by CoachKevin | May 27th, 2015
7 million Canadians cope with mental health issues. That’s 1 in 5 Canadians. Canadian companies pay $20 billion per year on mental health disability claims.
Now, take these stats and think about what they add up to globally…
Your workplace is not exempt from this reality. Look around your office and really see these humans that surround you everyday. Some of them are probably struggling with mental health challenges that are mostly or entirely invisible to you.
As a business leader, you’re in a powerful position to help. You can start by letting go of any stigma associated with mental health that may lurk in the shadows of your mind. Next, you can foster a workplace where it’s safe and accepted to talk about and take care of mental wellness.
You can do this by:
- Promoting the importance of mental health wellness. Bring in experts. Incorporate mental wellness into your corporate health and wellness…
by CoachKevin | May 20th, 2015
Ok congratulations, you’ve succeeded thus far in life because you know how to get important stuff done. Tremendous. This is a vital characteristic for building an amazing business.
But to make it as a business leader, you need to shift from SuperHero to Leader of SuperHeros. Seem like a subtle distinction? It’s not.
It requires releasing the addiction to being validated for your personal heroic efforts, and switching your focus to helping others get the accolades.
This is a psychological shift that challenges many executives.
A great doer knows what needs to be done, figures out how to do it, and does it beautifully.
A great leader figures out what needs to be done, challenges and trusts others to figure out how to do it, and monitors the follow-through.
So, how do you make this shift? It starts by observing yourself and making note of the ‘doer’ habits you need to change. Next, it requires…
by CoachKevin | May 13th, 2015
In 20 years of coaching, this is one of my favourite techniques for creating a spectacularly-strong exec team full of A+ players.
It’s a tried and true system for keeping tabs on the progress of your execs without consuming huge amounts of your time.
I call it the Coaching Triad.
Once a quarter, schedule a 20 to 30-minute meeting with each of your execs and their coach – all three of you must attend the meeting for this to work.
Follow this exact agenda for these meetings:
1) The exec shares for 7 to 10 minutes about where they’re making progress and where they need improvement.
2) You share for 7 to 10 minutes about where you see the exec making progress and where you see a need to improve.
3) For the remaining 7 to 10 minutes, the coach offers any needed commentary and clarifies the areas where the executive needs to grow. The coach…
by CoachKevin | May 4th, 2015
A calm mind can find better solutions, make better decisions and be more creative.
Great. But how do you get a calm mind into today’s high octane, information-laden, stressed-out world?
First you need to understand the ‘monkey mind’.
Your mind is constantly bombarded with stimuli. It’s full of questions, problems, lists, ideas and solutions…all scrambled together.
This is called the ‘monkey’ state of mind. It’s a lot of noise and clutter. Almost nothing is clear.
When you are feeling like your brain is overloaded and you’re struggling to solve problems, you know your monkey mind has taken charge.
There are simple things you can do to clear the clutter and reassert your calm mind – your master mind.
For some people, meditation is the thing. For others, an intense workout does the trick. For me, it’s writing.
When you are in your ‘master mind’ state, fireworks of ideas and solutions start to fly. So, it’s worth taking…
by CoachKevin | April 28th, 2015
So many exciting things to do, so little time.
As CEO, you have to select priorities for the whole company. You can’t be whisked away by shiny new objects, tempting though they may be.
Often I visit companies and I’m told about the ’27 big priorities’ they’ve outlined for the year. Some have managed to shave their lists down to 5 or 10 big things.
The news I have for you today is this: 27 is too many. Ten is too many. Two is too many.
Pick one horse for the year. Pick one metric that will measure the success of that horse. Then, base all planning and decisions around that.
This degree of focus is what creates business momentum and team cohesion. It may sound impossible. But I’ve seen many, many companies pivot to become this focused. And without question, they come out stronger and better.
I’ve created a video that talks about…
by CoachKevin | April 12th, 2015
Be brutally honest. Is their uncomfortable friction on your executive team?
Don’t brush it aside as ‘healthy competition’ or ‘unavoidable personality conflict’ if what you’ve really got is an alignment problem.
A company can’t be successful if the executive team isn’t in alignment. Simple as that.
This alignment (or lack thereof) sets the tone for your business. If you and your execs don’t fully trust each other, that energy is permeating the company and it will interfere with performance.
On the other hand, if the execs respect each other, listen to all perspectives and engage in healthy debate, the entire company will follow suit. Better decision-making will happen, leading to better results.
A great deal of my work is focused on helping executive teams achieve alignment and trust. I offer some advice on this in my latest video.
by CoachKevin | April 9th, 2015
Let me introduce you to a tool I consider essential for every CEO. It’s the ‘Top Grading Talent Review’, from Bradford Smart’s book, ‘Top Grading, 3rd Edition’.
This simple tool will whip your team – and your retention strategy – into shape.
Using the tool, you create a list of your top 25 employees and quickly assess what’s needed to help these people excel even further. It will also identify your weak links.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book and start using this tool quarterly. It pushes you…
by CoachKevin | March 30th, 2015
I ask you to look hard at how you are conducting your executive team meetings. Are people mostly just droning on about what’s happening in their divisions?
If so, crucial time is being wasted.
Yes, of course you need to know major happenings, but you also need to spend time with your execs getting stuff done.
Meetings are a time to thrash out problems and engage in healthy debate. This is your time to draw conclusions and take action. It’s a time when new ideas can emerge and take flight.
Yet, so many exec meetings seem to devolve into dull, action-less update sessions. This is the reason Patrick Lencioni wrote his renowned book, ‘
by janicew | March 19th, 2015
The date for the Spring 2015 Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) workshop hosted by Kevin Lawrence is confirmed for Tuesday April 28, 2015 at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver, BC.
*Note: Kevin is hosting only one workshop in Vancouver in 2015 so hope to see you & your leadership team there!
Prepare to Dominate Your Industry at the Scaling Up Business Growth Industry hosted by Kevin Lawrence
Join us for an information-packed day where you will create a roadmap to confidently scale your business growth in 2015.
Discover why more than 20,000 executives and their leadership teams use the proven Rockefeller Habits 2.0 tools and strategies to scale up smarter and bust through the barriers to scaling up.
In just one day, you and your leadership team can take your business on the road to growth with the Rockefeller Habits 2.0 tools and strategies you need to:
Get faster results…
by CoachKevin | June 11th, 2014
I’m betting you have – at some point – experienced absolutely incredible, top-quality, 5-star customer service. You know what I’m talking about – when someone goes the extra mile and a half to make your day. And here’s the thing – after you’ve experience it, and it’s not there, you notice! You miss it. Your expectations of a certain standard were up there. Then, when they’re not met, it’s disappointing.
I work with a client who experienced this exact problem on a wider scale. He is an incredibly powerful leader and he has very high standards. He is very smart – almost always right – and runs a very successful organization. As you can imagine, the expectations he has of his team are massive. Those high standards are in the rest of his life as well.
So…when those standards were not met (which was often – because they were so high)…