Unlocking the Power of Servant Leadership: Embracing Robert K. Greenleaf’s Vision for Empowering and Nurturing Growth

Servant-leaders are functionally superior because they are closer to the ground — they hear things, see things, know things, and their intuitive insight is exceptional. Because of this they are dependable and trusted.
–Robert K. Greenleaf

Servant Leadership Style

We’ve mentioned Servant Leadership in the past and feel that it needs to be discussed again.

The term servant leadership was coined in 1970 by Robert K. Greenleaf, and some describe it as being the reverse of traditional leadership. It’s where the needs of the people/employees/colleagues are viewed as priorities, and it means replacing the dictatorial and drill sergeant types of leadership styles and behaviors (that were so prevalent in the past) with “people” and “relationship” skills. It also includes a focus on helping others grow.

Carol Smith wrote an article where she compiled research regarding servant leadership entitled The Leadership Theory Of Robert K. Greenleaf.  In it she highlights 20 characteristics and attributes critical to servant leadership (excerpts below):

9 Functional Attributes (defined as intrinsic characteristics of servant-leaders):

  1. Vision
  2. Honesty
  3. Integrity
  4. Trust
  5. Service
  6. Modeling
  7. Pioneering
  8. Appreciation
  9. Empowerment

11 Accompanying Attributes

  1. Communication
  2. Credibility
  3. Competence
  4. Stewardship
  5. Visibility
  6. Influence
  7. Persuasion
  8. Listening
  9. Encouragement
  10. Teaching
  11. Delegation

It’s interesting that so many of these attributes are included in the Leadership Journey and in our COMPASS assessment! Our belief is that strong and effective leadership means building relationships with others, it means being genuinely interested in those we interact with, it means being committed to continual learning (for ourselves and others), and it means creating a work culture of trust and inclusiveness.

Are you a servant leader? How are you helping others grow and thrive in their career? Could you do more? 

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

~Mahatma Gandhi

Leading the Future of IT: PeopleTek’s Premier Strategy for Advancing Tech Professionals and Their Teams

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Unlocking the Secrets to Retaining Top Talent: A Leader’s Guide

Effective leadership includes creating plans to keep top talent

Are you successfully retaining top talent or are you being impacted by the loss of key performers?

Gallup reports that it costs roughly two times the average salary to replace the person that leaves, and that morale, deliverables, and customer service also suffer. It was also reported that 52% of those quitting could have been impacted to stay by their leader or HR, but were not.

So, as a leader, what can you do?

There are a few factors that leaders can influence:

  • Conduct regular discussions about career goals and growth opportunities
  • Create a desirable work culture
  • Express genuine interest in each person

Additionally the Harvard Business Review provides six suggestions for retaining talent:

1. Incentivize loyalty
Pay and overall compensation is important, but also consider ideas such as one-time bonuses, helping pay down student loans, and providing work-from-home stipends (or return to the workplace stipends)

2. Provide opportunities to grow
Ask each employee what it takes for them to stay and whether their job utilizes good use of their skills; 68% of workers around the world are willing to retrain and learn new skills

3. Elevate your purpose
Make your organization’s purpose clear (vision, mission and goals) and how they can be supported

4. Prioritize culture and connection
Connect and build relationships; social connections have a significant positive impact on productivity

5. Invest in taking care of your employees and their families
Provide health resources (physical and mental) as needed

6. Embrace flexibility
Provide a flexible work environment ex. Location, work hours, paid time off, career options, ask about worker needs, and assess if a four year degree is truly needed (or other job requirements)

It’s up to us as leaders to make a difference! Do you have plans in place to retain your top talent?

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Hiring and retaining talent in the tech industry is expensive and vital. Those people have real power over their bosses, especially because it is often fairly easy for them to find work elsewhere . —Hank Green

Leading the Future of IT: PeopleTek’s Premier Strategy for Advancing Tech Professionals and Their Teams

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Unlock Your Communication Style: Discover the 4 Key Types & Find Your Dominant Preference

Communication is your ticket to success if you pay attention
and learn to do it effectively.
— Theo Gold

We all have our own style for communicating and last week we talked about how both our style of delivery and our choice of words matter.

Researcher/facilitator Kirk Bridgman developed a Communication Style Preference Model (CSPM) with 4 basic styles of communicators:

Demonstrators – Focus on Who

They are people oriented, fast paced, enthusiastic, outgoing, social, and possibly self-centered
Tendencies:
Disorganized, often tardy, lose track of details, laugh easily and loudly, take initiative in conversations, sit in open position


Assertors – Focus on What

They are fast paced, direct, more task oriented than people oriented, work hard, are decisive, confident, assertive, possibly impatient, judgmental, and overly competitive
Tendencies:
On time, efficient, strong appearance and opinions, highly discriminating


Contemplators – Focus on How

They are task-oriented thinkers, are indirect, slow paced, problem solvers, orderly, accurate, like details and may appear as rigid and close minded  
Tendencies:
Keeps to themselves, rarely laughs, likes facts/figures/proof, dresses conservatively
 

Narrators – Focus on Why

They are slow paced, indirect, and are people oriented. They are also warm, friendly, cooperative, and open minded, and may be perceived as meek & easily side-tracked  
Tendencies:
Accommodating, helpful, casual look, both talks & listens, laughs softly, shows gratitude


Generally, most of us are a combination of the four styles and vary our usage based on the situation, but we likely have a preferred style. Does one sound more like you than another? What about one that sounds least like you?

Awareness once again is key and adapting our preferences to situations will serve us well.

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Pioneering IT Leadership: PeopleTek’s Advanced Framework for Elevating Tech Teams and Professionals

At PeopleTek Coaching, we specialize in mentoring IT leaders, driving them towards unparalleled excellence. Leveraging a sophisticated blend of tailored coaching modules, avant-garde strategies, and insights from our rich technological industry background, we equip both tech professionals and their teams to excel in an ever-evolving IT domain.

Our cutting-edge coaching paradigm refines leadership attributes and fortifies team cohesion, steering them towards a unified technological vision. This unwavering focus on collaboration has solidified our reputation, marking us as a preferred consultancy for numerous tech enterprises throughout our illustrious two-decade tenure.

Yet, our vision transcends mere business milestones. We are committed to sculpting IT environments radiating positivity, innovation, and mutual admiration. We advocate for settings that stimulate professional growth and amplify operational efficiency. This transformative ethos is the bedrock of PeopleTek’s mission.

At PeopleTek, we challenge you to redefine your IT leadership trajectory and lead with precision and zeal. Experience the distinction of our specialized approach by navigating to PeopleTekCoaching.com. With an expansive suite of IT-centric services, we stand poised to rejuvenate your journey to tech leadership prominence and team synergy.

The Art of Effective Communication: Exploring Verbal, Para-verbal and Body Language

Communication is not about saying what we think.
Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean.
–Simon Sinek
Do you consider yourself to be an effective communicator? If yes, why? If no, why not?

Complications occur when we think our messages are accurately understood when in reality they are not. This happens all too often.

It’s been reported that our words (verbal) are not nearly as important as our para-verbal and body language. Maybe that’s why there’s the adage “it’s not the message, it’s the delivery“?

Psychology professor Albert Mehrabian at the University of California developed the following communication model explaining how messages are interpreted:

Verbal – 7%
Our choice of words and the belief that we all interpret words the same way

Para verbal – 38%
The way we say something, how quickly we speak, when we pause, our tone of voice, and our level of intensity

Body language – 55%
How we physically communicate (ex. do we stand, cross our arms, roll our eyes, shake hands firmly, lean in or away?); do our facial expressions change and do we make eye-contact?

On top of that we all have filters and distractions which impact how we send and receive messages. Examples include barriers such as:
  • Gender
  • Cultural/race
  • Age
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Health
  • Emotional well-being
  • Past experiences
As always awareness counts. We need to be aware of our choice of words and speak with confidence while being clear and concise in our delivery. We can also ask the recipient to share how they interpreted our message to ensure there’s alignment with our intent.

Wishing you success!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Revitalizing Leadership: PeopleTek’s Innovative Approach to Empowering Teams and Individuals

At PeopleTek Coaching, we guide ambitious leaders on their journey to excellence. Our unique blend of personalized coaching programs, innovative strategies, and insights drawn from our extensive industry experience empowers both individuals and teams to stand out in a competitive landscape.

Our transformative coaching methodology shapes leadership behaviors and nurtures team unity, propelling them towards a shared goal. This emphasis on teamwork has been a pillar of our success, establishing us as a trusted partner for numerous businesses over our two-decade history.

But our mission extends beyond just achieving business objectives. We strive to cultivate workplaces imbued with positivity and mutual respect. We champion environments that foster personal development and boost productivity. This transformative philosophy lies at the core of our mission at PeopleTek.

At PeopleTek, we inspire you to seize control of your leadership journey and lead with passion. Discover the power of our unique approach by visiting us at PeopleTekCoaching.com. With a broad range of services on offer, we’re ready to invigorate your path to leadership success and team excellence.

Unlocking Success with an Open Door Policy: A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Leadership Communication

The best leaders are approachable and accessible.
They are truly part of the team and not merely a figurehead.
–Ramanathan M

 

As a leader, how do you view having an “open door” policy and how do you make it work effectively?

The “open door policy” increases the accessibility of the leader, while allowing team members the latitude to ask their leader questions, share work culture issues and challenges, and even provide feedback for achieving goals and ideas for new strategies.

It also allows relationships to be built in an informal venue:

  • You have the opportunity for increased awareness of the workplace “pulse”
  • It provides team members a feeling of inclusiveness and for being heard
  • There’s the opportunity to understand career aspirations
  • Communication mis-understandings are reduced
  • Employee morale increases and attrition decreases

When team members are onsite with you, you can literally pick a time and day when your door will be open; with so many remote and virtual workers and leaders, this makes it a bit more challenging.

You can still pick a date and time (1 hour/week?  Half day monthly?) when you block your calendar and share your availability. You can make it more regimented when scheduling time is encouraged, or you can accept direct messages, or even create an online conference with open access.

Other opportunities exist for accessibility and exposure:

Skip levels for individuals or teams
Do your team members have any relationship with your boss?
Do the direct reports of your direct reports have any type of relationship with you?

“Townhall” sessions
This is an opportunity to widely share organizational successes, challenges, and goals

The message you want to send is that you truly care about your employees and the work culture. You want to hear their thoughts, build relationships, and have them feel that they make a difference and that you are accessible and approachable.

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Effective leaders make themselves accessible for their team members and business partners.

Revitalizing Leadership: PeopleTek’s Innovative Approach to Empowering Teams and Individuals

At PeopleTek Coaching, we guide ambitious leaders on their journey to excellence. Our unique blend of personalized coaching programs, innovative strategies, and insights drawn from our extensive industry experience empowers both individuals and teams to stand out in a competitive landscape.

Our transformative coaching methodology shapes leadership behaviors and nurtures team unity, propelling them towards a shared goal. This emphasis on teamwork has been a pillar of our success, establishing us as a trusted partner for numerous businesses over our two-decade history.

But our mission extends beyond just achieving business objectives. We strive to cultivate workplaces imbued with positivity and mutual respect. We champion environments that foster personal development and boost productivity. This transformative philosophy lies at the core of our mission at PeopleTek.

At PeopleTek, we inspire you to seize control of your leadership journey and lead with passion. Discover the power of our unique approach by visiting us at PeopleTekCoaching.com. With a broad range of services on offer, we’re ready to invigorate your path to leadership success and team excellence.

Transforming Workplace Dynamics: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Conflict Management

Conflict, when handled correctly, strengthens.
–Benjamin Watson

One of the most common issues causing difficulty in the workplace is conflict and the inability for those differences to be effectively managed.

Conflict, and simply having differing opinions is a given, issues arise when the conflict becomes unhealthy with a lack of willingness to listen to and understand opposing views.

PeopleTek utilizes the Thomas-Kilmann Instrument (TKI) Conflict Model (developed in 1974 by psychologists Kenneth Thomas and Ralph Kilmann) which provides an understanding of preferences for how individuals handle disagreements.

The 5 TKI Conflict Modes Are:

Competing – This is a power-oriented mode and is assertive and uncooperative; the individual pursues his or her own interest at the expense of the other person.  

Accommodating – This is the opposite of competing and is unassertive and cooperative.  The accommodating person neglects their own concerns to satisfy the concerns of others.

Avoiding – Avoiding is unassertive and uncooperative.  The individual does not pursue their own concern or those of another person.   

Collaborating – This is the opposite of avoiding where the individual is both assertive and cooperative and works to satisfy all of the concerns of everyone.  

Compromising – This falls between competing and accommodating and is both assertive and cooperative, a mutually acceptable solution is reached, and both parties make concessions to resolve the issue.

All modes serve a purpose; what’s critical is having the skill to appropriately utilize the most effective mode when conflicts occur.

Why is this important? Alexandra Baruffati reports that:

  • Globally, the average time employees spend weekly on resolving disagreements in the workplace is 2.1 hours
  • In the US, it rises to 2.8 hours per week
  • 85% of US employees have some level of conflict at work
  • Managers spend around 6 hours per week (roughly 15% of their time) solving work conflicts
  • 56% of employees who experienced conflict at work reported that it led them to stress, anxiety and/or depression
  • 40% reported being less motivated

How skilled are you at handling conflict in the workplace? Do you know when to intervene, when to disregard, and when to utilize the most effective conflict mode?

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction,
conflict, argument, debate.
–Margaret Heffernan
 

Guiding the way for ambitious leaders, PeopleTek Coaching equips both individuals and teams with the tools to excel. We leverage a mix of customized coaching programs, innovative strategies, and insights gleaned from our vast industry experience, enabling businesses and individuals to unlock their potential and distinguish themselves in a competitive landscape.

Our transformative coaching methodology molds leadership behaviors and fosters team unity, driving them towards a common goal. This focus on teamwork is the cornerstone of our success and has solidified our standing as a reliable partner for numerous businesses throughout our twenty-year history.

More than just achieving business objectives, we aim to infuse workplaces with a culture of positivity and mutual respect. We advocate for environments that promote personal development and enhance productivity. This transformative philosophy is at the heart of our mission at PeopleTek.

At PeopleTek, we inspire you to take the reins of your leadership journey and lead with fervor. Explore the power of our unique approach by visiting us at PeopleTekCoaching.com. Offering a wide array of services, we’re poised to energize your route to leadership triumph and team excellence.

Embracing Courageous Leadership: A 12-Step Guide to Inspiring Change and Growth

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
–Aristotle

As many of you know, this week the U.S. celebrated Independence Day (generally celebrated July 4th). Did you also know that 175+ other countries also celebrate Independence Day?

In general, this event calls for celebrations with the intent to honor the courage and sacrifices required for physically separating old governments/regimes for new ones.

Changes in the workplace can’t be compared to the magnitude of changes in governments, but as leaders we can still inspire improvement. Consider:

  • What’s not working well?
  • Are there new products that will provide us with a leading edge?
  • Do we engage the opinions of other colleagues for process improvements?

Being a leader is not easy and it requires demonstrating and living courageously. We’ve coined the term CourageAbility™ and here are highlights from 12 Steps For Courageous Leadership that can help us be successful:

1.    Passion: Have and live your dream
2.    Document your goals
3.    Commit to your goals
4.    Understand your strengths and the strengths of others
5.    Communicate with confidence and clarity
6.    Understand and manage conflict with a purpose
7.    Develop others
8.    Delegate
9.    Develop a new skill
10.  Remain controlled
11.  Reward and Recognize
12.  Succeed and learn from failure

Are you leading with courage and empowering yourself and others to achieve what you and they desire?

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

 

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
–Harry Truman
 

Guiding the way for ambitious leaders, PeopleTek Coaching equips both individuals and teams with the tools to excel. We leverage a mix of customized coaching programs, innovative strategies, and insights gleaned from our vast industry experience, enabling businesses and individuals to unlock their potential and distinguish themselves in a competitive landscape.

Our transformative coaching methodology molds leadership behaviors and fosters team unity, driving them towards a common goal. This focus on teamwork is the cornerstone of our success and has solidified our standing as a reliable partner for numerous businesses throughout our twenty-year history.

More than just achieving business objectives, we aim to infuse workplaces with a culture of positivity and mutual respect. We advocate for environments that promote personal development and enhance productivity. This transformative philosophy is at the heart of our mission at PeopleTek.

At PeopleTek, we inspire you to take the reins of your leadership journey and lead with fervor. Explore the power of our unique approach by visiting us at PeopleTekCoaching.com. Offering a wide array of services, we’re poised to energize your route to leadership triumph and team excellence.

Unlocking the Power of an Energized Workplace: The Key to Employee Fulfillment and Retention

It’s All About Feeling Connected and Fulfilled

Would you consider your workplace to have a high level of energy? Are team members thriving and contributing at their highest potential?

Envision your workplace; can you use the following words to describe it?

  • Eager
  • Lively
  • Participative
  • Empowered
  • Excited
  • Invigorated
  • Motivated

O.C. Tanner Institute collected and analyzed input from over 36,000 employees, leaders, and practitioners from 20 countries and reports that:

Nearly 1 in 3 employees don’t feel fulfilled at work which makes them:

  • 399% more likely to actively look for another job
  • 340% more likely to leave the organization within a year
  • 47% less likely to put in a great deal of effort to help the organization succeed
  • 71% less likely to promote the organization as a great place to work

They also found that Community and Fulfillment were critical components for creating an energized workplace. Workers wanted to feel connected, they wanted a sense of well-being, and they wanted to feel that they were part of, and included in, an enterprise that has purpose. When this exists, along with a sense of stability, they were inspired and would more readily contribute to obtaining desired results.

Each year O.C. Tanner Institute measures six elements within the workplace culture and calls them Talent Magnets. They are:

1.    Employee Sense Of Purpose
       ex. Clearly defined roles and expectations
2.    Employee Sense Of Opportunity
       ex. Career development and fulfillment
3.    Employee Sense Of Success
       ex. Achievement of goals and feeling valued
4.    Employee Sense Of Appreciation
       ex. Recognition and rewards
5.    Employee Sense Of Well-Being
       ex. A trusting and honoring work culture
6.    Employee Sense Of Leadership
       ex. Inspiring others to learn, grow and transform

Are you operating at full power? How are you attracting and retaining team members and energizing your enterprise?

 

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
—Sam Walton
 

Guiding the way for ambitious leaders, PeopleTek Coaching equips both individuals and teams with the tools to excel. We leverage a mix of customized coaching programs, innovative strategies, and insights gleaned from our vast industry experience, enabling businesses and individuals to unlock their potential and distinguish themselves in a competitive landscape.

Our transformative coaching methodology molds leadership behaviors and fosters team unity, driving them towards a common goal. This focus on teamwork is the cornerstone of our success and has solidified our standing as a reliable partner for numerous businesses throughout our twenty-year history.

More than just achieving business objectives, we aim to infuse workplaces with a culture of positivity and mutual respect. We advocate for environments that promote personal development and enhance productivity. This transformative philosophy is at the heart of our mission at PeopleTek.

At PeopleTek, we inspire you to take the reins of your leadership journey and lead with fervor. Explore the power of our unique approach by visiting us at PeopleTekCoaching.com. Offering a wide array of services, we’re poised to energize your route to leadership triumph and team excellence.

Unlocking Potential: Understanding Myers-Briggs Personality Types for Better Team Dynamics

It is up to each person to recognize his or her true preferences.
—Isabel Briggs Myers

For decades we’ve been using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. 

Why? Because it helps us understand our preferences and the preferences of others. Because these are preferences, there is no good/bad or right/wrong “type”.  Rather, the results help us by providing an understanding and appreciation of individual differences which enhances relationships and increases individual and team productivity.

Our “type” also provides us information about styles of communication, how decisions are made, and approaches to change.

The 16 Myers-Briggs personality types are comprised of the following four categories:

Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I) is the first identifier

  • Individuals who are “E’s” get their energy from people, places and things
  • Individuals who are “I’s” get their energy from ideas and concepts

Sensor (S) or Intuitive (N) is the second identifier which tells how we take in and process information

  • Individuals who are “S’s” want to know who, what, when, where, why and how many
  • Individuals who are “N’s” want to go beyond details and facts and use what they think based on their intuition or 6th sense.

Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) is the third letter that identifies how we make decisions

  • Individuals who are “T’s” base their decision on logic and facts
  • Individuals who are “F’s” base their decision on how others will feel about it

Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) is fourth letter and identifies how we want to live

  • Individuals who are “J’s” prefer to live a life that is planned and orderly
  • Individuals who are “F’s” prefer to live a life that is flexible and spontaneous

The 16 differing MBTI “types” tell us a lot. Each has their own strengths and characteristics.  An ideal team would consist of all types; when the differing perspectives, styles, and methods are leveraged, goals are more readily achieved and stronger relationships are built.

Do you know your type, and does your organization have a blend of types?

 

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

No type has everything.
The introverts and thinkers, though likely to arrive at the most profound decisions, may have the most difficulty in getting their conclusions accepted.
The opposite types are best at communicating, but not as adept at determining the truths to be communicated.
― Isabel Briggs Myers

Steering the path for aspiring leaders, PeopleTek Coaching aids both individuals and teams in their quest towards excellence. We incorporate a blend of tailored coaching programs, dynamic methodologies, and insights cultivated from our extensive industry experience, empowering businesses and individuals to tap into their potential and stand out amidst fierce competition.

Our transformative coaching approach shapes leadership behaviors while nurturing a sense of unity within teams, propelling them towards a shared vision. This strong emphasis on teamwork forms the bedrock of our success and has cemented our reputation as a trusted partner for numerous businesses over our two-decade journey.

Beyond meeting business goals, we strive to imbue workplaces with a spirit of positivity and mutual respect. We champion environments that nurture personal growth and boost productivity. This transformative ethos is at the core of our mission at PeopleTek.

At PeopleTek, we encourage you to take charge of your leadership journey and lead with passion. Discover the potential of our unique approach by visiting us at PeopleTekCoaching.com. With an extensive range of services, we are ready to invigorate your pathway to leadership success and team brilliance.

Embracing the Grey: Transcending Black-and-White Leadership Thinking for Enhanced Personal Growth and Professional Success

Black and white thinking is the tendency to think in extremes.

Have you ever been told your mind-set was limited and your thinking was lacking a grey zone? Perhaps you are being viewed with a Leadership Style that is restricted to thinking only in terms of black or white, either/or?

Per Empowered Counseling:
Black and White thinking, also known as either/or thinking may be defined as an extreme way of thinking where a person can only see one possibility. Finding the gray may be defined as being able to find more than one possibility or solution.

Black and white thinkers are often considered “great resources for personal growth and understanding“, and that they drive results. This initially sounds good, and goals may be more readily attained, but thinking in terms of extremes is limiting.

Look for the middle ground and understand that it’s okay to incorporate “maybe” or “possibly” into our vocabulary; there’s more than simply black or white thinking. Even while black and white thinkers are considered “great resources”, as with any style or behavior, over-using a strength can result in a weakness.

Consider how often you use the following words:

  • always
  • never
  • good
  • bad
  • impossible
  • disaster
  • ruined
  • perfect

If any are over-used, you may sabotage your career and relationships, as well as impact your physical and mental health. 

Enter the grey area. Effective leadership includes building relationships, supporting goals, driving results, seeking advice when needed, and listening. It’s also necessary to take into account what’s good for the work culture, the people, and the organization as a whole. Understand that there are options and possibilities!

As always awareness is key. Be open to new thoughts and avoid using the words associated with the black and white mentality.

 

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Black-and-white thinking refers to a rigid mindset.
— Christopher Hansen, LPC, Ph.D

PeopleTek Coaching is at the forefront of developing emerging leadership, carving a path to excellence for both individuals and teams. Our dynamic approach combines personalized coaching programs, energy-driven methodologies, and the rich insights gathered from decades of industry experience. This allows us to help individuals and businesses unlock their true potential and thrive in competitive environments.

Our unique coaching model not only influences leadership behaviors but also nurtures a culture of unity within teams, driving them towards shared objectives. It is this emphasis on cohesive teamwork that has propelled us to success in our industry, establishing us as a trusted partner to many businesses over our 20+ year journey.

More than just achieving organizational goals, we aim to instill an energy of positivity and mutual respect in the workplace. We believe that harmonious workplaces foster personal growth and enhance productivity, and our mission is to inspire this transformation in every team we work with.

At PeopleTek, we empower you to take the reins of your leadership journey and lead with conviction. To learn more about our unique approach and how we can fuel your path to leadership excellence, visit our website at www.PeopleTekCoaching.com. Through our comprehensive suite of services, we’re ready to energize your journey towards effective leadership and team excellence.

Mastering the Art of Change Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Leaders

To some, change = danger; to others it equals growth.

There’s no getting around it, change WILL occur. It’s inevitable, and it’s needed.

To many, change and danger are linked as there’s a fear of the unknown. What was once familiar no longer exists, there’s a sense of uncertainty, decisions are often made that we have no role or say in, and our comfort level has been eroded.

Dr. Brit Andreatta states that humans are “biologically wired to resist change”, and as leaders we MUST acknowledge and manage the emotions of the change curve (shock, denial, anger and fear) before we can expect acceptance and commitment.

There are 5 Types Of Change (excerpts from Dr. Andreatta’s WIRED TO RESIST):

1.    Strategic – how the organization will fulfill its mission
2.    Structural – the organization’s internal set-up
3.    Process – how the organization maximizes productivity and workflow
4.    Talent – maximizing employee skill and performance
5.    Cultural – shifting attitudes, values, and behaviors

As leaders we must address the reason for each change, what the impacts will be, and how growth (related to the change) is needed in order to remain competitive, or perhaps to even stay in business.

It’s probably no surprise that the ability to change the mind-set of our people is the most difficult. We want to remove the “danger” element and get everyone onboard. We need to make sure clear roles have been communicated, with an understanding of how the change will support the organization’s vision and core values.  This will help facilitate success.

As leaders, our challenge is to erase the equation that CHANGE=DANGER and instead make it CHANGE-GROWTH. How prepared are you to make this happen?

 

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

 

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
–George Bernard Shaw

PeopleTek Coaching – Pioneering a path to leadership and team excellence. We offer tailored coaching programs leveraging our vast industry experience, aiding individuals and businesses to unearth their true potential. Our innovative approach transforms leadership behaviors, cultivates cohesive teams, and drives organizational success. With a track record spanning more than 20 years, PeopleTek’s mission is to inspire personal and professional growth for a productive, harmonious workplace. To learn more about us and how we can empower your leadership journey, visit www.PeopleTekCoaching.com.

Unlock Leadership Potential: The Power of Self-Awareness

First Lead Yourself, Then Lead Others

We know many of you have heard us say “First Lead Yourself, Then Lead Others”. How have you interpreted this, and do you agree with the concept?

Until you fully “know” yourself, you won’t be in the position to help others become more self-aware, which is the starting point for effective leadership, sustained relationships, and growth.

For those of you that have worked with us, we utilize a sundry of assessments and tools that validate strengths, provide areas for development, enhance communication skills, while addressing how over and under uses can be detrimental. We find the results invaluable, but there are other ways to become more self-aware.

Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, provides some questions that he reflects on. Some to ask yourself include:

  • One thing I try to do every day is…
  • I describe my vibe as…
  • I feel most alive when…
  • To avoid distractions, I…
  • I handle negativity by…
  • One thing that is difficult for me but I enjoy is…
  • When I need a creative spark, I…
  • I want people to know me for…
  • I define success as…

How easy were these questions to answer?  Did any require a few extra seconds to think about? Did you learn anything new?

A commitment for self-awareness and continual learning Starts With You!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Neil Blumenthal shares:
The key to an ideal workplace, in one hyphenated word, is this:
self-awareness.

PeopleTek Coaching – Pioneering a path to leadership and team excellence. We offer tailored coaching programs leveraging our vast industry experience, aiding individuals and businesses to unearth their true potential. Our innovative approach transforms leadership behaviors, cultivates cohesive teams, and drives organizational success. With a track record spanning more than 20 years, PeopleTek’s mission is to inspire personal and professional growth for a productive, harmonious workplace. To learn more about us and how we can empower your leadership journey, visit www.PeopleTekCoaching.com.