It’s all about questions

As someone who started as a journalist, I know the value of great questions. Throughout my career, I’ve focused on asking good questions to move projects forward, to inspire thinking on the part of direct reports and colleagues, and to help me sort out my life and work. It’s always great to read articles that support the value of questions. Check out this article from Fast Company. It’s just a three-minute read – http://bit.ly/1Qgmt2n 

Paperclips to the Rescue

Have you ever had one of those days when a task is just too darn difficult? For example, you can’t get the last chocolate covered cookie out of the plastic shell that’s holding it hostage. You have two choices. One is to give up and forget the cookie and the other is to find a tool to help you with the task, for example, a paper clip that’s resting on the desk waiting to be used.

If you’re like me, you used the paper clip.

Now, what’s that have to do with leading your team? Well, do you give up at the first sign of adversity, the first challenge, the first “lack of tools”? If so, you’re never going to make it to the lofty title of leader. Actually, you’re also not even going to be a good Team Lead, Supervisor or Manager. You have to find the tools, access the resources and allow your people to use them appropriately. As the leader you may be in front of the group, behind the group, or not even in the work area, and they’ll still be moving forward. Find the tools required, provide them at the right time and use them appropriately.

Now, take a look at your work area. What tools aren’t there for you and your people? How do you get the appropriate tools? Remember, tools can be physical objects or human resources. Use both as required.

Any Great VA Suggestions?

One of the challenges of working as a solo entrepreneur is deciding when to outsource work. Do you find this a challenge?

Many of my entrepreneur friends have expressed frustration when it comes to getting everything done, yet, they won’t find one or more virtual assistants. I can relate. My coach continually tells me to outsource some of my work. I continually tell my clients to outsource some of their work. Apparently I talk better than I listen.

At the recent eWomen Network Convention in Dallas, Texas, one of the presenters outlined the services of his off-shore company. It sounded inviting to several of us. Have we checked it out? I know I haven’t but I am checking again with a couple of virtual assistants I’ve used in the past.

My biggest challenge when outsourcing is determining WHAT to outsource. I’d love to hear comments and suggestions about your process for deciding and delegating big stuff and little stuff. I need the help. And, I am very comfortable when something is done differently than I might have done it. Frequently it’s done better by fresh eyes.

Garth Roberts

Launch of a Simpler System is coming

Time does slip by and the “launch” that was to happen months ago has taken longer than expected. Why? Putting a great product out, rather than a good or adequate product, takes time. So, A SIMPLER SYSTEM: 7 Keys to Inspired Leadership will launch this fall.

Watch for the introductory offers – FREE!

A couple of eBooks are in the works, two or three webinars, and some other leadership insights will be offered before the launch.

Oh, yes, I’d love your response to these survey questions. If you have ever transitioned from Worker to Leader – regular employee to lead hand, supervisor, manager, etc., please give me your comments for the following:

  1. My greatest personal challenge in becoming a new leader was …
  2. The biggest headache/challenge from my direct reports/team was …

I look forward to your comments.

See http://garthroberts.com/simpler-system-workshop/ for a summary.

Garth

Fall Forward to Action

In a few weeks, those of us who live with Daylight Saving Time, will hear the phrase “fall back” so we know how to set our clocks. September isn’t quite fall, or autumn, if you prefer, but it’s, for many people, the start of a new cycle in the year as vacations end, school begins, and new projects abound. I feel refreshed and I’m ready to “fall forward to action.” How about you? What projects are on your plate for the balance of 2014?

In the coming weeks I’ll be telling you more about my pet project – A SIMPLER SYSTEM: 7 Keys to Inspired Leadership. More information to follow.

Garth Roberts, CSP.

A Simpler System: 7 Keys to Inspired Leadership

It’s fall; it’s time to get back to work. After a few months of development I’m about to launch A Simpler System: 7 Keys to Inspired Leadership. I’ve had the program for some time and keep tweaking it to add value. By late September the Launch will happen. So, the big question is, what is your greatest challenge as a supervisor, manager, CEO or entrepreneur when it comes to leading/inspiring others?