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 Be A Good Coach

In Coaching, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership on January 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Group Of Coworkers Working In Conference Room

Former Verizon Wireless CEO, Denny F. Strigl offers these tips for how to be a good coach to an employee. He explains that good coaches help performers by:

• Keeping them focused.
• Giving them objective, helpful feedback.
• Acting as a sounding board for new approaches.
• Identifying blind spots that may be holding the performer back.
• Reinforcing key values, principles, and behaviors that improve performance.
• Recognizing positive behavior and performance.
• Providing encouragement after setbacks and failures
• Setting “stretch” goals.
• Acting as an accountability partner.
• Strigl believes that some managers fail in their coaching roles because they:
• View coaching as babysitting.
• See coaching as only correcting performance.
• Don’t spend enough time with their employees.
• Are reluctant to criticize.
• Have social relationships with their employees.
• Have a “sink-or-swim” philosophy.
• Believe coaching is not helpful or meaningful.

“Coaching may actually save time by preventing extensive retraining or intervention to get a failing employee back on track or keep the person from falling off course in the first place,” explains Strigl in his new book, Managers, Can You Hear Me Now?
Every conversation you have with an employee has the potential to be a coaching conversation!



Leadership Questions To Ask Everyday

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership on December 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

I’m a big fan of the magazine, Experience Life.  Particularly the monthly Perspective column by Bahram Akradi, the founder and CEO of Life Time Fitness.

Akradi tackled self-reflection awhile back. He firmly believes the business model that if you aren’t innovating you are dying. And, to innovate, you have to regularly fine-tune both your business and your life.

What better way to do that than to ask yourself each day these four questions, says Akradi:

  1. Where did I do some good or make some progress today?
  2. Where did I let myself or others down?
  3. What can I do to keep my good habits going?
  4. What can I do to address any negative triggers or trends before they get out of hand?

Thanks Bahram for this great advice.

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