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High Performance Leadership and Important Conversations…Four Mindset Tools

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Are you someone who takes “responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential”? #BrenéBrown

This is what leaders do.
You may have a title that reflects your leadership role and you may not.
Leadership is not dependent on a title.

If you fit this description of a leader, then having challenging conversations is an important part of a well developed leadership skillset.

The more influence we have in an organization, the more effect a good conversation can have throughout the organization.

The inverse is true as well. Conversations that go poorly or are missed can cost us credibility and can, over time, cause problems for the workplace culture.

Challenging conversations are, well, challenging. Having effective challenging conversations takes work, practice and courage.

In my life, until a recent significant life change, I typically avoided hard conversations. I saw myself as a peace-maker. This was a self-imposed title that didn’t serve me or the people around me.

When I did have hard conversations they came out of a place where I felt emotionally flooded. Not effective.

My ethnic heritage, and family of origin messages are part of the story I told myself about what I could say and what I couldn’t. I come from a Mennonite family background which often means that peace must be kept at all costs.  That’s the way we roll.

The problem with missed conversations is that problems aren’t solved.  Over time, there is usually more pain and the energy drain leaves hard feelings.  Hurt builds, blame grows and unforgiveness festers.

Since my coach training, I’ve become very intentional to have conversations that I would never have ventured into before. I am choosing to live differently and am finding my voice; my kind and honest voice. I’m choosing change.

I have had many kind, intentional, honest conversations that would never have happened in the past.  The results have been mostly beautiful and I feel empowered. Relationships have flourished.

But not all…

And that’s ok.

Here are four mindset tools that have helped me. I hope they will help you.

1. Steven Covey’s habit of beginning with the end in mind is a way that I process and prepare for a conversation that needs to happen. By keeping that at the front of my mind, I’m able to focus on the most important things, instead of getting lost in the weeds. Wading into a hard conversation, if you want the best possible results, is not done quickly, rashly or without thought.

2. One conversation went well, I think, because I began the conversation in the position of a learner.  I expressed to my co-worker that I was trying new ways of communicating.  I also told her that I wanted to include her in the learning process.  The result was an openness that astounded me. Being appropriately vulnerable builds rapport.

3. I’m choosing to be kind to myself and others by owning my thoughts, attitude and behaviour and letting others own their response.  This feels like risky behaviour for this Mennonite raised kid… so far it’s going well. It feels like freedom and it doesn’t feel like words are stuck anymore.

4. New conversations take practice. With practice, there are new possibilities. Some relationships will grow, others will not. There are no guarantees. I can only own my choices and my behaviour and I can’t own the response of others. I’m tired of choking on conversations that need to happen.

When will your next brave conversation happen?

If you would like to dig into this skillset, to become more effective at having challenging conversations, please contact me. alana@NowsTheTime.ca

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One Eleven Grill shows off new renovations and some new menu creations

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One of Red Deer’s favourite restaurants has put some major effort into updating their space and creating some new menu items. One Eleven Grill opened its doors in 2011 with as a fresh and innovative entry into the local dining scene.

They’ve recently completed renovations and spent considerable time and effort developing some tasty new menu items. Watch the video above to get an idea of what you’re in store for next time you head down to one of the city’s finest restaurants.

About One Eleven Grill: An inviting and stylish restaurant tucked into the heart of Red Deer just waiting for you to discover or rediscover.

Opened on the first day of November in 2011, One Eleven has been thoughtfully and skillfully preparing delicious food and drinks for Central Alberta for years.

Our passion is STEAK! We are committed to quality, serving only the very best locally-owned, grass fed Alberta Triple AAA Beef in both classic and unique cuts.

Our warm, inviting ambiance is the perfect backdrop for everything from a romantic evening, a gathering with friends and family and even a quiet business lunch during the week. We even feature live jazz every Friday and Saturday. Add in one of the best selections of wine in the region, and One Eleven will set the perfect tone for your weekend.

At One Eleven we’re committed to your total satisfaction and we celebrate the people and food of Red Deer and Central Alberta every day.

For amazing food, great music and good times with family and friends, keep One Eleven in mind.

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Red Deer Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations for Business of the Year

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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Business of the Year Awards

The Business of the Year Awards are organized by the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce and held annually in conjunction with Small Business Week.

The Business Awards are presented, in five categories, to exceptional businesses within the Red Deer area. All companies, Chamber members and non-members, are eligible for nomination for an award in their respective category.

“We have organizations doing extraordinary work in our community and far too often their accomplishments and charitable activities go unrecognized. Our entrepreneurs and businesses are incredibly humble so it gives of great pleasure to be able to recognize them” said Rick More, CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce.

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Business of the Year Awards in the following categories: 1-10 employees, 11-20 employees, 21+ employees, Young Entrepreneur and Non-Profit. Nominations can be submitted from the online nominations form. The deadline for application submission is July 26, 2019 at 4:30pm.

The Business of the Year Awards will be held on October 16, 2019 at the RDC Arts Centre & Foyer.

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative leader in building a vibrant community and fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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