Leadership

Leadership

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…

Culture, Leadership

The 5 Words Leaders Use That Do More Damage Than Good

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The most misunderstood phrase in corporate speak is “People are our greatest asset.”

Those five words do more damage than good.

That was the hook as I began my speech this week at the Great Place to Work list announcement in Dubai .

I have gotten so that when I hear that phrase, to me it is a signal that whoever said it is not really connected about those assets. If you have to say it, you probably do not believe it yourself. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

How to Cope When You Find You’re Butting Heads With the Boss

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Sometimes even when people agree, and like, and respect each other, they can still find it frustrating to communicate.

Both can be really smart, capable people, but they just don’t get each other — they drive each other crazy.

The issue is that we all have our own preferred style of thinking and communicating.

When we are lucky enough to get a match with our boss, life is easy. When we end up as opposites, the interactions can be highly stressful and annoying, leaving both parties scratching their heads about why this is so difficult. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Dealing With Difficult Problems: Sometimes, It Helps to Walk and Talk

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Believe it or not, walking loosens the tongue.

Think back to your childhood. Do you remember any long walks with grandparents, aunts, or uncles when you bonded as you bounded through the neighborhood or countryside?

Or about those long, romantic walks with your first love when you poured out your deepest secrets and highest hopes for the future? Or how about those strolls through the hallways at school with your best friend, sharing what you were going to do on the weekend? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

How to Know If You Are a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Boss

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Horrible bosses come in all shapes and sizes.

You can probably think of a few previous bosses you’ve had the (dis)pleasure to work for.

According to a recent poll of 2,700 respondents at Monster.com, more than one in three consider their boss to be “horrible” (38 percent) and 54 percent of respondents gave their boss a negative rating. Only 17 percent of respondents gave their boss an “excellent” grade.

While this poll is not scientific, it confirms what we already know — there are some pretty bad bosses out there. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Want a Message That Gets Employees Attention? How About a CEO Video?

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One of the best parts of my job is the creative work I get to do with our customers around change management, communications and training.

As I’m sure you can imagine, that encompasses a fairly expansive suite of potential materials and mechanisms to get out the message about the Power of Thanks to transform an organization.

But if I had to pick a favorite means of communication to develop with a customer, it would be the CEO video. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Controlling Employer Branding: It May Lead to an HR-CEO Showdown

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In a recent report by Universum, a tactical view of how organizations are attracting talent and combating problems is given with some fresh insight.

The report, titled State of Employer Branding, is part one a four-part 2020 Outlook series and based on responses from 2338 interviews conducted in the winter of 2014 in 18 different countries. Respondents represented a variety of industries and job functions, with more than 50 percent working within HR, 16 percent being the CEO of their respective organization, and 23 percent working for organizations with more than 1000 employees in the country.

Universum’s report starts by posing a necessarily blunt question to its readers, “How long have executives argued over the need to make talent attraction a corporate strategy rather than an HR strategy?” Read more…

Culture, Leadership

It Takes Thoughtful Leadership to Truly Build a Trust Culture

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Imagine this …

Imagine walking into your leadership team meeting wondering whether the same old politics was going to play out.

  • Would the same people work their own private agendas, again?
  • Would the same people be silent and watch it happen?
  • Would everyone just be nice and kind and not honest, and let the meeting pass without ever addressing the elephant in the room? Read more…
Leadership

How Leadership Behavior is Squashing Innovation and Creativity

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For any organization to be successful, it has to continually innovate and evolve. This is one of the great business lessons that have withstood the test of time.

In his book, True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results, author Edgar Papke notes that one of the keys to organizational success – especially in the area of innovation – is its employees’ ability to openly and confidently express their ideas.

The free flow of new ideas is essential for keeping an organization competitive, and is at the heart of building employee buy-in and getting them to take ownership of both their own work and the company’s objectives. Read more…