Pearls of Leadership Wisdom
Pragmatic, practical and immediately useful, Pearls of Leadership Wisdom provide leaders at all levels with a fresh perspective on ways to potentially lead better. Based on lessons learned by author Sandra Davis, Ph.D., in working with leaders of all types over the past 40 years, pearls are “quick reads” intended to get you thinking and acting on becoming a better leader. We are confident you will find your own ways to practically use these pearls and make them your own. We wish you great joy and success in your leadership journey!
So have you ever been in a situation where you felt stuck? Or felt you were trying to solve a problem and you were totally at a dead end? Or felt that somehow a situation was hopeless? In those moments, that’s exactly when you need to be able to reach into your toolkit for the process of reframing. Here Sandra shares three examples of this powerful concept in action.
During this pandemic, leaders are living in a constant battle between the immediate, urgent tasks in front of them and the mid- or long-term, strategic efforts. In this pearl, Sandra shares two stories and three ways that you can help your organization stay focused on the vital few priorities. Like ice cream.
As a leader during this pandemic, you might feel the need to have all the answers. Yet denying the kaleidoscope of feelings we are all having only leaves you seeming inhuman or inauthentic. In contrast, if you can acknowledge what you’re concerned about or worried about and balance that with optimism and hope, that is very powerful. In this pearl, Sandra shares three important ways leaders can be vulnerable to show up as better leaders.
I used to believe that multitasking was a strength and something that I could uniquely do. Now brain research has proved that while you may be able to do things almost simultaneously, the fact is by switching from one task to the other, you lose productivity and effectiveness. Multitasking doesn’t work. To help you switch gears, here are three bywords you can use.
Here’s the thing: leadership and influence don’t really come with the chair you sit in, they come from you. We are all capable of influencing others in ways great and small. What matters most about being able to influence comes from your mindset and candor, not your title. Plenty of people lead more broadly than the seat they occupy. So can you! In this 5-minute video, listen as Sandra shares three things you can do to influence from the seat you are in.
Pragmatic and immediately useful, Pearls of Leadership Wisdom provide leaders at all levels with a fresh perspective on ways to lead better, especially during challenging times. Based on lessons learned by Sandra Davis, Ph.D. in working with leaders over the past 40 years, Pearls of Leadership Wisdom are “quick reads” intended to get you thinking and acting on becoming a better leader. Now Sandra reflects on her Pearls in our current business context, highlighting their relevance to new leadership challenges. In this 5-minute video, Sandra shares four critical questions leaders must ask themselves if they are caught in a waiting game in this environment. Her best advice? Resist this temptation.
Looking at me seriously over her favorite sandwich, my nine-year old granddaughter said, “So, Oma, what is your work? What do you really do?” I attempted to help her understand first of all what a psychologist is (not so easy) and then said, “In my work, I help people who are leaders get better at what they do.” She thought about this for a while, and then asked simply, “Then who helps you get better?”
The sunlight cut sharply through the clearing in the dense New Zealand forest around us while the Maori woman proudly spoke of her tribal culture. Each family, she explained, has a special gift which is theirs to share and pass along from generation to generation.
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