Articles tagged 'Leadership'

HR Insights, Leadership

Staying in the Moment: Why You Need to Savor Your Accomplishments

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We all tend to get so busy that work and life can just fly by at a very fast pace.

What I have learned is that if you don’t pause to punctuate your accomplishments, they have a tendency to fade from memory — not just in the minds of others, but in your own memory, too!

Here’s what can happen: You finish a giant project. It was a huge success. In this moment you feel very proud. You may get recognition from you customers or your company. But if you don’t pause to capture this moment for yourself, you’ll lose it. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Managers Need to Remember: By Your Pupils You’ll Be Taught

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“Can you believe it? Now because of realignment, he works for me.

We worked together for years and he was my boss. He was extremely mean and cruel during those years and would just nit-pick through all my assignments. I needed the job so I stayed and put up with it.

But you know I just could never ‘get even’ or stoop that low.”

Karma is described as the underlying principle that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them. In other words, what goes around comes around. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The Two Most Important Decisions That a Manager Can Make

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

The first time I held a general management role, I had a mentor share something with me I found to be pretty life changing.

He said, “You need to worry about WHO and WHY. That’s it.

Here is why this is so important. Read more…

HR Technology, Sponsored Post

Simple Acts Can Have a Huge Impact — Especially in the Workplace

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Have you heard of Edward Lorenz? If you don’t recognize his name, you probably have heard of his catch-phrase that described his work in the lab, which was translated to popular culture.

His concept: Small events can have large, widespread consequences.

Lorenz’s research suggests that a massive storm might have its roots in the faraway flapping of a tiny butterfly’s wings. That tiny alteration utterly transformed his long-term forecast, a point Lorenz amplified in his 1972 paper, Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas? Read more…

Culture, Leadership

The 9 Keys to Highly Collaborative Workplace Cultures

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Work harder. Dress for success. Land the next big promotion. And whatever you do — make sure you win!

Widely regarded as a universal leadership and business asset, competitiveness is being re-evaluated in light of new research that may prove it does organizations and individuals more harm than good.

I recently attended the C-Suite Network Conference, and was completely intrigued by Margaret Heffernan’s presentation on the topic of competition, which was based on her book, A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition. Read more…

Leadership

When It Comes to Successfully Leading People, Soft Skills are the Key

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“We had two very distinct corporate headquarters and now we just have one. At our corporate office in Boston, the doors were locked on the executive floor and you couldn’t get in with your badge unless you worked on that floor. 

Now everyone’s badge works on the floor. I also moved the coffee machine outside my door so people had to walk by my office to get to it. Now I can tell people to stop in and say Hi.

That statement was from CEO Linda K. Zecher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She was recently profiled by Adam Bryant in his weekly interview series, Corner Office in The New York Times.

By the way, this weekly article allows you to peep through the crack of the C-Suite. It is a must read for HR professionals who are looking for insight from senior leadership and their thought processes. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Good Things Seem to Happen When You Trust Talented People

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

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody – is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway

I was preparing for this month’s webinar and I came across the above quote.

One of the best lessons I ever learned about performance management and delegating is, that if you trust talented people, good things happen. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Hey New Boss: Push Change, Have Fun, But Don’t Diss the Team As You Do

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My husband has this annoying habit of criticizing my television choices whenever he pops into the family room and sees I’m watching something he doesn’t like.

“Oh, you’re watching this again?” He’ll say, while grabbing up the remotes. Occasionally he’ll add, “You weren’t really watching that, right?” when clearly I was.

Five minutes ago this man was in a car driving home from work, in the kitchen eating a pre-dinner snack, or out in the back yard doing whatever it is men do in the back yard, but now here he comes, wanting to commander the best screen in the house.

But that’s not why I get annoyed. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

There’s a Good Reason Why HR Should Lead Change Initiatives

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Change management is about people, performance and leadership, ergo, one would think HR should be leading the charge (or at least playing a major role).

Unfortunately in many cases, HR is not involved because it does not bring the skill sets that would be useful to organizational change, or, is simply not even invited to the party. More concerning is that CEO’s don’t hold their HR leadership accountable for building the necessary expertise that would facilitate effecting change.

Without the internal expertise, organizations, more often than not, look to outside consultants to provide the needed assistance to effect the organizational changes they’re looking for. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

When You Have to Let People Go, Do It With “Professional Kindness”

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I hate firing people. My heart always wonders if I could have done more to make it work, or if I should have given them another chance. But my head knows that I cannot run a profitable business AND employ people who don’t meet the standards of the company.

As harsh as that may sound, that leader is entirely correct.

At some point it becomes obvious that a team member or colleague isn’t making the cut, no matter how many opportunities they are given. And while we tend to look at firing someone in a negative light, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Read more…