Leadership

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…

Leadership

How to Lead Your Team Members – and Learn to Give and Get Criticism

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Want to be a great leader? Want to accomplish great things quickly and efficiently?

Of course you do. Well, it all starts with your team.

The better you know them, the easier it will be to motivate them. And the more motivated they are, the more they’ll accomplish.

It all starts with paying attention: What kind of people are they? What motivates them? What doesn’t? What are they oversensitive about? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Why Your Best Performers Usually Make the Worst Leaders

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We all make this mistake, and we’ll continue to make this mistake.

It’s the same old story: One of your employees performs really, really well, and because of their performance you move them out of the position they are in and put them in a leadership position. Then, they fail and become a lousy performer.

The best companies in the world make this mistake, and keep making it. The worst companies make this mistake as well, as does every other company in between. Read more…

Leadership

You’ll Be a Better Leader and Manager If You Don’t Believe the Hype

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She asked me to wait a minute, went to her room and came back with a piece of paper. It was a list that she had compiled of her important events that I had missed due to work commitments.

Talk about a wake-up call. The list included 22 items, from her first day at school and first soccer match of the season, to a parent-teacher meeting and a Halloween parade. And the school year wasn’t over yet.

This note was from a CEO’s daughter to her dad, Mohamed El-Erian, the former chief executive of the investment firm Pimco, who was frustrated that his daughter was not listening to him. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

The 5 Critical Things That a Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates

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Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”President Ronald Reagan

As a leader, you know you must delegate many of the tasks for which you’re ultimately responsible, if you’re to be successful in meeting your goals.

You know you can’t do it all yourself. Typically, under-delegation is more common than over-delegation, and most leaders should give more away.

That said, there are some things leaders should never delegate. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

4 People Strategies That Together Can Double Company Growth

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Technologies and processes continue to evolve, but how companies manage and develop employees hasn’t improved over the past decade. As a result, companies miss out on unprecedented opportunities for growth.

Gallup has discovered four (4) human capital strategies that combine in a powerful way to add up to 59 percent more growth in revenue per employee, and using them together leads to gains that more than double the effect of using any single strategy on its own.

They call this the “additive effect.” Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees

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I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce.

Now, I didn’t just share this video because it was so fun and uplifting; I shared it because it is a great metaphor for the following:

  1. The potential people — including your employees — have to do awesome things; Read more…
Leadership, Talent Management

What’s Next in Leadership? ‘Enriching” Employees to Unleash Their Potential

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There’s no way around it – being a leader is tough. It’s hard and it’s getting harder.

The complexity and pace of business today makes it virtually impossible to keep up, let alone find the time to nurture and encourage your team to its full potential.

So how do you deal with it? Read more…