Articles tagged 'Leadership'

Culture, Leadership

Evolving Your Workplace Culture: History Shows It Takes a Bold Vision

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CEO’s continue to publicly proclaim their efforts to manage significant and meaningful culture change.

Some miss the mark and show their lack of understanding this critical topic. Others, like Satya Nadella of Microsoft, share a much clearer vision and appear like they truly “get it.”

What separates the visionary and capable culture champions from the vast majority of leaders that don’t understand the culture fundamentals? Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

The Lesson From the Microsoft Cuts: Don’t Mix the Message on Layoffs

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This is not good. One of the guys on the marketing team I work with just got fired. OMG, they just fired another one. It is just crazy around here now.”

As I read the text messages, I could feel the tension that must have permeated this workplace.

The text was from someone who had been in the world of work for four years out of college. This situation with them went on for two days, and as I got the blow-by-blow, it felt like being in a war zone. Read more…

Leadership

Traits of the Great: 5 Qualities That Distinguish the Best Managers

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Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year.

One of the most important decisions leaders make is simply whom they hire as managers, according to research by the Gallup Organization. Yet Gallup finds companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82 percent of the time.

This is an alarming problem for employee engagement and the development of high-performing cultures. Without the raw natural talent to individualize, focus on each employee’s needs and strengths, boldly review their team members, rally people around a cause, and execute efficient processes, the day-to-day experience will burn out both the manager and their team. Read more…

Talent Management

Making a Business Case for Investing in Employee Engagement

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OK, C-level executive — I’m talking to you.

There’s a lot on your plate these days. You have to keep your organization afloat and make critical strategic business decisions that will ultimately shape the financial future of your firm.

However, if you’re overlooking one key element of your company’s operations, you could be missing out on the greatest opportunities to boost productivity and maximize performance. In the end, this aspect has some of the greatest impact on the bottom line. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Information Overload: Why Brevity Is Becoming a Business Basic

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Brevity is emerging as an essential new business basic.

In the fast-paced, multi-tasking, attention-deficit workplaces we find ourselves, getting to the point quickly matters more than ever. If you’re long winded, you’ll lose people’s attention and get lost in the data deluge.

But we face daunting challenges just to be heard.

The average person’s attention span is now only 8 seconds, and professionals are interrupted 6-7 times an hour, often unable to get back to their task at hand. More than 43 percent of us abandon complicated or lengthy emails in the first 30 seconds, and the majority of us admit ignoring half the emails we receive every day. Read more…

Leadership, Training & Development

Why You Need to Tie Performance to Leadership Development

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Companies today face several unprecedented challenges.

  • An increasingly competitive hiring landscape, combined with growing talent shortages and skills gaps, makes finding the right people harder than ever.
  • Looming retirements among Baby Boomers means companies will soon lose their most senior employees, along with their skills and knowledge.
  • And, with rampant employee disengagement, companies often struggle to retain their best and most promising workers.

As these issues converge, talent management has become increasingly difficult. So, what can employers do to counteract these factors? Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Innovation: 3 Ways to Help Your Company Become the Next Big Thing

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Innovation  – finding a better way of doing something or creating something new — that’s how Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and countless others became such well-known brands.

Rather than just “do what the Roman’s did,” they created something that no one else had, or at least delivered products and services in a way that their competitors had not done.

Innovation doesn’t just happen. Innovation requires key areas of your business running like a well-oiled machine. Read more…

Global HR, HR Insights

What I Learned From My Life as an Expat HR Leader in Saudi Arabia

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I recently received a note from my good friend Sharlyn Lauby (aka, the HRBartender) in reference to a question that she received from one of her readers:

How did you prepare for your new human resources role in Saudi Arabia? The country has different cultures, business traditions, and labor laws.

What I realized is that the story behind me making the move from New York City to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia could possibly fill a book [to be announced at a later date]. Read more…

Classic TLNT

What Great Leaders Know: Sharing Power Builds Trust and Loyalty

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

This is not a deep psychology dive on ego and power in business leadership, which is a huge topic.

But I want to share some practical observations about how good leaders build a powerful team by sharing power, and how others build themselves up (falsely) by imagining they can hoard power personally. I am a fan of the former.

What I have found is that the people who imagine that they have more power than they do can’t distinguish between the fact that their role has power vs. that they are powerful personally. Read more…

Talent Management

Great Tales of Engagement: Pizza on the Plane – With a Little Bit of Help

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Here’s one thing that’s good to remember: one highly engaged employee can make a world of difference.

Take the case of Frontier Airlines, a Colorado-based air carrier  that earned dubious title of Second-Most-Complained-About-Carrier in 2013 (in fairness, Spirit Airlines, the No. 1 most-complained-about-carrier, outnumbered Frontier’s complaints by almost 8-to-1).

However, 2014 is looking brighter for Frontier, and they’ve enjoyed a boost in positive awareness since a story broke about an enterprising Frontier pilot teamed up with a Domino’s Pizza manager to deliver a customer experience his passengers won’t soon forget.

Sound like the plot to a new primetime drama? Wrong. It’s employee engagement at its finest. Read more…