$15 Conversational Starters for Leaders & Their Direct Reports

You’ve just been promoted and you can’t wait to clean up the place. Your way.

But in your zeal to make your mark you find yourself policing more than coaching, barking and ordering instead of cheering and championing  your team.  And both you and your staff are stressed and less committed to the success of each other or the company.

Now what do you do?

            Leaders in that frustrating funk are finding a way to wear their coaching hat more often than their cop cap and getting even more productive results. How? Those leaders are giving their disgruntled employees a 5-minute Leadership Mints Break at their weekly staff meetings.

            Consumed like a breath mint –quick and on-the-go—a Leadership Mint is a quick- pick-me-up narrative of a key leadership behavior that like its candy counterpart is easily spooned, immediately reinvigorating and quickly digested in 5 minutes or less.

Featuring a reader-friendly dip-in-anywhere, grab n’ go format, Leadership Mints foster a more productive and non-threatening learning experience especially in coaching and mentoring others in highly-emotional behaviors like conflict management, self-control and humility. Continue reading “$15 Conversational Starters for Leaders & Their Direct Reports”

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Savor Today’s Leadership Mint: Gaining Trust With Empathy

Empathy is good business.

You gain greater buy-in the more you can step into the shoes of your customers or your employees and more readily feel what they feel.

        That empathy then fuels a trust that triggers greater productivity and profitability over time.

But how do you teach empathy? You don’t.

Let others do it for you : like Generals in the U.S. Army (Colin Powell and Norm Schwarzkopf), political leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, Barack Obama and Lee Kuan Yew along with legendary sports heroes like pro football’s Vince Lombardi and professional golf’s Jack Nicklaus.

They share their secret to success: leading with empathy among the 77 Leadership Mints 5-minute stories in LOVING Like a Leader, one of the three books in the Leadership Mints Series designed to help busy leaders freshen their feeling for leading.

Dip-In Anywhere Leadership Reading Any Time Any How

Stop should-ing on yourself.

Of course you know you SHOULD spend more time developing other leaders on your staff. But when you’re so busy putting out fires who has time for fire prevention tips and techniques?

You’re not alone in SHOULDING on yourself.

Consider a survey conducted by Corporate University Xchange, (CorpU) – a global learning and leadership research firm. That survey found that developing other leaders ranks 4th from the bottom in the time leaders actually spend on formal leadership development.

                That’s why THINKING Like a Leader in particular and the entire 3-book Leadership Mints Series is specifically designed —simply—as a tool to help busy leaders refresh their leadership development skills – easily and quickly in an on-going convenient process – primarily through 5-minute, dip-in-anywhere, grab ‘n go reading modules that can be easily and quickly re-read as new situations warrant.

Reading Time 3:38 to Savor Mint 1

               In fact, the actual average reading time is listed immediately following the title of the Leadership Mint story. For example, beneath the first Leadership Mint story in THINKING Like a Leader-Yabba Dabba Doooo! On Monday Mornings Too the posted time is  3:38.

                   That’s the time you’ll invest digesting this particular Leadership Mint to refresh the way you enlist your staff in a larger purpose so convincingly that they actually look forward to getting back to work on Monday morning.

                              When you savor a Leadership Mint, you stop SHOULDING on yourself and capitalize on the trend in the leadership development industry toward on-going, integrated, on-the-job, experiential study of leadership rather than a series of separately scheduled leadership seminars or workshops.

                             When you savor a Leadership Mint, you stop SHOULDING on yourself and fill a key learning gap especially for newly minted leaders and their busy coaches and mentors: the need for a time-sensitive, weekly reminder of key concepts that could stand on its own or be used as a formal follow-up to a workshop or seminar.

                             When you savor a Leadership Mint, you stop SHOULDING on yourself and enjoy a convenient conversation starter between leaders and their direct reports as the Annual Review continues to morph into more frequent on-going discussions on professional development in general and specific performance in particular.

       In addition to THINKING Like a Leader, the Leadership Mints Series features two other books  available on Amazon.com ($15 paperback, $8 ebook) to help you stop SHOULDING on yourself–SPEAKING Like a Leader–on civility and on empathy LOVING Like a Leader.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Reading & Recall Mark Leadership Mints Series

The 3-books in the Leadership Mints Series are designed to meet the demands of your busy day with a dip-in-anywhere format and two page chapters called Leadership Mints that take less than five minutes to read.

Each Leadership Mint begins on the right side page to accommodate the natural flow of your eye and ends with a key learning, a one-sentence takeaway that you can apply on the job right away. That one-sentence key learning is labeled to facilitate your quick recall of the salient point:

     Today’s ImproveMINT concludes each of the 77 Leadership Mints in THINKING Like a Leader.

 

Today’s EngageMINT concludes each of the 77 Leadership Mints in LOVING Like a Leader.

 

Today’s StateMINT concludes each of the 52 Leadership Mints in SPEAKING Like a Leader.

The entire 3-book Leadership Mints Series is specifically designed —simply—as a tool to help busy leaders refresh their leadership development skills – easily and quickly in an on-going convenient process – primarily through 5-minute, dip-in-anywhere, grab ‘n go reading modules that can be easily and quickly re-read as new situations warrant.

 

 

 

Leadership Mints: Grab ‘n Go Reading For Busy Leaders

You’re busy. Too busy to attend as many webinars and workshops as you might like to sharpen your leadership skills. Too busy to invest even 15-20 minutes a day to read as many blogs and books on professional development as you might like.

Phew!

Relax. Take a deep breath. Savor a Leadership Mint to refresh and revive your feeling for leading.

And here’s the best part: savoring a Leadership Mint takes less that 5 minutes.

Five Minutes! That’s the time it takes to digest a 2-page Leadership Mints story. Five Minutes to personalize optimum leadership behaviors with examples from business, sports and politics.

Call it  Grab ‘n Go reading for busy leaders in a convenient dip-in-anywhere format.

That’s the unique selling point of the  3-book Leadership Mints Series that features short stories called Leadership Mints that are consumed like a breath mint, quick and on the go, and just as easy to digest and quick to refresh.  For example in savoring a Leadership Mint, the most effective leaders can:

  •        Grab ‘n Go and take 5 minutes to energize themselves and their staffs, reading Yabba Dabba Dooo on Monday Morning Too. That’s Mint 1 among the 77 Leadership Mints in THINKING Like a Leader.
  •       Grab ‘n Go and take  5 minutes to more productively align their staffs for greater productivity, reading Becoming Chairman of the Bored.  (Yes, BORED, that is not a typo). That’s Mint 50 among the 77 Leadership Mints in LOVING Like a Leader. 
  •      Grab ‘n Go and take 5 minutes to accelerate their understanding and your persuasive skills, reading Take ’em for a Joy Ride. That’s Mint 33 among the 52 Leadership Mints in SPEAKING  Like a Leader.

The 3-books in The Leadership Mints Series are available on Amazon.com  ($15 paperback, $8 ebook).