How the Best Leaders Find Success With Limited Time

Organizations today seem to be on a mission to get more out of less. The best example of this is fewer employees with more responsibility. Often this ends up with a role I call the “two-way” leader. Not only do they have to perform their own job function but they are also responsible for managing a team of people.

If you find yourself in the role of a “two-way” leader the best advice I have for you is to stop striving to be balanced. It is impossible to split your time 50/50 between your two jobs. Instead, make the leadership of other people a priority. Learn more from my LinkedIn video.

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company which exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. John was named one of LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Voices in Management & Workplace and was awarded the 2017 Readership Award by Training Industry.com. John is also the author the upcoming book Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Successand host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on instagram @johngeades.

Why You Can’t Stop Micromanaging

Micromanagement is a not only a problem in organizations, it’s a big problem. But I am not telling you anything you don’t know because anyone who has had a boss for an extended period of time can relate to being micromanaged.

The question is, why are we seeing so much of it today?  The answer might lie in an old NBA practice called “Player-Coach.” The “player-coach” model has made its return in corporate America and it isn’t going away anytime soon.  So try these tactics to ensure you don’t end up a “micromanager.”

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a full-service organizational health company which exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. John was named one of LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Voices in Management & Workplace and was awarded the 2017 Readership Award by Training Industry.com. John is also the host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. He is also the author of FML: Standing Out and Being a Leader and the upcoming book “The Welder Leader.” You follow him on instagram @johngeades.

10 Reasons Managers Fail and What You Can Do About It

There aren’t many things worse than having a bad manager.  Not only does it make you dislike your job but it’s extremely demotivating to come into work every day.  It leads to constant thoughts of changing jobs and quitting.

Recent statistics show 60% of new managers in the US fail every single year. Which means many professionals face this nightmare every single day.  What must start to happen is professionals in management roles have to start upping their game.  In order to do that, managers first must know what they are doing today that is causing them to fail in their job.

Here are 10 reasons managers fail and what you can do about it.

1. Don’t focus on relationships

2. Think about #1 first

3. Never ask for feedback

4. Don’t “love” the team

5. Looking ahead to the next job

6. No mentor

7. Poor meetings

8. Doesn’t invest in development

9. No standards & accountability

10. All command no choice

If you find yourself struggling as a manager and some of these reasons are a reality with your team, remember my favorite Latin term “Nunc Coepi” which means, “today I begin.”  Start fresh today!

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company which exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. John was named one of LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Voices in Management & Workplace and was awarded the 2017 Readership Award by Training Industry.com. John is also the host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. He is also the author the upcoming book “Elevate Others: The New Model to Successfully Lead Today.” You follow him on instagram @johngeades.

Southwest Passenger Unveils the Most Important Part of Company Culture

Southwest Airlines has modeled what a great organizational culture looks like for decades. One of the pillars of their culture success is values. Values are simply, principles and standards of behavior.

Former Starbucks executive Howard Behar told me on the Follow My Lead Podcast, “values are developed by what you reward, recognize, and talk about.”

Humor, or as Southwest calls it their “fun-LUVing attitude,” has always been a value they reward, recognize, and talk about.

A Southwest Airport gate in New Orleans provided the perfect setting to show their core values lived out to perfection. When a Southwest employee required everyone who asked a question to sing, one fearless customer took them up on it.

While the video has gone viral because of the brilliant singing performance, there are some bigger lessons at play around company values:

Talk is cheap.

Defining the values of an organization or team is important, but it’s not nearly as important as living them out. I love the story about a time when former Southwest CEO Herb Kelleher received an email complaint from a customer about flight attendants using humor when describing their safety protocol in the event of a water landing. Instead of giving away free flights or apologizing for his employee’s use of having a “Fun-LUVing attitude,” he wrote 3 words back to the passenger, “we’ll miss you.”

If you don’t define values they will define you.

It’s easy to assume employees or team members know the values of your team. Unfortunately, it’s a mistake because people have different principles or standards of behavior that they deem acceptable. Defining them for in your organization provides a definition of what good looks like. If you haven’t already, take time to define them, then communicate them all the time.

Greed can be a value.

I haven’t come across a company or leader today where growth isn’t a top priority. While that is important, a growth mindset only fixated on money can produce behaviors that hurt or jeopardize good core values. If the focus is on growth, reward, recognize, and talk about the process or behaviors that produce the results, not the results themselves.

This article originally appeared on Inc.com

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft and host of the Follow My Lead Podcast. He is also the author of F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader, and is passionate about the development of modern professionals. Follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

Top 10 Team Achievements in 2016

As I reflected on the words I was going to say to the LearnLoft team at this year’s Christmas party, I took a moment to reflect on what this small team had accomplished in 2016 in support of our purpose as a business.  In case you don’t know our purpose as a business is to:

“Teach Modern Professionals Add Value to Their Organization and the World”

It filled me with gratitude thinking about the effort and energy every team member put in over the past 365 days. Now I share these statistics not to brag, but to get you thinking about what your team has achieved towards your organization or team’s purpose.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your attention and if you or your organization played a part in helping our team with these achievements.  Without you none of this is possible.

Share your team achievement below and regardless if you share them here please do your team a favor and share it with them. #teamachievements2016 #leadership

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John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft and Host of the Follow My Lead Podcast. He is passionate about the development of people. He writes, and speaks about modern leadership and learning techniques. You can find him on instagram @johngeades.

7 Must Haves for Learning Technology in 2017

The rate of individuals learning online is on the rise, and with the average cost of a 4-year college degree now topping $20k per year, this trend shows no sign of slowing down. As consumers continue to turn to online technology for their educational needs it has only increased the need to modernize organizational online learning as well.

Here’s our list of the top 7 features and functions for online learning in 2017:

  1. Gamification

Gamification has a huge impact on participation and completion rates. Learners want to be able to earn badges, compete, and see their progress tracked on a scoreboard.

  1. Human Feedback

The danger of online training is that the learner can feel like they are working in silo. Any online learning technology that allows the learner to interact with a “real person” is going to increase engagement and therefore be more popular.

  1. Collaboration

Just like receiving feedback from a real human, learners also crave opportunities to collaborate with other learners. Message boards and discussion sections are a must for an online learning technology to be successful.

  1. Actionable Results

So you’ve has taken your training. Now what? Can you implement what you’ve learned immediately? For the technology to be successful it needs to allow a learner to practice and develop their skills.

  1. Video Capability

We all have different learning styles, but video has become the preferred method for people to learn, especially online. Video is now the standard.

  1. Offline Resources

Downloadable documents, videos and other resources that support learning allow learners to stay engaged even when they aren’t connected.

  1. User Experience

User experience is like a joke… if you have to explain it, it doesn’t work. In no way should technology impair learning, instead it should enhance the experience. The technology must be second nature.

At LearnLoft, we strive to stay ahead of the online learning curve in both our content and technology. Start 2017 by advancing on your leadership journey by visiting LearnLoft or by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

We always welcome feedback, if there’s something that you think we should include on the list, let us know in the comments sections.

 

How Beliefs Impact Company Culture

When a team’s beliefs and behaviors come into alignment the culture improves. LearnLoft has 4 key beliefs and they go by S.O.F.T.  S stands for speed, O stands for openness, F stands for fun, and T stands for Trust.

Trust is the ultimate human currency so without trust we don’t have influence and without influence leaders cannot lead.

What are your organizational  beliefs?  Let us know in the comments section.

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How Not to Lead a Meeting [Video]

Innovative ideas are a critical part of success for any team.  Some would argue a consistent flow of innovative ideas are what separates good and great teams.  Most modern day leaders understand this and put an emphasis on brainstorming meetings for idea generation.

There is no secret that young professionals tend to have great ideas and in this short video we show you how not to lead a brainstorming meeting with a millennial.

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How Leaders Build Better Relationships [Video]

Building and maintaining healthy working relationships with team members is a critical component in being a successful leader.  Find out how to build better relationships as a leader in our Microlearning video.

Remember these keys as you maintain and improve your relationships!

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Top 5 Tuesday 3.15.16

Here is your weekly dose of Top 5 Tuesday: A list of things we are thinking, reading, watching, or doing to stay on top of our game and we think you should too:

Articles Worth Reading 

A Bias for Action and Locus for Control

Anthony Iannarino reminds us that a “bias for action” and a “locus of control,” (believing that you have a choice and can complete some arduous task) is the foundation of motivation.

Quotes Engrained in Our Minds

There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.- Malcolm Gladwell

What Podcast We’re Listening To

Why You Need a Life Plan Now

Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy join Michele Cushatt  to talk about their new book Living Forward.  They talk a lot about the importance of not drifting and how you get the life you want.

What We’re Watching

This video really tells a fantastic and entertaining story. All you need to know is we loved it, and think you will too. We raise a glass to Heineken for their creativity!

Tip of the Week 

Whats the most popular app we use every week? Waze.  Its the best traffic app of all time.  It’s so good we aren’t sure it will ever be topped.

Who to Follow on SnapChat

Since this is a new section, we will start with a must follow- Kevin Rose @hikrose. He mixes his life, business, and tips and tricks beautifully on snapchat.

Please let us know if there are suggestions for articles, quotes, shows, or tools we should highlight. Tweet us at @johngeades or@learn_loft.

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