2011

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5 Strategies To Free Your Team From Organizational Silos

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A few weeks ago, one of my readers left a comment on my blog asking why are there so many silos present in today’s organizations. Since replying to my reader’s query, I thought this would be a good topic to address as a follow-up to my previous piece where I shared a number of actionable steps organizations can implement to garner greater success from their collective efforts.

How to Create a Culture of Greatness

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The following is a guest post by Jon Gordon. “To To build a winning a team and a successful organization you must create a culture of greatness.” It’s the most important thing a leader can do because culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits and habits create the future. As the leaders at Apple say, “Culture beats strategy all day long.”

Why It’s Time to Rethink Your Company Brand’s Message

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At the moment I’m reading a book on business branding (which I’ll be reviewing in the next instalment of my “Coffee House Book Review” series ) which has lead to some thoughts about the connection between leadership and branding. More specifically, to reassessing how leadership should view the role of the ‘corporate brand’, which in the context of this piece I’ll be referring to as an organization’s brand.

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Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #3 – Interview with Jesse Lyn Stoner

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Does vision still play a key role for organizations in today’s ever-changing world? That’s one of several questions which I discuss with my guest, Jesse Lyn Stoner, in the third episode of my podcast series, “Leadership Biz Cafe”. Jesse Lyn Stoner is a business consultant, former executive, and bestselling author. For over 30 years, she has worked with leaders in hundreds of organizations including Honda, Pfizer, Marriott, Edelman Public Relations, Yale University, and SAP.

What The Marshmallow Challenge Can Teach Us About Fostering Team Success

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Imagine walking into work one day and your boss decides to divide you into teams of four with the following challenge – to build the largest structure you can using 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string and one marshmallow, which has to be placed at the top of the structure.

Why Leaders Shouldn’t Lose Sight of the Basics

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Last week, my wife and I decided to take advantage of the kids’ being off from school for March Break (what we call here la semaine de relâche ) to go on a family vacation at a nearby resort. On the day we headed out from the city, we drove straight into one of this season’s biggest snow blizzards, turning a typical road trip into a more daunting and worrisome affair.

Are Your Employees Mad As Hell and Not Going to Take It Anymore?

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Quitting your job is not something most employees would consider doing in light of today’s weak job market. Of course, fewer still would choose to hand over their two week’s notice to the accompaniment of a marching band. And yet, this is exactly what one hotel employee recently did as seen in the aptly titled video “Joey Quits”, which has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube.

3 Ways Remarkable Leaders Get Noticed

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The following is a guest post by Joel A. Garfinkle. Being a good leader — or even a great leader — is just not enough if you want to keep moving up in your career. You must be so remarkable that no one can help but notice you. You must do great things — not once or twice, but continuously — in order to stand out, get noticed, and propel yourself to the top of your company.

4 Keys To Successfully Resolving Conflicts in the Workplace

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If there’s one chore I could do without, it’s having to shop at the grocery store. I’m not sure if it’s because I always feel like a mouse in a maze trying to find the items on the grocery list (the logic of grocery store layouts still alludes me) or because standing in line waiting to pay for your groceries seems to take longer than any other check-out line.

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Do You Lead Others Through Flattery or Praise?

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Last week, Mike Myatt wrote an interesting post on the differences between flattery and praise. After reading his piece, I got to thinking about this subject in terms of how leaders communicate and guide their teams, and the impact these comments can have on their employees. Perhaps the best known story regarding the downsides of flattery is Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Crow”, where a fox comes upon a crow perched on a tree branch, holding a piece of cheese in its beak.

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Are You Helping Your Employees Fulfill Their Higher Purpose?

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Last week, I had the pleasure to attend a presentation given by my friend S Max Brown where he talked about what employees can do about how they approach work, asking the question of what it’s like for others to work with you. During the course of the talk he asked the audience a number of thought-provoking questions, one of which he accompanied with this poignant story that I wanted to share and discuss here on my blog.

A Lesson From School on Understanding Your Employee’s Value

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A few days ago, one of my daughters shared an interesting story about a recent event that happened at her school. My daughter and a few of her friends had noticed that Peter*, the school’s custodian, wasn’t out in the hallway greeting the kids like he usually did every morning. They went to their teacher to ask her if she had seen Peter and she told them that he no longer worked at their school.

Are You Using These 4 Steps For Organizational Success?

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With the month of September now underway, there’s an unmistakable feeling of renewed energy and determination in the air. As children return back to their school routines and the summer break now nothing more than a fond memory, perhaps it’s only natural that there’s this collective drive to take on the challenges before us with spirited enthusiasm.

Is Your ‘But’ Getting In The Way Of Your Team’s Success?

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Have you ever had an employee come to you with an idea or proposal to address a particular situation to which you answered with one of the following replies? That’s a great idea, but let’s shop this around a bit first.” “ I agree that we need to change this, but I’m not sure now is the best time.” “ It’d be nice if we could offer this, but I don’t think we can afford to right now.”

4 Reasons Why Your Boss Should Take A Vacation

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The beginning of July often marks for many the official start of summer, with children being off from school for the summer break paired with the warmer weather and sunny skies that marks this time of the year. This is also typically the time of year where most of us would start making preparations to take advantage of the vacation time we’ve earned through the contributions and efforts we’ve made for our organization.

Are You Following These 3 Rules For Giving Effective Feedback?

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As we slowly make our way through the remaining weeks of the year, many organizations are now shifting their focus to an exercise that is often met with disdain and apprehension – the annual performance review. Regardless of whether you’re on the receiving or giving end, most of us tend to view these feedback exercises as unconstructive or a waste of time, in large part because we approach the conversation from the wrong vantage point.

Bringing Water-Cooler Honesty to the Act of Giving and Receiving Feedback

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The following is a guest post by author and speaker Steven Smith. Voted as one of the top 100 business thought-leaders in the United States, Steve’s work has been adopted by several universities to help students gain a better understanding of how the business world really operates. His ideas and writings have lead him to work with a number of organizations including American Express, Microsoft, Disney, State Farm, and Hard Rock Cafe.

Helping Employees Reconnect With Their Sense of Purpose

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Have you ever worked on a team project where you had concerns that the limited efforts being made by some team members was going to negatively impact the final outcome? It’s a situation my younger daughter found herself in a few weeks ago while rehearsing with her skating group for their end-of-season figure skating show.

It’s Not You, It’s Me – Is Narcissism Good for Leadership?

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When it comes to the portrayal of leadership in films and other fictional outlets, there’s a common tendency to present the leader as someone who is unmistakably confident and self-assured; who gives off an air of authority and a willingness to direct others towards the best path to take to get them out their current predicament. In many ways, this makes sense as when we think of a good leader, the traits that often come to mind are confidence, authority and dominance.

Is Empowering Employees A Myth in Your Organization?

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I’m pleased to announce that I have joined in partnership with Sprint to highlight and share some of the valuable content being provided on their new small business information and community site, Business on Main, which can be found on the MSN Network. On the surface, most leaders will agree that encouraging a workplace where employees feel valued and engaged is important to their organization’s growth and success.

What Babe Ruth Can Teach Leaders About Facing Today’s Challenges

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Being Canadian, I’m sure it comes as little surprise that I’m not much of a baseball fan (growing up, hockey, football and soccer were the sports I preferred playing). Of course, you don’t have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy or relate to the wonderful stories, both humorous and inspiring, which have become a part of this sport’s history.

Becoming A Leader For All The Wrong Reasons

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No matter what field or industry you work in, we’ve all had the experience of working for someone who was clearly not fit for the leadership role. In some cases, this was manifested in their inability to make key decisions and in the worst-case scenarios, it was like working with the boss from hell. Under these situations, it’s typical to wonder why someone who can’t effectively lead others would be given such a position.

How To Use Your Leadership to Inspire Greatness

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One of the responsibilities that comes with leadership is not only to communicate the vision or purpose behind your employees’ shared efforts, but to ensure that your team stays motivated and on track to achieving their goals.

4 Steps To Ensure A Successful Outcome In Your Negotiations

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There’s a common saying that the one thing we fear the most is speaking in public. Given the number of conflicts we’re seeing between various parties in sports, business and political circles, it’s not hard to imagine that the next thing most of us would dread is having to negotiate a deal.

Learning To Appreciate The White Spaces

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A few months ago, I decided to update my office space in response to the growing needs of my business. One of these changes involved rearranging one of the office walls to accommodate a new whiteboard and bulletin board for brainstorming and keeping track of client projects. Although they’ve proven to be welcome additions to my productivity arsenal, they left me with a problem – the best layout for these two items left a very noticeable gap on that wall.

Taking Another Look at Leadership and Change

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A few days ago, I decided to change a photograph that’s been on display for the last several years in one of the picture frames which currently grace my desk. The photograph was a picture I had taken of my girls several years ago on one of those days from summer which we tend to look back on fondly through a soft-focus lens.

Taking Another Look at Leadership and Change

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A few days ago, I decided to change a photograph that’s been on display for the last several years in one of the picture frames which currently grace my desk. The photograph was a picture I had taken of my girls several years ago on one of those days from summer which we tend to look back on fondly through a soft-focus lens.

3 Steps To Transform Passion Into A Fulfilling Sense of Purpose

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Last week, I wrote about why it’s important that bosses take time off from work to go on vacation. It certainly was a timely piece and I’m grateful to see the enthusiastic response it garnered here in the blog comments section, on the various social networks, as well as being picked up as one of the top stories in last Friday’s SmartBrief on Leadership newsletter.

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Are You Creating A Toxic Workplace? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions To Find Out

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Imagine working for an organization where one of the senior managers insists on yelling at his employees because he believes it’s the surest way to garner the respect of those he leads and now, the front-line managers are beginning to follow his example by yelling at their team members.

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Women and Leadership – A Look From Inside The Boardroom

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Perhaps no issue has been stirring as much discussion in the leadership field as the continual lack of balanced representation of women in senior management. Faced with the discouraging reality that only 3% of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women, despite their growing numbers in the lower management positions, it’s not surprising why this topic is getting a lot attention, if not concern given the growing rate at which women now represent current graduates coming out of universities.

4 Lessons On Team-Building I Learned From My Garden

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As a gardener, I enjoy this time in the summer because you get to step back from your garden and appreciate what all that hard work you did in the spring and early summer has given rise to. This time of the year is also an ideal time to review how the plants are faring in your garden so you can anticipate what changes might need to be made in the upcoming fall or spring.

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Three Rules of Three for Successful Communications

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Today’s piece is a guest post by Mike Figliuolo , the founder and Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC. Mikes writes about leadership on the The thoughtLEADERS Blog and has an upcoming book on leadership that is slated to be released later this year. I encourage you to check out his blog, which you can subscribe to here. If you’d like to learn more about his upcoming book “One Piece of Paper&# , here’s the book’s main information page.

Learning To Appreciate The White Spaces

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A few months ago, I decided to update my office space in response to the growing needs of my business. One of these changes involved rearranging one of the office walls to accommodate a new whiteboard and bulletin board for brainstorming and keeping track of client projects. Although they’ve proven to be welcome additions to my productivity arsenal, they left me with a problem – the best layout for these two items left a very noticeable gap on that wall.

Becoming A Leader For All The Wrong Reasons

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No matter what field or industry you work in, we’ve all had the experience of working for someone who was clearly not fit for the leadership role. In some cases, this was manifested in their inability to make key decisions and in the worst-case scenarios, it was like working with the boss from hell. Under these situations, it’s typical to wonder why someone who can’t effectively lead others would be given such a position.

Finding The Right Fit For Your Organization

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If there’s one aspect of business that’s becoming clearer as a consequence of the current challenges present in today’s global economy, it’s that the most valuable resource an organization has are the people found within their workforce. That’s why one of the most critical tasks businesses face is not only finding talented individuals, but finding those individuals who are the best fit for their organization.

Gen Y Leaders – The “Me” Generation or the “We” Generation?

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The following is a guest post by Jack Zenger. In case you?re re worried about what?s s going to become of the younger generation, it?s s going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.” ” – Roger Allen A favorite pastime of those in the older generations is to lament the decline among the younger generations.

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #4 – CEO Dave Balter on Humility in Leadership

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What role does humility play in today’s leadership and how does this trait benefit leaders in facing the challenges present in today’s global market? That’s one of the questions I discuss with my guest Dave Balter in the latest episode of “Leadership Biz Cafe”. Dave is the CEO and founder of the word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing company, BzzAgent , which has been featured on CBS News, the BBC, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

A Springtime Reminder on Leadership, Communication, and Collaboration

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For those who live in one of the northern climates like I do, the arrival of Spring is unquestionably a welcome event on the seasonal calendar. With the anticipated return of flowering gardens and bright shiny leaves on the neighbourhood trees, I couldn’t wait to get to work on the garden, clearing away the debris left behind by the retreating snow. While hanging outside in my garden, I heard the unmistakeable calls of a flock of Canada geese migrating back home from their winter sojourn.

What Has 2011 Taught You About Business and Leadership?

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As this is the last week of the year, many of us are understandably looking back at the past 12 months and discussing what we consider to be the significant events of 2011. In most cases, such discussions tend to focus on the numerous challenges and upheavals we’ve either watched from afar or witnessed first-hand. From natural disasters to political uprisings, there’s no question this year has placed our collective humanity within the frame of adversity and unimagined change.

What My Kids Taught Me About Inspiration and Execution

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The sand castle city my daughters built on the beach at the summer cottage Growing up, the month of August was always a bittersweet time of the year. On the one hand, it signalled that the end of summer was fast approaching and with it, the return to the school routine of homework and earlier bedtimes. At the same time, though, August also seemed to be the month where the summer break began to drag as all the activities we’d planned to do were done and there seemed to be nothing left to do.