August, 2012

A Look Inside The Leader: The Eyes Don’t Lie

Terry Starbucker

Today I came across something that really it home with me – it was a New York Times interview of James P. Hackett , the CEO of furniture-maker Steelcase. In it he told the story of how he met hotel magnate Bill Marriott back in 1994.

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How to be a Leader in a Crappy Culture

Great Leadership By Dan

It’s easy to be a great leader in a company that values leadership, develops leaders, and is full of role model leaders to earn from. You’ve seen the lists: 2011 Top Companies for Leaders. The Top 20 Best Companies for Leaders. 40 Best Companies for Leaders 2012. 25 Top Companies for Leaders. These companies, while not perfect, tend to have great hiring and promotional practices, and invest in succession planning and leadership development.

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7 Questions Leaders Should Use Often

Ron Edmondson

Questions are a powerful tool for every leader. The greatest leaders I know ask lots of questions. Whenever I consult with leaders, one of the first things I do is analyze what questions the leader is asking. Here are 7 questions leaders should memorize and use often: How can we improve as a team?

What Leaders Can Learn from Michael Phelps About Preparation

Next Level Blog

Most of the world knows by now that U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps broke the all-time record for most medals won by an Olympian in London this week. It’s a truly amazing achievement on Phelps’ part but, honestly, not one in which there are many legitimate leadership lessons. Seriously, how many of us have the gifts and abilities in our respective fields that Michael Phelps has in his? As the Brits might say, not bloody many. Click headline to continue.

Ten Phrases Every Leader Should Use

Kevin Eikenberry

“I made a mistake.” “I was wrong.” ” “I’m sorry.” ” “I’m not sure.” “I don’t know.” ” “Would you help me?” ” “Could you help me understand? I’m not sure I get it.” ” “What do you think?” ” “What do you suggest?” “What would you do?” ” No one likes to show their ignorance, or admit they are wrong. When [.].

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12 Ways to Make Yourself A Valuable Team Member

Ron Edmondson

Recently someone came to me for advice in starting a new position. He wanted to know how he could set himself apart and make himself a valuable team member. I loved the question. It shows intentionality and purpose. I decided not to give him just a few suggestions, but to give him a dozen.

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Empowerment is Not Enough

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by David Marquet: When I took command of the USS Santa Fe I thought I would be a leader who empowered his subordinates. The nuclear powered submarine was not performing well.

Seven Ways to (Really) Engage People

Kevin Eikenberry

Engagement is a very trendy word, and while it is so powerful, because of its (over)use, people are making it harder to understand and think about than is necessary. In fact, it is writers, speakers and consultants (yep, people like me) who are adding to the confusion by injecting complexity where it isn’t needed. So [.]. Decision Making Leadership Learning engagement speed trust

Graceful Leadership 101 (Free PDF)

QAspire

People are promoted to lead others based on their seniority in technical areas. Others become managers after getting a management degree from a b-school that never taught them the fundamentals of dealing with people.

A Navigational Guide To 6 Paradoxes of Leadership

Terry Starbucker

Leaders have to “be” many things, and a lot of them are seemingly contradictory - paradoxes that hover over our daily decisions and interactions. How we deal with these paradoxes can be the difference between good and great.

3 Steps That Will Help You Make Great Decisions

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Leaders make decisions. It’s what they do. It may be the most important thing they do. It’s not necessarily one individual decision that is important. It’s the cumulative effect of decisions that build momentum, or destroy it. As Jim Collins, author of Good To Great, states, these incremental decisions build momentum. They create the flywheel effect, one small nudge [.]. Leadership Coaching decision making fear hiring Leadership

How to Be a Great Follower: the Critical Ingredient I Missed

C-Level Strategies

A few months ago when I was just beginning a very personal journey that took me to the ballroom dance floor, I wrote a blog post entitled, “ 7 Lessons the Tango Teaches About Being a Great Follower.”

Managing Remote Employees: Lessons Ancient Rome and Today

Great Leadership By Dan

The Colosseum. ?This This post was recently published as a guest post on SmartBlog on Leadership : Question: What do these five “established” jobs: - Call Center Representative. Salesperson. Truck Driver. Writers. Consultants.

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Strategy, Capability & Really Bad Advice

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Today’s post is a rather short rant, but one I felt compelled to put forth.

Leaders: 6 Magic Moments Employees Want with The Boss

Linked 2 Leadership

There are a multitude of things on your list and it looks like most, “spend time with team members” is likely not recorded. The team members you have the privilege of leading are craving time with you and in fact, they want in six different ways that if you can provide, would be seen as [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders Professional Development business leadership Management

7 Statements Every Leader Needs To Use Often

Ron Edmondson

Recently, I shared 7 questions every leader should use often. It opened some good discussion around the post. It also made me think there was a similar set of 7 phrases leaders should consider using frequently. These are not questions, but statements.

The Importance of Alliances as a Leader

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Self Leadership Team Dynamics Alliances are a key part of what a leader does. They are critical whether you are an employee, business owner, consultant, or volunteer. Alliances provide a network of trusted sources. Skilled leaders build diverse teams for success and do not work in a vacuum. In my blog post, Keys to Successful Leadership, I briefly touch on the importance [.]. Self Leadership Team Dynamics engagement lead change Leadership Teamwork

The Power of Reconnecting to Yourself as a Leader

C-Level Strategies

Sometimes we get inadvertently disconnected…from ourselves. We lose clarity around the vision we’re working toward, or why we are doing the work we are doing.

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How to Connect Your Team With the Mission

Next Level Blog

Yesterday I had the opportunity to work with a group of senior executives from the U.S. Department of Defense and a few other Federal agencies to engage in some “applied science” around leading at the next level. It was a great group with a lot of perspective and some fascinating stories to share. Click headline to continue. General Leadership Organizational Development Team Building Defense Department GE Aviation Jerry Gandy management team building

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9 Telltale Signs of an Engaging Leader

Engaging Leader

In How to Think Like an Engaging Leader , I explained the three most common motivations: Achievement (concerned with completing tasks), Affiliation (concerned with being liked), and Impact (concerned with influencing people).

Silence Might Be Golden – The Role Of Silence in Meetings

Kevin Eikenberry

Meetings are meant to be a time for people to exchange ideas and insights. While there are many components to effective meetings, one factor most people would put on that list is engaged participants. I mean, a good meeting can’t be quiet can it? Maybe, at least at times. Let’s start with my main premise [.]. Leadership Leadership Communication Learning Teams engagement meeting facilitation meetings silence

Everyday Leadership: Making Simple Things Extraordinary

Linked 2 Leadership

Several years ago, I was responsible for developing an operations manual for our commercial store managers. Below is an abridged version of it. These are seven basic, excellent tips for the new (or any) manager to follow in order to become more the leader and less “the boss.” 7 Tips for New Leaders 1) Be [.]. Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Leadership Lessons Learned Servant Leadership business leadership Management

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Toxic Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Team Dynamics Value Creation What is it? Toxic leadership is brought about by lack of self-awareness, lack of self-control and confidence, all of which are seeded by self-interest. As a result, a toxic leader’s subordinates don’t like him or her. Toxic leaders care all about themselves. They only think of their own feelings and disregard those of others. Somehow, toxic [.]. Team Dynamics Value Creation Leadership power structures toxic leadership values

Jealousy in Leadership: 3 Important Questions to Ask

C-Level Strategies

In the world of leadership it’s very common to hear of others’ success. Announcements about “movers and shakers” and various corporate promotions often find their way into our in-boxes.

The Main Thing: How to Keep Organizations Centered on What Matters Most

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by George H. Labovitz and Victor Rosansky, authors of Rapid Realignment : How to Quickly Integrate People, Processes, and Strategy for Unbeatable Performance.

A Leader’s Guide to Making Love at Work

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. If the above title gives the impression that this article is a salacious account of a workplace tryst, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. You may as well stop reading right now.

Leadership and Office Politics

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. This is the time of year when most of us turn our attention to presidential politics, but let us not forget that business is also political – to think otherwise is simply naïve.

Hey Leaders: Curiosity Did Not Kill The Cat

Linked 2 Leadership

In order to help your employees grow you have to know about them. You have to know what they’re capable of – not only in your eyes, but in their eyes. You have to know what they enjoy doing – both at work and at home. What do they consider a job well done? If they were [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Practical Steps to Influence Team Building Leadership Values-Based Leadership Appreciation Inspiration leadership motivation relationships team building

Leaders: Are You A Candle or A Beacon?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Light Your World Workplace Issues Have you ever had an “A~ha! Moment” that is so profoundly simple you wonder why you’ve never seen it before? I had one of those a couple of years ago that continues to impact me. I have always believed that the biggest reason leaders exist, is to be a source of light and help to [.]. Leadership Development Light Your World Workplace Issues beacon candle leaders Leadership sharing

Simple, Wise Guidance from a Billionaire

Tony Mayo

This short Chicago Booth Convocation speech by Carlyle Group founder William Conway, MBA ’74, is, like Bill himself, straight-forward, humble, wise, and kind. What a great message for new graduates. Share it! For Executives Goal Setting

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Behaviors and Mindsets that Ruin Careers

Leading Blog

Bill Lane was Jack Welch’s speechwriter for nearly two decades. In Losing It , he draws on his experiences primarily at GE to highlight the behaviors that are career killers. Naturally, Welch figures into much of this book. Reading the stories you might recognize a few areas where you may need to rethink your approach or behavior. Most of his insights are the kind of common sense that we easily see overlooked by others but forget to put into practice in our own lives.

A Leader’s Guide to Making Love at Work

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. If the above title gives the impression that this article is a salacious account of a workplace tryst, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. You may as well stop reading right now.

Mintzberg’s Magic Wand

Leadership Freak

I asked Professor Henry Mintzberg, author of 140 articles and 13 books, “If you waved a magic wand over businesses, what would you change?” He said, “I’d get rid of all MBA’s.” He explained, “We’d lose some good people but in the whole it would be a positive move.” Mintzberg’s quiet voice disarms but he [.].

Executive Effectiveness: 4 Insights on Becoming Inspiring

Linked 2 Leadership

One of the most important competencies a leader must master is the ability to inspire people. On Inspiration and Motivation There is a difference between inspiration and motivation. = in·spi·ra·tion [ ìnsp? ráysh'n ] n. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. By definition, “to inspire” means “to exert a stimulating [.].