Articles tagged 'Leadership'

HR Insights, Leadership

Leadership and Narcissism, or Things We Can Learn From Kanye West

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Few musicians are as successful, or as polarizing, as Kanye West.

For the uninitiated, West is a giant in the modern music industry. He is the fifth most nominated and eighth most award-winning artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, holding 51 nominations and 21 wins, as well as countless accolades from the American Music Awards, MTV Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and others.

As successful as West has been, however, he is equally well known for his hubris, including choice quotes to the press (“…respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins”), inflammatory tweets (“…the second verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse…OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD.), and, of course, the infamous Taylor-Swift-microphone-stealing incident, the apology for which he later recanted. Read more…

Talent Management

Your Employees Need to Know You Really Can Handle the Truth

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Do you remember that classic Jack Nicholson scene in A Few Good Men when he bellows at Tom Cruise’s character, You can’t handle the truth!”

Your new hires need to believe that YOU can handle the truth, but only if…

… you want to learn specifically how to raise employee engagement in your organization so it is above the dismal levels most employers experience.

If you want to identify the real sources of employee turnover and the “New Hire Honeymoon Is Over Blues,” your employees need to get the following messages loud and clear: Read more…

Leadership

Management Mumbo Jumbo: Words Leaders Use to Shun Accountability

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Words can clarify or confuse.

A favorite pastime of mine is to watch politicians or corporate CEOs squirm when asked straightforward questions on sensitive issues.

Accountability can be tough; the language of leadership is not for the faint-hearted.

Here are some of the top code words and phrases that contribute to the growing cynicism in today’s workplace: Read more…

Leadership

How Leaders Can Just Say No to Their Inner Control Freak

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Having a forceful personality provides certain advantages in a competitive workplace. It can help you work your way up the ladder more quickly than you otherwise might.

But fair warning: if your favorite management slogan is “my way or the highway,” expect a few delays in your drive to the top.

You can survive with this attitude, but nobody loves a control freak. Read more…

Culture

Creating a Successful Work Culture For ALL Generations

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During his many years of working with groups around the world, Stephen R. Covey (best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) had the incredible opportunity to personally observe how organizations best leverage the unique contributions of everyone in the workforce, regardless of their age, generation or style.

After studying a wide-range of diverse groups including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as Grameen Bank, and global organizations like Marriott International, Covey found that an important step in building and sustaining long-term results required the thoughtful process of creating guiding principles.

These principles provide organizations and all employees with a baseline which provides clarity around performance and results. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

3 Things That Will Help You Become an Exceptional Manager

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In my most recent post on Compensation Café, I referenced a quote from Don Knauss, CEO of Clorox, about the “head” part of leadership.

In Don’s terms, the “head” is focused on, well, focus – how you communicate to and reinforce for employees the tightly focused priorities need for organizational success.

Today, I’m digging deeper into the same interview with Don Knauss to look at the “heart” part of leadership. Read more…

Leadership

Building Lifeline Relationships, and Why It’s Critical to Leadership Success

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Behind every great leader, at the base of every great tale of success, you’ll find an indispensable circle of trusted advisors, mentors, and colleagues.

These groups come in all forms and sizes and can be found at every level and in nearly all spheres of professional life, and what they all have in common is a unique connection with each other defined as lifeline relationships.

These relationships are, quite literally, why some people succeed far more than others, says Keith Ferrazzi, the author of Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success — And Won’t Let You Fail. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Making Employees Partners: Does Democracy Work in the Workplace?

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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Professionally, my life’s work has revolved around making work easier and more productive for everyone involved.

So, I find the concept of democratizing the workplace attractive, which involves giving employees more freedom and allowing them to participate in decision-making.

When employees feel empowered in their work, they’re more likely to take ownership of their jobs and contribute more discretionary effort, thereby increasing their productivity. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Is a Culture of Discipline the Right Approach For Your Organization?

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Jim Collins said that “a culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness.”

Those words might resonate with many leaders who are feeling frustrated about aspects of accountability, attention to detail, collaboration, or some other area in their organization. The reality is that discipline must start with the habits, routines, and rigor of leadership.

Therefore, the big question is, “what are the approaches that will set the tone for a deeper culture of discipline?” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

The Leadership Drought: Why It’s the No. 1 Issue for Organizations Today

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Last week, I discussed one of the trends (re-skilling HR teams) called out in Deloitte’s annual Global Human Capital Trends report for 2014.

Recently released and influenced by the work of Bersin by Deloitte, the report examines 12 trends that represent the way employees today are driving their organizations to innovate and transform human capital practices.

The report, as usual, is full of interesting data on human capital management trends and observations about the impact of those trends. It is definitely worth a read.

This week, I’d like to look at another top talent issue facing organizations around the world as identified by Deloitte: leadership. Read more…