What Defines Quality Leadership? Key Traits to Inspire and Motivate

Have you read or thought about “quality leadership”? A good starting point is to think about when others want to model the behaviors we exemplify.  It’s when building strong relationships is a priority, and when our interactions are inspiring and motivating.

It also includes being genuine, truly listening and acknowledging what others have to say (not necessarily agreeing with them), but being truly open to opposing or alternate ideas. Also included is making timely decisions and addressing ineffective or de-stabilizing behaviors and actions, as well as being a strong communicator.
 
Clear and consistent updates must be provided and include the what, why, who, and how when change is occurring. When impacts are shared with the anticipated benefits, the change is more likely to be accepted and even supported.

Another part of Quality Leadership is ensuring goals and measures are documented and are clear, that they’re actionable, that they can be measured and reviewed monthly, and that each person understands how they personally can support them.
 
What leaders do you consider to be “quality leaders”? Chances are you trust them, enjoy being around them, want to help them meet goals and grow careers, and that you find them influential. If none come to mind, think about what you’ve observed leaders doing that you feel did not serve them or others well, and take measures to not repeat their style.

Are you a quality leader that is known for your integrity, for fostering trusting relationships, and for making others feel valued?   We hope so!

Sincerely,
Mike and Jan

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
–Ray Kroc

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.

Find Your Best Leadership Style: A Simple Guide to Gallup’s Four Domains

Leadership Styles Vary – What’s Yours?

While there are many styles of leadership, Gallup has studied over one million teams and 20,000+ senior leaders and have identified four domains and associated styles of leadership:

Domain                                       Leadership Style
Relationship Building                    People-Oriented Leader
Executing                                     Process-Oriented Leader
Strategic Thinking                         Thought-Oriented Leader
Influencing                                   Impact-Oriented Leader

They feel that results will be obtained when the leader utilizes their unique and natural strengths and styles (what we call magic dust™), and that it’s essential for us to:

  • Know our leadership style
  • Deploy and develop our leadership style
  • Be aware of our leadership weaknesses and have strategies to mitigate them

In Jim Clifton and Jim Harber’s book It’s the Manager: Moving From Boss to Coachthey highlight what they view as the six biggest challenges in our current work culture from the perspective of Millennials and Gen Zers:

1.    they don’t just work for a paycheck, they want a purpose
2.    they are no longer simply looking for job satisfaction, they are pursuing development
3.    they don’t want bosses, they want coaches
4.    they don’t want annual reviews, they want ongoing conversations
5.    they don’t want a manager that fixates on their weaknesses
6.    they don’t view their job as just a job, they view it as their life

They also discuss the 34 Clifton Strengths which are linked to the domains listed above. These Strengths identify our focus, attention, and energy, and not the outcomes that may be achieved.  

DOMAIN RECAPS:

Relationship Building

The People Oriented leader is the glue that holds teams together, creates a culture of inclusiveness, builds trust, and genuinely cares.

Executing

This style of leader sets the pace for the team, digs in when needed, creates efficient systems and processes, and provides clarity.

Strategic Thinking

This leadership style listens to others, makes them feel their opinions count, sees the big picture, is a deep thinker and seeks root causes, and are open to new ideas.

Influencing

With this style, the leader inspires others to follow their and the organization’s purpose, vision, and goals, while seeking new levels of excellence.

Remember, all domains/styles add value. What’s important is the willingness to keep our natural strengths strong, and the commitment to continually develop the areas that don’t feel as natural.

Which leadership style sounds most like you? What are you doing to keep it strong?

Mike and Jan

 Self-awareness is the companion of good leadership.
–Merida Johns

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.

11 Secrets to Becoming the Colleague Everyone Wants: Transform Your Work Culture with Travis Bradberry’s Insights

Are You A Desired Colleague?

 

We’re guessing everyone wants to be part of a work culture viewed as favorable and inspiring, but we’re not sure that the necessary actions are taken to make that happen. It’s up to all of us to be that “desired colleague” so trusting business relationships are created and maintained.

Is that easy? Probably not, but implementing Travis Bradberry’s 11 Secrets of Irresistible People are a great starting point.  Excerpts include:

1. Treat EVERYONE with respect.
Irresistible people treat everyone with respect because they believe they’re no better than anyone else.

2. Follow the Platinum Rule.
Not the Golden Rule, rather it’s treating others as they want to be treated

3. Ditch the small talk.
Irresistible people create connections and find depth even in short, everyday
Conversations

4. Focus on people more than anything else.
Irresistible people possess an authentic interest in those around them

5. Don’t try too hard.
Irresistible people don’t make it all about them

6. Recognize the difference between fact and opinion.
Irresistible people recognize that people may see things differently

7. Be authentic.
They know that no one likes a fake

8. Have integrity.
They avoid talking bad about other people, and they do the right thing

9. Smile.
Smiling during conversations will likely have the other person do the same

10. Make an effort to look their best.
Looking your best is a sign of respect for those you interact with

11. Find reasons to love life.
They approach problems as temporary obstacles, not inescapable fate

Take a moment to self-assess if you are the type of colleague you want to work with, and do you provide colleagues with feedback when their behaviors are missing the mark?

It’s up to us to have a work culture of desired colleagues!   

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

 One of the very rewarding aspects of my work has been the interaction with a superb group of colleagues and friends . . .
– Mario J Molina, Nobel Prize winner

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.

Evolution of Leadership: Embracing Emotional Intelligence, Adaptability, and Inclusivity for Modern Corporate Success

Effective leaders have a strong sense of awareness and focus
on people and relationships.
 Henri Frederic Amiel.

 
Do you agree that leadership styles and skills have evolved over the years? We think so. When we first started in Corporate America (decades ago!), the role of a leader was pretty much autocratic and controlling.  The boss made the decisions, rarely asked for input or feedback, and expected direct reports to simply follow his marching orders. Fortunately, that has changed.

Today’s leadership is more about helping others become more impactful and effective, about inspiring others to want to learn and grow, to be more collaborative, and to make people and relationships a priority.

Coach Janet Tumulty shares “modern leadership should be viewed from a holistic perspective, with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, adaptability, growth mindset, transparency, authenticity, diversity, equity, and inclusion. By embracing these principles, leaders can inspire their team members to be their best selves, driving innovation, and growth in today’s rapidly changing economy”.

We agree, and here are some snippets of what we’ve previously shared:

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) consists of 4 areas: Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management, and we have the ability to strengthen each area.

Adaptability – being adaptive and agile includes placing an emphasis on teamwork and continuous improvement while understanding and communicating the value of change. 

Growth Mindset – Stay focused, become self-aware, truly know what you want to achieve, manage any barrier impeding success, and replace outdated beliefs with new ones.

Transparency/authenticity – Be real, be honest, be open, be accountable, be receptive to feedback (and provide timely and honoring feedback).

Diversity, equity, and inclusion – Create a workplace culture where we, and our team members, can learn, thrive, and actually enjoy being a part of; one with a foundation of trust where differences are appreciated and valued.

Has your leadership style evolved, and do you agree that people and relationships are truly the most valuable assets in your organization?

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,do more and become more, you are a leader.
-John Quincy Adams

 

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.

Building Strong Work Relationships: Key to Reducing Stress and Enhancing Team Efficiency

Utilizing healthy work relationships helps manage stress.

 
Today more than ever organizations are relying on teams to be rapidly assembled to address company goals and needs.  Agility is required, but this may impact the time required to build relationships that create trust and collaboration, ultimately reducing efficiencies and increasing stress.

Relationships take time to build and grow and these “rotating” team members may experience stress and burn out as well as feelings of isolation regardless of working in the office, or remotely.

In the Harvard Business Review, Rob Cross, Karen Dillon, and Martin Reeves shared that an organization they worked with determined that it didn’t make sense for anyone to switch roles or teams in less than a fifteen month period because both the team and the rotating employee would fail to optimize team synergy.

They also shared that it’s important for employees to have a clear understanding of how they add value. What’s their purpose? What roles are essential? What are their priorities? How are they making a difference?

This also needs to be supplemented with positive interactions with colleagues, hopefully on a daily basis. This may include collaboration to accomplish goals, brainstorming and refining ideas for process improvements, and in general creating a relationship of appreciation.

Relationships make a difference! They make employees more engaged and more productive, they increase company loyalty, promote the desire for career growth, and they help prevent burnout while reducing stress.

How are relationships and stress levels in your work environment?

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
–William James

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.

Empowering Teams Through Strong Relationships: A Leadership Guide

Strong relationships create stronger (and more effective) teams.

 

In today’s world leadership is measured by the strength of our business relationships and our ability to create teams that thrive.

When team members share a common vision, support the attainment of shared goals, and appreciate and leverage the “magic dust” (skills and abilities) of each team member, relationships blossom and successes are more readily attained.

Per Patrick Lencioni: Teamwork is the state achieved by a group of people working together who trust one another, engage in healthy conflict, commit to decisions, hold one another accountable, and focus on collective results.

TRUST – A team needs to be comfortable with being vulnerable with each other about their weaknesses, mistakes, fears, and behaviors. Trust grows when relationships are strong!

CONFLICT – A team needs to share their passions, disagree, and challenge and question one another.  The stronger the relationships, the healthier the conflict!

COMMITMENT –   A team buys into important decisions (even if they initially disagree) once all ideas and opinions have been considered. Strong relationships promote buy-in!

ACCOUNTABILITY –  A team does not rely on their leader to be the primary source of accountability but rather deals with their peers directly. Strong relationships build comfort levels creating the ability to discuss missed deliverables and mistakes, and encourages ownership.

RESULTS –   Teams that trust one another, engage in conflict, commit to decisions and hold one another accountable are more likely to put aside their individual needs and focus on what is best for the team as a whole. When relationships are strong, team needs become the priority!

As a leader are you helping build relationships within your team? Do you:

  • Encourage team members to inspire one another and show appreciation for one another’s accomplishments?
  • Allow for innovation and risk and accept that errors will occur?
  • Communicate priorities, successes, and “misses”?
  • Invest in understanding and sharing customer needs and how the team can help?   
  • Use humor and add fun to the work environment?
  • Build time into meetings allowing team members to share non work-related stories?

When relationships are created within teams, a bond is formed, work becomes more enjoyable, levels of effectiveness increase, and goals are more readily attained.

Create opportunities to build and strengthen relationships within your team!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Unity is strength … when there is teamwork and collaboration (and strong relationships), wonderful things can be achieved.
–Mattie StepanekAmerican poet and peace ambassador

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.

Embracing Productive Conflict: The Role of Strong Relationships in Healthy Debates

Despite the differences, strong relationships support healthy
and productive conflict.

 
The word “conflict” often creates images of ill feelings and negative interactions, but it can also be productive and inspiring. Conflict, simply defined, is a disagreement or difference of opinions.

When can conflict be healthy? Margaret Heffernan says “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, and debate”.

It’s healthy to share differing perspectives and opposing views as it lends itself to more creative thinking which may produce positive change and obtain desired results.

Let’s say you feel strongly about an issue and your colleagues’ views are not aligned with yours. When that happens, how do you feel and how do you proceed?

  • If you have a good relationship, you’re likely to assume positive intent in the dialog, remain calm, and make every effort to be open minded while assessing the opposing view.

  • If the relationship is lacking, you may find it difficult to be open to new ideas and even find your behaviors to be challenging and confrontational while aggressively supporting your own view.

Relationships matter! With healthy relationships, conflict is less edgy; we’re more open to assuming positive intent and will make every effort to seek a deeper understating of the opposing view while remaining respectful.

That’s not to say we’ll always agree but it does mean that we will truly listen and remain composed regardless of how passionate we are about our view.

Make an effort to build strong relationships so differences will be heard and respectfully processed.  This will open doors for more exchanges that inspire creativity and increase successes.

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

 

Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it.

That factor is attitude.
–William James

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.

Guiding Success: How Mentors and Influencers Foster Growth and Strong Relationships

Mentors and Influencers Build Relationships and Provide A Compass For Success.

 
People and relationships matter and adding a mentor or influencer to the mix creates energy, increases satisfaction levels, reduces turnover, and grows individual and organizational results.

Successful mentors help their mentees create and manage relationships and suggest networks that may be utilized and leveraged for growth.

Part of the mentor’s role is to provide:
Meaningful feedback
Explore perceptions of strengths and needs, and have a development plan
Networking opportunities are identified and leveraged
Trustworthy relationships are built and nurtured
Open lines of communication are established
Realistic expectations are identified and tracked  

Effective leaders also influence others and John Maxwell created the following acronym for being an I.N.F.L.U.E.N.C.E.R.:

Integrity
It’s what we dowhat we say, and our supporting behaviors and actions
Nurtures
It’s how we motivate and encourage others
Faith
It’s believing in others and that they will do the right thing
Listens
To what is being said and what is NOT being said
Understands
Drives our workforce and those we lead
Enlarges
Mentors those we lead; freely shares our thoughts, ideas, and experiences
Navigates
Provides direction for where we are and where we want to be
Connects
A person of influence connects with people and does not take them for granted
Empowers
Sets others up for success
Reproduces
Develops our own leadership potential and then develops others

Both mentors and influencers encourage strong and trusting relationships, increase energy levels, and help others grow personally and professionally. Are you a mentor or an influencer?

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Leadership is influence.
— John Maxwell

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.

Mastering Feedback: The Power of Relationships in Personal and Organizational Growth

Relationships Impact Feedback

 
Feedback is critical for individual growth and for organizational success but it’s not always easy to give or to receive.

Have you noticed that when you have a good relationship with someone, you’re more at ease delivering feedback? Good business relationships increase comfort levels, trust generally exists, collaboration increases, and opinions and differing perspectives are more likely to be listened to and acted upon.

When the relationship is lacking, there can be a sense of being judged, of being picked on, maybe even having feelings of shame or inadequacy instead of understanding that the feedback is well intended with the purpose to help with growth.

We encourage investing in enhanced relationships but don’t let that get in the way of providing feedback (or being receptive to receiving feedback).

Tips for giving feedback:

Make time
  • Regardless how busy you are, create a feedback calendar and take it seriously!
  • If you become aware of a “positive” or “negative” action, acknowledge it immediately

Make it honest and meaningful
  • Be prepared to provide specifics about both negative and positive feedback
  • Think in terms of praise and constructive criticism – both contribute to growth

Use goal tracking
  • If you don’t know how to get started, review how the individual has helped (or hindered) the achievement of organizational or team goals

Discuss and document the top 3 strengths and 3 growth opportunities
  • For the strengths, try to leverage them and keep them sharp
  • For the growth opportunities, determine what actions can be implemented immediately, which require assistance (ex. Training/mentoring), and have a plan for tracking progress

Commit to supporting continual learning
  • Review what in house programs are available
  • Ensure your budget adequately includes development opportunities
  • Investigate external training that can address your focus areas

Business relationships is the #1 skill for creating success in the workplace and it impacts how well feedback is received, delivered, and acted upon. Make both a priority!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
–Bill Gates

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.

Effective Communication: The Foundation of Leadership and Strong Relationships

The art of communication is the language of leadership.
–James Humes

 
Next in our series about relationships is the topic of Communication.

Let’s say our meeting has ended, we provided clear updates, shared required next steps and due dates, and firmly believe our message was delivered and understood, only to find out we were very wrong.

Tony Robins sums it up nicely: To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

The stronger our relationships, the more likely we are to have our message accurately interpreted. However, mis-communications can occur, and not only will our message be lost, but it can put a dent in the relationships we’re trying to build. We need to be aware that we all process things differently impacting the interpretation of the message. 

We need to be very aware of our choice of words, speak with confidence, and be clear and concise in our delivery. We need to be aware of our tone, our body language, and the pace in which we speak.  It’s also a plus to ask the recipients to share how they interpreted our message to ensure there’s alignment with our intent.

Sharing a message and providing clarity may include communicating:
 
  1. What is happening?  
  2. Why is it happening?
  3. How and when is it going to happen?
  4. Who is being impacted? How?
  5. How will concerns be addressed?    
 
When time allows, prepare your message in advance and anticipate questions (and maybe even resistance).

Being an effective communicator helps with goal attainment, builds a more desirable work climate, and strengthens relationships.

Things to self-assess:
  • What positive communication behaviors do you exhibit?
  • What are your trouble spots?
  • How can you become a more effective communicator?

Let us know if we can help!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Communication is the lifeline of any relationship.
– Elizabeth Bourgeret

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.

Embracing Challenges with Emotional Intelligence: The Art of Self-Control in Leadership

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others,
and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.
Travis Bradberry

How would you rate your mindset, actions, and behaviors when things don’t go as planned, when the unexpected happens, or when your “buttons” are being pushed?

Our level of effectiveness is directly tied to our self-control, which has been defined as:
the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.

Is this sometimes a challenge? It takes work and skill to remain composed and respond to situations appropriately, especially when we feel discomfort and perhaps even anger. Others are watching us to see how we respond, and once we lose our composure the damage is done and may not be recovered from, even when we regain our composure.

Being aware of how we feel physically and mentally is a good starting point. We need to be cognizant of our emotions, we need to feel when we’re having an “off” day, and we need to have the skill to stay level-headed and in control.

Developing our Emotional Intelligence (also called EQ) helps tremendously. This is when we have the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions as well as understand the emotions of those we’re interacting with.

The 4 quadrants of EQ that we can develop are:

Self Awareness
Critical when engaging in communication

Self Management
Key for managing emotions in difficult situations

Social Awareness
Leverages awareness of others to perform at your peak

Relationship Management
Manages relationships to increase job performance and integrates EQ professionally and personally

Those that score high will likely not buckle under pressure, will continue to think and communicate clearly, decision making remains sound, and relationships and productivity will not be negatively impacted.

The most effective leaders remain calm under pressure and are in control of their emotions at all times.

Do you have techniques to share that help you remain composed and in control?  Let us know!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

CEOs are hired for their intellect and business expertise – and fired for a lack of emotional intelligence.

– Daniel Goleman

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 Success with Steve Jobs’ 7 Essential Habits: Passion as the Cornerstone

There are many puzzle pieces for success;
a good start includes relationships, behaviors, trust, and
loving what you do.

Steve Jobs has shared many habits required to be successful and we selected a few to highlight. However, when asked for a single piece of advice essential for success Jobs answered “you must be passionate about the work you’re doing“.

Without passion and the ability to leverage our “magic dust”™  (aka our specials skills and abilities), our work day is less satisfying and the contributions we make may be less than what we are capable of.

Below is a list of 7 Key Habits Jobs felt lead to success:  

1. Read every day
Both for enjoyment and relaxation and to also keep abreast of changes within your industry

2. Make your health a priority
Pay attention to your emotional and physical well-being and “listen” to what your body is telling you

3. Learn from people you admire
Make the time to absorb the behaviors and actions that make a difference

4. Plan your day the night before
Do you remember the old Franklin Quest planner? The idea was to document what MUST be done each day, as well as additional actions that could be delayed if needed

5. Keep your goals in front of you
Ensure that all your actions and behaviors support their attainment

6. Take action, even when it’s scary
Indecisiveness does not serve us well; do your homework, decide, and take action

7. Have an attitude of gratitude
Things don’t always go as planned but take the time to appreciate what has gone well and celebrate success

Is there any argument that success requires us to be passionate about what we do, that we must feel energized by the work we do, and that we must build strong, lasting, and supporting relationships?

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
–Alert Schweitzer

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.