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Design for Your Strengths

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Paul Leinwand, coauthor of Strategy That Works, introduces a counterintuitive lesson in how to achieve breakthrough performance in your organization from Olympic medalist John K. Coyle.
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For the last few years there has been a lot of talk about building capability through strengths.  Most of the commentary has even from a personal perspective and there are great resources from places like the VIA Institute (Character Strengths) and Gallop (Strength Finders).  In this post the author relates the same approach to breakthrough performance at an organisational level.

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Why organizations should give employees more say in when, where and how they work

This post was adapted from APQC’s report "Preparing for the Future of Work." Download an overview or view a webinar highlighting
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Remote working /  flexible work practice is a hot topic in many of the organisations I work with. This post explores some of the challenges and hopefully will give you an expanded view of the topic.

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Mentally tough people refuse to think these things

I learned how to become mentally tough after I failed the interim physical fitness test at the FBI Academy. I came face to face with the understanding that I was not so great after all and that I stood a good chance of being washed out. I became obsessed with improving my fitness scores. My focus narrowed down to the next day’s training. I dug deep to uncover why I wanted to become an FBI agent. Drilling down on these sets of values propelled me over the next couple of months and I did eventually pass the fitness test.
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Resilience and mental toughness are closely aligned.  Here's a great blog that gives some food for thought on what drives this frame of mind.

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6 ways to foster leadership in your team

6 ways to foster leadership in your team | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts … it is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” ~ Chris Hadfield
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Here's a timely reminder of the sort of things that good leaders focus on!

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Webinar Registration

Webinar Registration | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
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Surveys after surveys have shown that only a small percentage of respondents feel that their company’s current performance management processes are worth the time invested. Without a doubt, organisations are reassessing and rethinking their performance management approaches.

 

On the 11th April AchieveForum is hosting a webinar that will provide a set of perspectives, experiences and identify some of the key risks stopping you from being successful in performance management, and provide tips on overcoming the risks.

 

We'd love you to join us so please feel free to enrol.

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Why are managers such lousy motivators?

Why are managers such lousy motivators? | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
My team and I went to SavvyRoo, a cool site where people can enter their question and rank other people’s posts, and we asked leaders for their top question about workplace motivation.
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Do you know what makes your staff tick?  Research shows that on average that there is a disconnect between what managers think drives people and what does.  Here's some food for thought

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10 Ways To Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

10 Ways To Be a Leader People Choose to Follow | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it

Authority, position and title won't make you a leader. Don’t worry about being a leader. Worry about being a person worthy of being followed. 10 leaders people choose not to follow: Tippy-toe leaders who live by fear. Hand-holding leaders who coddle rather than challenge. Finger-pointing leaders who never take responsibility. Face-saving leaders who protect their image…

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Some sage word's all leaders should live by....

"Authority, position and title won’t make you a leader.

Don’t worry about being a leader. Worry about being a person worthy of being followed"

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Connecting People to Strategy

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I’ve heard senior leaders at various organisations confess that their mid-level leaders aren’t proactive enough when it comes to executing strategy
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One thing I’ve heard senior leaders at various organisations tell me is that their mid-level leaders aren’t proactive enough when it comes to executing strategy.  What do you think?

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Pocket: Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders

Pocket: Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
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Its great being in a growth industry.....leadership development....however its also disappointing to see we haven't moved too far in our approach in the last few years.  Here's HBR's point-of-view on what needs to be considered to improve development effectiveness! 

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The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline

From a survey of 2,000 organizations.
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Josh Bersin is one of the worlds thought leaders in the whole area of Talent Management. Here's his thoughts on building a strong leadership pipeline. I really agree with the outcomes of his latest research and believe they are very relevant to the NZ market
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Action items: Why is this so hard for people? | The Context Of Things

Action items: Why is this so hard for people? | The Context Of Things | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
How many times have you sat in a 1-hour meeting that just ends with no action items? The meeting is now even more pointless! This ain't hard. Let's fix it.
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I continually hear from managers I deal with the futility of many of the meetings they attend.  I also constantly observe aversion to follow-up and action items at meetings,.  This blog will make many of you smile but has some sage advise!

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Work stress is fixed with better priorities | The Context Of Things

Work stress is fixed with better priorities | The Context Of Things | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
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To most people in the workplace stress is “very real.” Most people I’ve ever worked with,at times, feel completely overwhelmed at their jobs and talk about “doing work at home” and “putting in long hours.” Here's some ideas about managing priorities to reduce your stress....

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How to Boldly Transform: An Imperative for Today’s Business Leaders

How to Boldly Transform: An Imperative for Today’s Business Leaders | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
Leaders must seek to boldly transform—to reimagine companies for a digital age, push for adaptability and simplicity, and provide a sense of purpose to their teams, customers, and society more broadly.
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As we look to the future where technology and constant change are a way of life for our businesses that we need to get ourselves in the right headspace.  Here's some food for thought from Boston Consulting Group....

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Pocket: Want Your Employees to Trust You? Show You Trust Them

When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
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Trust and credibility have huge impacts on engagement.  This post is a great summary of why its needed and the benefits to you, your team member and ultimately the organisation.  

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5 Tips for Transitioning from an Engagement Survey to AskYourTeam

5 Tips for Transitioning from an Engagement Survey to AskYourTeam | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
While we saw improvements in engagement levels early on, progress had stalled. We wanted to move to something much more outcome-driven; something that tied back to our business strategy. AskYourTeam definitely delivered that.
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If you're thinking that your Engagement Survey is running out of steam it might be time to refocus your energy into understanding business performance through the voice of your employees.  I'd recommend having a look at Ask Your Team.  Hopefully this will help your thought process.....

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Closing the Leadership Performance Gap: A New Answer to a Persistent Problem

Closing the Leadership Performance Gap: A New Answer to a Persistent Problem | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
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Tom Rose, AchieveForum's Head of Global Innovation and Client Solutions has recently completed some very telling research on leadership performance and how it relates to achieving strategic goals. Here's an overview on Tom's findings and a link to his book.  I thoroughly recommend the reading.

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No One Wants Their Performance Managed

No One Wants Their Performance Managed | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
The phrase “performance management” is long, corporate jargon and it’s kinda vague. Does anyone actually want their performance managed?
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Performance Management continues to be the hot topic currently, here's another point-of-view worth a quick read.....

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Who You Are Is How You Lead

Who You Are Is How You Lead | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
Strategies to identify and embrace your nonnegotiable values and grow into your best, authentic self.
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Increasing there is a recognition that "Who You Are" impacts "How You Lead".  As a coach I spend time helping people better understand themselves so they can better lead others.  This blog gives some food for for thought and asks you to think about some good questions. let me know what you think....

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A former FBI agent shares 8 qualities of resilient people | SmartBrief

A former FBI agent shares 8 qualities of resilient people | SmartBrief | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
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As we head into the new year and work loads increase we need to be mindful of how we manage ourselves.  Building resilience is a useful and necessary survival technique.  Here are some some pragmatic ideas of how you might do that 

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8 Key Questions Employees Want to Know (But Might Not Ask)

8 Key Questions Employees Want to Know (But Might Not Ask) | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
The eight key questions employees want to know, but might not ask. By answering these questions, employees will become engaged with you and the organization.
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Oh this is so true!  Every senior manager needs to read and understand this!  the 8 Key Questions, from "Me" to "We" is pivotal in making strategy work.  Organisations need to understand they "earn the right" to get their people involved in the strategy through authentically working on the "me" questions!

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10 Reasons Drawing Improves Your Leadership

10 Reasons Drawing Improves Your Leadership | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
If you want to be a better leader, consider drawing! That's right - drawing can improve your leadership and influence. Dan Roam shares how to Draw to Win.
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I once had the privilege of working with a CEO who kept reminding staff that "we don't dream in memo form".  This post is must reading and looks at how you can refine your approach as a leader by drawing or using a visual approach to getting your message across.

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Coaching Redefined: How Internal Motivation Can Fuel Performance

Coaching Redefined: How Internal Motivation Can Fuel Performance | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
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AchieveForum has just published its latest Point-of-View on Coaching.  This paper explores Self-Determination Theory (SDT) and how it supports needs-based coaching that helps to create workplaces where internal employee motivation can become a daily reality leading to increased engagement, improved performance, and measurable business results.  You can follow the link to get a copy of the paper.

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The Best Free Leadership Advice You'll Ever Get - Lolly Daskal | Leadership

The Best Free Leadership Advice You'll Ever Get - Lolly Daskal | Leadership | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
If you’re like most leaders, you’re always looking for ways to improve your leadership. People are constantly asking me what they can do to make their
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Some great, simple and easy to understand ideas Los how to improve or fine tune your leadership....

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Great Leadership: Teach Millennials how to use their Power

Great Leadership: Teach Millennials how to use their Power | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
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For most us leadership across the generational divide is real and here now.  Here's simple outline of things to consider when developing millennials.

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Deconstructing the development mindset | SmartBrief

Deconstructing the development mindset | SmartBrief | Leadership Thoughts From Forum NZ | Scoop.it
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We know that developing your people is critical for large number of reasons.  How do you make it happen?  Here are some suggestions that might help........

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