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The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

It’s tempting to take on new projects, new features, new geographies, new speaking opportunities, whatever. Each one incrementally sounds like a good idea, yet collectively they end up punishing undisciplined teams.

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The Folly of Stretch Goals

The Folly of Stretch Goals | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

A stretch goal is most often an outcome metric, and is influenced by so many variables that systematic, scientific improvement isn't possible. A "target condition," by contrast, describes how we want a process to function — and that description requires that you understand the current condition deeply enough to know where to begin your improvement efforts. Without sufficient knowledge of the current condition, there's no way to make intelligent progress towards your ultimate goal.  

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What to do when things go wrong

What to do when things go wrong | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Few things in business are more important than how a manager reacts to problems. Here is some great advice on that point by Scott Berkun. There's gold here including: "Calm down. Nothing makes a situation worse than basing your actions on fear, anger, or frustration." "Get the right people in the room ... the more complex the issue, the smaller the group should be." and "The best available choice is the best available choice, no matter how much it sucks (a crisis is not the time for idealism)."

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6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it
You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here's how to become the strategic leader your company needs.
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How Leaders Lose Their Luck

How Leaders Lose Their Luck | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Yes, you need confidence and conviction in your authority once you've reached the top. But you equally need humility and vulnerability if you want to evolve to an even more inspired type and level of leadership. Which is why it's so important for successful people to keep cultivating the attributes of a lucky attitude and a lucky network.

 

The seven attributes of a lucky attitude are among the most difficult ones for leaders to master and maintain. They are: humility, intellectual curiosity, optimism, vulnerability, authenticity, generosity, and openness. Self-awareness around these seven qualities is key to not becoming a disconnected leader with nowhere to go but down.

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12 Realities Employees Will Use in Determining if Your Company is “With it” or “Past it” - ERE.net

12 Realities Employees Will Use in Determining if Your Company is “With it” or “Past it” - ERE.net | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

The experience of growing up online will profoundly shape the workplace expectations of Generation Facebook. At a minimum, they’ll expect the social environment of their worklife to reflect the social context of the Web, rather than a mid-twentieth-century bureaucracy.

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A Leap Year Lesson on Correcting Leadership Drift

A Leap Year Lesson on Correcting Leadership Drift | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

How do you avoid the kind of leadership drift that destroyed Kodak?  Here's a metric to assess your personal leadership "drift." Leaders drift the moment their "in the office" time exceeds their "out of the office" time. When this "leadership drift ratio" exceeds 2:1, watch out. It's a great indicator that a leader is becoming increasingly disconnected with customers. The solution is moving the chair away from the desk, standing up, and walking out of the "drift inducing" cocoon of an executive office.

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Is the company's management incompetent?

Is the company's management incompetent? | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Here are a few tell-tale signs of incompetent management. Any one of these behaviors should sound a warning bell. If you see more than one, head for the exits

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Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI

Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

In the network era, things you can’t see are more valuable than things you can. Building the capacity to create economic value through things such as innovating and enhancing brand reputation is as important, or more important, than generating specific results from a specific initiative. Twenty-five years ago, intangibles accounted for less than a third of the value of the S&P 500. Today, intangibles can make up more than 80 percent of that value.

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Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch | Fast Company

Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch | Fast Company | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Culture is not morale.  It's not touch-feely. It's not cheerleading. It is the values and norms that actively guide the way a company operates. Culture allows your employees to operate from a sense of confidence and empowerment rather than uncertainty. Culture is the environment in which your strategy either thrives or dies. 

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Study: Most managers are ineffective - CBS News

Study: Most managers are ineffective - CBS News | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Most companies, far from being hives of busy, effective executives, could instead be seen as "a few isolated islands of action amid an ocean of inaction," the researchers found

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Leaders, Resolve to Do 7 Things

Leaders, Resolve to Do 7 Things | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Leaders. Here are seven remarkably practical, powerfully useful things you can do year round to make your organization better. 

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Ten Biggest Mistakes Bosses Make In Performance Reviews - Forbes

Performance reviews are almost always painful experiences for those giving and receiving them. Here are the 10 biggest mistakes that are made.
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8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it
The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right.
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Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Leadership Lessons - Forbes

Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Leadership Lessons - Forbes | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is tech’s leading philosopher-CEO. He was recently featured in a cover story in Forbes, and George Anders summarizes his key leadership lessons. This is great stuff:

 

“There are two kinds of companies: those that try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.”

 

“In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.”

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3 quick questions to help leaders get out of the way | SmartBlogs

3 quick questions to help leaders get out of the way | SmartBlogs | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it
We all like to think we are leading the way for our teams, but how do we know we aren't only in the way? Ask yourself these questions.
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The 5 Qualities of Remarkable Bosses

The 5 Qualities of Remarkable Bosses | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it
Consistently do these five things and the results you want from your employees--and your business--will follow.
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The Most Powerful Workplace Motivator — HBS Working Knowledge

The Most Powerful Workplace Motivator — HBS Working Knowledge | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

A powerful workplace motivator is our natural tendency to measure our own performance against the performance of others..  New research suggests that in deciding how hard we work and how well we think we're performing, social comparisons matter just as much as financial incentives."

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Learning To Be A Power Listener | Fast Company

Learning To Be A Power Listener | Fast Company | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it
In business, the consequences of failing to properly frame or assess an issue can be dire. Often such a misdiagnosis is the result of not having the right information.
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The Power of Small Wins

The Power of Small Wins | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Through exhaustive analysis of diaries kept by knowledge workers, researchers discovered the progress principle: Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run. Whether they are trying to solve a major scientific mystery or simply produce a high-quality product or service, everyday progress—even a small win—can make all the difference in how they feel and perform.

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Mastering the Awkward Conversation in 5 Easy Steps

Mastering the Awkward Conversation in 5 Easy Steps | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it
No matter what business you're in, there will come a day when you'll be forced to sit someone down for a good old fashioned confrontation...
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How Can I Manage Them if I Can’t See Them? | The Future of Work... unlimited

How Can I Manage Them if I Can’t See Them? | The Future of Work... unlimited | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

One reason that many organizations have not embraced flexible work programs is that middle managers fundamentally mistrust their employees. There is a pervasive belief that if an employee is “out of sight” his or her work will be out of mind. There is only one way to overcome that kind of basic mistrust: measure what employees produce, not how much time they spend on the job.

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Ten Ways to Turnaround a Dysfunctional Team - Forbes

Ten Ways to Turnaround a Dysfunctional Team - Forbes | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

You’ve just been hired or promoted to lead a company, division, function or team. However, your quick analysis of the players in the group suggests you’ve got some major problems. What do you do?

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Great Leadership: Success: A Breeding Ground for Complacency?

Great Leadership: Success: A Breeding Ground for Complacency? | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.” Bill Gates said that, and he’s exactly right. More often than not, great accomplishments cause individuals and organizations to become comfortable with their way of doing things. Businesses turn static. Workers turn their focus inward. Even the most dynamic of organizations can turn complacent, thinking that what they are doing is right, that there is no need to change.

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Jason Lauritsen: Stop Bubble Wrapping Employees

Jason Lauritsen: Stop Bubble Wrapping Employees | Leadership Advice | Scoop.it

Employees, despite what you think or what they say, don't want to be coddled. They want to be successful, proud, to feel accomplishment and growth. All of the same things you want. They want to be mentored and coached. They want to be rewarded when they do great things. And, they even want feedback so they can get better.

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