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gender equality in the workplace, training leaders, male allies, leadership training

GROW Your Team

By | Coaching, Communication, Conflict Resolution | 2 Comments

“Coach to success”

As leaders, we often find ourselves in the middle of heated arguments between employees, or in the middle of the game of telephone on a communication misunderstanding.  You know the “he said, she said” game.  A client of mine, Liz, shared this all too familiar scenario in a recent workshop.

She had two shift supervisors that reported to her.  As with most shift operations, the two did not get along.  Fingers were pointed at the opposing shifts, with team members often blaming the other shift for mistakes.  Liz chose to proactively lead her team through this conflict.  Instead of allowing the blame game to continue, she chose to coach the two team leaders to success.

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The Puffer Fish

By | Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Emotional Intelligence | No Comments

“When I get upset, my team feels it”

Sound familiar?  One of my favorite coaching stories is about a leader that wrestled with just that.  Her team knew just by looking at her if she was displeased, having a good day, or a bad day.  It was like the saying, “she wore her heart on her sleeve.”  And, she was also incredibly self-aware about it.  That’s the first step.  Ginny looked at herself in the mirror before deflecting blame on others.

In our first coaching session, she shared her leadership challenges.  She admitted, “I am direct, I have a short temper with my team, I expect quick results, and I know I need to delegate more.”  She opened up in ways that was truly vulnerable.  She then admitted, my team’s nickname for me is the “puffer fish.”  They say when I get upset, I puff up like a puffer fish.  She said it with a smile and a shrug, signally with her body language that she wanted to change this.

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Smile Check

By | Coaching, Communication, Leadership | 2 Comments

“Our body language affects our team”

A leader shared a dialogue he had with a team member recently.  It went something like this.

Team member:  “Woah – you must be mad”

Leader:  “Why do you say that?”

Team member:  “You have a scowl on your face.  Someone must have done something to make you mad.”

Leader:  “I am not mad.  It must just be the way my face looks.”

Ever experienced something like this?  You are not feeling an emotion that your body language is somehow sending.  Synchronicity has escaped us.  This confuses people, leading to misperceptions about our attitudes, and even our opinions of their performance.  Team members can jump to all sorts of conclusions and worst case scenarios based on a something that is not true.

When we are in tune with our emotions, monitor them, and adjust them to mirror our true feelings, we have a positive impact on the team.

Here’s the rest of Todd’s story.

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gender equality in the workplace, training leaders, male allies, leadership training

Make it a Dialogue

By | Coaching, Communication, Leadership | One Comment

“I can be quiet longer than you”

I had the privilege to work with an experienced leader and coach in a recent workshop.  Sharon had many years of coaching experience, and embraced me as a new coach to her team with open arms.  We affectionately called her “Yoda.”  I admit, at first, I did not understand the reference, but after finally watching Star Wars, I agreed.  She was so good at teaching through self-discovery.  Sharon taught me and the leaders around her a lot.  The biggest takeaway I had was leadership is a dialogue.  It’s not a one-way communication, but a two-way discussion.

Here’s Sharon’s story.

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Change Made Easier

By | Coaching, Leadership, Team Building, Training | No Comments

“Change is hard”

As leaders, it’s our job to manage change for the team.  We often have the most information about why the change is necessary and how it will benefit the team.  We just need to be transparent and share it.  Proactive communication in the face of change helps a team journey through the change management process more quickly and smoothly.

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business coaching, women, career, game plan, julie kratz, corporate, executive

Show ‘Em What Good Looks Like

By | Career Game Plan, Coaching, Leadership, Team Building | One Comment

“Recognize what you want to happen again”

Recognition is one of the most effective, and inexpensive ways we can reward our teams.  I love the mantra – recognize what you want to happen again.  It really is that simple.  When we are looking for something good to happen, and catch someone doing it, why not take a minute to recognize it.  This can be done in a variety of ways – in public or privately, or through email, in-person, text, phone, or even instant message.  The important thing to consider is recognizing the behavior, and how that person wants to be recognized.  Even when privately, just sharing the story with others helps increase the chances of it happening again.  Our team needs to know what good looks like.  Then, they will follow suit.

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