Leadership

Leadership

How to Lead Your Team Members – and Learn to Give and Get Criticism

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Want to be a great leader? Want to accomplish great things quickly and efficiently?

Of course you do. Well, it all starts with your team.

The better you know them, the easier it will be to motivate them. And the more motivated they are, the more they’ll accomplish.

It all starts with paying attention: What kind of people are they? What motivates them? What doesn’t? What are they oversensitive about? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Why Your Best Performers Usually Make the Worst Leaders

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We all make this mistake, and we’ll continue to make this mistake.

It’s the same old story: One of your employees performs really, really well, and because of their performance you move them out of the position they are in and put them in a leadership position. Then, they fail and become a lousy performer.

The best companies in the world make this mistake, and keep making it. The worst companies make this mistake as well, as does every other company in between. Read more…

Leadership

You’ll Be a Better Leader and Manager If You Don’t Believe the Hype

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She asked me to wait a minute, went to her room and came back with a piece of paper. It was a list that she had compiled of her important events that I had missed due to work commitments.

Talk about a wake-up call. The list included 22 items, from her first day at school and first soccer match of the season, to a parent-teacher meeting and a Halloween parade. And the school year wasn’t over yet.

This note was from a CEO’s daughter to her dad, Mohamed El-Erian, the former chief executive of the investment firm Pimco, who was frustrated that his daughter was not listening to him. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

The 5 Critical Things That a Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates

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Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”President Ronald Reagan

As a leader, you know you must delegate many of the tasks for which you’re ultimately responsible, if you’re to be successful in meeting your goals.

You know you can’t do it all yourself. Typically, under-delegation is more common than over-delegation, and most leaders should give more away.

That said, there are some things leaders should never delegate. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

4 People Strategies That Together Can Double Company Growth

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Technologies and processes continue to evolve, but how companies manage and develop employees hasn’t improved over the past decade. As a result, companies miss out on unprecedented opportunities for growth.

Gallup has discovered four (4) human capital strategies that combine in a powerful way to add up to 59 percent more growth in revenue per employee, and using them together leads to gains that more than double the effect of using any single strategy on its own.

They call this the “additive effect.” Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees

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I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce.

Now, I didn’t just share this video because it was so fun and uplifting; I shared it because it is a great metaphor for the following:

  1. The potential people — including your employees — have to do awesome things; Read more…
Leadership, Talent Management

What’s Next in Leadership? ‘Enriching” Employees to Unleash Their Potential

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There’s no way around it – being a leader is tough. It’s hard and it’s getting harder.

The complexity and pace of business today makes it virtually impossible to keep up, let alone find the time to nurture and encourage your team to its full potential.

So how do you deal with it? Read more…

Culture, Leadership

It’s Leadership’s Corporate Responsibility to Listen to Employees

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In 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch because of a failed O Ring that employees of NASA had earlier highlighted as a risk. Investigation into the tragedy revealed that NASA’s employees tried to sound the alarm before launch.

For various reasons, they were not heard and seven people lost their lives.

The story of Challenger has been studied and dissected by every business school class, as an example of how the culture of silence is an overwhelming threat to an organization. Read more…

Leadership, Training & Development

Some Sobering Reasons Why We Need to Train Our Leaders, Too

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Leaders play an essential role in meeting business goals and profitability targets, as well as delivering service and retaining talent.

However, according to a nationwide survey released by Aon Hewitt, only 12 percent of respondents said their leaders are extremely effective at meeting business goals.

What’s more, just 14 percent believe their leaders are extremely effective at meeting profitability targets, 17 percent say the same holds true for delivering service, and only 7 percent believe their leaders are extremely effective at retaining talent. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Some Very Good Reasons That Smart Business Leaders Scrimmage

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“We’ve got our first scrimmage.

Players love to hear those words from the coach because scrimmages are much more fun than squat thrusts, windmills, or shoulder and hip rotations.

Scrimmaging is as close to a real game as you can get without the hoopla, and it serves multiple functions in sports and at work. Read more…