Bottom line up front:
- Recognize what stops people from applying for promotion
- Sponsor high potentials
- Be real – but relatable
- Support “growth mindset”
- Ditch that “impossible dream” job description.
As “The Employee Performance Optimizer,” I’m often asked by business owners and execs for help in developing high potentials. A frequently asked question is “How do I fill future leadership positions?”
Your most cost effective, time sensitive answer is: Start from where you are right now. Cultivate the talent you have on hand, and give them the support they need to move up into leadership positions in your company.
Here are 5 ways to get your talent on-hand to step up to the challenge of leadership.
Want to regain energy, power and focus?
Get your mojo back and boost your productivity at the same time by applying these five tips.
Crystal Clear Pre-cap: (Spoiler alert: Bottom line up front, details follow.)
- Bring just enough energy and intensity to the task.
- Listen to your guilt, don’t just try to make it go away.
- Stop “throwing good money after bad.”
- Allow sufficient recovery. Key word: sufficient.
- Have realistic expectations.
Add your own best practices in the comments!#1. Bring just enough energy and intensity to the task.
Of course, like all responsible people, you start each workday with a short, prioritized success list. If you don’t yet do this, is now a good time to start that proven success habit
“What we have here is failure to communicate.”
~ Captain in the movie “Cool Hand Luke”
Crystal Clear Pre-cap:
- Create a culture where people aren’t afraid to admit mistakes.
- Have the team discuss together where the task derailed.
- Let team determine areas for improvement.
- Encourage the team to create alternative plans if Plan A misfires.
Great leaders aren’t interested in making fun of people who have made a mistake.
Learn from it, and move on, smarter than before.
ICYMI, and, I doubt you did, here’s what happened. When Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were to read the card for Best Picture, Beatty had the wrong card.
When positive thinking just isn’t getting you where you want to be, it might be time boost positive results with an unexpected twist.
Research has proven that the right kind of negative thinking can actually increase your chances of getting those goals you really want.
Try WOOP for a healthy dose of realistic optimism that’s been proven time and time again to help people reach their goals, no matter how ambitious those goals may be.
W-O-O-P is a four-step process created by psychologist Gabriele Ottingen, who wrote the book “Rethinking Positive Thinking.” WOOP allows you to think through what might go wrong so you’ve got back up plans when the unexpected happens.
It works like this:
Have you recently taken on more responsibility at work, gotten a new leadership job or a promotion to manager?
Has the self-doubt set in yet? Feeling as though any day, the people who believe in you will discover you’re not the leader they thought you were?
“Imposter Syndrome” is common among high achievers. You might find yourself experiencing it firsthand.
As a leader, you know how important it is to have a solid foundation of confidence, because if you don’t believe in you, you can’t expect your people to believe in you.
Let’s get your self-image where it needs to be.
It’s time to challenge everything you’ve ever heard about building confidence.
You know if you want what you’ve never had, you need to do what you’ve never done. Let’s take old ideas that don’t work, and leave them in the past where they belong.
Time to shake up assumptions, rethink your thinking and start developing confidence that lasts.
Crystal clear precap:
5 Wild ideas, wisely applied, to boost your confidence:
- Practice backwards thinking
- Get on the fast track to failure
- Lower your standards
- Think small
- Compare yourself to others
Crazy, right? These 5 ideas probably go against everything you’ve ever heard about success. Funny thing is, they work.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can gain confidence as a leader by taking these 5 ideas to heart.
1) Practice backward thinking. (more…)
I’m wondering if we share this in common: a real struggle with procrastination for certain activities.
Not with all things, right? Just a few.
Just enough that perhaps, it really bugs you, and you’d like a tip to get you past that “Maybe later” mentality.
Here’s something that lights my fire and gives me the energy I need to push past the big P.
Author Ayn Rand wrote: “Action without thought is mindless. And thought without action is hypocritical.”
For me, those words have just the right amount of ouch.