Are you upset by the way someone you know treats their employees? Have you received complaints from their employees, peers or superiors? Unfortunately, many mediocre and downright lousy bosses do not seek the help they need. It’s hard to face shortcomings even for the best of us.
Optimal Thinking coaches do not label a struggling leader as a bad boss. We skillfully uncover damaging behaviors based on poor decisions, and incorporate the Optimal Thinking paradigm:
Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching helps under-performing bosses understand if and why they’re considered a bad boss, and provides them with best practices and best solutions to optimize success. Over time and with commitment, we’ve helped transform thousands of under-performing bosses into superior leaders.
Do you know a leader who demonstrates any of the following behaviors?
Specifically, do they:
Many leaders believe that hiring the best talent is almost all that is required for success. However, 85 years of research by Frank Schmidt and John Hunter on employee selection methods revealed that the top 15 percent of professionals and managers produced almost 50 percent more output than their average peers.
Constructive connections among people are critical to achieve performance and humane behavior. The best bosses understand that a best place to work is an environment where their people can be their best. They provide an environment of psychological safety where employees can perform at their highest levels without unnecessary fear of ridicule or punishment. When employees bring the best version of themselves to work each and every day, their bosses are rewarded with optimum productivity and recognized for their competence.
During Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching, we listen carefully to negative feedback, seek to understand where it is coming from, and employ the information as an optimization opportunity. Acknowledging underlying fears reduces defensiveness, and enables feedback to best support behavior change. Together, we explore the best options and implementation of the best solutions.
Even the worst bosses can stop destructive behaviors with consistent Optimal Thinking and place their best selves in charge. They learn to accept what is out of their control, maximize what is within their control, and bring out the best from others.
The best bosses discover what their people value most and the beliefs and causes they are most committed to. They seek to understand their needs and desires as well as their innate limitations. They support their people in taking the best actions to achieve their most important goals. These bosses recognize and applaud achievements appropriately with letters of appreciation, weekend getaways, dinners, flowers, award ceremonies, plaques, gifts, cash awards, or simply a handshake and a smile.
Optimal Thinking leaders discover what “the best” means to their people, appeal to their best interests, stimulate in them the desire to be their best, and then acknowledge them for doing their best. It’s your turn now.