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"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." ~ Carl Jung Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he "lacked imagination and good ideas!
Nice short piece in praise of developing a vision for ourselves - or maybe it's more about sustaining the vision when the winds threaten to blow out the light...
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According to a survey published this month by Right Management, 83% of employees said they are actively seeking a new position for 2014. Gallup’s State of the American Workplace study earlier this year found that 70% of workers are not engaged or actively disengaged and emotionally disconnected from their workplaces, and thus less likely to be productive. Gallup’s research also finds that engagement is strongly connected to business outcomes essential to an organization’s financial success.
Here are three workplace trends that are likely to keep employees engaged and retained in 2014:
Bottom line: pay attention to honing your leadership style in 2014. If not, your employees may find other opportunities to get their voices heard.
Who do you think of as pivotal leaders from the past? Who presently stands out? What qualities do these leaders possess? Who has been most influential to you as a leader in your career?
Includes good book recommendations on heart based leadership.
Author's Note: Post updated to reflect sad news of Mandela's passing:A true legend; having more than discharged his duty to his people and country, Mandela can truly rest in peace. He showed us how
Emobdy the spirit of Ubuntu in honor of Mandela.
Turning your adversaries into allies takes work. But to win them over without manipulation or coercion requires an understanding of how people think.
As my granny used to say, "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar"!
Forget about leaving your legacy. Here is a story to inspire you to live it, starting now. (Your Leadership Legacy: Live It Now: Forget about leaving your legacy. Here is a story to inspire you to live...
On the day we lost a shining light who left a globally massive legacy, this post seems apposite.
The life we live today affects the generations to come. We were meant to give away our lives, so focus on living your legacy instead of worrying about leaving your legacy. If you do, you will define yourself and others by an inspired life..
If your company operates on a calendar year, then let's see, first week of December... you’re probably just now putting the finishing touches on all the budgeting and planning for 2014.So now why not step back and try to imagine what your customers will probably be like in six more years, as this decade comes to an end? By 2020, our world will have had six more years of very rapid technological innovation – six years bringing Bigger and Bigger Data to smaller and smaller computers, along with ever more ubiquitous, 24/7 interactivity.
"So the only thing you should really worry about is whether, by the year 2020,your customers will be getting their frictionless customer experience from you, or from some other business that planned further ahead, anticipated these rising customer expectations, and adapted to them faster."
Leaders need to constantly develop themselves as human beings. There is so much external change for them to adapt to that the need to be intentional about (Nice idea. Make yourself a "to become" list.
What do you need to become to be a better leader? Great idea from Mary Jo Asmus.
Wisdom of the ages... Great scoop David!
Your behavior affects those around you. How you conduct yourself is essential to influencing, managing change, fostering teamwork, and developing others. So as you conceive your leadership development plan, think in terms of the behaviors you need to take on or change.
Ahh!!! Now this is a great idea. As we near the new year and we bury the goal list that we created last year. Consider a TO BE LIST. The details are in this article
If you think that leadership is about taking action and getting things done, you're wrong. (The True Goal of Leadership.
Leaders make themsleves unnecessary...
Seriously, stop it. It really annoys me (Irony alert!) We all seem to have fallen into the trap of believing complaining is in some way a god given right.
From this excellent piece by Tony Dowling:
Life is sometimes full of many real and major tragedies. The people who deal with these are invisible to us yet should be inspirational. The grieving who go back to work, the injured who keep getting up and going again, the bereft ‘winning small’ every day to keep themselves going.
The reality is we have nothing to complain about. We who are endlessly lucky. We are whole and hale and healthy.
Take the chance you have, don’t wait for someone to invite you. And don’t complain about the fact you don’t have the chance, try and do something about it.
Stop complaining, be grateful and take action – don’t let things happen TO you. Make them happen FOR you.
Imagine today one of your team taps you on the shoulder and asks if you have a moment:"I've decided to leave the company" she tells you...What is your immediate emotional reaction?
A conversation with Johann Gauthier (http://www.nothingbutexcellence.net) about how #HRockstars (https://plus.google.com/communities/111166240740728636143) c...
Feel the energy, then go to G+ and join the #HRockstars!
I wish to thank @NoraWhalen for this outstanding opportunity to engage with her in an #infectious blissful conversation! Nora made it so very easy for myself as leader of the #HRockstars tribe to expand on my vision for the community in 2014. #HRockstars is the only tribe in the world engaged in #unstoppable #infectious connections inspired by @AchimNowak's book Infectious: Unleashing the Energetic Leader Within. Leadership and Energy is so key... everybody has an energetic leader within! In the connected economy the wealth resides in the humanity that each in everyone of us allow ourselves to embrace daily... making a dent in the universe... setting a bar just high enough to achieve #NothingButExcellence daily! To join the #HRockstars tribe movement on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111166240740728636143. I look forward with other #HRockstars tribe members to engage with YOU in #unstoppable #infectious connections!
In 2012, Peter Aceto, the President and CEO of ING DIRECT – a Canadian bank with 1.78 million customers and over $38 billion in assets – delivered a speech where he waxed lyrical about being a socialCEO. Two points come to mind from that speech. Early on in the talk, Peter said, “I believe we are at the confluence of two revolutions – a social revolution and a technology revolution.” He went on to say later in the speech, “How people work and make decisions is not new, however, technology and social networks has allowed this type of sharing to happen faster, with a broader group of people and outside of traditional boundaries.”
Powerful assembly of arguments for organisations to review their learning programmes, via Dan Pontefract.
2 million Goodreads users voted these 20 books as the best in their genre for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards.
Just in time for the holiday season, the Goodreads winners for 2013.
‘It’s not what we say that matters, but how we behave,’ said new CEO Bernard Tyson.
You don’t build strong leaders by micromanaging them, but by unleashing them to tap their full potential.
Brian Halligan is chief executive of HubSpot, which makes software for marketers.
In this upcoming season, when our families will gather and we're reminded how much our relationships matter, have we taken the time to think about, and thank, those who have helped us along the way in our business?
Lolly Daskal on the practice of Naikan - structured self-reflection. Excellent!
He didn’t cling to power. He empowered.
"People must learn to hate, and if they can be taught to hate they can be taught to love" - Mandela
Powerful tribute from the great Rosabeth Kanter
Today is an extremely sad day. Nelson Mandela, one of most courageous leaders, has passed away. South Africa –indeed, the whole world – is saying goodbye to a great human being and an incredible inspiration.
We need to preserve and build on his legacy if we are to make the many fine words deservedly written into a global reality.
Editors' Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a Dec. 3 guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here.
Storytelling as a Leader’s Art | Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership http://t.co/2CfArTn95p
When meeting a new person: instead of asking them, “What do you do?” ask them “What’s your story?”
A new tool for the effective leader - storytelling!
One of the most difficult situations sales managers face is how to confront problem performers in a way that gets them to change their ways, and become more successful. I define a problem performer as anyone who has not responded to your … (7 Tips...
Presentation for the 2013 NAEPSDP Annual Conference
How well do skillsets in your organisation match up to future needs?
"Boring and safe rarely lead to connection. Connection happens when humanity asserts itself. If there’s no connection, if the links aren’t made, then no art occurred.” (Seth Godin, The Icarius Principle, p.57)
Catch the TV Show, should be lively.
#SoMe over the past few years.
How social media has transformed our lives and the practice of leadership particularly in the present turbulent and volatile times.
One of the Top 5 questions people ask me is does it matter if your leaders are sold on social and the answer is YES!
If the C-Suite doesn't show an example, bad stuff follows, internally and externally. Get them on the bus!
Everyone has had the experience of being a follower. Everyone. Because from the time you were a tiny toddler you were a follower of the adults around you.
We all need a sounding board, most of us need to be challenged and everyone benefits from the perspsctive of others about their talents.
A good article designed to remind us of the value of others in helping us overcome our fear of being fabulous