Eric Jacobson

Lead By Example

In General Leadership Skills, Leading By Example on November 8, 2009 at 8:59 am

There is nothing more powerful for a leader to do than to lead by setting a good example.

So, here are 15 things you can do to be an effective and successful leader:

1. Praise when compliments are earned.

2. Be decisive.

3. Say “Thank You” and sincerely mean it.

4. Communicate clearly.

5. Listen carefully.

6. Teach something new to your team members.

7. Word hard and lend a hand when deadlines are tight.

8. Show respect for everyone on your team.

9. Follow through when you promise to do something.

10. Allow learning to happen when mistakes are made.

11. Allow prudent autonomy.

12. Respond to questions quickly and fully.

13. Return e-mail and phone calls promptly.

14. Take an interest in your employees and their important personal milestone events.

15. Give credit where credit is due.

And, last but not least, be humble!

How To Retain Your Employees

In Employee Retention on June 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm

I had the pleasure of interviewing Leigh Branham over the past few years. He’s the author of the popular book called, The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave.

He told me that in research that he has done about the leaders of companies that have won “Best-Place-To-Work” competitions in 45 U.S. cities, that there are six things these effective leaders do that don’t cost money. They do, however, cost time and effort. But, that is time and effort that can pay big dividends.

Here are the six things you can do:

  1. Make the commitment to create a great place to work.

  2. Inspire employee confidence in decisions and clear business direction

  3. Work to build trust based on honesty and integrity

  4. Practice open, two-way communication, especially in times of uncertainty

  5. Look out for the organization before you look out for yourself

  6. Believe employees should be developed and retained; not burned out and discarded

Thanks for these great leadership tips, Leigh!

5 Tips For Better Brainstorming

In Brainstorming on June 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Your employees have lots of ideas. So, be sure you provide the forums and mechanisms for your employees to share their ideas with you.

Hold at least a few brainstorming sessions each year, as well.

And, when you are brainstorming with your employees, try these five tips:

  1. Encourage ALL ideas.
  2. Don’t evaluate or criticize ideas when they are first suggested.
  3. Ask for wild ideas. Often, the craziest ideas end up being the most useful.
  4. Shoot for quantity not quality during brainstorming.
  5. Encourage everyone to offer new combinations and improvements of old ideas.
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