How to Succeed With Limited Resources

Let's Grow Leaders

You may be surprised to know that’s exactly what stacks the odds of success in your favor. According to research psychologist Adam Grant, increasing resources increases your likelihood of a project’s success… but only for a while. When we have fewer resources, we have to embrace the restraints and make careful decisions. When we’ve got everything we think we need, it’s easy to spend time and money on wasted efforts.

How to Beat Mid-Career Malaise

Harvard Business

” These questions are especially agonizing for mid-career professionals who may be searching for fulfillment while juggling demands at home and intense financial pressures to earn. How should you address a mid-career crisis? What actions can you take to improve your professional satisfaction? How can you combat the dullness and tedium of your workaday life? And how can you tell if it’s time to make a drastic change?

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How to Stop Drama Queens and Chronic Complainers From Destroying Your Team

Let's Grow Leaders

How many of you have a Barbara on your team?” Clearly, it’s not that easy to fire the “Barbaras” of the world, or this exchange wouldn’t continue to work across all kinds of industries and cultures– even the top-notch law firm I spoke to recently hasn’t cracked the code in their own organization. 5 Ways to Deal With Drama Queens and Chronic Complainers. Seeking to understand is not resistance.

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How to Create a Personal Brand Strategy Statement

In the CEO Afterlife

In this post I want to help those of you who are keen to create your personal brand. To do that, you’ll need a brand strategy. The strategy and the positioning for a personal brand isn’t that different from a product or service brand; your intent is to position yourself in the best way possible to achieve the desired objective. To most of you the objective is to advance your career. So let’s get to it.

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How To Encourage Growth Under A Controlling Boss

Tanveer Naseer

One of these conversations lead to a discussion about how leaders who want to push for change can deal with those above them who operate from the command-and-control style of leadership – in other words, those that subscribe to the overtly-controlling it’s my way or you’re out approach. For employees, their focus is on how to get those in charge to see them as being something more than what they do.

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How to Stop Drama Queens and Chronic Complainers From Destroying Your Team

Let's Grow Leaders

How many of you have a Barbara on your team?” Clearly, it’s not that easy to fire the “Barbaras” of the world, or this exchange wouldn’t continue to work across all kinds of industries and cultures– even the top-notch law firm I spoke to recently hasn’t cracked the code in their own organization. 5 Ways to Deal With Drama Queens and Chronic Complainers. Seeking to understand is not resistance.

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How to Compete Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders

Skip Prichard

A great idea may not be enough to build a great business. That’s why I enjoyed talking with Jeff Dyer who, along with Nathan Furr and Curtis Lefrandt, wrote a new book, Innovation Capital: How to Compete and Win Like the World’s Innovative Leaders. You have a book that teaches creativity, one that teaches how to test and validate those ideas, and now this one which is unique. I love how you use Tesla and Edison to drive this point home. to 6 p.m.,

How to Revitalise Your Business When You’ve Hit a Slump

Strategy Driven

Even the most dynamic and driven entrepreneurs and professionals can find themselves falling into something of a professional slump at some point in their career. It’s not that things are going badly, it’s just that they’re not improving, the ideas have dried up, and it’s difficult to see the business adapting sufficiently to meet the inevitable challenges the future will bring. Many businesses end up bringing in consultants in order to inject new ideas into their company.

How to Help Your Team Manage Grunt Work

Harvard Business

In So I Married an Axe Murderer , a wacky 1990’s parody, a police officer named Tony confides to his captain, “I’m having doubts about being a cop. You know, it’s not like how it is on TV. ” Tony thought his job would be more thrilling than it has turned out to be. This can be especially tough for early-career professionals to accept, especially those in entry-level positions. How to Lose Your Best Employees.

How to Build a Meaningful Career

Harvard Business Review

Everyone aspires to have purpose or meaning in their career but how do you actually do that? What practical steps can you take today or this month to make sure you’re not just toiling away at your desk but you’re doing something you genuinely care about? Unfortunately, most of us don’t know how to make the job decisions that lead to satisfaction. “We tend to only get nibbles of what meaningful work is in our twenties.”

How to Get People to Accept a Tough Decision

Harvard Business

Your plants are facing severe capacity and material constraints and you know you can’t fill these orders. Now you have to decide which ones to fill, which to delay, and which to turn away. Do you stay in your depressed community where your kids go to school? Or do you move to another state where jobs are more plentiful? Every leader has to make tough decisions that have consequences for their organizations, their reputation, and their career.

Three Behaviors That Will Convince Your Boss You’re a Rock Star

Let's Grow Leaders

Yesterday “Doug,” a participant in one of our Winning Well workshops, asked, “Karin, if I were to walk into your office right now with the goal of convincing you I’m a rock star, what behaviors would get your attention?”. So, here’s my answer to Doug, and for you if you’re looking to make a bigger impact. How to Convince Your Boss You’re a Rock Star. I’m going to assume you’re there. They view constraints as creative challenges, not road blocks.

How to Be Friends with Someone Who Works for You

Harvard Business

You have to deliver tough messages. There’s no way to escape the necessary burdens of authority. And, from time to time, you may develop a friendship with someone in your organization. It’s one thing to have a peer-to-peer friendship at work, but another to have a power imbalance with your friend. Can you be friends with someone who works for you, especially when your role requires you to harbor secrets from them?

How to Get People to Collaborate When You Don’t Control Their Salary

Harvard Business

Most of us assume that if we want to change people’s behavior, we need to change their incentives. For example, after I published research and advice on collaboration in professional service firms , I heard from a surprising number of people who wrote to ask questions like, “Maybe it’ll work in a partnership, like a law or consulting firm, but what about in my company, where employees aren’t owners and can’t change the rules?”

How to Know If Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager

Harvard Business

To gain some perspective on how to handle this kind of challenge, I reached out to some management experts for their point of view on the skills and personalities to look for. An important thing to look for in this situation is an awareness of the nature of management. If the new manager doesn’t fully understand that, they might hold things up by: Doing tasks that should be delegated to team members. Career Transitions.

Is the silence deafening?

Lead Change Blog

It seems ironic that the very thing meant to bridge those gaps, for some, adds to them. Unfortunately, as CrisMarie Campbell suggests, when we lose the ability to connect appropriately, we suffer as a result. It is a play on words underscoring how some feel about digital communication, the fragility of the human condition, and our fundamental need as humans to make meaning, and two core challenges to doing that. Remotely doing so adds to their burden.

How to Make Your One-on-Ones with Employees More Productive

Harvard Business

One-on-one meetings with direct reports often feel more hurried and disorganized than they need to be. It’s important to check in regularly with each of your employees, but how can you make the best use of the time? How can you make the meetings more productive and collaborative? What do you need to change as the manager and what do you need to ask your direct report to do differently as well? Ask your direct report to do the same.

Navigating Tradeoffs in a Dual-Career Marriage

Harvard Business Review

Last month, Patrick Pichette, Google’s 52-year-old chief financial officer, announced that he was retiring to spend more time with his family. In his retirement announcement , Pichette gave voice to the sentiments of countless mid-career professionals when he asserted that “Life is wonderful” but it also involves a series of tradeoffs between professional endeavors and commitments to family and community. Whose career will take priority?

A Manager's Biggest Challenges

Coaching Tip

With growing resource constraints, relentless change, and high turnover, today''s business climate poses many difficulties. So, how do managers balance conflicting expectations from their boss, peers, and direct reports? When Going From Peer to Leader. All of a sudden you have power and influence in relation to their careers and livelihoods and their ability to do valuable work that is recognized and rewarded.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

A S a McKinsey & Company article stated in late March 2020: “What leaders need during a crisis is not a predefined response plan but behaviors and mindsets that will prevent them from overreacting to yesterday’s developments and help them look ahead.”. McKinsey cites 5 practices or mindsets that will enable leaders to bring their organizations through any turbulent times. This meets the need to slow down and not overreact. Decisions that they are authorized to take.

How to Get the Most Out of an Informational Interview

Harvard Business Review

When you’re looking for a job or exploring a new career path, it’s smart to go out on informational interviews. And how should you ask for more help if you need it? “Informational interviews are essential to helping you find out more about the type of industry, company, or role you’re interested in,” says Dorie Clark, author of Stand Out Networking. ” John Lees, a UK-based career strategist and author of The Success Code , agrees.

LeadershipNow 140: January 2014 Compilation

Leading Blog

The power of gratitude – “I GET to”. From @ddiworld : Are We Missing the Mark on How to Develop Leaders? How Companies Can Manage Power Struggles : Think King Arthur, not Napoleon. Finding the Key to Success by @Leadershipfreak. Accountability : If It Is To Be, It’s Up To Me by @LollyDaskal. Leadership: A Career Choice or a Constraint? So often when we get into an argument, we don’t even stop to listen.

What Makes Business Rock

Leading Blog

After reading What Makes Business Rock by Bill Roedy, I have developed an appreciation for what it took to build MTV Networks International into what it is today. It’s former Chairman and CEO, Bill Roedy, has had a remarkable career. Due to financial constraints, he followed his Dad into West Point. He learned how to prioritize. Leaders need to learn to cut through the chaff to determine priorities and to identify the real target.

The Best Leadership Books of 2015

Leading Blog

A S LEADERS it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. It’s hard to take the long-term view when we have to do the mundane. Learning to take the longer view is not easy. A long-term approach helps to take us out of our comfort zones because it connects us with a larger story. How in the midst of the mundane, the glut of information, and the tyranny of the now, can we remember that we are part of a larger—very human—story? Hungry (Where do I want to go?),

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Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

Management is your day job; leadership is your career. That is a variation on a comment I heard recently from an executive who was speaking about the responsibilities that senior managers have to lead their organizations through change. Managers are expected to handle the workload; leaders are expected to determine what comes next. Leaders point over the horizon and encourage people to go along for the ride because it will be challenging, daunting and exciting.

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September 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the September Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, creativity and inspiration, development, leadership, productivity, team building, and more. We’re especially pleased to welcome Jim Haudan and Rich Berens of Root Inc. Sean Glaze of Great Results Team Building provided Four Collaboration Catalyst Questions to send up and down and across your organization.

November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! As I was reviewing this month’s submissions to the Leadership Development Carnival, I was wishing we could all get together in a room to exchange these ideas more deeply and directly. The Lead Change Group would like to thank the Remote Leadership Institute (RLI) for sponsoring the Lead Change Group (including this carnival) for November 2016. What can we do as leaders to begin to unravel it?

The Value of Professional Conferences. Also Why Has There Been So Little Innovation?

Curious Cat

I still remember being in high school and George Box talking about the primary value of conferences was talking to colleagues in the hallway. This seemed very odd to me, as it seemed that the reason for going to a conference was to learn from the talks. Pretty much all of my communication at that point was person to person. At early conferences that I attended my main benefit was still in sitting in sessions and learning what people had to say.

Why Compassion Is Key To Succeeding At Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

With the arrival of September, many of us are returning to our regular routines now that our children are back in school and the period for taking summer vacation breaks has come to an end. For myself, this September also marks a special milestone in my writing career – specifically, it marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of my first leadership book, “ Leadership Vertigo ”.

November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! As I was reviewing this month’s submissions to the Leadership Development Carnival, I was wishing we could all get together in a room to exchange these ideas more deeply and directly. The Lead Change Group would like to thank the Remote Leadership Institute (RLI) for sponsoring the Lead Change Group (including this carnival) for November 2016. What can we do as leaders to begin to unravel it?

How Feedback Can Help Your Employees Succeed And Grow

Tanveer Naseer

With August now coming to a close, many of us – myself included – are feeling that bittersweet tinge that comes with the end of the summertime period. Indeed, contrary to so many of those back-to-school commercials, I personally am not eager to see the summer break come to an end for my daughters because I love having them around. Then again, as my wife likes to say, I’m not a fan of things ending.

Leadership Lessons On Listening, Questioning, And Moving Others To Act

Tanveer Naseer

But as organizations become more diverse and complex, and as everyone is called upon to work more independently, refining these skills has become an imperative. Perhaps that’s why listening, questioning, and moving others to act emerged as strong themes in the best business books offering managerial self-help this year, with the latest volumes from veteran authors Edgar H. Get Moving In contrast to Schein’s autodidactic reliance on a lifetime of experiential learning, Daniel H.

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Leadership & Emotional Control | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

There has been no shortage of information published on the topic of Emotional IQ or what’s referred to as EQ in recent years. After all, being in touch with your emotions, as well as being in tune with the emotions of others is an important trait for any leader to possess. However I believe the more important emotional trait for CEOs and entrepreneurs to gain mastery over is what I call EC or emotional control. link] Sai Bharadwaj Good to know you & this blog.

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What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Harvard Business

” The role of a Product Manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the Product.” Translating business-to-technical requirements, and vice versa. These PMs excel at reflecting on where each of these competencies contributed to the success or failure of their products and continuously adjust their approach based on customer feedback. These PMs also know when to take a breath and step away if needed, to regroup.

Contingency Planning | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

My experience with most executives & entrepreneurs is that they are totally committed to and focused on success. As a result, many of them tend to have a major blind-spot (translation: weakness ) when it comes to the anticipation of set-backs. Those that plan in advance for changes in circumstances can adroitly address issues when they occur, while those who must deal with “ unforeseen &# circumstances don’t tend to fare as well.

Should CEOs Have Term Limits? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I would encourage you to read my arguments in opposition to CEO term limits, as well as to think through the ramifications on the corporate landscape if such thinking were to ever take hold… Okay sure…the topic of CEO term limits makes for a nice sound bite given some of the C-suite debacles that have laundered the front pages of the media in recent times. If you want to drive CEO performance, start by hiring the right person for the job.

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Top 30 Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, when striving to come-up with this list I quickly came to the conclusion that while I attempted to use objective logic in making my assessments, the reality is that a list like this is mostly subjective based upon personal preference. In the text that follows I’ll share my logic, or as some will likely point out, my lack of logic in deciding which blogs to place on the list. Want to take a stab at ranking the top 5 or 10?

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What Younger Workers Can Learn from Older Workers, and Vice Versa

Harvard Business

But is there more insight to possible cross-generational learning than these commonplace observations? To understand this issue, we designed a diagnostic and posted it on our website , encouraging people of all ages and from across the world to tell us about their work and life experiences. Actively building both tangible and intangible assets is crucial to creating a long and productive working life. How to control work. How to be financially proficient.

Don't Just Punish Them If They Don't Comply

QAspire

Home Go to QAspire.com Guest Posts Disclaimer Don’t Just Punish Them If They Don’t Comply I have seen organizations that do the following. They define their work processes and implement them across the organization to get certified against a certain standard (like ISO). This is how a “constraint” mindset works. When people don’t follow a process, it only means that either they don’t know how to use the process or the defined process simply doesn’t work for them.

To Better Train Workers, Figure Out Where They Struggle

Harvard Business

When it comes to training and workforce development, lots of them. In a 2014 survey , 55% of executives said a major constraint to investing in training was that they did not know how to measure success. Almost half (49%) said that it was difficult to ensure a return on investment (ROI). The reasons for this lack of understanding are not difficult to identify. But it is possible to do better.

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Mind the (Skills) Gap

Harvard Business Review

A bachelor's degree used to provide enough basic training to last a career. Yet today, the skills college graduates acquire during college have an expected shelf life of only five years according to extensive work we've done in conjunction with Deloitte's Shift Index. And it's not only white-collar, college-driven careers that will suffer rapid skills obsolescence. So how can workers stay afloat? Increase peer-to-peer learning.

5 Things We Learned About Creating a Successful Workplace Diversity Program

Harvard Business

Companies today spend millions of dollars on workplace diversity programs and outreach, often with little to show for it. Research has found that most workplace diversity programs fail to produce meaningful diversity and inclusion, and some have actually increased bias among individual employees. In STEM fields, both the private and public sectors continue to struggle with recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Keep the conversation going to stay accountable.

Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job

Harvard Business Review

You’ve finally figured out what you want to do with your life — start a company, launch a website, design an app, or found a nonprofit. The only problem is that you can’t afford to quit your job (and lose your benefits) in order to pursue it fulltime. What’s the best way to get your passion project moving? And how can you tell when you’re ready to strike out on your own? Lots of people don’t know what they want to do.