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Want a More Proactive Team? Try These Things.

The Thoughtful Leader Podcast

Release Date: 06/22/2020

Avoiding a Negative Team Culture show art Avoiding a Negative Team Culture

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The way that leaders behave can have a dramatic impact on the way our team operates. Leadership behaviour can be contagious, so we need to make sure we're sending the right signals to our team members. Like it or not, we are role models for our team members, and they'll often behave the way they think we want them to, even if they don't really believe in it. In this episode, I look at the impact of negative leadership behaviour and how it can shape the attitudes and actions of our team members. Then we cover some more positive behaviours that are more likely to bring out positive aspects of...

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How to Fix Behaviour Issues In Your Team show art How to Fix Behaviour Issues In Your Team

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If you’ve ever had trouble with behaviour issues in your team, you’re not alone! In this episode, I take a look at some simple steps to take to diagnose and start to fix behaviour problems from team members. This can be quite tricky so there might be some trial and error, but if you follow the steps you should be able to make some progress! Don’t forget to subscribe in your podcast app of choice and  if you like this episode! Team Accountability Pack: If you would like to improve accountability in your team, try the , with tools and techniques to help hold...

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Want to Improve Team Performance? Set Good Deadlines. show art Want to Improve Team Performance? Set Good Deadlines.

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With the rise of more inclusive and collaborative leadership, setting deadlines can be uncomfortable for many leaders. However, there are good reasons for deadlines and they really can help to improve performance. The trick is to make your deadlines meaningful, useful and real. This will help your people strive to achieve the target and feel motivated at the same time. In this episode, I look at some of the common problems we see with deadlines in the workplace (or lack of them), the benefits of setting good deadlines and milestones and of course, how you can do it for your team. The Eustress...

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Signs That You're Not Really Solving Your Team Issues show art Signs That You're Not Really Solving Your Team Issues

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Ever felt like you're constantly dealing with people problems and team issues, rather than doing actual work? You're not alone. Dealing with people problems is a natural part of leadership. However, if it is consuming your working day so much that you can't actually focus on doing real work that moves your team or business forwards, then you have a problem. You're not alone. Dealing with people problems is a natural part of leadership. However, if it is consuming your working day so much that you can't actually focus on doing real work that moves your team or business forwards, then you have a...

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How to Give Your Team More Meaningful Work show art How to Give Your Team More Meaningful Work

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Doing meaningful work is one of the greatest motivational factors that drives team member performance. When people feel as if they are taking on worthwhile tasks that matter, they're more likely to feel engaged and put in the effort. Unfortunately, there are many people who aren't doing meaningful work. There is a lot of wasted time and effort in our workplaces which can destroy motivation. In this episode, Ben looks at some ways that you can provide more meaningful work to your team, so they feel a sense of purpose and meaning when they come to work. Like this episode? Please leave a review!...

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Handling Emotions in Leadership show art Handling Emotions in Leadership

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As humans, we are constantly experiencing emotions and the workplace is no exception. Leaders often need to deal with deadlines, team problems and other situations, so it's inevitable to feel stressed, upset or anxious from time to time. Even positive emotions can get us in trouble in the wrong context. The most important part of dealing with emotions is making sure that we can respond to them in a productive way. In this episode, I cover some of the ways we experience emotions, some of the trouble they can cause and of course how you can work on ways to handle them more effectively. After...

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Thoughtful Leader's 5 Cs of Performance Management show art Thoughtful Leader's 5 Cs of Performance Management

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When I hear the words "Performance Management" these days I tend to cringe a little. Why? Because over the years, Performance Management seems to have become more about following arduous Human Resources (HR) processes and pushing people out of the organisation than actually improving performance. In this episode, I run through the 5Cs of Performance Management, to actually help you get better results in your team. Let's forget about the formal HR process for a moment and actually focus on good leadership and management to improve your team. The better you lead your team, the less likely it is...

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The Power of Setting a Direction for Your Team (and how to do it) show art The Power of Setting a Direction for Your Team (and how to do it)

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Setting a direction is an extremely powerful action that leaders can take to reduce conflict, improve productivity and make sure everyone is on the same page. Setting a clear direction seems obvious, but I've seen many cases where conflicting priorities still unravel teams and cause dysfunction. In this episode, I look at some of the reasons why setting a direction is so important, how it will help your team and of course, how you can set a direction yourself.  Get the Team Accountability Pack: I know what it's like to lead a disinterested team who aren't invested in the work... it's not...

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What to Do When You Have Too Many Priorities show art What to Do When You Have Too Many Priorities

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Many organisations seem to be trying to do too much, with too little. The list of "critical" initiatives and projects seems to keep getting bigger.  Committing to lots of priorities seems like a good idea. It looks good to say you'll complete 100 initiatives this year. The problem is that in reality, it looks more like you'll complete 20 of those initiatives. Often the pressure flows down hill. The senior leaders at the top set too many priorities, and then everyone else needs to deal with it. So in this episode, I look at some of your options when you and your team are faced with too...

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Are You Showing the Signs of a Self Serving Leader? show art Are You Showing the Signs of a Self Serving Leader?

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Self-serving leaders put themselves ahead of other people in their organisation, including their teams. Most of us have a tendency to believe that some leaders are selfish and out for themselves, while others aren't. I believe that our self-serving tendencies lie on a spectrum, it's not black or white. Yes, there will always be the political animals and the power players, but everyone else sits on this spectrum too. Sometimes, the environment we work in can bring out these harmful characteristics that make you put yourself first. In this episode, I look at some of the common signs of...

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Are you a leader who would love your team to be more proactive? I'm sure you're not alone!

Having proactive team members is great because it reduces the "fire-fighting" reactive mentality that often builds up in our teams and workplaces.

In this episode, I share some of my tips for cultivating a more proactive team, that you can try for yourself. They aren't rocket science, but you do need to be consistent to get results.

Try them out and let me know what happens!


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