80 episodes

Short, sharp leadership advice for leaders and managers who care about the performance and job satisfaction of their teams.

The Thoughtful Leader Podcast Ben Brearley

    • Management
    • 4.6, 5 Ratings

Short, sharp leadership advice for leaders and managers who care about the performance and job satisfaction of their teams.

    What to Do When You Have Too Many Priorities

    What to Do When You Have Too Many Priorities

    Many organisations seem to be trying to do too much, with too little. The list of "critical" initiatives and projects seems to keep getting bigger. 
    Committing to lots of priorities seems like a good idea. It looks good to say you'll complete 100 initiatives this year. The problem is that in reality, it looks more like you'll complete 20 of those initiatives. Often the pressure flows down hill. The senior leaders at the top set too many priorities, and then everyone else needs to deal with it.
    So in this episode, I look at some of your options when you and your team are faced with too many priorities that you won't be able to achieve.


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    Links:
    Online Course: Time Management For Leaders Online Course. Good Book: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. Podcast: Episode 57 - Employee Wellbeing: Is it Important Or Are We Just Ticking a Box? Article: Too Many Priorities: What to Do When You're Asked to Do It All. Article: Too Busy at Work? Try These 5 Things. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/80/

    • 14 min
    Are You Showing the Signs of a Self Serving Leader?

    Are You Showing the Signs of a Self Serving Leader?

    Self-serving leaders put themselves ahead of other people in their organisation, including their teams. Most of us have a tendency to believe that some leaders are selfish and out for themselves, while others aren't.

    I believe that our self-serving tendencies lie on a spectrum, it's not black or white. Yes, there will always be the political animals and the power players, but everyone else sits on this spectrum too.

    Sometimes, the environment we work in can bring out these harmful characteristics that make you put yourself first. In this episode, I look at some of the common signs of self-serving leadership and how you can avoid them when you lead your team.


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    Links:

    Article: 3 Symptoms of the Self-Serving Leader. Do You Have Them? Article: Why Your Fear of Leaving Your Job Is Making You a Worse Leader.
     

    • 15 min
    Want to Feel More In Control of Your Team? Try Letting Go.

    Want to Feel More In Control of Your Team? Try Letting Go.

    Leadership can be stressful. Sometimes we feel like we want to have all the answers, when the reality is that our workplaces can be full of ambiguity and uncertainty.
    In an effort to gain control of their team and guide them in the right direction, some leaders will try to grip on tighter. They feel like if they don't, they'll lose control and everything will go wrong.
    Well... what if I told you that the opposite is true? That you should in fact force yourself to let go, stand back and let your team take on more of the accountability?
    In this episode I cover the importance of understanding what you can control and what you can't, as well as the key reasons why letting go will help you actually feel more in control of what is happening in your team.
    The Sphere of Control
    You can see the Sphere of Control shown below - use it to understand what to focus on... and what you're wasting time worrying about!



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    Links:

    Article: How Letting Go Will Help You Take Control. Article: How to Get Comfortable Without Controlling Leadership. Podcast: Episode 21: Micromanagement and How to Stop It. Podcast: Episode 22: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy & Leadership. Online Course: The Leadership Confidence Online Course.

    • 13 min
    Is All Your Hard Work Helping or Hurting?

    Is All Your Hard Work Helping or Hurting?

    Most of us have been conditioned to believe that hard work is a good thing. Working long hours, being exhausted every day - it's all part of the general grind of work.
    While hard work was certainly needed in the "olden days", our working lives have changed. Instead of going down a mine or lifting heavy things, many of us spend a lot of time doing "knowledge work" which involves writing documents or analysing information.
    With this type of work, many of the benefits aren't so obvious. Many workers spend time in countless meetings and writing documents that nobody really needs. This means there is a tremendous opportunity to be working more effectively, instead of just putting in more and more hours.
    In this episode, I discuss how your intense work ethic could actually be hurting you, rather than helping you... and talk about some steps you can take to improve the situation.


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    Links:
    Article: Is Being a Hard Worker Helping or Hurting You? Podcast: Why You Need to Work at 80%. Online Course: The Time Management for Leaders Online Course. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/77/

    • 13 min
    Don't Wait for a Crisis - Why Leaders Should Focus On Workplace Wellbeing

    Don't Wait for a Crisis - Why Leaders Should Focus On Workplace Wellbeing

    I've worked in many organisations where leaders are still running on the hamster wheel of work. These leaders treat themselves poorly, without taking breaks or doing anything else to support their wellbeing at work.

    There are a few problems here - perception is one of them. Some leaders think that if they are perceived as hard-working or never taking a break, people will think they are better leaders... wrong!

    When I see someone who can't take a break and keeps putting themselves second all the time, I see someone who has their priorities wrong and needs a wake-up call.

    Your health and wellbeing is important if you're going to lead other people, because you can't help anyone when you're stressed, run-down and not thinking straight. In this episode, I cover some of my top, very simple strategies to improve your workplace wellbeing so you can be there to support your team.


    Online Course: If you need to reduce stress and improve your effectiveness, enrol in the Time Management for Leaders Online Course, containing short video lessons with actionable strategies to improve your productivity. Don't just be busy... be effective!

     
     
    Links:


    Article: Essential Daily Habits to Maintain Your Workplace Wellbeing. Article: Why Good Mental Health is a Leader's Best Friend. Article: Psychology Today - How Work Breaks Help Your Brain. Article: How Work Breaks Improve Productivity. Online Course: Time Management for Leaders.

    • 10 min
    How to Ignore the Trivial Issues and Tackle that Elephant in the Room

    How to Ignore the Trivial Issues and Tackle that Elephant in the Room

    Many organisations spend an enormous amount of time focusing on small, trivial issues and working around problems instead of tackling them head on. Focusing on the small issues is a great way to procrastinate and make yourself feel like you're doing something.

    In this episode I talk about why this happens, how you can tell if it's happening to you and then, of course, some ways to help you change your mindset and give you the courage to address that elephant in the room.


    If you like this episode, make sure you take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts here. It really helps other leaders find the podcast so we can help create better workplaces around the world. Thank you in advance!

    And don't forget to join the Thoughtful Leader Community forum at www.thoughtfulleader.com/community/ to have your say on this episode, share your experience or post a question which I could answer on an upcoming episode!

    Links:

    Article: Consumed by Trivial Issues? Let's Focus on the Real Problem. Article: Parkinson's Law of Triviality. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast Episode 31: Short Term Thinking = Bad Leadership.

    • 13 min

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