Leadership

Leadership

Managing as Mothering: What Mom Taught Me About Servant Leadership

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My mom died last month, and amid the sadness of losing her was a silver lining: learning what a great boss she was.

I knew my mom, Marty Frauenheim, had risen steadily in the ranks of Catholic education. She progressed from teacher to principal to associate superintendent of Chicago Catholic Schools to superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

During our visits and phone calls, she shared mostly her worries — about student, staff and school challenges. She didn’t brag about achievements. Read more…

Leadership

Real Leaders? They Don’t Get Caught Up in Their Own Personal Power

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People often ask me if it was hard for me to go from running really large organizations to having my own (implied — “much smaller”) company.

This was never an issue for me because I always maintained a psychological distance between the power of my role, (managing a $1 billion plus global business, multi-hundred million dollar budget, and thousands of people) and my own personal power.

I took responsibility for the power of the large role very seriously, but I never pretended that I personally owned that power. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Are You Giving Employees What They Truly Hunger For?

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At a recent event on how non-profits can use social media, self-professed Twitter junkie Jessica Esch, from United Way of Greater Portland, shared her social media secret sauce for successfully engaging followers.

One of her secret sauce ingredients stood out for me because it’s a phrase, and a practice —  love and try to do — yet we never see talked about in the corporate world. This is a shame because this practice is not only a great way to engage people in the social media world, it is also a game-changing offline strategy for engaging employees. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

Leadership Challenges: It’s All About Critical Skills — and Gender Diversity

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Development Dimensions International (DDI) and The Conference Board have recently released a report titled Global Leadership Forecast 2014|2015.

This report, the seventh of its kind published by DDI, includes survey responses from 13,124 leaders, 1,528 global human resource executives, and 2,031 participating organizations.

The volume of respondents allowed DDI to look at findings from a variety of perspectives – multi-national vs. local corporations, spans four leadership levels and leaders/HR professionals of different genders, ages, 48 countries, and 32 major industry categories. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Shaping a Successful Culture? You Start With Purposeful Leadership

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Culture is a powerful force and culture-shaping efforts fail for many key reasons.

But what makes them succeed? What makes some culture-change efforts successful where others become simply another “flavor of the week” training session that never translates into real change?

This is a subject of great debate, and many theories exist. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

The Legacy of Warren Bennis: Good Leadership Changes Over Time

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By Howard Mavity

I love reading The Economist and they justified my appreciation with an Aug. 9 obituary on Warren Bennis, who they rightly described as “the world’s most important thinker on the subject that business leaders care about more than any other: themselves.”

I cannot do a better job than this article in describing this thoughtful and ethical man’s contributions to business theory, to leadership, and to the question of “what things matter the most?”

Is there any quality more wanting in business and government today than effective leadership? Whether I write about safety, legal compliance, avoiding discrimination claims or developing a successful workplace culture, I come back to the need for real leadership. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Missing Deadlines: What You Can Do to Get The Team Back on Track

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The reason why so many organizations have so much trouble doing what they intend to do, on time, is because when they fail to meet a deadline, nothing happens.

The dates come and go and no one talks about it.

And then there is no new focused deadline established because no one is talking about it at all. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

The A-B-C’s (and D-E-F’s) of Motivating Your Workplace Team

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New Employee Incentive Plan: Work or get fired.” — Hand-lettered sign behind the counter of a country store.

According to a recent story in Inc. magazine, Brian Halligan, CEO of software marketing firm Hubspot, has a singular way of handling go-getter employees who present him with great ideas with the potential to improve the company’s bottom line.

He fires them.

The punchline? He fires them from their “day jobs.” He then appoints them as the CEOs of their own change initiatives, something like little start-up companies within the company. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

How to Rebuild Lost Trust Within Your Organization

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It seems like new challenges for business leaders are surfacing almost daily.

In a McKinsey Quarterly survey of senior executives around the world, 85 percent of them said that public trust in business had deteriorated. This was echoed in the Edelman Trust Barometer, where 62 percent of global respondents said that they “trust corporations less now than they did a year ago.”

Trust in business has been in steep decline for the past 30 years, and North American scores for credibility and trust in leadership are now at all-time lows. Read more…

Leadership

How I Went to Buy a Car and Got a Lesson in Great Leadership Instead

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When I walked into the MINI dealer to buy a new car, the last thing I expected to find was a great example of leadership, but that is exactly what I found.

It took a while for my early observations to draw the conclusion that the secret sauce of this dealership was the Sales Manager.

This busy, almost chaotic dealership was full of energy and organized. We were approached immediately by a salesperson who was quick to tell us that this was her first week, and she’d just moved from Pittsburgh. Read more…