October 18, 2016Coaching, Let's Keep It Quick!
Quickly fix the problem yourself or invest in developing the skills and knowledge of your team? It's hard - as a manager - to resist the urge to 'just fix it already.' However, coaching has a remarkably positive impact on both performance and culture. Coaching is about unlocking the potential that lies within someone. It's about asking questions rather than offering answers. If all we do is supply the answers for others then they will never understand and grow. Your team will have zero chance of innovating and reaching its fullest potential.
There is a misconception that coaching takes a long time. Sure, it can take longer than fixing the problem or resolving the issue yourself, but it doesn't have to be a lengthy process. Coaching conversations can be done quickly. In fact some of the most effective coaching can be done in less than 10 minutes. People's attention spans are short and demands on our time are plentiful, so coaching with speed is often a necessity.
October 11, 2016'Wait. I Am A Genius? No Way!' Finding Your Circle Of Genius
Everyone has genius in them. You just have to know how to uncover it. When you do unlock your inner genius you will be amazed at what you are capable of achieving and how fulfilled you'll be as you advance your career. Genius is different for everyone. Your inner ...
October 4, 2016Coach, Don't Command
"I don't have time to teach them, I just need it fixed." Those were the words that fell out of a manager's mouth while we were discussing the performance of an individual on their team. Actually there was an expletive or two used but I have omitted those. Who hasn't ...
September 27, 2016More Things Talent Should Know
I feel fortunate that I get to listen to lots of radio. I feel lucky that I am able to spend time with talent talking about their dreams, challenges and opportunities. As old fashioned as it is, I still carry a notebook with me. As I converse and brainstorm with ...
September 20, 2016Radio Promotions: Why Are We Getting Them So Wrong?
Promotions and contests have been part of what radio has done since the beginning. But somewhere along the way we stopped thinking straight. We forgot why we do contests and promotions. We forgot what they were initially intended for. These days we have radio ...
September 13, 2016The DNA Of The Underdog
The business world is fierce. Every day is a battle. Marketplaces are competitive. It's a never ending cycle of trial and error. You gain an inch, you lose an inch. You gain some ground and you lose some ground. Each industry has a top dog and underdogs... And it's ...
September 6, 2016Negative vs Positive Feedback: Which Is Right?
This week I heard from a talent who suddenly quit their job. They are an experienced major market talent, who has been doing morning radio successfully, for a long time. They are passionate and committed. They have won awards and challenged the status quo of ...
August 30, 2016The Curse Of Mediocre Performance
Mediocre performance is a virus. Once an individual becomes infected, it spreads quickly and with vigor into their psyche. If an individual becomes infected, mediocrity can start to spread to others, and before long it's bringing everyone down, crippling your team's ...
August 23, 2016The Science Of A Great Break
Science is fact. You can't argue with facts. Therefore we should turn to science to help guide us. Often, when we talk about great content, people share nothing more than their opinion or belief about why it was a success. It's this opinion that leads talent ...
August 16, 2016What Makes A Winner?
The summer Olympics serves as a reminder about what it takes to be a winner. The years of discipline, effort and perseverance all coming together in one moment. Everyone motivated by the same singular goal - to win! To be the undisputed best at something. To feel the ...