Articles tagged 'Leadership'

Culture

Changing Culture? The Real Key is Changing Both Climate and Culture

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Culture is a hot topic. It was the Merriam-Webster “word of the year” for 2014.

Leaders and experts across the world are talking about how to develop an agile culture, implement a lean culture, overcome the culture clash in acquisitions, and many other areas of culture change.

Unfortunately, the reality is that most of these leaders and experts are actually focusing their efforts on climate and not dealing with the deeper, more powerful subject of culture. I didn’t understand the difference until the past few years. Read more…

Leadership

What It Takes For True Leadership to Happen – and Loyalty to Take Place

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By Dov Baron

If we genuinely understand that our people are our greatest assets, then as forward-thinking leaders, we must become masterful at dealing with individuals as just that: Individuals.

What does this mean? It means that, despite what we’ve been taught about keeping ourselves separate and making sure we don’t allow people to break the chain of command, we must get down in the trenches and get to know our people. We need to understand what matters to them.

This is way beyond the “open door management” of the past. This is about seeing the humanity of people, having them see your humanity, and coming at your personal and business relationships from a place of genuine caring. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Talent Management and Leadership Nuggets from TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit

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Editor’s Note: Frequent TLNT contributor Howard Mavity, who is also a partner at the law firm Fisher & Phillips, attended TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit in Atlanta last week. Here are a few of his thoughts. 

By Howard Mavity

After 31 years as a labor lawyer, I don’t often feel like an amateur, but that’s how I felt listening to Day One’s HR and academic presenters at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit last week.

We overuse the term “Thought Leaders,” but the expression fit the speakers. All of them dug deeply into HR and Talent topics without coming unmoored from practical application. I’ll write more as time permits, but today I want to share a few “nuggets.” Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Yet Another Management Challenge: Coping With the Narcissistic Boss

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Of all the offensive managerial types, the narcissist has got to be one of the worst.

For our purposes, the term “narcissist” does NOT refer to those with narcissistic personality disorder (although God knows you don’t want someone with this diagnosis in your workplace). Instead, we’ll be talking about your garden-variety but nonetheless dangerous self-serving and self-loving boss.

That’s enough bad news for one day. Read more…

Leadership

He’s Baaack! The Keys to Great Leadership, According to Jack Welch

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“Neutron” Jack Welch is back in the news.

He’s been on a speaker circuit with his wife, Suzy, promoting their new book The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve read a few articles centered on him, his leadership style, and his wisdom for leaders today.  Read more…

Classic TLNT

Your Talent Is Your Brand, So Why Do So Many Treat Talent So Badly?

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

A friend of mine posted this blurb on Facebook from an audio book he was listening to (note: I don’t know the name of said audio book):

Numerous studies have shown us that those given authority are more likely to lie, cheat and steal, while also being harsher in their judgments of others for doing these same things. Science tells us people with power feel less compassion for the suffering of others. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Avoiding the “Profession” Trap: Reaching Out and Retooling HR

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.

By John W. Boudreau

HR’s capability can meet its opportunity only through retooling and reaching out to other disciplines, and not being too rigid about its professional boundary.

Can any human do human resource management? That’s what HR constituents and clients sometimes seem to believe — especially when leadership teams admonish their HR leaders to adopt practices such as “rank and yank” performance systems simply because they read about them in a book about Jack Welch and GE, or when they appoint leaders with little professional HR training to top HR roles. Read more…

Leadership

Learning From Lousy: You Can Take Away Good From the Bad, Too

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It’s often said that each of us can learn a great deal from having a good boss to work for, a solid role model of just how a manager is supposed to act.

We hear about learning the “right” way from our mentors, from people we admire, from good leaders. And we can also benefit from associating with other good employees, learning from the experienced and high performers how things should be done.

That’s all true enough, but how many of us are fortunate enough to find ourselves in that position? Who even has a mentor these days? Read more…

Culture

Changing Organization Behavior For Today’s Modern Workplace Culture

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Many modern organizations are locked into a mindset – an organizational culture – that began with the Industrial Revolution in 18th-century Britain and was fully developed during the Second Industrial Revolution in the U.S.

The great success of these revolutions, creating modern business and generating huge wealth, makes it easy to believe that what worked as a way of managing great corporations in the early 1900s is still the best way to run an organization in the 21st century. But, times have changed. Read more…

Culture, HR Management

It’s Pretty Clear That Your Workforce Issues May Be Bigger Than HR

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There’s no question that there are things that HR can do to change how we service both the business and our employees.

But the other side of the coin  that rarely gets discussed is how HR is fairly low in the food chain when we look at the contributing factors of why the overall workforce has challenges and issues.

The decision to lag the market, lead the market, or remain stagnant with regard to wages —  like what we have seen in recent years — is administered and managed by Compensation Pros. However, wage increases or stagnation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It has to have higher levels of approval than HR. Read more…