Leadership Insights

Making Great Leadership Decisions

May 15, 2018 3:53:57 PM / by Ed Brzychcy posted in leadership, professional development

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We have to make choices leaders, and in making right decisions, we should seek counsel from as many different sources as possible, both above and below. However, there is no shortage of lousy advice offered today.

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Slow is smooth, smooth is fast

May 8, 2018 1:45:00 PM / by Ed Brzychcy posted in leadership, professional development

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One of my earlier lessons as an infantryman in the Army was the idea that "slow is smooth, smooth is fast." We first applied this while training our drills, especially entering and clearing a room. The idea behind this is that to be rapid, effective, and decisive, we have to have expert proficiency in every smaller task that goes into this drill. These more modest tasks only develop over time with deliberate effort and training.

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Crafting Effective Feedback

May 3, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Ed Brzychcy posted in leadership, professional development

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Business today needs collaboration across multiple areas, proper collaboration requires open and honest feedback. However, as dynamics in an organization's environment grow, and relationships develop it can often become difficult to provide constructive criticism to peers and team members, especially if the feedback is negative.

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Developing Empathy as a Leader

Apr 24, 2018 4:43:27 PM / by Ed Brzychcy posted in leadership, professional development

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As a leader, the way that we approach our problems has a lot to do with their successful outcome. It is also important to remember that we are in the relationship business, we continuously build and maintain relationships with our teams. In creating and maintaining these relationships, it is vital to develop a good sense of emotional intelligence and empathy.

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Listening is a part of Leadership

Apr 19, 2018 2:00:00 PM / by Matt Rodwill posted in professional development, guest blog

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Listening is a skill that we tend to take for granted. Often we tell ourselves and others that we are active listeners, but are we? There is a difference between listening to respond and listening to understand.

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Setting Leadership Priorities

Apr 17, 2018 1:46:42 PM / by Ed Brzychcy posted in leadership, professional development

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As leaders, we face a multitude of tasks in our daily lives. One of our fundamental skills is the ability to set priorities and focus accordingly. In leadership, we have three critical areas to focus on in no particular order; developing our team, driving the mission forward, and self-care. Each of these ideas is dependent upon the others, and the situation we find ourselves in will help dictate the priority.

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