Achieve Your Goals, with Your Values and Beliefs

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Did you ever think about why your values and beliefs are so important to you?

  • Beliefs – the things you hold to be true
  • Values — beliefs that you consider worthwhile and should guide your actions

There’s a reason that we choose our friends, join certain organizations, and hopefully, choose our place of work.

When you find a workplace where your personal and professional values align, you are able to live they way you prefer. As a result, you are not only happier and more productive, but you help those around you become happier and more productive too.

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Make Coaching Part of Your Leadership Development Plan

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Every organization needs leaders who can think and act independently and a leadership development plan is your road map for career progression and organizational improvement.

And, critical to every leader’s success, are their opportunities to benefit from your coaching so that they learn and grow. (more…)

7 Tips for Realizing Employee Development Goals

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Employee Development Goals

Employee development goals are long-term objectives that help each member of your team not only perform their job, but they are learning-oriented so that each individual has the opportunity to grow and take on new responsibilities. Conversely, performance goals are typically short-term objectives connected to overall company goals.

In order to realize long-term organizational success, help employees learn and grow. One way you can do this is to transform the oft-dreaded annual employee performance evaluation into a positive part of every employee’s career development plan.

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How to Make Progress with Your Professional Development Goals

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2016 Winter Storm Jonas reminded me of our professional development goals.  As someone who grew up in Western New York, I wondered why all of the fuss.

Surely, the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 was more impacting than Jonas, but because Jonas affected a larger area and population than perhaps any other storm, it received so much attention.

The affect that the Blizzard of 1977 had on me reminded me that achieving our professional development goals is a sustained effort over time.

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Keep Your Best: How to Align Personal and Professional Values

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When you can show employees that they can align their personal and professional values, you attract, and retain, the right people to your organization.

Companies that create a place where employees can practice their values and beliefs retain their best talent.

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Motivating Employees

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Motivating employees, or inspiring employees to be more accurate, implies that we understand why people take action. Ask yourself these two questions:

Ideally, as leaders we’d like to inspire our employees so that the reasons they act are positive, and, they have made the reasons their own.

Let’s look at these two questions by placing them in four quadrants.

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Leadership Development Blog

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Welcome to the Blackhawk Leadership Development Blog, the musings of Blackhawk Consulting Group, LLC, a leadership development firm focused on managers who want to build teams, lead more effectively, and achieve superior results … all with less stress.

The key: aligning your company’s core leadership values in an environment where employees can live their personal values.

NOTE: this post has been updated to include links to articles written or updated after I started this blog

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Employee Conflict

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10 Steps to Managing Employee Conflict

At one point or another, every leader will experience an employee conflict.

To prevent this situation, leaders must establish and maintain a positive environment where employees are motivated and the team works together.

Ideally, leaders should counsel their staff to guide and mentor them as part of their employee development plan.

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Employee Development Plan

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Use your employee development plan to achieve professional development goals and drive performance.

Performance planning stems from your strategy. When done well, performance goals align personal and professional values so that your employees are motivated to achieve company goals.

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Employee Empowerment

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Employee Empowerment: Leadership Factors

Employee Empowerment

Two significant leadership factors involving employee empowerment include:

1)   The growth and development of the employee, and
2)   The ability of the leader to accomplish so much more.

For any high-performing employee promoted to a management position, they soon realize the demands for their time have increased exponentially.  If they had not appreciated time management concepts before, they quickly realize how important delegating, empowering, and time principles are for reducing stress, and ultimately, their future success.

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Employee Training and Development

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An employee training and development program starts with setting professional development goals, with your employees!

Sometimes, when managers share knowledge or experience, they forget how much more they know about a topic.  When they assume employees understand more than what they actually know, there’s a communication gap.

After observing a day of interaction between a Vice President and his Program Manager, it appeared pretty clear to the VP that they would start the next day picking up where they left off.  To the VP’s surprise, however, the program manager had not internalized the concepts from the day prior.

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