Initiative & Keeping Monkeys off Your Back – Video Guide
developing a culture of initiative on your team where your team members solve problems and address situations before they come to you us a great way to keep these monkeys off of your back. Every problem that a member of your team can solve without having to come to you for guidance is one less monkey for you to handle.

Initiative & Keeping Monkeys off Your Back – Video Guide

One of the most widely read Harvard Business Review Articles ever written is from back in 1999 and talks about how leaders often assume problems that members of their team should be taking care of. If you’d like to read it, you can find it here. The article has a lot of great rules to implement for what to do as a leader if someone tries to let one of these monkeys jump off of their back and on to yours, but developing a culture of initiative on your team where your team members solve problems and address situations before they come to you us a great way to keep these monkeys off of your back. Every problem that a member of your team can solve without having to come to you for guidance is one less monkey for you to handle.

Ways to Develop Initiative

  • First, don’t just assign your team members tasks or duties, give them problems to solve or areas of responsibility
  • Give each team member appropriate authority to handle their assigned problems or responsibilities.
  • Encourage creative and innovative solutions and allow your team to pursue these solutions within the authority you have given them
  • And it’s really important to allow your team to make mistakes and learn from them. People can learn more from a few false starts than from immediate success. It also can help refine their ideas into the best possible solution by seeing what doesn’t work

The key to following all of these tips is to understand the degree of trust that you have in your team members and the amount of trust they have placed in you. in the video, Jason discusses both of these kinds of trust in detail and how you should take the amount of trust between you and your team in order to apply the tips above.

 

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Many of us spend a lot of our time and effort taking care of the other people on our teams. We make sure they have the tools and resources to do their jobs. a safe and secure work environment, and we often go to great lengths to ensure they get enough time away from work to rest and recharge as well as spend time with the people they care about. Because we are often so focused on making sure our team members we sometimes forget that taking care of ourselves is critical as well. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and making time to get away from the work environment is critical to maintaining our creativity and decision making processes and taking care of ourselves helps us manage stress and keep a positive outlook.

Taking Care of Ourselves – Video Guide

Many of us spend a lot of our time and effort taking care of the other people on our teams. We make sure they have the tools and resources to do their jobs. a safe and secure work environment, and we often go to great lengths to ensure they get enough time away from work to rest and recharge as well as spend time with the people they care about. Because we are often so focused on making sure our team members we sometimes forget that taking care of ourselves is critical as well. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and making time to get away from the work environment is critical to maintaining our creativity and decision making processes and taking care of ourselves helps us manage stress and keep a positive outlook.

Pillars for Taking Care of Ourselves

There are several aspects to keep in mind as we seek to maintain a balanced lifestyle that will keep us at peak performance:

  • Fitness and Exercise
  • Healthy Eating
  • Taking Time Away from Work
  • Finding Time to Recharge Daily

Ignoring one or more of these areas can push us out of balance. Sometimes our responsibilities as leaders might force us to place less priority on one of these areas, but it’s important that we get ourselves back in balance as soon as possible. In the video, Jason discusses all four pillars and gives effective tips on how to make each pillar stronger in our professional lives. He also addresses some of the challenges associated with each pillar and ways we can overcome them. Our teams are only as good as their weakest link and if we aren’t taking care of ourselves we might find that we are that weak link. We can avoid degrading our own performance and that of our team by making conscious decisions to take care of ourselves and keep our lives in balance.

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Just like our homes can get cluttered as the year goes on, our teams can get cluttered with misplaced priorities, ineffective procedures and tasks that no longer serve a valuable purpose. While we should always be on the lookout for waste and activities that are no longer serving our purpose or helping us achieve our mission, planning a spring cleaning activity can help us get focused on making improvements without getting caught up in our normal day-to-day activities.

Spring Cleaning – Video Guide

Just like our homes can get cluttered as the year goes on, our teams can get cluttered with misplaced priorities, ineffective procedures and tasks that no longer serve a valuable purpose. While we should always be on the lookout for waste and activities that are no longer serving our purpose or helping us achieve our mission, planning a spring cleaning activity can help us get focused on making improvements without getting caught up in our normal day-to-day activities.

Depending on how long it has been since you last did a thorough assessment of the activities that your team does on a daily basis, you may find out that there are so many things to review that it makes sense to tackle the most important ones first and come back at a later time to address the others. If you’re wondering where to get started on reviewing a task, procedure or activity, here are a few questions you can ask yourself and your team to determine how to proceed:

Spring Cleaning Questions

  • Does anyone use the results of this task?
  • Does this activity take a large proportion of work time, but is used infrequently?
  • Does the information produced by this process give us insight about our mission or our team, or is it outdated?
  • Is there someone on another team or elsewhere in the organization that uses the outputs?

One of the most challenging parts of a spring cleaning activity is to determine what course of action to follow after we’ve done our assessment. In the video Jason talks about how to determine which tasks to keep, which ones to get rid of and some ways to approach improving on a process that you need to keep, but is inefficient or wasteful.

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We created this workshop for highly motivated Millennial leaders who aspire to be the leaders of the future and are just starting on their journey. It is aimed at those who want to develop a strong leadership core based on a combination of proven leadership practices and more modern techniques appropriate to our mobile, digital age. There is a strong emphasis on communication, public speaking, networking and professional relationship building as the essential skills any leader needs to be successful. At the end of this intensive, 20-hour workshop you will come away with more confidence in your speaking ability, stronger networking skills, a greater ability to initiate and maintain solid professional relationships and a deeper insight into your own core values, leadership traits and personal leadership style.

PRICE REDUCED! Essential Skills for Millennial Leaders Workshop April 15-17, 2016

We created this workshop for highly motivated Millennial leaders who aspire to be the leaders of the future and are just starting on their journey. It is aimed at those who want to develop a strong leadership core based on a combination of proven leadership practices and more modern techniques appropriate to our mobile, digital age.  There is a strong emphasis on communication, public speaking, networking and professional relationship building as the essential skills any leader needs to be successful.  At the end of this intensive, 20-hour workshop you will come away with more confidence in your speaking ability, stronger networking skills, a greater ability to initiate and maintain solid professional relationships and a deeper insight into your own core values, leadership traits and personal leadership style.

Join us in Historic Downtown Las Vegas for this unique opportunity
to practice your leadership and business skills with other up-and-coming leaders

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th, 2016
Friday – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: CoOperate On Main
817 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV
(map)

Instructors:
Jason LeDuc (bio)
Drew Masur (bio)

Workshop Cost: $499
(does not include food or lodging)

Let us help you maximize your career performance in 2016!

Sign up here for the Essential Skills for Millennial Leaders Workshop!

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The Future is Out There…Lead the Way!

One of the ideas we embrace most passionately Evil Genius Leadership Consultants is that as leaders we need to take the time to get connected with our communities and find ways to listen and understand what challenges people are facing. One of the ways we build this connection is through gathering young, ambitious leaders and business owners as well as aspiring leaders to talk about the leadership issues and problems that you face every day. To make this conversation a reality, we are hosting our next Las Vegas Millennial Leadership Forum on Wednesday, March 16 at Ricardo's Mexican restaurant from 7:30-9:00 PM.

Las Vegas Millennial Leadership Forum – March 16, 2016

One of the ideas we embrace most passionately Evil Genius Leadership Consultants is that as leaders we need to take the time to get connected with our communities and find ways to listen and understand what challenges people are facing.   One of the ways we build this connection is through gathering young, ambitious leaders and business owners as well as aspiring leaders to talk about the leadership issues and problems that you face every day. To make this conversation a reality, we are hosting our next Las Vegas Millennial Leadership Forum on Wednesday, March 16 at Ricardo’s Mexican restaurant from 7:30-9:00 PM.

Las Vegas Millennial Leadership Forum

Would you like to have a voice in how future leaders are developed in your industry? We invite you to bring your challenges, pain points, successes and insights to our leadership forum. Meet other young leaders from the Las Vegas area and enjoy appetizers and drinks as we together discuss the key principles to make ourselves more effective leaders in the Las Vegas community. Our goal is to create an open dialogue about the challenges you face in your workplaces with the managers who lead you, your peers and those you lead and supervise. We really want to make sure that we’re doing good work for the community and addressing the challenges you actually face as leaders, not just what we think you might be dealing with. We’d love to hear about any challenges or successes you can share with us and some areas we’d like to learn more about from you are:

  • What leadership styles are present in your organization and how do they affect your team?
  • What is the leadership culture in your organization and does it help or hinder success?
  • Does your organization communicate effectively?
  • How does your organization manage and resolve conflict?
  • Does your organization provide effective training of communication and public speaking skills?
  • How does your organization approach problem solving and decision-making?

The discussion will help us understand where we as a company can create better programs, workshops and content that will help young Las Vegas leaders better meet their challenges, achieve their goals and advance their careers. Please join us on March 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM for the Las Vegas Millennial Leadership Forum at Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant in Las Vegas. Seating is limited so reserve a spot today with us on Facebook or by emailing us at jason@evilgeniusleadership.com. We’ll be in the event room with some refreshments and are looking forward to hearing your insights and questions!

Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant
4930 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103

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There is nothing more rewarding than helping young leaders successfully navigate the challenges they face every day and providing that kind of assistance is exactly why we started Evil Genius Leadership Consultants. We love it when you send us your questions and we try our best to provide you with thoughtful answers and practical steps you can use to solve the problem. This week's video answers a question by Felix M. who would like some advice on starting difficult conversations with his team members. In the video we show the steps you can take to plan any difficult conversation to help it go more smoothly as well as some key tips for execution of the conversation.

Starting Difficult Conversations – Video Q&A

There is nothing more rewarding than helping young leaders successfully navigate the challenges they face every day and providing that kind of assistance is exactly why we started Evil Genius Leadership Consultants. We love it when you send us your questions and we try our best to provide you with thoughtful answers and practical steps you can use to solve the problem. This week’s video answers a question by Felix M. who would like some advice on starting difficult conversations with his team members. In the video we show the steps you can take to plan any difficult conversation to help it go more smoothly as well as some key tips for execution of the conversation.

Starting Difficult Conversations – Building a Plan

  1. Figure out exactly the message you want to get across. Think through all of the main points that you want or need to make as part of the conversation.
  2. Determine who needs to be part of the conversation or hear what you have to say.
  3. Consciously choose the location for the conversation. Find a place without any distractions like active work spaces or high traffic areas.
  4. Timing of your conversation is also critical to keep the other members of your conversation focused on your message.

You can find more details on how to build an effective plan for your difficult conversation in the video. We also talk about why these kinds of conversations can be difficult to help get you in the right mindset to craft your message and the tone of your discussion. Also check out the end of the video for a few key tactics to use during your difficult conversation to keep it moving smoothly while addressing the concerns of your team and getting your message across at the same time.

 

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