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How fire officers can be better coaches
Fire Chief
The ability to be an effective coach is now considered to be an essential part of any supervisor's skill base. Company officers are expected to provide coaching and counseling to their crews as needed. Some departments test for these skills during assessment center processes. But what does it really mean to be a coach to someone at work?
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3 books every leader should read to be successful
TIME
As a leader, your success is no longer about your own output, it's about other people's. The most important work you do is often what enables other people to do their jobs. But finding your way can be difficult. So in honor of National Book Month, here are three books that every leader should read to succeed.
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Pump up your team by encouraging employees to visualize their success
Entrepreneur
Hard work and passion fuels the workplace. However, without a vision for success, it can be difficult to produce concrete results. Visualizing success is an effective way to create accountability in the workplace. Employees who imagine themselves being in control of the results they accomplish will be more successful at work. Here are some techniques to help employees visualize success.
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8 reasons you're a worse listener than you think (and how to get better)
Inc.
Are you a good listener? Most people believe they are. And yet, listening skills are harder and harder to maintain in this era of fast-moving business, constant distractions and ever-shorter attention spans. The result is that most of us are not as good at listening as we may think.
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Leadership is more than coaching
By Betty Boyd
Leadership is and always will be an uphill battle. When leading, how do you make a real difference in people's lives? Leadership is more than coaching; it is more like being a teacher. Teachers enable their students to see beyond themselves and give them greater understanding of what can be accomplished. Leaders can be just like teachers, helping their mentees go above and beyond. Here are some tips to becoming a leader who is more of a teacher than a coach.
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How just a little Zen can make a huge difference in your leadership
Terry St. Marie More Human Leadership
There are days when I can get into serious autopilot mode — the state of being where things are happening so fast and furiously that all I do is react, instead of think. It's during those times when my leadership suffers. Because I'm "not all there." I become a mile wide and an inch deep. My teammates don't get the benefit of any fully developed and reasoned thought and analysis.
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The power of constructive disagreement
Management Issues
Disagreement and challenge are healthy activities. Without them, teams are denied innovation and progress. And while not all discussions end acrimoniously in disagreement, too many of them do. Disagreement becomes unhealthy when it's based on mix-ups and misunderstandings. In these situations, it becomes a poison that threatens to destabilize teams and relationships.
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Use your staff meeting for peer-to-peer coaching
Harvard Business Review
You can use staff meetings the way a sports coach uses practice time: to run new plays and build new, better habits. The time devoted to coaching during staff meetings can also propel team members to encourage each other "off the court."
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