Book Reports on Steroids

Kevin Eikenberry

When you read the two words “book report”, it might take you back to school, in front of your fellow students, with your knees knocking, scared stiff and trying to remember the title of the book and hoping you can survive until the teacher tells you you can sit down.

Leading Without Direct Reports

In the CEO Afterlife

One direct report does not make you a leader; nor does ten. Yet, the moment you have direct reports, you are EXPECTED to lead. Think about the millions of people in the workforce who do not have direct reports.

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The Power of Progress Reports

Tony Mayo

Of all the management tools I recommend, one of the most effective is both very simple and very unlikely to be consistently employed—if it is used at all: the written progress report, completed on a consistent schedule. The power of progress reports to promote results and reduce anxiety is demonstrated daily, on matters […]. The post The Power of Progress Reports appeared first on Tony Mayo. Tony Mayo Executive Coach.

Transferable Skills: Results, Vision, Execution

Coaching Tip

Leaders'' Lack of Interaction Skills. Books Business Coaching Career Leadership Skills Work life achievements industry knowledge leadership multi-functional experience personal development proven success team building transferable skills

6 Skills You Need to Win the Long Game

Leading Blog

Mastering just a few of these skills is not enough. Do you regularly engage your managers’ direct reports in decisions that affect their work?

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How to Overcome Poor Presentation Skills

Coaching Tip

The higher you go up the corporate ladder, your technical skills become less important and your social skills become more important. If your operational management was in a technical area, you now have the ability to delegate the data gathering and analyzing tasks to others while it is your responsibility to educate the leadership of the organization and industry why, what and how action must be taken based upon what the analysis reports.

8 Leadership Skills Essential for Success in the Future

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

These changes require some new sets of leadership skills. I believe these skills will soon be required of leaders in all types of organizations. I do need a crystal ball to see if leaders will adopt these skills – because some of them require significant shifts.

Are Organizations Hiring for Leadership and Business Skills?

Crossderry Blog

I am continuing with my series on the PM Skills Webinar we just held (the webinar recording itself is here , registration required). My first post discussed how to hire for the right project, leadership, and business skills.

What’s Your Organization’s Weather Report?

Lead Change Blog

If your organization values fresh perspective and new approaches, it will hire people who bring those skills. The weather across the US has been unusual over the past six months. Hurricane force winds hit Southern California recently.

People Skills Are Hard Skills - More Than You Know

Building Personal Strength

It is still common for most managers to refer to people skills as “soft skills,” because they aren’t specifically about the business of the organization. People skills are “hard” skills because in almost every job, they’re crucial to workplace performance.

How Top Pricing Managers Drive Profits: 6 Skills to Success

The Kini Group

They must know how to organize and report on pricing data while also empowering their analysts to build strategies that drive real change for their companies. Skill 2: The Ability to Increase Sales Velocity in a Profitable Way. Skill 3: An Understanding of Pricing Threats.

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Development Is Shortsighted: Interpersonal Skills #1 Reason Frontline Leaders Fail

Great Leadership By Dan

Some of the key findings include: One in four organizations report a loss in profit due to frontline leader failure. Even more respondents reported a loss of productivity (65 percent) and loss of team member engagement (69 percent).

Hold Getting To Know You Conversations With Your Direct Reports

Eric Jacobson

To help you bring out the best in your team, you need to get close and understand their skills, abilities, and motivations. So, the authors of the book, Your First Leadership Job , recommend you hold getting-to-know-you conversations with each of your direct reports.

Getting the Results Without the Authority: How to Manage a Project & Team That Doesn’t Report to You

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever led a project team where some (or all) of the people on the team don’t report to you? The post Getting the Results Without the Authority: How to Manage a Project & Team That Doesn’t Report to You appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development project management Have you ever led a project team? In today’s working world, the answer is likely yes.

6 Tips to Get You Through Your Painful Sales Reporting Processes

The Kini Group

Analysts report. Unfortunately, more sales teams are being required to track their own sales reporting process and build their own reports. But reporting sucks. It also conflicts with your key sales skills ─ you build relationships with people, not Excel.

The Importance Of Your Soft Skills

Eric Jacobson

Soft skills, all too often deemed the less important skills for a leader, are needed now more than ever. Each of the book''s nine chapters, listed below, provide dialogue, questions, tips and recommended activities: What Are Soft Skills?

Skills Shortages Worsening

Chart Your Course

Herman Trend Alert: Skills Shortages Worsening. With the forecasts of doom and gloom in so many places around the world, we would expect companies to delay hiring new employees and that the skills shortages might be lessening. September 11, 2013.

Corporate Recruiters Rank Communication as the Most Highly Valued Business Skill


We can talk all day about the importance of employees with stellar communication skills but it sure is nice when an outside group – and one not even connected to the communications field – takes up the case for us. The number 1 skill employers sought? Communication skills.

Are you letting conflicts fester?


Start developing your leadership skills today! Home ELS Home Leadership Development Executive Leadership Training Change Management Learning Products Employee Selection Contact us Feb 18 Are you letting conflicts fester?

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Six Action Shoes: A book report by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

If you find it to be as thought-provoking and practical as I have Brown brogues compassion concept of "operacy": specific skills are needed to take effective action De bono introduces the "six action action shoes": Navy formal shoes De Bono's Thinking Course Edward De Bono Grey sneakers Guy Claxton I re-read several books on the creative process and remain convinced that all are still among the best.

Open-ended Questions Improve Your Conversations With Direct Reports

Eric Jacobson

To help you bring out the best in your team, you need to get close and understand their skills, abilities, and motivations. So, the authors of the book, Your First Leadership Job , recommend you hold getting-to-know-you conversations with each of your direct reports.

Hold Getting-To-Know-You Conversations With Your Direct Reports

Eric Jacobson

To help you bring out the best in your team, you need to get close and understand their skills, abilities, and motivations. So, the authors of the book, Your First Leadership Job , recommend you hold getting-to-know-you conversations with each of your direct reports.

Help Your Global Talent Succeed and Lead - Cultivate Communication Skills

Great Leadership By Dan

A 2011 white paper jointly published by the GlobalEnglish Corporation and Human Capital Institute reported that 70% of global employees are non-native speakers – and only 7% think they speak English well enough to do their jobs. If so, they need persuasive communication skills.

For Writing Skills 101 – You Might Have to Start with More Reading

First Friday Book Synopsis

This is prompted by a sad, disturbing piece… My colleague Karl Krayer has a terrific workshop on writing skills. Companies hire him to teach their employees how to write clear, understandable emails and memos and reports. Randy's blog entries In the Basement of the Ivory Tower Karl Krayer Professor X writing skillsHave you ever had to read, and re-read, and re-read again, an unclear e-mail?) Sadly, many of them need [.].

Encouragement - An Underappreciated Coaching Skill

Kevin Eikenberry

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Smart Skills: Key Skills for Leading With Or Without A Title

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Smart Skills™. Traditionally, skill development was largely limited to technical skills, with a smattering of management and leadership training. Often, people progress into higher positions and end up in top management without ever having examined their non-technical skill set.

12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future


If you are a leader at any level in a modern organization or aspiring to be one, here are some of the critical competencies and skills you need to thrive in a VUCA world. The rate of change in the business world today is greater than our ability to respond.

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

Harvard Business Review

Its was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. Intuitively, this makes sense, based as it is on the assumption that once people develop a skill, they will continue to exercise it.

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

Harvard Business Review

Importantly, the above processes concern the psychological factors (rather than the technical skills) underlying both individual and team performance. If team fit were only about skills and experience, Donald Trump might invite Bernie Sanders to serve in his administration — yet it is unlikely that they would work together well. A more effective approach (like the mission to Mars example) focuses as much on people’s skills as on their personalities.

Identifying the Skills That Can Help You Change Careers

Harvard Business Review

A lot of talented people grapple with the disruption of having to switch jobs or careers and figuring out how their current profession’s skills can be applied in a fulfilling new way. From inside an industry, fundamental skills can seem like a commodity.

Emotions And Relationships - Do You Have the Strength And Skill to Manage Them?

Building Personal Strength

It takes interpersonal skill and personal strength to handle these situations well. Three hours late to work, I asked her to revise a lengthy report in a different format. Patience Personal Strength Relationships People skills Composure My Story

Starting Thought: Building A True Culture Of Communication


A report released recently from Gallup reinforced something I’ve long believed: leaders who embrace communication build truly engaged and inspired workforces. Employee Engagement Communication Skills

How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

Harvard Business Review

It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. Social skills, such as proficiency in managing relationships and building networks. And just this month, HBR’s editors reported on the strong link between empathetic leaders and financial performance.

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CEOs Can’t Give Feedback Only to Their Direct Reports

Harvard Business Review

A One-Over-One was a discussion that would take place between me (the CEO), Nancy Reardon (my CHRO), my direct report (a senior manager), and that manager’s direct report (a subordinate). Our direct reports would watch how Nancy Reardon and I would talk through the review.

Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real

Harvard Business Review

Last year, 35% of 38,000 employers reported difficulty filling jobs due to lack of available talent; in the U.S., But the idea of a “skills gap” as identified in this and other surveys has been widely criticized. Nor is the skills gap primarily a problem of schooling.

How to Master a New Skill

Harvard Business Review

Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the skill and the person, but there are some general rules you can follow. Mastering new skills is not optional in today's business environment. "In When working on a new skill or competency, you need to ask yourself two things.

Minority Women Report Downsizing Their Ambitions Because of Bias

Harvard Business Review

Advancement is predicted by access to “hot jobs”—assignments that increase an employee’s chances of being promoted by providing greater visibility, important decision-making opportunities, and the opportunity to develop global skills.

The Soft Skills of Great Digital Organizations

Harvard Business Review

That means equipping each person in your enterprise with the skills and mindset that will help them successfully adapt whenever you introduce new tools like Slack, Basecamp, or even Google Drive into your workplace. But what exactly are these digital skills? Collaboration skills.

Workers Don’t Have the Skills They Need – and They Know It

Harvard Business Review

How do workers feel about the adequacy of their skills? Today, a survey of employees is being released that provides strong confirmation of the notion that employees need better skills to do their jobs well, especially skills related to technology.