A Winning Team Makes S.M.A.R.T. Goals

When applying S.M.A.R.T goals – Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound – to project management and organizational team building, leaders should take a deeper look at the application of motivation in the creation of effective work groups. Similar to an established sports team that plays as a cohesive unit achieving goals as a group – that is simply unattainable alone – a strong leader can use motivation to propel the momentum of team goals forward. Keep these tips in mind when building a team of excellence:

Leadership, the Lone Worker and Getting Things Done

Over the years I learnt more about leadership and that true leadership is about vision and valuing both those you lead and those for whom you are delivering. There was very little to be gained by aggression or an aggressive style of leadership.

Unemployment – looking after your mental health!

Losing a job is one of the most difficult things we have to deal with in life.  It ranks right up there with losing someone you care for or going through divorce. “It’s a serious fracture in one’s world view,” says Robert London, M.D., a staff psychiatrist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “It doesn’t […]

Taking Your First Steps in Leadership

In the workplace, as soon as there are two of you, someone has to lead. Someone has to decide what you are there for and how you will work together! It is this act of making sense of things that is the core element of leadership.As you step into leadership, ask yourself what do I bring to the role and how will I prepare? Then you will find there are lots of resources out there to help you on your leadership journey.

Leading the Confident Team

If you are not confident in yourself , as leader, then the team is likely to sense your doubts and their confidence in their own roles within the team will be eroded. Each team member needs to believe in themselves and in their abilities so that all can contribute fully. Self-confidence can be described as a positive mix of self-efficacy (respect for your own competence) and self-esteem (valuing yourself). The good news is that confidence is largely learned and with support it can be acquired by anyone.

Confidence and the Passionate Leader

The ability to make good decisions quickly is fundamental to leadership. But if you are diffident and afraid to make, and commit to, decisions, skills in communication and empowerment will not make up the difference. Luckily confidence is something that you can work on with a business or career coach and the results are usually very successful.