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 Lead With GRIT

In Leadership, Leadership Books, Leading on April 19, 2015 at 8:23 am

Feelings of being stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated plague too many of our workplaces says Laurie Sudbrink, author of the new book, Leading With GRIT.

So, drawing on her over 20 years of coaching a wide range of organizations, colleges and Fortune 500 companies, Sudbrink provides in her book a road map to improve individual and organizational health.

That road map includes teaching readers the principles of GRIT:

  • Generosity
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Truth

Laurie Sudbrink

“It is not only the concepts of GRIT, but how they are combined, that make them so effective,” shares Sudbrink.

Divided into three parts, Part I of the book is geared toward the individual, and is foundational to your success as a leader.

Part II focuses on communicating with GRIT — making communication easier, more enjoyable and more productive.

Part III is how, in our role as leaders, we apply and sustain GRIT in the workplace, creating systems that help keep everyone on track.

Particularly helpful to me were the SHIFT guides at the end of each chapter where Sudbrink asks the reader to:

  1. Scan the chapter and then list the topics that resonated most.
  2. Hone in on one or two areas that will make the biggest impact.
  3. Image the impact.
  4. Figure out your plan and how you will stay on track.
  5. Take action by scheduling the action for now and include a follow-up date.

I also found both interesting and useful the GRIT Self-Awareness Assessment that you can take before launching into the book.

Sudbrink is the founder and president of Unlimited Coaching Solutions, Inc.

Thanks to the book’s publisher for sending me an advance copy of the book.

Why You Need Veterans And Rookies

In Team Building, Teams, teamwork on April 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm

In her book, Rookie Smarts, author Liz Wiseman explains the benefits of having both veteran employees and new employees (rookies) on a team.  The four main benefits are:

  1. The veteran brings clarity and gravitas while the rookie brings energy and determination.
  2. The veteran sees the potential and promise of the novel ideas of the rookie.
  3. The veteran knows how the world works and guides the entrepreneur who wants to change the world.
  4. When the disparate contributions of experience and naivete are appreciated, the combination sparks collective brilliance.


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