Leadership

HR Insights, Leadership

Are You Just Treading Water When You Really Need to Swim?

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Have you ever found yourself relaxed in a comfy chair, either warm by the fire or enjoying a good read with a favorite beverage close by?

Perhaps you’re just letting the day wash over you as you watch TV, or even dosing off a bit? Maybe there’s a sleeping cat on your lap, curled up against any intrusion.

Now, that’s a great picture of someone who’s not living in the moment, but is content with what life has to offer. Ahhhhh.

Careful now — don’t you go and bother with that image; life is fine and dandy just the way it is, and they want to keep it that way. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Why Don’t More Boards of Directors Pay Attention to a Company’s Culture?

From the HR blog at TLNT

Twenty-first Century corporate governance is a busy job.

Acting on behalf of shareholders, boards of directors are paying attention to an escalating list of risks and rewards from a company’s undertakings. Like many activities within any organization, “the squeaky wheels get the grease.”

Other than in desperate situations such as “turnarounds,” culture seldom ranks as a pressing matter in the boardroom. That’s a big mistake.

During my tenure as a CEO, my Board of Directors never posed questions pertaining to corporate culture. I wasn’t surprised in the least. Jacobs Suchard Directors expected me to run their North American operation as an entrepreneurial enterprise, and as long as the returns were favorable, they assumed I was doing just that. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Here’s Why Most Managers Really Suck

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If you’ve read any significant amount of literature on management, you’ve likely come across the Peter Principle – that people will get promoted to their own level of incompetence.

The idea is that people are promoted to management positions because they’ve proven to be successful at the core function of their current job, not because they’ve been successful at the core function of their new job – managing a team of people.

There are a lot of things that can happen when people who aren’t very good at managing people assume management positions. Today, we’ll look at just three: Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl-Winning Philosophy: Just Do Your Job

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The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game last weekend, earning them a trip to the Super Bowl  this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Super Bowl XLIX (that’s 49 for non-Romans) will mark a major milestone in a historic journey by the Patriots team and their head coach, Bill Belichick.

Belichick stands to become the first head coach ever to appear in six (6) Super Bowls, and with a victory over Seattle, can become the only coach to ever win four (4) of them.

In addition, New England Quarterback Tom Brady will be making his record-breaking sixth start in a Super Bowl, and if he wins, he will join the elite ranks of NFL legends Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four victories in pro football’s biggest game. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

10 Ways to Get Employees to Step Up and REALLY Own Their Job

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Every employee who works for you will eventually arrive at a crucial intersection, if they haven’t already.

At that point, you hope they turn right and buy-in to your leadership and the vision and values of your company. Turning that direction means that they see a future for themselves with your organization so they’ll invest themselves fully and go all-in.

Unfortunately, some will turn left and quit on you without actually quitting. They’ll take on the “me against the machine” mindset and begin looking for shortcuts and ways they can do just the MDR (Minimum Daily Requirement) that it takes to fly below the radar and avoid getting called out or fired. Read more…

Global HR, Leadership

Developing Global Leaders: It’s Happening, But Not Quickly Enough

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The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) recently released its fifth iteration of their GLD (Global Leadership Development) study.

The report, Global Leadership Development: Preparing Leaders for a Globalized Market, examines opportunities and challenges for organizations working to develop “global leaders,” or leaders who have global expertise and can perform in an international environment.

With factors like technology making the workforce increasingly global, this is an area of leadership development that organizations should consider adding to their focus. As i4cp discusses in the report,

The purposeful development of global competencies and capabilities among leaders is essential to organizational effectiveness and competitive edge.” Read more…

Leadership

$415 Million Settlement Proposed to Settle Anti-Poaching Suit

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A $415 million settlement proposed by four tech giants could become one of the largest anti-poaching awards if a federal judge approves.

Apple, Google, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems agreed to the amount in a court filing yesterday. A previous offer of almost $325 million was rejected last summer by the judge in the class action case, which was filed in 2011.

Some 64,000 workers are plaintiffs in the lawsuit which alleges the four companies, and three others, secretly agreed not to hire each other’s employees, and, more specifically, not to cold-call each other’s employees. Read more…

Leadership

6 Leadership Practices That Every Leader Should Follow

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Leaders think strategically, understand the critical link between focus and clarity, and appreciate the value of time.

So, fewer and fewer are inclined to let others waste their time. Brevity has become a basic communication skill for professionals. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

How Do You Get People to Work Harder? Just Turn Them Loose

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Here’s a fundamental question: How do you get people to work?

Answering fundamentally, you form a contract with them consisting of a set amount of compensation and benefits in return for an equally set amount of work.

Less fundamental and more important (or at least more interesting) is this question – How do you get people to work harder on what matters most to you? Read more…

Leadership

Common Myths That Are Getting in the Way of Good Leadership

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People are promoted because they’re good at their jobs. Being in a leadership position is a very different job, for which most are not trained.

Why they’re not trained is a bit of a mystery. It’s as though colleges and professional schools don’t expect their graduates to move beyond the entry level.

Interestingly, well-intentioned managers, doing their best to be good organizational leaders, often repeat unhelpful supervisory practices experienced in their early careers, even if they disliked them at the time. Read more…