Leadership Coaching for Concord NH area manufacturing businesses and non-profits
We are helping leaders in Concord NH improve their managment style, become better at prioritizing, reduce stress and become more overall emotionally intelligent.
Jeff Saari, CEO of Jeff Saari Coaching, founded his company in 2007. His enthusiastic passion and life purpose is to support leadership and cultural excellence in businesses and organizations. He works with leaders to achieve a maximum level of emotional intelligence to share with their organizations. Jeff teaches communication and meeting facilitation skills, practices one-on-one and group coaching, and leads organizational retreats.
We work to improve your personal managment skills on a long term basis!
We specialize in improving the following:
employee performance and commitment,
being on purpose,
getting the right things done,
dealing with fear and frustration.
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LEADERSHIP BLIND SPOTS
I think most of us have been in the position of going to change lanes in our car only to be honked at. Simply put, the other driver was in our blind spot — that area to the right or left of the vehicle that nothing can be seen from the side mirrors. If you are going slowly, this “blind spot” mistake can cause a scare or a fender bender or simply an inconvenience. Going fast it can cause major damage, injury or death. Our leadership is analogous to this concept because what we don’t see about ourselves can have a minor or major impact on our business or team.
Behaviors you can’t see
In my work with leaders all around the Monadnock Region, part of my role is to ferret out these blind spots so we can drive more soundly and safely. A blind spot is just that, a behavior that you can’t see; it is just part of how you act and hasn’t been open thus far to self-scrutiny. The blind spot usually isn’t intentional, yet it is there. Leadership blind spots run the gamut: avoidance, impatience, interrupting people, aggression, leading bad meetings, not sharing information, and not setting clear expectations, to name a few. For example, I recently sat down with an executive director who is having trouble with an employee of many years. The “problem employee” is also a manager and was plagued with many leadership blind spots. The executive director hired me to help this manager become more attuned to the blind spots and work on ways to overcome them. The blind spots have grown to such a degree that employees neither liked nor trusted him.
Everyone has blind spots
I think we can all relate to this above example. But let me make it clear: Everyone has blind spots! Even the most conscientious leaders among us have them from time to time. At first, when you are on the path to emotional intelligence it can feel unsettling to discover your blind spot(s). As leaders and managers, we can get avoidant, get defensive, or beat ourselves up internally when the discovery is made. The discomfort of having the light shone on a lesser area of strength can indeed be uncomfortable, but it also can be a great message, a great opportunity to grow, learn and collaborate. So try this: If you want to know how you impact others in your organization, simply ask them. It may take time to build a trusting culture where people feel comfortable actually telling you their truth, but it will be worth it in the long run if you are genuinely curious and persistent. Another option is to do a 360 Degree Feedback* to have a cross-section of people in the business give you feedback. However you obtain this critical information, start on the journey today, it will be well worth it.
For more information check out Leadership Blind Spots, By Jeff Saari.
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serving the Concord NH area
about Concord, nh
Concord, NH is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,695.
Concord includes the villages of Penacook, East Concord, and West Concord. The city is home to the University of New Hampshire School of Law, New Hampshire's only law school; St. Paul's School, a private preparatory school; NHTI, a two-year community college; and the Granite State Symphony Orchestra. It is the resting place of Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States.
The area that would become Concord was originally settled thousands of years ago by Abenaki Native Americans called the Pennacook. The tribe fished for migrating salmon, sturgeon, and alewives with nets strung across the rapids of the Merrimack River. The stream was also the transportation route for their birch bark canoes, which could travel from Lake Winnipesaukee to the Atlantic Ocean.
Concord grew in prominence throughout the 18th century, and some of its earliest houses survive at the northern end of Main Street. In the years following the Revolution, Concord's central geographical location made it a logical choice for the state capital, particularly after Samuel Blodget in 1807 opened a canal and lock system to allow vessels passage around the Amoskeag Falls downriver, connecting Concord with Boston by way of the Middlesex Canal.