004: New Leader? Recognize That Your World has Changed, with Kevin Eikenberry
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Kevin is the Chief Potential Officer of the Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership and learning consulting company that has been helping organizations, teams and individuals reach their potential since 1993. Kevin’s specialties include leadership, teams and teamwork, organizational culture, facilitating change, organizational learning and more. Kevin is a world renowned leadership expert, a two-time bestselling author, speaker, consultant, trainer, coach, leader, learner, husband and father.
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Kevin Eikenberry Interview – Key Takeaways:
- 1:32 Kevin Eikenberry’s Career Path
- 3:35 Who was Kevin’s Best Manager and Why?
- 5:33 Biggest People Management Challenge: Working with people – human beings are messy. There are issues that we will face and our teams will face. How do you work with people whose styles are different? Why does something work for some people but not others?
- 7:13 The Solution: Hire people with different styles and embrace the differences rather than be frustrated by.
- 8:05: It’s not just about strengths and weaknesses but differences in style and approach. One person’s direct is another person’s blunt. If we want to have less conflict and better communication: assume benign intent.
- 9:26: Assuming Benign Intent: Listen First. The transition is tough (see book: From Bud to Boss). When we get promoted to being a leader, or from one level of leadership to the next, there are some transitions. There is a skill transition, there is relationship transition and other transitions. Recognize that your world has changed and you need to start thinking and acting differently.
- 12:36: What’s Exciting Kevin Today? Kevin has a very committed team, they recently acquired a company to help leaders who lead remotely (RemoteLeadershipInstitute.com) and they have been developing exciting new tools for leadership development as well.
- 14:06 The importance of investing in personal and professional self-development.
- 15:36 If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be a continual learning. If you’re not, you’ll never become the leader you’re capable of being.
- 16:17 Kevin’s Book Recommendation for First-Time Managers
- From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership, by Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris
- Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader, by Barry Posner and James Kouzes
- 16:57 Final words of encouragement for First-Time Managers: When you become a new manager, you are embarking on the biggest professional challenge of your career and very possibly, when done well, the most rewarding endeavour of your professional career.
- 18:02: The Rewards
Interesting Links & Resources:
Remote Leadership Institute – the #1 place to find information and skill building tools for leaders of remote and virtual teams.
Free Management Course: Fully Engaged in 10 Days – Learn Three Critical Components to Increasing Employee Engagement on Your Team