scene from their favorite sports movie. 

Regardless of their past experiences, most people struggle to make the leap to great coaching in the workplace because it’s not really like any of these things. While there are similarities, there are also significant differences that must be taken into account in order to have great coaching conversations.

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Whether you’re new to the CEO seat or you’ve been there for a while, the complexity of managing the business strategy, dealing with critical operational issues, and providing a positive working environment can be daunting on any given day. 

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Time to Reflect

Growing up as a TV fan in the ‘80s, I was forced to get comfortable with waiting. When my favorite show ended on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (like this one or this one), we were forced to wait 7 long days to see what happened next to the characters we loved. In that forced hiatus,… Read More

Fighting a Fixed Mindset

Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a challenging year. That’s not to say there haven’t been moments of triumph and opportunity, but for many of us our mindsets and perspective have been tested like never before. We’ve been forced to re-think our rhythms, routines, priorities and schedules, all while dealing with a tsunami of change… Read More

The 7 Perspectives Video Series

Part I: Your Decisions & Influence In the first of a three-part video series, Daniel Harkavy explores how your decisions and influence affect everything from promotions to gaining and keeping the trust of your team and peers.  Read Video Transcript