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Leaders, Do You Trust Your Gut?

In our information-based world, many leaders have learned to make decisions based on whatever solid data can be gathered regarding a particular situation. But neuroscience has proven that there’s another important factor you should employ in leadership decision-making: trusting your gut.

Authentic Leaders Address Emotional Needs

Working effectively with people isn’t about how fast or how well your brain can process information, says the Forbes article The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading. As humans, we want and need to connect with each other on a deeper level—which takes empathy and imagination rather than just data.

More and more studies show that people perform better when their emotional needs are met. Leaders with good emotional intelligence and strong insights about their team members are better equipped to handle this.

Authentic leaders know themselves. They don’t depend solely on the “hard facts” – instead, they rely on their inner instincts and aren’t afraid to trust themselves, even if that means going against the grain when a situation dictates.

Why It Makes Sense to Follow Your Instincts

Human behavioral science believes that your gut collects and holds all your experiences and learning since you were born. When you trust your gut, you draw on this wealth of valuable information that can help you make better decisions, often more quickly and without having to process myriads of information.

Research has shown that when you combine this gut instinct with a thorough review of data, it can improve your decision-making in big, bold ways.

The leadership transformation coaches at Authentic Leadership International (www.boldermoves.com), can show you leadership approaches that use the right mix of facts, bold insight, and emotional intelligence to create a successful and empowered team.

Leaders, Try These Tips to Trust Your Gut

From FastCompany.com, here are some easy strategies you can use to trust your gut when making leadership decisions:

  • Take time to reflect. Avoid the temptation to make a snap decision and instead tell team members you need time to “sleep on it.”
  • If you tend to overanalyze, set a time limit for your decision and go to your gut at the end of that time period to see what your instincts tell you. Also be mindful of how you’re feeling, as that’s another way to access your gut intelligence.
  • Make a list of all your gut decisions and their outcomes. You’ll start to equate how you felt on a “gut level” with the results of your choice. Over time, you’ll be able to recognize when your instincts are giving you the thumbs up (or thumbs down) on a situation.

Bonus BOLD Tip: If it’s been a challenge for you to get in touch with your inner instincts, try meditation. Regularly participating in this powerful practice offers benefits that can not only help you deepen your capacity as a leader, but also give you fresh perspectives in your personal and professional lives.

Adding gut instincts to your decision-making tool box as a leader can help you and your team achieve impressive and on-going success.

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About Colleen

Colleen Slaughter - International Leadership CoachColleen Slaughter, Your Big, BOLDER Life Mentor, is a speaker, coach, author and founder of Authentic Leadership International. She is passionate about providing ambitious International leaders with the courage, confidence and clarity they need to stop selling themselves short, to claim what they really want in business and in life and to go for it!

Clients say Colleen has helped them find their voice, listen to it, and act on it, and that, by doing so, they have gained a sense of freedom, joy and fulfillment beyond measure.

Colleen’s perspectives have been featured in ABC, NBC, CBS, Enterprising Women and the Woman’s Advantage® Shared Wisdom Calendar for 2012, 2015 and 2016.

If she could be granted a superpower, it would be to vanish people’s feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness and to replace them with the deep understanding of how much they, and what they envision for themselves are important.
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Are You Fully Committed To Motivating Your Employees?

In today’s business climate, it takes a lot more than money to motivate employees. In fact, when asked what motivates them to go the extra mile, money wasn’t even at the top of the list for many employees.

In a recent TED Talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely shared three non-monetary factors that positively influence workplace performance:

1) The meaningfulness of what we do.

2) The acknowledgement by others about what we do.

3) The difficulty of what we do—the harder it is, the prouder we are of it.

 

From a TED Talk website article, here are a few non-monetary motivational tips you might want to try in your organization.

Non-Monetary Team Motivators

Offer The Promise Of Helping Others – Presented properly, this can be extremely motivating to employees.

University of Michigan psychologist Adam Grant ran a study placing two types of signs at a hospital’s hand-washing station. One read “Hand hygiene prevents you from catching diseases” and the other “Hand hygiene prevents patients from catching diseases.” At the stations with the signs mentioning patients, doctors and nurses used 45 percent more soap or sanitizer.

It only takes some creative thinking for leaders to show how the team’s work is benefitting someone, from other team members to the public at large.

Present Positive Body LanguageBody language speaks as loudly as verbal feedback when it comes to influencing motivation.

Harvard University students gave speeches and interviews where experimenters either nodded and smiled or shook their heads and crossed their arms. When later tested, the group with the positive reinforcement answered numerical questions more accurately than the other group.

According to the study, this is because the students who saw positive body language believed they could handle the situation while the other group felt more discouraged—even if either group didn’t consciously know it. Leaders should pay close attention to be sure they’re sending the appropriate messages through their body language.

Allow Emotion-Producing Pictures – Hiroshima University students performed a dexterity task before and after seeing pictures of adult or baby animals. Both situations created better performance, but there was an additional ten percent improvement after students saw images of cute puppies and kittens.

Researchers call this the “cuteness-triggered positive emotion” and believe it helps us improve our motivation and performance on tasks that need close attention.

We at Authentic Leadership International (www.boldermoves.com) can help you master a variety of ways to effectively motivate your team to greater achievements.

Practical Tips to Stay Motivated

The Forbes.com article “How To Stay Super Motivated” offers some additional suggestions for motivation that can be practiced personally by leaders and team members.

  • Truly commit yourself to personal excellence regardless of what others around you are doing.
  • Spend two minutes every day reminding yourself of the “why” of what you are committed to.
  • Believe that you are unstoppable – and tell yourself this again and again.
  • Congratulate yourself on your successes every night, even the small things. This sense of achievement will improve your drive and motivation, says the article.

Bolder Moves BONUS Tip: You already know accountability is a key leadership quality, so don’t forget to hold yourself accountable when it comes to staying motivated. Being accountable can help you deepen your understanding of yourself and your team, achieve bigger goals more effectively, and stay focused even when challenges inevitably pop up.

No matter how you generate it, motivation is a key factor in obtaining high-quality, success-building results.

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About Colleen

Colleen Slaughter - International Leadership CoachColleen Slaughter, Your Big, BOLDER Life Mentor, is a speaker, coach, author and founder of Authentic Leadership International. She is passionate about providing ambitious International leaders with the courage, confidence and clarity they need to stop selling themselves short, to claim what they really want in business and in life and to go for it!

Clients say Colleen has helped them find their voice, listen to it, and act on it, and that, by doing so, they have gained a sense of freedom, joy and fulfillment beyond measure.

Colleen’s perspectives have been featured in ABC, NBC, CBS, Enterprising Women and the Woman’s Advantage® Shared Wisdom Calendar for 2012, 2015 and 2016.

If she could be granted a superpower, it would be to vanish people’s feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness and to replace them with the deep understanding of how much they, and what they envision for themselves are important.
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Stand Out In Your Job Interview With These Questions

In a recent post titled, How A “Reverse Interview” Can Get You A Job, I shared how asking targeted questions in a job interview can impress you potential employer, giving you an edge over other candidates and increasing your chances of a job offer.

The right questions to ask will vary depending on the particular job and industry you’re going for and will require some specific research on your part. There are, however, some general questions that should always be on your list.

Here are some good examples to get you started, broken down by categories.

Job Specifics – Here’s where you can learn more about both the “hard” and “soft” skills required to be successful and provide more information on your qualifications.

  • What are the challenges of this position?
  • What have past employees done to succeed in this role?
  • Can you describe a typical day for the person in this position?
  • Who held this position previously? OR Why is this position open?

Performance/Advancement/Success – You want to understand how (and if) the company encourages, supports, and rewards their employees.

  • Can you describe the performance review process?
  • What are your expectations for the person in this role in the first 3/6/12 months?
  • Are there opportunities for continuing education and/or professional training?
  • What are the most important qualities needed for an employee to succeed and advance in the company?
  • Will I receive any training for this specific role?

Company Stability – If you can, it’s important to know that the company isn’t going to be laying you off or shutting down shortly after hiring you.

  • What are the company’s short-term and long-term goals for success? How would my team support them?
  • Which goals are you most excited about achieving?
  • Where do you think the company will be in the next five years?

Company Culture – These questions help you get a feel for how you’ll “fit in” with other employees if you’re hired.

  • What have you enjoyed most about working here?
  • How do you handle interpersonal issues on the team?
  • How would you describe the working environment—collaborative, independent?
  • Can you tell me how the company has changed since you came on board?

Closing Questions – Wrap things up or get details on anything you still want to know.

  • Which of my skills and experiences would make me a qualified candidate?
  • Does anything in my qualifications or background concern you around my fit for the job?
  • What are the next steps?

A final note: Don’t ask about benefits or salary during your interview. Once you get an offer you can negotiate your salary if needed and will learn about the benefits package. If either of those is a deal-breaker, you don’t have to accept the job offer.

Feel free to share any questions you’ve asked during an interview that helped get you hired.

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About Colleen

CSlaughter-03-200x300Colleen Slaughter, Your Big, BOLDER Life Mentor, is a speaker, coach, author and founder of Authentic Leadership International. She is passionate about providing ambitious women leaders with the courage, confidence and clarity they need to stop selling themselves short, to claim what they really want in business and in life and to go for it!

Clients say Colleen has helped them find their voice, listen to it, and act on it, and that, by doing so, they have gained a sense of freedom, joy and fulfillment beyond measure.

Colleen’s perspectives have been featured in ABC, NBC, CBS, Enterprising Women and the Woman’s Advantage® Shared Wisdom Calendar for 2012, 2015 and 2016.

If she could be granted a superpower, it would be to vanish people’s feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness and to replace them with the deep understanding of how much they, and what they envision for themselves are important.
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To Achieve Success, Acknowledge Your Failures

If you could eavesdrop on the conversations of successful people, you’d hear a lot about hard work, smart decisions, insightful investments and other details that got them to the top. You’re less likely to hear about their setbacks, wrong turns, and multiple re-starts, although you can be sure they occurred.

To paraphrase a favorite saying: failure happens—to everyone. But rather than shamefully ignoring our failures, we actually improve our odds of future success by fully acknowledging and embracing them to both ourselves and others.

Document Your Disasters

A recent Harvard Business Review article by business consultant and author Bill Taylor showcases some very accomplished people who had the courage to list their failures on Twitter and other outlets for all the world to see. They did it to remind everyone that mistakes are often the greatest catalyst for success, and acknowledging them helps you let go of what you did and refocus on what you can now do.

“In a world defined by hypercompetition and intense pressure, where business breakthroughs and career advancement demand a willingness to take risks and defy convention, the notion that any person can achieve meaningful success without experiencing setbacks and disappointments seems hopelessly naïve. A willingness to chronicle your failures helps to create the kind of resilience that allows you to get beyond them,” says Taylor.

Own Up To Mistakes

Looking our own mistakes in the eye is a good first step, but an on-going fear of future failures can still prevent us from achieving the success we desire. Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, writes in a recent Forbes article, “Fear of failure is worse than failure itself because it condemns you to a life of unrealized potential.”

Having the courage to acknowledge our mistakes not only to ourselves but also to our bosses or team members shows that we’re not too proud to ask for support and learn from our errors. This accountability helps others to trust our integrity while also boosting our confidence to handle failures more effectively when they happen. The positive feedback reduces fear.

Keep Success And Failure In Perspective

Remember that failure doesn’t happen because of something we are; it’s because of something we did. We are not our failures any more than we are our successes, although we like to believe that second one!

Here are some great quotes that can help us all keep a positive outlook as we acknowledge our failures.

  • “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”– Eloise Ristad
  • “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”– Johnny Cash
  • “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”– Zig Ziglar

And finally:

  • “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”– Winston Churchill

Remember: the next mistake you make could be the first step to something awesome. It’s all in how you handle it.

 

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About Colleen

CSlaughter-03-200x300Colleen Slaughter, Your Big, BOLDER Life Mentor, is a speaker, coach, author and founder of Authentic Leadership International. She is passionate about providing ambitious women leaders with the courage, confidence and clarity they need to stop selling themselves short, to claim what they really want in business and in life and to go for it!

Clients say Colleen has helped them find their voice, listen to it, and act on it, and that, by doing so, they have gained a sense of freedom, joy and fulfillment beyond measure.

Colleen’s perspectives have been featured in ABC, NBC, CBS, Enterprising Women and the Woman’s Advantage® Shared Wisdom Calendar for 2012, 2015 and 2016.

If she could be granted a superpower, it would be to vanish people’s feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness and to replace them with the deep understanding of how much they, and what they envision for themselves are important.
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