Leadership

HR Insights, Leadership

The ONE Question Managers Must Answer — Correctly

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As a manager, you hear questions every day.

Some are serious; some trivial.

What do you hear about the merger plans?” “Is our budget being cut?“Can we get an extension on the deadline?” “Are we going to have to work over the weekend?”

But the ONE question that you have to answer correctly every time is this: Read more…

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Three Phrases That Great Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Use

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Here are some phrases that can pose difficulties to many of us when our ego gets in the way.

Great leaders, however, understand their importance and master them early on.

1. “I was wrong”

Whether you’ve made an outright error or had a failure of judgment, there are few things more difficult than standing in front of people whose respect you desire and admitting that you got it wrong. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Staying in the Moment: Why You Need to Savor Your Accomplishments

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We all tend to get so busy that work and life can just fly by at a very fast pace.

What I have learned is that if you don’t pause to punctuate your accomplishments, they have a tendency to fade from memory — not just in the minds of others, but in your own memory, too!

Here’s what can happen: You finish a giant project. It was a huge success. In this moment you feel very proud. You may get recognition from you customers or your company. But if you don’t pause to capture this moment for yourself, you’ll lose it. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Managers Need to Remember: By Your Pupils You’ll Be Taught

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“Can you believe it? Now because of realignment, he works for me.

We worked together for years and he was my boss. He was extremely mean and cruel during those years and would just nit-pick through all my assignments. I needed the job so I stayed and put up with it.

But you know I just could never ‘get even’ or stoop that low.”

Karma is described as the underlying principle that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them. In other words, what goes around comes around. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

The 9 Keys to Highly Collaborative Workplace Cultures

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Work harder. Dress for success. Land the next big promotion. And whatever you do — make sure you win!

Widely regarded as a universal leadership and business asset, competitiveness is being re-evaluated in light of new research that may prove it does organizations and individuals more harm than good.

I recently attended the C-Suite Network Conference, and was completely intrigued by Margaret Heffernan’s presentation on the topic of competition, which was based on her book, A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition. Read more…

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When It Comes to Successfully Leading People, Soft Skills are the Key

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“We had two very distinct corporate headquarters and now we just have one. At our corporate office in Boston, the doors were locked on the executive floor and you couldn’t get in with your badge unless you worked on that floor. 

Now everyone’s badge works on the floor. I also moved the coffee machine outside my door so people had to walk by my office to get to it. Now I can tell people to stop in and say Hi.

That statement was from CEO Linda K. Zecher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She was recently profiled by Adam Bryant in his weekly interview series, Corner Office in The New York Times.

By the way, this weekly article allows you to peep through the crack of the C-Suite. It is a must read for HR professionals who are looking for insight from senior leadership and their thought processes. Read more…

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Hey New Boss: Push Change, Have Fun, But Don’t Diss the Team As You Do

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My husband has this annoying habit of criticizing my television choices whenever he pops into the family room and sees I’m watching something he doesn’t like.

“Oh, you’re watching this again?” He’ll say, while grabbing up the remotes. Occasionally he’ll add, “You weren’t really watching that, right?” when clearly I was.

Five minutes ago this man was in a car driving home from work, in the kitchen eating a pre-dinner snack, or out in the back yard doing whatever it is men do in the back yard, but now here he comes, wanting to commander the best screen in the house.

But that’s not why I get annoyed. Read more…

Leadership

Here’s Why We Have a Shortage of Great Leaders

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The secret to winning is constant, consistent management” – former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry

Choosing good managers is one of the most important decisions that companies make – and bad leadership is often at the root of business failure.

You might be surprised then that recent Gallup research suggested that companies choose the wrong management candidate 82 percent of the time.

How do we get it wrong this often? Do we need to change the way we promote people? Or are there just a deficit of good managers out there? Read more…

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10 Classic and Enduring Rules of Great Leadership

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The special qualities of remarkable leaders are complex and rare.

Leadership requires the courage to fashion a code of conduct governed by principled conviction, so reviewing the writings of Classical philosophers is a good place to begin our journey towards becoming more effective leaders.

Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas did just that for their book, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership, and discovered the ancient philosophies remain relevant today. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Is There Ever a Cure When Workplace Cultures Get Sick?

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Measles, a disease once thought to be completely eradicated, is making a comeback.

The flu vaccine was only 18 percent effective this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as long-identified strains continue to mutate.

Hospitals breed superbugs and must continuously adapt to stop the spread of potentially fatal infections.

Just as healthy people can be felled overnight by a new disease or drug-resistant bacteria, companies can sicken and even collapse if their culture is allowed to get seriously unhealthy. Read more…