Leadership has always been an area where I try to improve and develop. It's such an important ability as leaders are true change agents and have real influenced to make positive transformation.
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In a conversation with Barbara Kellerman journalist Kenneth Mikkelsen explores why leadership is so hard to exercise today. This is a must read for everone interested in leadership and management trends. The article is featured in Mannaz' International Newsletter.
The interview with Barbara Kellerman relates to her latest book: "The End of Leadership."
Barbara raises the important question: Why has the leadership industry, for all its apparent successes, failed on so many levels? Why do incompetence and intemperance continue rampant? Why are ethics so elusive? Why is teaching leading full of “flaws”? Why has it proved so hard to build a body of knowledge? Why are our leaders so widely disdained—and why is our trust in leaders of every stripe at a leaden low?
Barbara has strong opinions about the leadership industry. She doesn't believe that becomming a leader is a quick fix that can be learned from a seven-step guide written by former CEOs or short and expensive leadership courses.
For futher information:
Visit Barbara Kellerman’s personal blog:http://barbarakellerman.com.
Barbara Kellerman discusses some of the core topics of her book in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIo5_eJs5-Y.
Get inspirered from this video about followership: Leadership from a dancing guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO8MwBZl-Vc
From the fantastic RSA Animate series comes an illustrated distillation of behavioral economist Dan Ariely’s new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves.
Here, Ariely highlights some of the fascinating psychological mechanisms that steer our moral compass — and often do so in directions different from our self-conception as righteous people — explaining everything from why we cheat on our diets to how the world ended up in a massive financial crisis, and offering lab-tested behavioral insights on what we can do about it all.
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Political debates are not just about talking points. They are also about “vibe” – our gut (emotional) reaction to the candidates. Here's why Mitt Romney won last night's debate.
Body language can be controlled toa certain extend but not as much as words.
In politics or in consumer marketing, the final decision is usually made on irrational, emotional factors. We often rationalize our decisions after we made them.
More and more U.S. schools and colleges are cutting foreign language instruction to save money, but in fact the ability to communicate in other languages is a vital component of national security.
So true, but why American parents don't push back ?
The same things with food and obesity in young children, the public schools in the US serve pizza, hamburgers or hot dogs and ice creams ! Tomatoes in pizza are considred vegetables !
This article was written by Rachel Botsman for WiredUK. I posted her Ted Talk the other day on this relevant, evolving topic., the reputation economy.
Rachel goes deeper into this with great insights, information and takeaways that are important for all of us professionally and personally.
"Imagine a world where banks take into account your online reputation alongside traditional credit ratings to determine your loan;
**where headhunters hire you based on the expertise you've demonstrated on online forums such as Quora;
**where your status from renting a house through Airbnb helps you become a trusted car renter on WhipCar
**where your feedback on eBay can be used to get a head-start selling on Etsy
**where traditional business cards are replaced by profiles of your digital trustworthiness, updated in real-time.
Where reputation data becomes the window into how we behave, what motivates us, how our peers view us and ultimately whether we can or can't be trusted.
Welcome to the reputation economy, where your online history becomes more powerful than your credit history.
An aggregated online reputation having a real-world value holds enormous potential for sectors where trust is fractured:
**banking; e-commerce, where value is exponentially increased by knowing who someone really is
**peer-to-peer marketplaces, where a high degree of trust is required between strangers;
**where a traditional approach based on disjointed information sources is currently inefficient, such as recruiting. .
Early influence and reputation aggregators will undoubtedly learn by trial and error -- but they will also face the significant challenge of pioneering the use of reputation data in a responsible way.
There's a challenge beyond that: reputation is largely contextual, so it's tricky to transport it to other situations.
It's the culmination of many layers of reputation you build in different places that genuinely reflect who you are as a person and figuring out exactly how that carries value in a variety of contexts.
The most basic level is verification The larger opportunity is carrying social matches based on like-minded individuals across marketplaces.
The New Identity Brokers:
Connect.me, Tru.ly, Legit, TrustCloud, Scaffold, Confido, Briiefly, Reputate
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
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Via janlgordon, Mário Reis, juandoming
While reliance on these social networking sites can be dangerous in certain aspects, the findings of the Badoo study showed that they also have positive benefits on an individual such as boosting their confidence and opening new doors to new friendships.
New studies show that workers are more productive on rainy days than on sunny ones. Does your office take advantage? Research by Francesca Gino and colleagues.
Too much sun in very hot places could encourage workers to stay longuer hours inside in air-conditionned buildings.
In Scandinavia or Russia lack of sun during winter can have a negative impact on the mood and even if people stay longuer hoursin their offices it won't necessarily translate in more productivity.
More data to be collected before jumping into conclusion
I recently watched 12 Angry Men -- that classic 1957 film about a jury struggling to decide the fate of an 18-year-old man who has been charged with murder.
The movie gives you a sense of how the legal system worked in the United States back then, when juries were less diverse. By today's standards, we would find it unsettling if a jury were comprised of 12 middle-aged white men. So why have so many business leaders been slow to take notice when women are absent from the boards of their companies?
Russa, is among the 10% of the most power distant societies in the world. The huge discrepancy between the less and the more powerful people leads to a great importance of status symbols.
Behaviour has to reflect and represent the status roles in all areas of business interactions: be it visits, negotiations or cooperation; the approach should be top-down and provide clear mandates for any task.
If Russians plan to go out with their friends they would literally say “We with friends” instead of “I and my friends”,
Relationships are crucial in obtaining information, getting introduced or successful negotiations. They need to be personal, authentic and trustful before one can focus on tasks and build on a careful to the recipient, rather implicit communication style.
Dominant behaviour might be accepted when it comes from the boss, but is not appreciated among peers.
Russians feel very much threatened by ambiguous situations, as well as they have established one of the most complex bureaucracies in the world
As long as Russians interact with people considered to be strangers they appear very formal and distant. At the same time formality is used as a sign of respect.
Read more on how to interpret Geert Hofstede's cultural dimension model and compare with other countries
T.W. Anderson of Marginal Boundaries discusses gift giving, tipping and bribery, and why it is important as an expat to understand cultural differences"
I am still annoyed with tipping in the US despite having living there for 7 years, especially in Manhattan.
Tipping the doorman to get a taxi for you when it rains, or helping putting groceries in you car is OK for me since it is extra service but mandatory tipping when the service is not good is less acceptable for me than the automatic service included in most European countries.
For me living in Japan was such a relief from the tipping headache in America not knowing how much or when to give. In Japan service is included everywhere.
In Russia where I live now, some people will be offended if you tip them for the job they are supposed to do. In restaurant and cafes it is about 10 to 15% tips.
I don’t know yet about favors or gift giving in a business context but I understood giving gifts when you are invited by Russians is good manners not necessarily bribery.
So agree with the article to assume nothing and ask in context what is appropriate and legal or not.
What is tipping and gift giving practices in your country ?
If you approach your collaboration strategy with a “one-size-fits-all” mentality, your rollout is far more likely to fail. Within an organization, there exist all different types of users that each prefer to work in their own unique ways – some prefer to work in groups, others in silos, some on iPads, others on pen and paper.
Great leaders recognize their collaborators' style(s) and know how to adapt their communication so people can bring the very best of waht they do.
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Ali Godding, AlGonzalezinfo
Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman, president of Kinsey Consulting Services, specializes in energizing individuals and organizations to thrive in an environment of constant change.
Body language is the management of time, space, appearance, posture, gesture, vocal prosody, touch, smell, facial expression, and eye contact. This book will show you exactly how it impacts a leader’s ability to negotiate, manage change, build trust, project charisma, and promote collaboration.
The "HOW" you deliver a message is as important or even more crutial than what you say. Even on the phone, we can "hear" body language by the tone and pitch of the voice.
Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman, is a contributor in Forbes: http://blogs.forbes.com/people/carolgoman/
Ryan Jones is a wicked smart SEO who works with SapientNitro and rants on his personal blog (dotCult) about all things SEO, Penguin, and analytics.
DON’T establish goals based on metrics.
The Japanese word "risutora" literally means restructuring and sounds harmless enough, but its actual meaning is layoff.
Unfortunately bullying, harassment and stressing employees until they resign is common practice everywhere on the globe.
Generally people doing this kind of dirty job think they will save their own job by being zealous only to find out they will be next on the waiting list toward the exit.
The advice of taking the package and leaving without trying to fight or at least to understand your rights under the employment law in your country is not always a good one.
I know many cases of people who got 2 year packages still unemployed after 2 or 3 years totally desperate as their chances to find a job after such a long time are almost nil especially if they are around 50.
So it might be hard to avoid burnout when you are pressurized to leave your job but at least officially you are still working and your value on the job market is much higher than if you claim you are looking for a job.
You can also try to compromise as companies don't want bad rap from laid-off employees that demotivate others.You might be able to negotiate to stay in your current job but get outplacement support with an office or even stay at home but for the outside world you still work for the company with same email address.
THE customer is king. So some firms have started appointing chief customer officers (CCOs) to serve the king more attentively.
But often they use new technology to build barriers between themselves and the paying public.
It is, for example, almost impossible to call a company and talk to a human being. First you spend half an hour finding the carefully concealed telephone number. When you dial it, an android answers.
A recent study shows that about one-third of a million more Americans voted in 2010 because of one Facebook message on Election Day.
We look for ideas that reinforce our bias and usually hang out with people who share our values and views
Call for action alone doesn't work compared when associated with friends' pictures
Truly eye opener article about word of mouth on social networks
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