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!

Leadership And Life Tips

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership on January 16, 2017 at 6:27 am

Here are some of my favorite leadership and life tips and advice from William Arthur Ward, one of America’s most quoted writers of inspirational maxims:

  • Do more than belong: participate.
  • Do more than care: help.
  • Do more than believe: practice.
  • Do more than be fair: be kind.
  • Do more than forgive: forget.
  • Do more than dream: work.

The Art Of Change Leadership

In Change Management, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership on January 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

The Art of Change Leadership demystifies the psychology behind our reactions to change and offers a powerful collection of tools to inspire individual and collective transformation quickly and more effectively, explains author of the book, Cheryl Cran.

The book teaches you how to:

  • Leverage your current technical knowledge to increase the rate of innovation.
  • Use the cycle of change to foresee and handle change-related issues affecting yourself, others, and business.
  • Raise your emotional intelligence to match your IQ.
  • Guide “change” initiatives with repeatable success by using the reliable three-step change model.

Cran also explains the differences between a Change Manager and a Change Leader.

For example:

  • A Change Manager creates a plan, directs projects and people to achieve a goal. In contrast, a Change Leader sets the compelling vision; tells a story that includes the hero’s journey for each person involved.

In addition, a Change Leader does the following:

  • Provides a project timeline while creating celebration milestones.
  • Connects personally with individuals to “onboard” them to the changes and provides the framework for how the changes will happen.
  • Courageously leads the changes without falter while being open and honest about his or her own fears and challenges along the change journey.
  • Constantly looks to provide added value to the team members by customizing feedback, providing resources and support.
  • Welcomes disruptions and leverages them into new creative solution opportunities for self and for the team.
  • Willingly shares power with others with a depth of confidence and without having the need to protect ego or CYA.
  • Sees the role of a change leader as a facilitator of intelligence and not as the keeper of all knowledge and power.

Cran is the CEO of Evolutionary Business Solutions, Inc.

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