Your Thinking Affects Everything
Leaders and managers hold a unique position of authority in business. When they’re on the right track, they have the ability to make things significantly better. But when not, they can make things infinitely worse.
And fundamental to it all, is how we think. Because if we’re thinking the wrong things – or thinking about the right things in the wrong ways – our results can’t help but be substandard.
Take a close and honest look: As a leader of others, how many of these counterproductive thoughts are you – or the managers in your charge – guilty of?
- Are you thinking that your job is sometimes too difficult to manage?
- Are you thinking up excuses for avoiding difficult conversations?
- Are you thinking about how hard it is to work with others?
- Are you thinking you just don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing?
Lesser Thinking = Lesser Outcomes
If any of the above resonated for you, then it’s time to change how you’re thinking so you can improve how you lead.
Because if you don’t, others in your organization will soon start modeling your counterproductive thinking – if they haven’t already – and the tasks that they once found ‘easy’ to accomplish will soon seem too difficult. And the assignments they used to think were ‘challenging, but doable’ will soon become near-impossible.
And that type of thinking can only lead to one thing for them, and you:
Unmitigated, unavoidable failure.
But with the proper guidance and perspective – the proper coaching and mentoring – leaders can not only learn to avoid these pitfalls, they can start engaging with themselves, and those in their sphere-of-influence, in increasingly powerful and productive ways.
They key, of course, is recognizing that in order to change how you lead, you have to change how you think.
That’s where LeadershipTraction comes in.
Improving WHAT You Think Improves HOW You Think
When leaders shift HOW they think – about leadership, in general, and their specific roles and responsibilities, in particular – good things start to happen sooner in terms of what they think, feel, believe, and do. In other words, when they change how they think, they change how they lead:
- “I can’t,” becomes “How can I?”
- “I don’t know how,” becomes “Let’s figure this out!”
- “It’s too hard,” becomes “I love a good challenge!”
- “I’m overwhelmed,” becomes “I’m confident I can do this!”
- “I’m spinning my wheels,” becomes “How best to hit this thing ‘head-on’?”
- “I’m not good enough,” becomes “I refuse to let this be a referendum on my self-worth!”
So take another honest look: As a leader of others, what’s you next move? Where do you need to ‘up’ your game?
Improving How You THINK Improves How You LEAD
Consider any one of the following perspectives and ask yourself what you’d be able to achieve if you could consistently think – and lead – this way:
- Just doing your job is no longer enough.
- Effectively managing conflict and its triggers is central to everything a leader does.
- Delegating what you are ABLE to do is what allows you to do what ONLY you can do.
- Improving employee performance and engagement directly stem from your ability to manage commitments and accountabilities.
- Admitting you need to learn is about strength, not weakness.
Improving How You LEAD Improves What You Can ACHIEVE
The whole point of any leadership or management development initiative is to help leaders learn to think more clearly, collaborate more freely, take full responsibility for all of their decisions, and create a more positive and lasting business impact – more quickly and easily than they might, otherwise.
And who doesn’t want that?!
WHO You Talk With Matters
Who do you talk with when you don’t want to talk about something with just anyone?
- You boss is likely too busy to give you the time and attention you want.
- Your favorite direct report likely shouldn’t be privy to some of what concerns you.
- Your peers likely don’t have any more insight or perspective than you do.
- You spouse or significant other likely is already tired of hearing your complaints.
- Your friends and family likely prefer to talk with you about THEIR concerns, rather than yours.
Of course you can keep doing what most people do – continue to keep it all bottled up inside – but…
- How well does that work, really?
- And what if real help was an actual option?
How About A Completely DIFFERENT Kind of Conversation?
Working with a professional coach – particularly a fully-trained, certified, and experienced professional coach like Barry Zweibel – is all about helping you with what YOU need.
Coaching conversations are specifically designed to help you separate the signal from the noise and get clear from your muddled thoughts so you can carve out and clarify what’s most crucial for ensuring your goals and objectives can be adequately met, moving forward.
Coaching conversations provide a confidential, candid, and surprisingly-engaging exploration of what you need to get back to your ‘better’ self so you can enjoy greater confidence, clarity, ease… and success.
Why not see for yourself?!
So is it time? Are you ready to get back to achieving precisely what you know you need to achieve?
It starts as easily as arranging a simple, preliminary conversation.
Trusted COACHING and MENTORING
During the last twenty years, Barry Zweibel has become a consistently reliable resource for organizations, leaders, leaders of leaders, and HR/OD professionals to engage with, stay with, and reengage with, over time.
Why? Because of one simple, irrevocable truth:
Barry engages leaders in deeply-meaningful, personally-relevant, and fully-respectful conversations about how they think – and how best to span the gap between the outcomes they WANT and the outcomes LIKELY TO result if they don’t change their thinking.
Irrefutable Evidence of Change
But does it work? Does engaging with Barry Zweibel and LeadershipTraction actually have the impact intended?
Individual results, of course, may vary, but here are some ‘flash stats’ on how clients have benefited from working with LeadershipTraction:
TL;DR – Yes, It’s Time, and YES, You’re Ready!
Meaningfully addressing your leadership development needs – or those of others in your organization – starts with a simple, no-strings-attached, preliminary conversation with master certified coach (MCC) Barry Zweibel. Even if he’s not a good fit for you or your organization, he can likely help you better clarify and articulate your needs and help you build some immediate… leadership traction!
Or you can let your busyness – and the very concerns that brought you here in the first place – sidetrack you (yet, again) as they’ve done surely numerous times before.