Category Archives: Leadership

The Surprising Baggage You’re Carrying As A Leader – forbes.com

Over the last five or six years, I played hockey in different garage leagues, usually very late at night. Hockey is a very fast-paced sport, and even if we were “just playing for fun,” there were nights when players behaved recklessly, causing frustration to ramp up and making the game less fun. I often wondered what the difference was between a good clean game and a really rough night.

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Q&A: Should You Hire An Overqualified Candidate? 14 Things To Consider – forbes.com

In today’s economy, it has become increasingly common for overqualified candidates to apply for a position that is below their skill set. While overqualified applicants bring obvious advantages, such as rich experience, leadership potential or a reduced learning curve, many businesses are wary of hiring them for fear they might be difficult to manage or jump ship as soon as a more attractive job offer comes along.

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How Could More Authentic Love Fuel Your Leadership? – forbes.com

One of the recurring themes in my life in the last few months has been the place of love in leadership. I work with many clients who, when I bring up the topic in conversation, find this concept to be a bit shocking and jarring. There seems to be a notion that love — authentically caring and nurturing the people you lead along with providing them unconditional support — does not mix well with the realities of the business world.

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Q&A: 15 Ways You Can Encourage Clients To Buy Without Turning Them Off – forbes.com

Everyone has missed opportunities or sales leads that fell through. Perhaps you had a client who dithered, not really understanding what you can offer despite your best efforts to communicate your services. Or maybe you gave out your strongest pitch only to lose the lead after the heat of the meeting had passed.

How do you ensure a client selects your services, without pushing them away? Fifteen experts from Forbes Coaches Council offer their best techniques for gently encouraging clients to pick you.

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Q&A: 15 Ways You Can Foster Change While Managing Employee Well-Being – forbes.com

As the adage goes: change is inevitable. That inevitability, however, does not make change any simpler to implement, nor does it make all staff members happy. Some people thrive on the idea of learning new systems or developing new strategies in order to improve a process, while others prefer to use a tried-and-true approach. Neither attitude is wrong, but both must be addressed when implementing a new system.

Leaders recognize that keeping current, or ahead, of changes in industry or corporate culture is vital for the continued success of a business. Below, experts on the Forbes Coaches Council offer their guidance on how to create a work environment that can keep pace with change, while at the same time, manage employee well-being.

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Q&A: Leaders: What To Do When You Don’t Know The Answer – forbes.com

Leaders don’t have to know everything. Yes, having a quick, or solid answer has probably gotten most managers to where they are today. But what if an employee seeks guidance on a project or issue that’s out of your expertise? Are you supposed to wing it or segue from the topic to talk about something else?

Nearly uniformly, members of Forbes Coaches Council say it’s OK to tell a staff member that you don’t know the answer. Here’s how you can admit that you simply don’t know to build trust, respect and knowledge among your employees.

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Why Leaders Need Safe Spaces to Learn and Grow – forbes.com

Early in my career, I used to be very demanding of myself. It was hard for me to accept when I made mistakes in life. I remember one day, I was working on a woodworking project in my garage, and I got upset from making mistake after mistake. I got so mad, I eventually picked the project off my workbench and literally threw it against the wall. Afterward, I took a moment to calm down and wondered how unpleasant and expensive woodworking could get for me as a hobby if kept I reacting like this to my mistakes.

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Q&A: 14 Things Your Team-Building Activity Needs To Succeed – forbes.com

Team-building exercises — from trust falls and blindfolds to zombie races and construction tasks — are a long-standing method to help a group get to know each other better. There is, however, a great deal else going on other than the activity itself. Facilitators need to worry about creating feelings of trust, safety and connection among participants, while also making sure to communicate what the goals of the activities are.

So which elements are key to an event’s success? Fourteen members of Forbes Coaches Council offer their advice on what they find crucial to team-building success.

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