Soderquist Blog

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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We're now 18 days, or roughly two work weeks, into 2017. How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions so far? If you haven't set any yet, it's not to late to start!

However, research suggests that only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution actually accomplish all of their resolutions. So here are a few practical steps you can take to help you keep yours this year.

  1. Set tangible goals. When I am working with a client I sometimes ask the question “how will you know that you improved in this area by this time next year?” For example; if you say you want to be more physically fit this time next year, you could take a Body Mass Index, Resting Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and then take them again in 12 months and see how you did. Did you improve? The important thing is that you can measure progress, and can celebrate even slight gains.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

Mythbusting Work-Life Balance

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Work-Life Balance. If you could somehow get that right, it would be the magic bullet finally putting to rest all of your worries and stresses, right? Cue the “Hakuna Matata” theme song, please.

But what if I told you there was no such thing as this mythical “work-life balance.” It doesn’t exist.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development

Now You're Speaking My Language

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 21, 2016 4:30:00 PM

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As leaders, sometimes you have important stuff to say. That’s a fact.

Whether it is in a board meeting or simply in your home, if you want your message to resonate with the receiver, it is invaluable that what you are saying aligns with what they are seeing in your actions and gestures.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

Make Your Message Matter

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 17, 2016 2:13:20 PM

 

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Winston Churchill said, "the difference between mere management and leadership is communication." A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that employers rated verbal communication as the most important skill they look for in job candidates.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

People Follow a Leader with Clarity

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 17, 2016 3:30:00 PM

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At Soderquist Leadership we believe that having a clear and compelling vision is essential to the success of an organization. It allows you to get where you want to go.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

Team Building Exercises: Foster Laughter & Trust

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

"The shortest distance between two brains is laughter." -Daniel Goleman

Connectivity through shared experience is often lost in the tasks required to make strides toward the bottom line. Gallup research shows positive connectivity with co-workers in the workplace creates a higher sense of well-being and productivity.

Eighty percent of fortune 500 company employees say they like where they work because it is a fun place to work. Why not foster well-being through short, fun, team building activities at the beginning of meetings and or training? Below is an activity to help you get started.

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Topics: Practical Tips & Tricks, Employee Development

3 Ways to Fight Change Fatigue

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 2, 2016 4:03:37 PM

It's been said that the human body is the only thing that gets stronger the more you work it. As I've gotten older and attempted to retain a measure of fitness, it does feel good to get a solid workout in. But more and more, I've also noticed that I need to give my body some rest. What I’ve observed is that most of the time, varying the workout is a better form of rest than remaining idle. Fatigue will come with a workout but I have a choice in how I manage it.

Since my professional career began 20+ years ago, change has been a hot topic and it doesn't seem to ever let up. We talk about responding to change, managing change, leading change... Change seems to be the one constant in our conversation and one with many layers. One of those layers is change fatigue. We can do everything right, just like a good workout, but when it's over, most of us want a break before the next wave. Unfortunately, that's not always possible.

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Topics: Practical Tips & Tricks

How To Manage Your Email Avalanche

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 26, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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According to a 2015 email statistics report, the number of emails sent and recieved worldwide is over 205 billion. Additionally, most business professionals send and recieve an average of 122 emails per day, and that number is projected to rise every year. Whether you are over or under that average, the fact is, we all have too much email to manage. Here are some tips that can help you keep your inbox from managing you.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

How To Run Effective Meetings

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

Why Meetings Might Be A Good Thing

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 20, 2016 3:30:00 PM

 

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Yes, I said it.  Meetings, the anathema of business people worldwide, might actually be useful; even crucial in a complex world.  "How so?", you ask with prodigious skepticism.

A meeting, if done well, should simply be a conversation.  Conversation builds empathy.  Empathy opens up our ability to be curious and seek multiple perspectives.  Being curious and taking multiple perspectives is fundamental to grappling successfully with complexity - situations where cause and effect are not clear and where there are no right answers.  And much of the work we do as leaders today is complex.

It can be really enticing to leverage all of the technology at our disposal - email, text, instant messaging to name a few - in order to communicate in a business setting.  Those tools and more all have a place but to assume they can replace conversation is a wrongheaded assumption.  While there are more mediums than just the meeting as a means to engage in rich dialogue, the meeting has tremendous potential for learning from multiple perspectives.

So what gets in the way?  Well, we all know those barriers too well: meetings that have no agenda, include the wrong folks, are more about sharing information than learning from one another.  If instead we committed to making meetings a place where dialogue burgeoned, we might start to view meetings as the most rewarding times of our day.  Try a small experiment at the next meeting you facilitate.  Aim to ask curious questions, to seek out the diverse perspectives around the table, and most importantly think about what you might learn about the topic at hand, your team, and yourself.

For more helpful leadership resources, check out this video discussion kit featuring John Pepper, retired CEO of P&G, as he shares about advice he gave to a young leader to help develop her.

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Written by Jeremiah A. Palmer
Guest Contributor for Soderquist Blog

Jeremiah is a leadership coach, adjunct professor, and brand manager, and is committed to helping others grow and develop into the best leaders they can be. Check out Jeremiah's Blog here.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks