Leadersnips

By Chip Scholz, Founder of Scholz & Associates, Inc.

  • Were You Born to Lead?
    Were you born to lead? Perhaps a better question for leaders (current and emerging), is, if the required skills don’t come naturally for you, can they be learned? The debate whether leaders are born or made has been waged for many years. The question centers around how various leadership qualities ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-04-24
  • Create a Culture of Trust: The Power of Accountability
    It may seem near impossible to create a culture of trust when organizational morale and engagement are lowered by people who can’t be counted on. They flame resentments and dissatisfaction throughout the organization. But can holding people personally accountable promote positivity, unity and build trust? There is a paradoxical truth ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-04-19
  • Create a Culture of Trust with Empowerment
    Are the people in your organization empowered to trust? Consider this: Leaders confer the highest levels of authority and trust on employees who effectively complete tasks, resolve problems and make fair decisions. These employees, in turn, become more open to trusting others. Trust is a commodity people spend in proportion ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-04-17
  • Create a Culture of Trust: Foster Positivity and Unity
    As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on future focused books, specifically what neuro-science reveals about social intelligence, the shifts (and disruptions) in technology and perspectives (“we” vs. “me”), and principles that underpin business and life. It’s pretty clear to me how leaders ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-04-12
  • Create a Culture of Trust: Be the Standard-Bearer
    Like it or not, as a leader you are the standard-bearer. You model the standards of integrity throughout the entire organization, so it’s important to recognize the values and expectations you are communicating through words, actions, policies and procedures. Where do you draw the lines on truthfulness, honesty and respectfulness? ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-04-10
  • Create A Culture of Trust: How to Shape Your Future
    I’ve been doing a lot of reading on future focused books, specifically what neuro-science reveals about social intelligence, the shifts (and disruptions) in technology and perspectives (“we” vs. “me”), and principles that underpin business and life. If you want to shape the future of your organization, create a culture of trust. ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-04-05
  • Develop and Leverage Employee Strengths – On Any Budget
    One of the questions I am frequently asked is how to develop and leverage employee strengths on a limited budget. It’s really quite doable; most employees want to get better at what they do, to be stronger contributors, and more qualified to advance to greater responsibilities. I have found the ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-04-03
  • An Organization Built on Strengths:Creating Multi-discipline Teams
    Have you noticed how people are often paired together because they are similar, rather than because of their diverse strengths? It really doesn’t make sense to me, when teams composed of individuals who vary in their strengths, skills and personalities, feed synergy and motivation. I have seen leaders achieve tremendous ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-03-29
  • An Organization Built on Strengths
    As a leader, have you noticed how employees who are encouraged to use their strengths are more interested in what they’re doing and apply themselves more fully? They are more productive, inspired, and loyal. It’s really no surprise. When organizations lead people through their strengths, they benefit in many ways: ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-03-27
  • Dealing with Leadership Consensus Dependency
    You don’t have to look far to see the signs of leaders who aren’t comfortable dealing with disputes. Unfortunately, this only reinforces consensus dependency. Learning to accept and work within conflict is key. Leaders who resist conflict must understand its necessity: the best ideas and solutions often hatch from disagreements. ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Consensus Leadership: Mind the Gaps
    I’ve been discussing consensus leadership and the many drawbacks it presents. When I discuss this with my coaching clients, those who overvalue consensus and unity identify conflict as their primary source of managerial tension. Disharmony causes them anguish, so the prospect of confrontation troubles them. They work overtime to establish ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-03-20
  • Can You Detect a Consensus Leadership Mindset?
    Can you detect a consensus leadership mindset? Your employees can. Working for a consensus-minded leader certainly has its advantages, but I’ve seen many problems arise when leaders succumb to consensus driven leadership. Leaders who are too democracy oriented consistently struggle to make decisions, especially on issues where the team’s view ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-03-15
  • The Pros and Cons of Consensus Leadership
    When I hear people complain that their leaders are bordering on solicitous behaviors, being too concerned about including everyone in every decision, it makes me wonder: are they experiencing the cons of consensus leadership? Working for someone who favors consensus-style leadership may seem fairly innocuous and even desirable, but those ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-03-13
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Consensus Leadership
    Do you favor consensus leadership? If you’re anything like the employees I talk to, you do. Most people will say they prefer consensus-run organizations, where a leader uses inclusion and feedback to manage democratically. Who wouldn’t? Especially if you think of the alternative tyrant or dictator who issues stern orders. A consensus-style ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-03-08
  • Leadership Stress and Your Emotional Health
    Everyone pays attention to the issues of emotional health when the stress gets so bad it starts to eat people up. It’s often only after the fact, when emotions interfere with their performance or someone becomes burned out. Every leadership position faces stress. It comes with the territory. Not all of ... read more
    Source: Chip Scholz LeadersnipsPublished on 2018-03-06

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