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What will YOU do this New Year?
January 01, 2019

I have one question for you … only one:

Today is New Year (Tuesday January 1, 2019) and I have one question for you:

What exactly will you do this year in order to build Sustainable HIGH Performance within the team you lead, become a better leader, and catch the attention of upper management?

What will you do NEW – and different?

I am NOT talking about doing extra work – no.

I am talking about doing more with less.

I am talking about behaving in a more effective way.

I am talking about increasing the output of your direct reports and your team – with a lot less effort from your part.

What new competency would you like to acquire this New Year – that IF this new skill becomes part of your unconscious habits – you will have a much more productive team by the end of 2019?

What exactly?

Think about it …

If you start doing something new and different – what will your team look like 12 months from now?

Here are five thoughts to get your creativity going …

This list is far from comprehensive – but at least it will give you some ideas to get you thinking in the right direction:

FIRST IDEA: Performance Management

The overwhelming majority of the thousands of managers that I have worked with – either they don’t exactly know what is “performance management” – or they dislike it without taking full advantage of this simple yet powerful tool.

Here are three short articles that will tell you in very straightforward terms, what it is and how to use it.

This article gives you a broad yet specific overview of what it is you must do, in order to lead your direct reports to high performance.

This article helps you set strategic goals. Goals are the foundation for your direct reports’ performance. Without crystal-clear goals, you must NOT expect much from your direct reports.

And this article helps you make sure you are doing the basics.

SECOND IDEA: Communication Tools

The quality of your communication is the blood that runs through the veins of your team.

This article helps you and your direct reports communicate much more effectively.

This short article gives you a simple tool to use in heated discussions.

This article helps you become a better listener by broadening your capacity for self-reflection.

And this one helps you become a better listener by increasing your self-awareness.

THIRD IDEA: Improve Your Team’s Performance

This good-old team-assessment tool has survived the test of time – and continues to be used again and again – because of its simplicity and effectiveness. It shows you how to use it to improve the performance of your team – fast!


It is very easy to design the job of your direct reports – yet – most of the managers I have worked with don’t pay much attention to this.

This article shows you how.

FIFTH IDEA: Motivation

Employee motivation will never boil down to formulas, magic bullets, or pushing down one single button.

Motivation is the result of several work environment variables that are properly combined.

However, this article gives you three simple and clear guidelines to keep in mind while leading the performance of your direct reports.

SIXTH IDEA: What else?

I could go on and on and on …

But – what other competency would YOU like to obtain this New Year?

The number of team leadership competencies if finite.

It’s your team – and it’s your choice.

What strength would like to develop even further?

Or – what area of opportunity would you like to tackle?


I repeat my original question:

What new competency will you acquire that will become your new unconscious habit, and will increase the performance of your direct reports and your team?

Choose one new competency – just one – so that by the end of 2019 your team will be a much more effective team – and you: a much better leader.

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See you next month!
Joseluis Romero - Publisher
January 1, 2019. Copyright: All rights reserved
I publish "Leader Newsletter" on the first Tuesday of every month
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