Author: Frank Abbruzzese

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  What is their Expectation? Do you ever have a conversation where someone asks you to do something, you appear to understand, you perform the task and feedback is not at all what the other person was expecting?  For those of you who immediately answered "never", share your secrets with the rest of us! Pay attention to all the details.  As we move faster every day, we tend to skim or skip some of those little details.  This can lead to misunderstanding expectations...

  Always Appreciate Your Team There are many ways you can appreciate your team and I would like to share three of them with you.  As a leader, how are you appreciating your team? Say Thank You More Often This may seem obvious and yet many employees have shared with their employers and others they wished their employers would thank them more. As employers we can argue the employees get paid for doing their job.  Saying a genuine thank you and recognizing an employee for...

  How are you building strong relationships? Communication is always an important key to successful relationships. How often do you communicate to ensure it is often enough and not too often? Understanding each relationship and treating everyone as individuals instead of grouping them helps balance the right amount of communication.  All of us have a threshold of how often we want to be contacted and when you understand this you will see positive results. Those Little Things What about the little things?  Most relationships are...

  Leadership Skill Sets Leaders must have a number of skills to successfully achieve the goals when managing a project.  Some of these include:  effective communicator, motivator, delegator, decision maker and empathy. Effective Communicator Defining a project requires clear direction from the leader.   An overall understanding of the entire scope, goals and timeline needs to be communicated to the project management team.  Each member must understand their role and their contribution to the project. Face to face meetings or phone/video conferencing are good methods for communication. ...

  This week we are going to take a look at the Cyber Security concerns keeping leaders up at night.  We have dealt with a number of these and taking preventative measures will help minimize threats.   There are no guarantees none of these will happen to you, however, your stakeholders will expect you to at least have strategies and ongoing updates in place. 1.  Ransomware Ransomware is the top security concern for leaders today.  Ransomware is malicious software that hijacks company data requiring...

  Task Lists Most leaders have priority task lists.   However, do they have a "Do Not Do" list?  How are you handling everything that is demanded from you?  As you know, I make a new list every morning with some recurring priority items and new ones. This list keeps growing as the day goes on while crossing off the ones that are completed with a check mark.  Check! Do Not Do List What goes on your "Do Not Do" list"?  It will change from time...

  Just Do It Many people ask how I accomplish so many things with work, volunteer, family and leisure time.  My answer to the question is:  I just do it. So you already know I am an early bird.  Up at 5 am except Saturdays when I sleep in until 6 or so.  First thing every morning I prepare my task list by creating a new one starting with the most important task first.  Having the discipline to complete task one and then...

Do Something Different Every morning it is the same routine giving comfort in knowing the day is organized and planned.  It's hit the gym, make the new priority task list and embrace the day. When I was asked to participate in a fashion show, my first reaction was absolutely not and said "are you kidding?"  With the encouragement of the family I decided to do something out of my comfort zone. The Catwalk Our first rehearsal and introduction to the runway was new for...

  Know Your Audience Do your homework to know who the stakeholders are.  What are their personalities like? How do they make decisions?  What are they responsible for and how does this project affect them? Use their language and build an emotional bond with each stakeholder by bringing your genuineness and passion.  Ensure they understand the nature and scope of the project.  Have a "champion" to help support you and compliment your planning stage. State The Scope Of The Project Start with an overall statement...

  Business Keeps Moving Faster Remember when you used to actually go to the office to take care of business from Monday through Friday?   The speed of business is moving fast and it will keep moving faster!   How are you keeping up as the leader? What worked in the past may work in some areas of your business, however, many areas of business have had to change.   The conversation is different today.   Customers are requiring more expertise, business strategy...