Are You in Touch with Your FEBA?

A common misperception among leaders is that once you get to a certain level, you should consider only a 30,000-foot perspective (i.e., the big picture) of your business. Although a high-level perspective is necessary for leadership success, it must be accompanied by an in-depth understanding of your team’s operation (e.g., your drivers of cost, profit,…

Parent as Leader – Leader as Parent

The more we lead, the more we work with leaders, and the more we parent, the more we see compelling parallels between leadership and parenting. Leaders are parents, and parents are leaders. They are in different settings with parallel roles. Here is an excerpt from a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. titled, "Children Learn What They Live." As you…

3 Daily Habits of Great Coaches

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A great leader is a great coach. For years, we have asked clients who the best leader they ever had was. Predictably responses include that "My best leader... pushed me believed in me helped me realize my potential invested time in developing me." In other words, these really good leaders were really great coaches. They also…

Leading from the Eye of the Storm

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Unfortunately, this has been a banner season for hurricane trackers. A hurricane’s outer bands can extend a few hundred miles from the center. Hurricane Andrew's (1992) rainbands reached 100 miles out from the eye, while those in Hurricane Gilbert (1988) stretched over 500 miles. The hurricane's eye is a relatively calm, clear area usually 20 -…

5 C’s of Crisis Communication

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Communication is typically the lowest scoring topic on any climate or culture survey.  It has been that way for decades. During times of crisis or disruptive change like now, leaders are required to elevate their communication game to keep their teams focused, connected and productive.  These 5 C's of crisis communication serve as a checklist for leaders:…

Choices and Triggers

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Nearly half of your daily activities are habitual, for better or for worse. You don’t think about them, you just do them. You have simple, decades-old habits, like brushing your teeth, that you don’t have to think about. You also have more modern habits like waking up and instinctively grabbing your cell phone to check…

Thank You!

The L Group is wrapping up our our 20th year of service (year 21 begins on Monday) so we want to thank you for your support and encouragement. It has been our pleasure to serve over 100,000 leaders at every level since 1999. During that time we have designed and implemented solutions to: PLAN your Growth EXECUTE your Plans ENGAGE your Team ELEVATE your Leadership DESIGN your Culture MANAGE your…

Building a Positive Coaching Mindset

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Your mindset reflects your past, describes your present, and predicts your future. Excellence, like leadership, is built from the inside out. Your organization’s excellence will rarely exceed your team’s excellence, and your team’s excellence will rarely exceed your personal excellence. Therefore, the most important question a leader should ask is: “What am I currently doing…

Win or Lose – You Choose

In the positive coaching model below, the left side is a leader's choice. The right side are the consequences. You can choose positive coaching and get alignment, engagement, ownership, accountability and commitment. Choose to push it off or cheat on the positive coaching habits, and you will predictably get the opposite. Win or lose, you choose!…

2 Simple Strategies to Master Your Responses

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We all experience plenty of negative situations and people. The key is to be prepared to consciously respond to these negative inputs. One way to help keep your emotions in balance regardless of the circumstances is to use the simple 5 × 5 Rule: If it won’t matter in five years don’t spend more than…