As many of you know, I am all about practical tools and frameworks. Since 2006, I have been working with my Claros Group partners to produce brief, punchy leadership briefings.
Here, I curate the best ideas and approaches and present them in a concise and easy to digest format. Read it Monday. Use it Tuesday. Our clients and colleagues tell us that our Practical Tools are some of the most consistently valuable and well-written management counsel they receive in their virtual inbox.
I share them in my monthly newsletter (sign up here!) and they can also be found here. Enjoy and share!
Daily I careen between despair for our democracy and our planet and hope as I see so many people “woke”—awakened to the call to show up and speak up. More than ever, we need to be clear minded and strong hearted. A practice of reflection illuminates our choices and guides our actions. | View original newsletter sent on December 7, 2017, here.
Are you curious about how you can help yourself grow and improve your performance? Would you like to determine the skills and knowledge you should acquire in order to make you more valuable in your current and future positions? This guide will offer some questions and practices to encourage meaningful conversation, focused planning, and measurable improvement. | View original newsletter sent on October 6, 2016, here.
Everything changes. To borrow a phrase from Marshall Goldsmith, "What got you here won't get you there." To help organizations adapt and grow in a dynamic and complex environment, leaders need to understand the landscape, challenge assumptions and encourage experimentation. This tool lays out the leadership behaviors, processes, and practices that support a learning environment. | View original newsletter sent on August 4, 2016, here.
Do people leave your meetings saying things like, "That was a good use of my time" or "I can't wait to get together again with this group!"? If the answer is yes, you probably don't need to read this guide. If not, this tool will tell you how to ensure successful, productive and enjoyable meetings. | View original newsletter sent on July 7, 2016, here.
Productive team discussions require critical thinking and sharing diverse perspectives. This involves thoughtful preparation and skillful engagement. Use this month's tool, Framing an Issue for Discussion, to help you plan for engaging a group to work through a challenge together. | View original newsletter sent on June 2, 2016, here.
Do you postpone or avoid giving feedback because it just never seems to be the right time or place? Use this tool to plan how to set the context, deliver the message, and follow-up to reinforce behaviors you want to encourage. | View original newsletter sent on April 7, 2016, here.
When a group first forms, there is minimal trust, no shared goals, no history of past performance, and roles are unclear. Despite this lack of clarity, members are eager to jump into the task at hand. The single most critical success factor in high performing teams is having a shared understanding of why a team exists and what it is trying to accomplish. Use this tool to jumpstart your team's success today! | View original newsletter sent on March 3, 2016, here.