Articles tagged 'Leadership'

Culture

Building a Framework For Cultural Change Through WE WIN

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A popular post I wrote for TLNT last year (The 9 Clear Steps to Organizational Culture Change) is still on the first page of Google search results for that topic.

I recently approached a training video company with course content based on that post and they felt culture is a topic best suited for top leaders. They explained that training video sales are higher if the content fits first line managers and individual contributors.

I explained the culture fundamentals that apply to top leaders also apply to work teams of any size since they are sub-cultures with behavior that’s also driven by cultural rules.

From that insight, the culture content was simplified and the WE WIN framework was born. 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…

HR Insights, HR Management

How HR Can Become Talent Gurus – and Build Credibility in the Process

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During five years of international HR consulting for a range of organizations, I noticed that companies of all sizes (from small businesses to the global Fortune 100) had something in common: When HR was perceived by others to deliver the most value, it was when it was firefighting — responding to issues and “fixing” them.

Human Resources is most often operationally oriented, providing support for transactional processes, like hiring, performance reviews, and compensation reviews.

It’s this kind of focus that has prompted some experts to call for the splitting of HR departments. Read more…

Culture

Finding the “Sweet Spot” of Success to Drive Organizational Change

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A “Sweet Spot” exists at the intersection of three areas of context for any business change or transformation.

It is critical for leaders to get context clarity on these areas to make the difference between a resounding successful change and a crashing failure.

Here are those three areas: 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…

TLNT Events

It’s Back: TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit Coming in May

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If you missed it last year, you’re getting another chance in 2015.

TLNT’s popular High Performance Workforce Summit will be back again on May 6-7 at the Omni CNN Center Hotel in Atlanta, with a great roster of expert Chief HR Officers, Vice Presidents and business executives.

Today we’re launching the conference website with information about the executive speakers on the agenda who will provide best practices, key trends, tools, trends how-to’s, metrics and unique perspectives on the world of talent.

The presenters and speakers are all top-drawer HR and executive leaders who will tell you how they built. manage, and leverage their own high performance workforces – the kind of speakers you rarely hear from at HR-oriented events! 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…