Leadership

HR News & Trends, Leadership

Yes, Sometimes Good Guys Actually Finish First

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The good guys — companies that are good to employees, to customers and to their communities — keep winning.

That’s the hopeful news we found as we compiled the latest Good Company Index report.

The Good Company Index (GCI) assesses companies on their performance as employers, sellers and as stewards of the planet and communities. We created the original GCI metric as a feature of our book Good Company: Business Success in the Worthiness Era. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Six Degrees of Thought Leadership

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I’m not sure when this started, but recently I’ve been introduced as a “Thought Leader.”

At first, it was flattering. Wow, a ‘Thought Leader’! I wasn’t sure what it meant, but it sounded cool.

You mean, I’m a “Thought Leader” like Steve Jobs? Well, slow down Sparky, not quite like Steve Jobs. Read more…

Leadership

Good Leaders Need to Have Good Manners, Too

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We are at our best with those random acts of kindness to strangers.

Co-workers and family members don’t fare so well. The reasons vary: We take them for granted and think they’ll love us anyway. Or maybe familiarity breeds irritability.

Whatever the cause, rudeness has ruined family relationships. And otherwise competent business leaders are disliked and dissed by their staff and peers because they fail to understand that manners matter.

The revival of respect and kindness could revolutionize employee engagement. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

4 Ways to Drive Your Organization’s Strategy With Better Execution

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For years, I have been trying to figure out why so many leaders tolerate poor execution and do nothing about it.

One unfortunate issue I see quite regularly is simply that some “big” executives seem to believe that execution is beneath them.

They view execution as a low-level job for other, less important, less strategic people to deal with. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

In Case You’ve Forgotten, Here’s How Real Leadership Looks

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This holiday season, you’ve probably seen or read about all the retailers opening their doors as early as 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day. We have decided not to follow that trend. Instead, we believe family comes first and you should be at home celebrating with them on this special holiday. This means none of our stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, none of our stores will be open before 7 am on Black Friday. ” -- Michael R. MacDonald, CEO, DSW Shoes

I came across this on Facebook the other day. It rang so true to me since my wife and a lot of her friends work in retail from the management end. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Essential Elements for Getting the Team On Board With Your Ideas

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When it comes to leadership, building alignment is essential to getting people on board with your ideas.

Alignment conserves time and energy by making sure every employee knows what they’re supposed to be doing and why, and provides a forum for asking questions and expressing concerns.

This builds emotional and rational buy-in and unites people around your vision. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

The Best Managers Remember Back When They Weren’t Managers

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One thing I’ve noticed about some managers is how completely they seem to have forgotten what it’s like to not be a manager.

More money and more power? More severe amnesia.

Case in point: I once worked for a company that had a policy of retroactively calculating pay increases — a practice I’d always viewed with mixed emotions. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

New Survey Shows That the Leadership Gap Is Wider Than Ever

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OMGoodness! A recent survey by SuccessFactors, an SAP company, found that 34 percent of executives say “a lack of adequate leadership is among the major impediments to achieving workforce goals.”

Another 42 percent say company growth plans are “slowed by lack of access to the right leadership.”

Well, none of this surprises me. (I’ll bet you aren’t surprised, either.) The past few years have been particularly hard on leaders, with most everyone agreeing we’re practically in a leadership drought. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

How Can Bad Leadership Produce Good Results?

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A few months ago, I stopped freelancing and dove head first into a regular, full-time position with benefits. I was happy about the offer and looked forward to being part of a team, gaining additional HR experience, and earning a more steady income.

Now, as I leave the worst job I’ve ever had, reporting to (in my humble opinion) the most odious human being I’ve ever laid eyes on, I’m powerfully reminded once again about the importance of good and ethical leadership.

My friend (let’s call her Shirley) and I have been debating this issue for a while now. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

How to Handle a Miscommunicating Manager – Even If It’s You

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Communication. It’s the key to any successful relationship, whether personal or professional.

Our communication style – how we communicate – has an impact on our success.

The ability to clearly communicate expectations and flex your communication style so that you are understood by others is a skill, and one which many don’t (or choose not to) possess. Read more…