The best coaches coach themselves out of a job

The greatest gratification comes when the student outgrows the teacher.

Thursday Thoughts: The best coaches coach themselves out of a job. The goal is not to keep people dependent but to give them wings. The greatest gratification comes when the student outgrows the teacher.

Jesse Lyn Stoner

To Craft a Powerful Mission Statement Avoid These 6 Traps

Mission Statements Common Traps

 

One of the most important things you can do is to identify your team’s mission.

And one of the biggest wastes of time is creating a mission statement that is not used.

How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Steps explains what a mission statement is and how to write one. But simply writing a good statement does not ensure it will be used.

How you create it is as important as what it says.

Avoid these six common traps to craft a powerful mission statement that provides guidance for strategic decisions, focuses your team’s energies, and increases their commitment, clarity and trust.

Trap #1: Seeing this as an activity to complete.

Approaching the idea of a mission statement as a task . . . → Read More: To Craft a Powerful Mission Statement Avoid These 6 Traps

When your vision is clear... trust yourself and have faith

when your vision is clear trust yourself

Thursday Thoughts: When your vision is clear, trust yourself and have faith… even when you don’t know where your path is taking you.

Jesse Lyn Stoner

Dynamic Duos: How Introverts and Extroverts Create Breakthrough Results

 

 

 

What do these famous pairs have in common?

Lennon and McCartney

Burns and Allen

Jobs and Wozniak

Lerner and Loewe

Siskel and Ebert

They are all dynamic duos: extrovert – introvert pairs who created something together that neither of them would have done on their own.

What’s their secret?

Too often extroverts complain to each other about their introverted peers.

You never know what they’re thinking. They take too long to respond. They’re not good communicators.

And too often introverts quietly roll their eyes at their extroverted peers.

They talk too much. They speak before they think. They’re not good communicators.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, as these . . . → Read More: Dynamic Duos: How Introverts and Extroverts Create Breakthrough Results

Thursday Thoughts: Help is Not Always Helpful

Help is not always helpful - Jesse Lyn Stoner

If you interrupt the struggle of a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, it will be crippled for life.

How do you know when help is not helpful?

When do you offer support and when do you compassionately allow someone to struggle without interfering?

 

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In addition to my regular weekly blog, I am beginning “Thursday Thoughts” – a few simple thoughts for reflection on something you already know but might not always remember.

Today’s thought: Help is not always helpful.

The 8 Portals of Influence: How to Lead Without Authority

8 Portals of Influence - Jesse Lyn Stoner

I am delighted and honored that Tanmay Vora created this Sketch Note of “The 8 Portals of Influence,” described in more detail in my blog How to Influence Without Authority. In today’s complex world, leaders need to develop multiple channels of influence. These alternative paths to leadership can be effective when you don’t have or don’t want to use authority. You don’t need to have access to all eight portals, but if you want to be effective, it helps to develop more than one.

I am a big fan of Tanmay Vora’s insightful, award-winning leadership blog, which I read regularly. He is recognized as one of the Top 5 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media.

Also a talented photographer and artist, he has created . . . → Read More: The 8 Portals of Influence: How to Lead Without Authority

3 Guidelines to Avoid Resistance to Change

People don't resist change.

 

 

 

People don’t resist change.

Change is a normal and natural part of living. The only time you stop changing is when you’re dead.

What people resist is having change imposed on them.

Here are three guidelines to invite people to participate in the change process, and to minimize resistance to change.

1. Involve people throughout the organization in planning and implementing the change.

The best way to avoid resistance to change is to involve people in planning and implementing the change.

They will have a better understand what the change is about, why it is important and will be more committed to it. When people are asked for help, they are more invested in the outcome.

When a leadership team plans . . . → Read More: 3 Guidelines to Avoid Resistance to Change

The Best Way to Listen

"The best way to listen is with your mouth shut." - Jesse Lyn Stoner

The most powerful gift you can give another is your undivided attention.

When the best techniques don’t work, simply close your mouth and pay attention. The best way to listen is with your mouth shut.

This poem, written almost 50 years ago, is as relevant today as it was when it was written.

Please Listen

When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have not done what I asked.

When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings.

When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to . . . → Read More: The Best Way to Listen