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5 ways to build your dream team.

It is as common to find a dysfunctional team as it is a functional team in a company. Which do you have?

Everyone always says "hire the smartest people", but there is more to building a highly effective team than hiring the smartest people. 

There is a recipe to building teams.  This LIVE gives you 5 ways to build your dream team.

Developing an organizational structure and 'dream team' is the foundation for success is a knack of mine.

Need a little innovation and people-centric solutions?  

 

 

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It's hard to get a gauge on your culture when your company comprises mostly people pleasers.


When you are in a people business - you tend to hire people people. People who naturally want to help others can very well be people pleasers. How do you get people pleasers to tell you what they really think when they want to keep the peace? It is vital to a company's success to understand how their team members really feel about the company. If your team is afraid to speak up, you will not get honest feedback.

In this session you will learn why team members don't share openly and what you can do as a leader to promote an environment where your employees feel safe. If you would like to learn more please contact me or visit MariaPietroforte.com.

 

 

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The customer service paradigm is broken. Why you need to put your people first.


Too many leaders and companies preoccupied with the future results that their team members "feel like a number". Continuing down that path is inherently damaging to employee motivation and your bottom line.It is not too late to develop an employee-first company culture! Identifying and owning what is broken, clears the path to putting your people first.

Learn why internal customer service needs to be a priority and the consequences.

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Is excellence your enemy? 4 things a leader must do.


Push, push, push...there is a constant push for excellence. It can feel like a hamster running in the wheel. As a leader it is vital that we pause, shake it off and get a solid footing before moving on.


Have you forgotten how important it is to include the basics in your daily routine? If you do these 4 things you will see a spark in your team that makes them unstoppable!

Tune in to hear what 4 things you can do to activate your team's engagement.

I love helping a team become (more) excellent and their leader exceptional. My holistic approach promotes teamwork, celebrates success and equips participants to excel. Let's do this - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Leaders Must Do This!

Leaders Must Do This!
Leadership has been on my mind a lot recently. As I have worked with companies nationwide the more I am thoroughly convinced that everything rises and falls with leadership. Whether you’re a leader right now, or hope to be, I hope this post gets you thinking about your impact as a leader! Four team leaders walk into a conference room (that sounds like the beginning of a corny joke doesn’t it?) and they’re tasked by their boss to solve a problem… The first leader orders her team together and says, “This is the problem we have to solve. Here is what you need to do, how you need to do it, and when you need to do it by.” After telling everyone what to do the leader asks, “Any questions?” as she walks out of the room before anyone can ask anything.  The second leader sends an email out to his team saying, “I know you’re busy, and I hate bothering you, but can you let me know when you’re free today to meet? We have a project and I need your help. I’m so sorry for the trouble.” The meeting never happens because everyone is too busy.  The third leader spends a few hours compiling and analyzing information and data before calling a team meeting. He gives an extremely detailed briefing covering every aspect of the problem, using an extensive series of flowcharts and diagrams to emphasize his point. He then emails them multi-page spreadsheets (with more data and information on them) and asks everyon......
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Leadership Tip: Press "Pause"

Leadership Tip: Press "Pause"
When someone asks you, "How are you doing?" How do you respond? Is it, "Good" "Great" "I'm doing well" OR "I'm busy!!" If you're like many of us the default answer is "busy!" There is something in American culture that views busy-ness as the ultimate virtue; almost as if those who are busy are achievers and those who are not as busy are not! Many years ago I worked for a boss that required most of us to stay in the office until 8pm. The problem is much of our business shut down after 6pm. The theory was that if we remained in the office until 8pm we would use that time to "cold call" clients (I worked for a mortgage company) and develop new business. In reality the cold calls would probably last about 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of your list, leaving you with one and a half hours to do administrative work, push paper around, make copies and most importantly LOOK BUSY! Pressure? If you're a leader you have probably felt the pressure to be busy because of the things you need to accomplish in a day, because of the things you need to take care of tomorrow and the day after, the need to oversee the people you lead and manage, and sometimes you may feel the pressure to be busy (or to look busy) because you know everyone is watching you! (Admit it, you know it's true!) The unfortunate thing about our "busy, busy, busy"......
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Developing a Leadership Culture | Part Four "Pass the Torch"

Developing a Leadership Culture | Part Four "Pass the Torch"
Not too long ago I was invited to attend an education committee meeting of a regional apartment association. Also invited to the meeting was a woman named Annie, who is a well-respected multifamily executive and someone I consider to be one of my mentors. Needless to say, it was a treat to be there at the same time with her.    As I was speaking to Annie, one of the committee members (Carrie) approached Annie and gave her a huge hug. This person is a director at her company and she also speaks at many multifamily events. Then another person came up to say hello, at which point Annie pointed to Carrie and then to me, and said proudly, “These are my babies! I was with them at the beginning of their careers and now they’re out speaking and presenting nationwide."   Let Your People Loose!   At some point developing a leadership culture has to include passing the torch on to the next generation of leaders. When this happens you have a constant pipeline of leaders ready, willing and able to assume leadership positions within your organization when they become available. What I love about this is that you don’t have to train these people on your culture, expectations, or way of doing things-it’s what they’ve lived and breathed every day!    Expand Your Influence   Developing leaders during her career has enabled Annie to greatly expand her influence. She is an amazing executive, speaker, coach and person, but she is still onl......
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Developing a Leadership Culture Part Three | "Eagle Scout"

Developing a Leadership Culture Part Three | "Eagle Scout"
One of the achievements that I am proudest of from my childhood is achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. From the time that a young boy enters Scouting, the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout is set and everything that is done is, in some way, designed to help a boy get to Eagle.    The path to Eagle essentially begins at the Tenderfoot rank. I remember when the requirements for Tenderfoot seemed so daunting! It started with learning how to tie a square knot, and as simple as the knot is, I had to remind myself “right over left-left over right” to avoid tying a “granny knot” which is not nearly as useful as a square knot.    Then I learned more knots like the bowline, taut-line hitch, two-half hitches and the sheet bend. We’d practice the knots a ton during meetings then we would use what we learned in real-world situations, like securing our own tents, or to put up a flagpole, or in a first aid situation. Often times we’d get it right and sometimes we’d get it wrong!   Off by "Miles"-But Still Okay   One of the things we did a lot was orienteering with a map and compass. We’d start at a certain spot and the goal was to end up at a specific location, following a set of instructions and compass coordinates. One time my partner and I went through the course and finished at our spot-we thought we nailed it!  &nbs......
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Turning the "Oh, Shoot!" Moments into "Ah Ha!" Moments

Oprah calls these moments, “Ah Ha!” moments. You know – those moments of enlightenment. However, I have found myself in those “Oh! Sh%t!” moments more often than the other. So, how do you get from one to the other? Practice. Experience. Creative problem solving. Collaboration. And, Sheer will power, in some cases.   Here’s an example of a time when I realized I was in an “Oh, Shoot!” moment. I’ve had many but I’ll just share this one. I had always wanted to take up skydiving. My first jump took place about six years ago, when my son and I decided to try it together. What better way to bond, Right? I made the arrangements and the first opportunity we got, on a sunny weekend morning we went to class to learn the ins and outs of packing parachutes and the proper form when letting go of the plane’s struts.  My son was due to ship out in a week so the timing seemed right. It never dawned on me until the day of our scheduled jump that anything bad could happen.     We were pretty excited! We agreed I would jump first and Thomas Sean would follow shortly afterwards. We had practiced falling, landing and how to roll if needed in order to prevent injury by jumping off a ladder to the ground. I infuriated our instructors because I am, one, afraid of heights, and two, it all seemed funny to me and I could not do it without......
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LEADING GENERATION Y: Are your Great Property Managers ALSO Great Leaders?

Have you ever worked for a Wizard? I have. You know the type—the ones that love to hide behind their title and use it as a power tool. The only thing they inspire employees to do is leave!  According to research, the hierarchical distance the Baby Boomer generation accepted and Generation X struggled with is not acceptable to Generation Y. This new generation expects more out of leaders.  Generation Y: Value integrity in their leader Will change jobs at a moment’s notice to be on a team they find more meaningful Are loyal to those they see walking the talk—those that have a vision Value teamwork and open communication Value the example set more than the advice---they value action Leadership is much more than telling people to go down the yellow brick road—it’s about authentically engaging them in the adventure. The days of leading from behind the curtain, title, door or desk are over. Leaders with vision, brains, heart and courage not only appeal to Generation Y but can inspire anyone to greatness—even a skeptical Gen Xer like me!  Let’s break it down!  1.      VISION can energize a team When you think of Dorothy as a leader it seems all wrong—or does it? She was a young girl, far from home, lost, vulnerable, and at times bewildered. She did not have the knowledge to avoid all the problems and dangers along the Yellow Brick Road but she didn’t give up. She set her sights on getting to OZ and stayed the......
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