Articles tagged 'Leadership'

Culture, Leadership

3 Things Real Leaders Do to Shape Company Culture

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Among my list of favorite authors, thinkers and change agents is Steve Kerr. His book Reward Systems: Does Yours Measure Up? is one I often recommend for its common sense approach to recognition and reward.

As the former Chief Learning Officer and head of leadership development for both GE and Goldman Sachs, Steve Kerr is also well-known for his seminal article On the Folly of Rewarding A While Expecting B.

He’s continued to educate along that theme, using the recent quality and safety challenges at GM as an example. In a Harvard Business Review blog post, Steve concludes with asking why it is so out-of-the-norm and courageous to behave in ways that demonstrate the behaviors the company has said it desires (namely: product quality, safety, transparency and integrity). Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Question If You’re in a Bad HR Organization: When Is it Time to Go?

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I have encountered numerous HR professionals recently musing about the difficulty of doing their profession in an organization that could care less.

They read, they discuss where HR is headed, but in their current space, it is light years away from where it should be.

They want more, they dream of more, but they get no more.

After one blog post of mine, someone wrote to me about the frustration she faces. After years of toiling in the transactional nature of her job, it is at a point that she wants to pull her hair out. Read more…

Talent Management

Despite Your Best Efforts, Why Aren’t Your Employees More Engaged?

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By David Lee and Jacob Schneid

Despite millions of words written and millions of dollars spent on improving employee engagement, the needle has barely budged over the years.

From Gallup’s State of the American Workplace:

While the state of the U.S. economy has changed substantially since 2000, the state of the American workplace has not. Currently, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work, and the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is roughly 2- to-1, meaning that the vast majority of U.S. workers (70 percent) are not reaching their full potential — a problem that has significant implications for the economy and the individual performance of American companies. Gallup’s research shows that employee engagement remains flat when left unmanaged.” Read more…

Leadership

Managing as Mothering: What Mom Taught Me About Servant Leadership

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My mom died last month, and amid the sadness of losing her was a silver lining: learning what a great boss she was.

I knew my mom, Marty Frauenheim, had risen steadily in the ranks of Catholic education. She progressed from teacher to principal to associate superintendent of Chicago Catholic Schools to superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

During our visits and phone calls, she shared mostly her worries — about student, staff and school challenges. She didn’t brag about achievements. Read more…

Leadership

Real Leaders? They Don’t Get Caught Up in Their Own Personal Power

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People often ask me if it was hard for me to go from running really large organizations to having my own (implied — “much smaller”) company.

This was never an issue for me because I always maintained a psychological distance between the power of my role, (managing a $1 billion plus global business, multi-hundred million dollar budget, and thousands of people) and my own personal power.

I took responsibility for the power of the large role very seriously, but I never pretended that I personally owned that power. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Are You Giving Employees What They Truly Hunger For?

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At a recent event on how non-profits can use social media, self-professed Twitter junkie Jessica Esch, from United Way of Greater Portland, shared her social media secret sauce for successfully engaging followers.

One of her secret sauce ingredients stood out for me because it’s a phrase, and a practice —  love and try to do — yet we never see talked about in the corporate world. This is a shame because this practice is not only a great way to engage people in the social media world, it is also a game-changing offline strategy for engaging employees. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

Leadership Challenges: It’s All About Critical Skills — and Gender Diversity

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Development Dimensions International (DDI) and The Conference Board have recently released a report titled Global Leadership Forecast 2014|2015.

This report, the seventh of its kind published by DDI, includes survey responses from 13,124 leaders, 1,528 global human resource executives, and 2,031 participating organizations.

The volume of respondents allowed DDI to look at findings from a variety of perspectives – multi-national vs. local corporations, spans four leadership levels and leaders/HR professionals of different genders, ages, 48 countries, and 32 major industry categories. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Shaping a Successful Culture? You Start With Purposeful Leadership

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Culture is a powerful force and culture-shaping efforts fail for many key reasons.

But what makes them succeed? What makes some culture-change efforts successful where others become simply another “flavor of the week” training session that never translates into real change?

This is a subject of great debate, and many theories exist. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The 10 Mistakes You Never Want to Make in HR

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I thought it was time that I randomly start listing mistakes we make in human resources and letting those coming into HR know what not to do.

So, here you go, enjoy!

These are the 10 mistakes you don’t want to ever make in HR: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

The Legacy of Warren Bennis: Good Leadership Changes Over Time

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By Howard Mavity

I love reading The Economist and they justified my appreciation with an Aug. 9 obituary on Warren Bennis, who they rightly described as “the world’s most important thinker on the subject that business leaders care about more than any other: themselves.”

I cannot do a better job than this article in describing this thoughtful and ethical man’s contributions to business theory, to leadership, and to the question of “what things matter the most?”

Is there any quality more wanting in business and government today than effective leadership? Whether I write about safety, legal compliance, avoiding discrimination claims or developing a successful workplace culture, I come back to the need for real leadership. Read more…