Redmon’s Rule #138 – Celebrate the Everyday Leaders

A leader has become something that we strive to be instead of accepting that we already are. We celebrate accomplishments that few people can achieve, rather than celebrating the everyday actions that positively influence the lives of others. Think of a moment when someone did something that changed your life for the better. Maybe it… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #137 – Reduce the Distance of Remote Teams

Remote teams require emotionally intelligent, agile leaders who understand the impact of both physical and psychological distance. Distributed employees are faced with communication challenges unfamiliar – and quickly forgotten – by their local counterparts. What’s usually a quick pop-in across the hall can turn into hours waiting on an emailed reply. Focus on solutions that… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #135 – Walk Around

Management by Walking Around (MBWA) has been practiced for centuries – and for a good reason. It works! If you expect to identify the real problems and elicit solutions from earnest and hard-working employees, it is essential to walk around. Visit your employees both on-site and in the field. Get to know them. Ask what… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #133 – Lead with Intent

For good or for bad, culture is nothing more than the behavior of its leaders. Start by examining your character. Are you thinking, feeling, and acting in morally relevant ways? Does your character model your core values? People will always do what you do, and not what you say. Spend some time examining your integrity…. Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #132 – Identify Hidden Leaders

The Dunning-Kruger effect argues that the most competent people are often the most insecure. People who question their abilities are often great leaders because they are humble enough to know there is always more to learn. Identify these “hidden leaders” on your team. The thinkers. The doers. The ones who pursue challenging tasks. When overconfidence… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #131 – Perception is Key to Communication

Alleviate mixed messages by combating two common challenges, selective perception and closure. Selective perception occurs when individuals readily accept information that mirrors their values, beliefs, and expectations – and ignore the rest. Inefficient communication and selective perception can lead to gaps in knowledge. Individuals then seek to fill these gaps using a process known as… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #130 – Fail Early and Often

At some point in your journey, you’re going to feel stuck. Situations will arise that leave you feeling confined. You might even think you’ve already failed. When this happens, remember that there is no one best solution. And if you want to solve a problem, you have to find it first. Tough problems are hard… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #129 – Know the Benefits of Buying Local

Sourcing locally can provide huge benefits for your business and your bottom line. When it comes to professional services, buying local affords opportunities to improve the agility, responsiveness, transparency, and cost-effectiveness of service delivery. Native companies own the competitive advantage of serving the communities to which they belong. And they build unique values along the… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #128 – Achieve More by doing Less

Hard work isn’t always the best work. Society tends to confuse working hard with being busy. So it only makes sense that being busy, overworked, and constantly climbing a monumental to-do list makes you a hard worker, right? Wrong. The best performers know that “less is more” and they don’t confuse checking out with cutting… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #127 – Watch Your Language

In a crowd or one-on-one, employees look to leaders for direction and gain more from non-verbal cues than words. Make sure your body isn’t sending mixed messages. Pacifying gestures when you’re anxious or stressed – like touching your hand to your cheek or pursing your lips – can undermine an otherwise calm demeanor. While steepling… Read more »