Short Term Planning in Uncertain Times

We are coming up on Quarter 2. But regardless if it’s Q2, Q3, or Q4, it’s all the same.

This is a great time to create your 90 day plan. 

If you are a business owner who typically doesn’t like to plan too far ahead. This weeks podcast creates space for you to think about how you want to plan for the uncertainty that lies ahead. 

You ready?

What Ineffective Leaders Miss in Accountability

Accountability is an important topic for leaders.  So important that I teach half-day training sessions for larger companies on creating an environment for accountability to exist.  In all the training sessions that I do on this topic, leaders miss one essential thing to create powerful accountability.  The leader must be accountable first.

If you are leading teams and your style is more of a “do as I say not as I do” approach, accountability will be tough to come by. 

Perhaps you are thinking this isn’t me. Perhaps you have already fessed up.  All of us are guilty of this.  Here are some things to look at for yourself.

You may lack accountability as a leader if you…:

  • Don’t have a role written down for yourself.  You lack clarity on what your most important functions are to lead their team.
  • Lack understanding of your strengths and/or you don’t design your work around what you do best in the form of scheduling.
  • Constantly respond to “crisis” events.
  • Leave projects half-finished.
  • Change your mind frequently as to what the next move for your company is.
  • Say things and then don’t follow through.
  • Get angry at your team members for behaviors that you are also guilty of while justifying your behavior because “you are the boss”.
  • Avoid planning and goal setting.

Does any of this sound familiar?  If any of us are being honest, we all exhibit some of these qualities as leaders at times.  Some do this more than others.

Rather than beat yourself up over what you aren’t doing as a leader, here are some things to work on to help you stay accountable.

  1. Get Some Accountability in Your Life.   It’s not uncommon for me to run into leaders who don’t work with a coach, have a mentor, meet with a therapist or operate in a mastermind.  It doesn’t matter what form that accountability comes in as long as it helps you to see your blind spots.
  2. Create a set of Core Values for Your Company.  There are a lot of successful companies out there that have issues with team culture and follow through.  Many of these companies lack core values.  Creating core values makes it clear to you and the team what the most important behavior is in your organization.  This is a great team exercise as well if you don’t have this in place.
  3. Utilize Agreements.  Agreements create a container that your organization operates within.  Think of them like boundaries (although not always the same).  Agreements create an opportunity for you and your team members to discuss and agree upon (thus the name agreements) for how you will operate at work.  When things break down at work it’s typically because of one of two things, either your team doesn’t understand the request or there are no agreements.  Unaccountable leaders operate from a world of unspoken expectations.  They say things like, “that person should just know that”.  You are responsible, as a leader, to ensure that communication is understood as well as agreed upon.
  4. Be a Stand for the Things that You Hold Dear.  Agreements, goals, and values don’t mean anything if you are unwilling to be a stand for these things in your daily work environment.  Human beings are rebellious.  We love to toe the line and see what we can get away with. A leader will stand for the standards that have been created to give those standards real meaning.
  5. Embrace Confrontation.  Confrontation is a gift but only if we use it to help people and solve problems.  It’s not a gift if we use it for control, guilt, and shame.  Confronting difficult situations can be a powerful way to create accountability when you are able to show your team where they are off track and help them get back into integrity with their work.
  6. Create Measurable Goals.  Your team wants to know what the standard is and how they can achieve the standard.  Without measurable outcomes, this becomes more difficult for team members to assess and they will likely feel confused by what you expect of them.  If you are assuming that people just “know”, well, they don’t.
  7. Be Disciplined.  If you don’t have the discipline to embrace the things above, why would your team embrace them?  The quick answer they won’t and for the ones that do, they likely won’t respect you enough to stick around.  Jordan Peterson had this to say about this topic:

“Can you imagine yourself in 10 years if, instead of avoiding the things you know you should do, you actually did them every single day? That’s powerful.”

Your team is an investment and we make deposits into our team every day whether those deposits are intentional (how we interact) or unintentional (what they see).  If accountability is important, look at this list.  The things listed are easy to do but hard to live.  They require your desire and your discipline to make it happen.  When you actively work towards this end, you start to create influence in a way that invites your team to a higher standard, and they work in an empowered way.

The thing not to miss here is that you have all the power to influence healthy accountability.

Thriving in Uncertain Times

In times of uncertainty, the world needs your leadership more than ever.

You can’t lead people through uncertainty if you are not clear on your path.

You can’t lead people through uncertainty if you don’t have a plan.

You can’t lead people through uncertainty if you don’t have financial margin to do.

The entire world is playing in a place of scarcity right now. When everyone goes right, this is when you go left.

We are counting on you.

The Stock Market is Not Your Friend

The stock market is not your friend.

The stock investment world is one of the most misunderstood and misleading industries in the marketplace.

This week’s episode touches on who should invest in the stock market and what you should understand if you do decide to invest.

You need to hear this.

Let’s dive in.

Leading from the Heart with Dr. Nima Rahmany

In this week’s episode, Brandon Allen talks with Dr. Nima about healing from the stress and trauma that keeps leaders from leading from their hearts. 

Dr. Nima Rahmany started his career as a chiropractic physician.  His career took a shift when he got some news of a patient of his that had died of a heart attack. This situation created a shift in how Dr. Nima wanted to address the health and wellbeing of his patients as well as the world.

Dr. Nima breaks down the process that he has used to heal people all over the world and, in this healing, stand in their true power.

To learn more about Dr. Nima and his healing process go to https://drnima.com/

Incentives that Matter

Money is the seemingly easy path to motivating behavior and showing appreciation.

Money is also one of the quickest ways to completely miss the boat on what really makes your team tick.

Brandon Allen spent a decade engaging teams in high pressure situations and learned a lot about what motivates people beyond throwing money at them.

Check it out.

Take Responsibility

Life seems easier when it’s somebody else’s fault. 

Your marriage.

Your work. 

Your president.

Leaders who create influence are leaders who take responsibility for their outcomes. And this responsibly stretches past points most are willing to embrace.

Today’s podcast takes you the through three things to help you be mindful of your role in this process.

Three things that when applied will absolutely change your effectiveness as a leader and and your profitability as an organization

Intentional Thinking Creates Your Best Work

Most people live their lives in autopilot.

How they work. How they raise kids. How they take care of their health. 

If all you do is hope things work out, you are likely to be disappointed.

The most powerful work you do is centered around being present to who you are being.

To be present, you must create the space to allow for it.

Let’s discuss this, how your intentions matter and play a role in the quality your work.

Growth Check in for 2020

At the time of releasing this episode, we are a month into the year.

The question is, “How are you doing?”

Are you achieving the growth as a leader that you wanted to achieve

Is your team achieving the goals you set?

This is a great time to assess where you are at and make the necessary course correction. 

Pay specific attention to my 3-level assessment tool I share in this episode!

Rules are Lazy Managers

When things go wrong in our business, it’s easy to take a default position of creating rules and regulations in an attempt to ensure the situation doesn’t happen again.

Unfortunately, this approach typically misses the mark and leaves a leader less free. It also kills growth.

This week, you get five things to do instead and two questions to ask yourself this week to create a better approach for you and your team.

Listen in!