How to Improve Your Organization’s Culture Through Employee Connections

Michael Lee Stallard

Article Published by Forbes I believe it’s wise for leaders to develop their organizational culture by being intentional about strengthening the bonds of connection and trust among leaders and employees. For example, when you first join a team at work, you expect to be respected.

How to avoid starring in your own drama


And there are lots of people out there who can’t wait to tell others about it, whether they get the background story right or not. There are ways to avoid writing your own script, not allowing yourself to star in it, and extricating yourself from the stage with grace.

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The Right Kind of Stress Can Bond Your Team Together

Harvard Business Review

In the film, we explored how to create a positive culture in organizations where the culture or conditions make it difficult to talk about “happiness.” One of those conclusions was that stress actually made people feel more bonded to their organizations.

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Career Management: Should you Relocate?

Great Leadership By Dan

It used to be if a hard charger wanted to advance in a company, moving to another location every 2-3 years was an accepted part of the unwritten deal. IBMers used to joke that IBM stood for “I’ve been moved”. In fact, if you were not being asked to move, it was a sign that you had fallen off the fast track. One company I know of had a leadership development strategy that in practice was referred to as “ 2x2x2 ”. Can you make a job offer to the spouse?

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Network after Work

Career Advancement

Liam didn’t drink, so when his coworkers went to the bar after work, he’d say goodbye and head home. Sure, he was missing out on the chance to socialize, but it wasn’t really his scene. Male employees who go to bars at least once a month earn an extra 7% on top of that.

Community Building for a Sense of Purpose in the Workplace

Lead Change Blog

He drags himself to his office job every day, the one he’s had for 4 years now. He doesn’t know why he’s doing what he’s doing, he just feels no sense of meaning to it all. That’s when he came to me to get some advice on finding greater meaning and purpose in his job.

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7 Important Traits of the Leaders People Want to Follow

Lead from Within

Their people don’t want to converse with them or follow them—and that means true leadership is missing. To be a great leader isn’t easy—it means hard work and a daily commitment to serving others. This kind of leader isn’t easy to find, but here’s how you can recognize them: 1.

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Getting Your Career Back on Track After a Catastrophic Error

Harvard Business Review

Even people who make serious mistakes have to earn a living. How do you recover professionally from a terrible error in judgment? ” Mr. Milken had built a junk-bond empire that brought him more than $1 billion from 1983 to 1987. Career Transitions.

Is Your Boss A Psychopath? | Rich Gee Group

Rich Gee Group

You’ve probably worked for or with one sometime in your career. This is a tough post to write, but I usually have 2-3 clients a year who describe their boss with a certain set of characteristics. How can you tell if your boss is a psychopath? How To Make Wonderful Mistakes.

How to Decide Which Conferences Are Worth Your Time

Harvard Business Review

In a world where we’re bombarded with email, it’s disproportionately effective to connect with people face to face. Conferences, if you choose them wisely, can be one of the best ways to accelerate this process, since you can meet large numbers of people in just a few days. Here are five strategies you can use to identify the best conferences for you to attend this year and to make time for them on your schedule. How to Master a New Skill.

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Integrating Your Feelings With Your Thoughts

Coaching Tip

Many women have some unique challenges when it comes to taking a stand and speaking up for themselves and others. Some women struggle with assertiveness , but if they are prone to anxiety and avoidance, it is especially difficult. Emotions are simply information to help guide your interactions with others and inform you when your need to assert yourself. The second reason emotions matter is because they allow you to connect with others.

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Why Work-Life Balance is a Unicorn

Lead Change Blog

Work-life balance has been a perennial hot topic and a big reason why is because no one seems to know how to achieve it. Here are four simple strategies to overcome the challenges of aligning career and family, your personal and professional life: Set boundaries at work and home.

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7 Warning Signs You’re In a Failing Relationship

Lead from Within

Relationships are how we form partnerships and families and organizations and communities. There are great times when you can almost read each other’s minds, followed by challenging periods when you seem to be miles apart. But if things seem to be more down than up when you look at an important relationship in your life–whether it’s a colleague or a friend, a key employee or a business partner–you may start to wonder if something more serious is going on.

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How to Use Your Travel Time Productively

Harvard Business Review

I’m writing this article on a flight to Raleigh-Durham; I began it last week on a train from New York City, and added a few paragraphs a couple days later on a flight to San Francisco. Here’s how to accomplish more while in transit.

Your Resistance to Change

Coaching Tip

Perhaps up to 90% of the American people do not have a clue about change. Once you discover how significant change is in our lives is every day (and how an understanding of change can make you happier), we still resist change to some degree. Whether the change is positive or negative, we know some pain is coming, and it is only natural that we try to avoid it. What we can do is influence our reactions to the emotions that all change will cause.

How to Make a Great First Impression

Harvard Business Review

The saying “You only have one chance to make a first impression” holds true in many situations, from job interviews to sales calls. How can you make sure that you start off on the right foot in any of these scenarios? And what’s the best way to follow up? First impressions matter so much because they happen fast, and they are stubborn , says Whitney Johnson , the author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

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How to Work Remotely Without Losing Motivation

Harvard Business Review

Even the too-talkative, too-messy, or too-cutthroat colleagues you willed yourself to ignore when they sat near you can seem endearing when you’re toiling away to the ticktock of your kitchen clock. Sometimes it’s been across oceans and time zones (we are a military family), and sometimes it’s been across town (the office was short on space; I was a slave to my children’s schedules; the whole operation was virtual). Make up an errand if you have to.

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How to Negotiate Your Parental Leave

Harvard Business Review

Few people pay attention to their company's parental leave policy until they're about to become a mother or father. But once that happens, it's critical to know how much time you can take off, and with what pay. There will be limits to what you can negotiate.

Rethink Leadership for the XX Factor

Coaching Tip

Business and government leaders have been talking for decades about advancing more women to top leadership and professional roles. Young women today are entering the workforce better prepared and more ambitious than ever, with more education and higher career aspirations than men. asked senior executives at 60 big companies recently why they are trying to advance women, "they laughed at us," says Dominic Barton, McKinsey's global managing director. How do you juggle it all?'

Management Agility

Coaching Tip

Authors Colin Price and Sharon Toye, argue, "It's time to recognize that "soft stuff" is really the hard stuff and to bring hard science to management.". Their book, "ACCELERATING PERFORMANCE: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility" demonstrates a research-backed approach to how organizations and leaders can drive transformation in a highly disruptive, ever-changing world. Team Building Emotional Bonds.

99 Simple Things That Will Help You Build Trust and Credibility

Lead from Within

Trust usually takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair. If you want to succeed, you need to be concerned with cultivating trust and credibility. Here are 99 ways to do that. Build up a reputation of being direct and forthright, so people don’t have to guess at what you’re trying to say. This doesn’t grant a license to be unkind, though.). To be trusted, make time to learn from others.

To Boost Your Career, Get to Know Your Boss’s Boss

Harvard Business Review

Your relationship with your boss is critical to your success. But there’s another person who often has just as much influence over your career: your boss’s boss. How often should you interact with her? And how do you foster a connection without undermining your direct manager? Moreover, having your boss’s boss on your side gives you professional leverage, says Karen Dillon, coauthor of How Will You Measure Your Life? Find a common bond.

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How to Run a Meeting of People from Different Cultures

Harvard Business Review

When you’re running a meeting with people from different cultures, you need to consider your colleagues’ different needs and approaches. How do you brainstorm ideas, make decisions, and address conflict in a way that is comfortable for everyone? Principles to Remember.

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How to Manage a Team of B Players

Harvard Business Review

Despite not even being a dark horse in the competition, and with a team of mostly peripheral and unremarkable players, they overcame France and hosts Portugal (twice) to lift the trophy. What allows a team of B players to achieve A+ success? HBR Guide to Leading Teams Ebook + Tools.

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How to Tell If Someone Wants to Stop Talking to You

Harvard Business Review

There’s a list of people you’d like to meet, and it’s frustrating when someone attaches themselves to you and won’t let you move on. What would your advice to a total newbie be?” Learn to time yourself.

Adopt an Immigrant Mindset to Advance Your Career

Harvard Business Review

If you want to remain relevant and advance your career in today's global marketplace, you need to serve as an enabler of business growth and innovation. One of the best ways to do this is to adopt an "immigrant mindset.". The immigrant mentality has proven time and again to accelerate careers and build enterprise. patents chosen at random, AdTI found that over 19% of them were issued to immigrants alone, or to immigrants collaborating with U.S.-born

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The Motive Spectrum

Coaching Tip

Even though many organizations rely on money to drive performance, most of us know from our personal lives that motivation is much more complicated. Understanding that spectrum is the key to creating the highest levels of performance. Play is what compels you to take up hobbies, from solving crossword puzzles to making scrapbooks to mixing music. You do the work because it will eventually lead to something you believe is important, such as your personal goals.

How to Prepare for Maternity Leave

Harvard Business Review

It can be stressful to step out of your job for three months, no matter how happy the occasion. How can you be sure that you’ve prepared those around you for your absence? And how can you set things up so you don’t return to a complete mess? How much do you rely on others versus putting things on hold? Do you need someone to replace you? Even if there are no formal guidelines that apply to your particular situation, all is not lost.

How to Be a Family-Friendly Boss

Harvard Business Review

His career has always been demanding- long hours, lots of travel, ultra-high performance standards (which he always has met or exceeded). Several years ago, when his daughter was quite young, he was considering changing employers due to the incompatibility of his work’s demands with his need to be a present father. He promised to continue to put in equivalent hours, maintain his performance, and, of course, respond to work emergencies.

Child Care Benefits and Employee Retention

Lead Change Blog

Most working parents now make their career decisions based on the child care benefits they can get. So, just how expensive is child care? This has made companies realize that the only way to recruit and retain talent is to incorporate family-friendly benefits. Child care benefits are more of an investment than an expense since it lowers turnover rates, raises morale, and avoids employee absenteeism due to childcare.

May 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the May 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Anne Perschel of Germane Consulting submitted Is This Leadership Myth Leading You to Fail? Chris Edmonds of the Purposeful Culture Group contributed The One Thing Great Bosses Pay Attention To.

Frontline Festival: Leaders Give Pointers on Creating Connection

Let's Grow Leaders

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Submit your teamwork related blog posts and answers to that question here!

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9 Things Positive Leaders Do

Leading Blog

The Power of Positive Leadership summarizes much of his thinking and provides a great introduction to all of his other work. It is because we will have to overcome negativity, adversity and problems that we should be positive. The telescope helps to keep your eyes on the big picture.

Unexpected Issues with Business Trips

Strategy Driven

No matter how well you plan your business trip, sometimes there are events that take control away from us entirely. Here are the best ways to cope with the most unexpected of issues. In worst case scenarios, contact your nearest embassy and get advice on what to do next.

4 Beliefs that Lead to Bad Decisions

Strategy Driven

All great leaders have one thing in common – they know how to make great decisions. Two bond issues had failed with warring camps arguing about educational quality and fiscal responsibility. When they addressed the concern about growth, the bond issue passed with over 70%.

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5 Keys to High-Impact Team Building

Chart Your Course

Here are five ways to ensure the best results from your efforts: 1. This will also prompt you on how to react during your interactions. Knowing how to adjust and work with everyone in the team is a start in forming a strong bond. A simple “How are you?”

How to Build Trust in a Virtual Workplace

Harvard Business Review

Building and maintaining trust in the traditional, physical workplace is difficult enough, but the process is even tougher in a virtual environment, where people often have to work with people they haven't met in person. Some biologists believe that we are hardwired to distrust everyone except our own family members. According to our research, the following best practices will help: Leverage "swift trust." This brings us to the next point.

Your Bad Leaders Are Driving Away Good Employees

Strategy Driven

These days, it’s hard to keep a good employee in your ranks. Messages across the web tell young workers that the only way to get ahead is to hop positions frequently, even as much as once per year. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to retrain leaders who develop this habit.

The Leadership Skill That is Most Overlooked

Great Results Team Building

It took him about an hour to learn how to ride it without tumbling into the shallow surf, but he soon had mastered it and was doing twists and tricks by the end of the afternoon. And it alarmed me to consider how much his behavior emulated my own.

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Why Successful Leaders Focus On Giving Over Getting

Tanveer Naseer

His description of the big break in his career is not only a heartwarming and revealing look into the art of stand-up comedy, but it also shines a light on an important lesson for today’s leaders to embrace. Now I’m not looking to take.

Three (Not So) Surprising Lessons of Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Joel Peterson : For the past decade, I’ve been privileged to teach a leadership course at Stanford with Professor Charles O’Reilly. Some emerged early in their careers, while some blossomed late. It also means using one’s leadership position to inspire.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Joseph Lalonde

These two bring a fun air to the irreverent yet enjoyable new movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Jackson) after Kincaid agrees to testify against a genocidal maniac. But to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I should bring my leadership notebook to The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

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Personal Leadership Book: Behavioral Styles


Watch and comment, sharing your perspectives and experiences, to help us write the book! To the “enlightened leader&# in you! I agree that it is easier to work with people with certain styles, verus others. I would love to be on your mailing list for future distributions.

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