Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak (c)

Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak (c)

By Brian Smith - PLD
Managing and leading others is a learned behaviour. I understand the challenges facing managers and business leaders today having spent a 40-year career as general manager for a major retailer, college professor and an award-winning small business owner. On my Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak podcasts, I will share with you my tips and techniques on what it takes to manage and lead others in the 21st Century. way. If I knew then, what I know now, I would have managed differently. After listening to my podcasts I hope you will too.
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Are You Asking The Right Type of Question?
If you aren't getting the answers you are looking for, maybe it's because you aren't asking the right type of question. In this episode of Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak Podcast you'll learn about the 4 types of questions you can ask to get the answer you are looking for.
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July 5, 2020
Avoidance Is Not Conflict Resolution
You can't ignore a conflict in hopes that it will go away. Avoidance is not conflict resolution. It's not going to go away by walking away. Listen to this podcast to find out five things you can do to resolve conflict
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June 21, 2020
Is Your Cup Half Full or Half Empty?
Do you walk around thinking that your cup is half-full or half-empty? I choose to see my cup as half-full. I choose to see the positives in everything that happens to me because I believe everything that happens to me is a learning opportunity. Even the negative things that happen to you - and trust me there will be plenty - are really positive ones if you learn to look at them from a different point of view
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June 9, 2020
Sometimes It's Best to Park Your Ego at The Door
You and I both know there are a number of ways to accomplish the same thing. Does it really have to be your way? You are going to get the credit. However, sometimes it's best to park your ego at the door and allow others to be involved in the process.
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May 19, 2020
Sometimes Good is Good Enough
Paralysis by analysis. Over thinking can be a deal breaker. There is no such thing as a perfect plan. Strive for perfection? Yes - always - but understand that sometimes you cannot attain the unattainable. Sometimes you are going to fall short of your target. Sometimes good enough is good enough
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May 12, 2020
Why Women Make Better Leaders
Why women make better leaders can be summed up in one word - Empathy. Empathy the ability to see a situation from another person's point of view. Women leaders from around the world are rewriting history. Putting gender aside. Do you have what it takes to be a world class leader? Listen to this episode to find out.
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April 29, 2020
You Always Have a Choice
Attitude - Your attitude is 100% in your control. You are the Boss of you. Only you get to decide how you are going to react in any given situation. Only you get to decide if you have the strength to carry on or start on a new path. Today's episode is about taking chances.
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April 17, 2020
The Four Cornerstones of Exceptional Leadership
Whether you are in a management position or play a leadership role in your organization the challenges remain the same. New leadership skills are required for an ever- changing, multi-generational workplace. For the first time in our lifetime we have the potential of working with 5 different generations at the same time. Today's managers and business leaders must have exceptional people skills. They must be able to connect with others - communicate in a style that others will understand - educate them on what they need to know and help them grow by delegating successfully
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April 6, 2020
Establishing The "T" Word
Establishing trust is a 3-Step process I refer to as the 3 R's ……. Rapport, Relationship and Respect. If those you work with and interact with don't trust you - you stand little chance of leading. Without establishing trust you'll have difficulty getting people to follow you. In this - my 4th edition of "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Podcast (c)". I will share with you the 3-Steps you'll need to take to establish the "T" word. Leave me a message - let me know what you think. If you have a question that is looking for answers contact me directly at - brian@briansmithpld.com - To find out more about what I can do for you and your organization visit my website - https://briansmithpld.com - Subscribe to my blog and get a "Free" copy of my book "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them". The link is posted on my website - https://briansmithpld.com 
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March 28, 2020
Clearing Out The Deadwood
In Episode #3 of "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak The Podcast" we talk about clearing out the deadwood - Jack Welch's way. Jack referred to it as his 70-20-10 rule. We all have deadwood in our organizations. Those are the ones that aren't pulling their weight. Have a listen. Let me know what you think.
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March 20, 2020
Common Sense Revisited
The only thing common about common sense is that's it's not very common. Don't rely on common sense as part of your training program. Common sense is a learned skill. Your job as a team leader, supervisor or manager is to teach your people what they need to know. Thanks for tuning in to my "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Podcast". Leave me a comment - let me know what you think. Visit my website and subscribe to my blog - https://briansmithpld.com. I will send you a free copy of my book "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them"  for signing up.  - Cheers 
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February 9, 2020
Creating a Teachable Moment
Your job as a Team Leader, Supervisor or Manager is to teach others what they need to know. Adults can learn new things given the right set of circumstance and in an environment that is conducive to learning. This episode of "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak" will teach you how to create a teachable moment and set the right conditions for learning. Send me a comment - let me know what you think. Visit https://briansmithpld.com and subscribe to my blog. I will send you a free copy of my book - "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them" for signing up. - Cheers 
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February 7, 2020
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February 4, 2020