Ready to crack the surprising Humor Code for one of the main reasons we laugh? From stand-up comedy to laughing (the right way) after a tragic event, see what a scientist and a journalist discovered after taking their search around the world.
While there are many models of leadership, we inevitably return time and again to those with emotional intelligence at the core when working with groups and individuals who wish to inspire and motivate others.
The work of James Kouzes and Barry Posner in this area is a very good place to begin.
Both highly regarded academics, it is the basis in research that makes the work of Kouzes & Posner, outlined in their book The Leadership Challenge, so well respected. Over the past thirty years the co-authors have carried out surveys and interviews with over 60,000 leaders from every industry and background and identified five practices that outstanding leaders use consistently when dealing with others.
As markets mature, the dialogue moves from describing the technology to describing the value. As I was preparing a presentation on the future of work, I noted some interesting differences. Several years ago, we debated about what would be mobile.
She didn’t always define herself as such, but Ingrid Vanderveldt is a lifelong entrepreneur. Growing up, she’d organize the neighborhood kids to perform Star Wars plays—and then charge their parents admission.
Over the decades I was involved in more employee surveys than I can recall. But one thing I do recall is that the single issue that came up in literally all of them - a chronic source of employee frustration - was lack of recognition.
Alex Moyle's insight:
impromptu recognition to say Thank You is the most powerful you can give an employee. who could you recognise today.
This is an outstanding presentation on how a big business can still move like a small one. Love their approach to high performance and that they might not be for everyone. Check section on freedom, slide 40 . Great assessment of how big companies favour process over freedom
It is difficult to know to what extent the March breeze in the UK is in any sense a wind of change. The arrival of warmer temperatures and sight of the sun after a hard winter invokes a grateful response to 'weather'.
Alex Moyle's insight:
Accountability is an easy word to use. But who will hold them to it.
Try adding a few stories/examples/metaphors to your collaboration strategy. You'll find that stories resonate with adults in ways that can bring them back to a childlike open-mindedness – and make them less resistant to innovation and change.
The NFL's Nasty Warrior CultureDaily BeastThey are Jonathan Martin, a foundering, subpar offensive lineman and former second round pick and Richie Incognito, a team leader and lynchpin on that same unit.
A performance-enhancing drug for leadersThe Globe and MailLeadership is awesome – and it is exhausting. It is a 24/7 job; but we can't operate 24/7 and be effective. Leaders need coaches who remind us to take a break.
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