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7 Marks of Engaged Leadership

7 Marks of Engaged Leadership | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
Disengaged leaders lead by decree. The ability to calculate percentages isn’t leadership. It doesn’t take a college education to raise last quarter’s results by 5% and call it next quarter’s goal. ...

Via Bobby Dillard
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Engaged employees like to work for engaged leaders.  Another reminder that we must lead people....not numbers! 

Next time you are giving feedback to another employee, focus on the person, not the number... they will be more motivated to find a path to improvement. 

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Darrin J Wikoff's curator insight, June 20, 10:31 AM

Setting strategy, defining objectives, building plans that are not aligned with the common belief and value systems is the definition of "disengaged leadership".  I agree that Leaders must create new mental models and inspire new value systems in order to drive change...but they can't do it in isolation.  The "do-tell" method doesn't apply here.  Leaders must engage and be engaged.  Leaders must recognize when it's best to follow...and be the First Follower.

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10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

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Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about talent, only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected talent departures. With all the emphasis on leadership development, I always find it interesting so many [...]
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As leaders we sometimes tend to not learn from past experiences, when we should be looking to learn why something happened so we can use those lessons to help shape the future.


This article articulates some reasons that top talent leaves an organization.  These departures are costly to any organization as there is a loss of knowledge and skill that it will take time to train others to fill.


There are ten failures listed.  For a quick snapshot of where you or your organization stand, consider the reasons that the employees who left your organization in the past year left.  Count how many of these reasons were in play.   


As you look at these reasons, consider your plan to assure that top talent doesn't leave.

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What it Takes to Execute a Visionary Idea Successfully

You've got a great vision, but will you fall short of making it happen? These core building blocks will get you on your way!
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Are you a frustrated visionary?  Here are some steps to focus no to help you execute on a vision.  


Articulating your why, finding others that believe, providing tools and inspiration..... 


Sounds easy enough.  Consider a deep self evaluation in each area and map out what your next steps should be.

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Ignite! Newsletter, Leadership, Ken Blanchard

Leadership focused articles, resources, and events from The Ken Blanchard Companies.
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Not making progress with employee engagement?   Ken Blanchard shares information about making headway to improve employee engagement. 

 

The information in the side bar on the 12 employee work passion factors is powerful and sustinct by covering these factors in three areas, Organizational, Job, and Relationships. 

 

As you read this information, identify one factor in each area that may be the gap that you should focus on.  Once you have identified the gap, write down one action you can take to improve that area and discuss those with your boss.

 

Make the commitment to improve... and you will!

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Rochelle Barker's comment, September 9, 4:04 PM
Chris, thank you for sharing this!! Based on some recent conversations, the timing of this resource couldn't be more perfect.
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10 Leadership Techniques That Do Not Work

Want to become a better leader? Don't make the same mistakes I made.

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These are 10 areas that we can learn from.  Some that resonate loudly include:


 Amazing leaders teach their team and help them learn from the failures.


A leader should always be curious and not have to feel like he/she is the smartest person in the room.


 Don't hesitate to share any information that team members could use to make them more proficient at their jobs. Sometimes you're going to have to trust your team.


Take a deep dive into each of these techniques... do you tend to use some of them?  If so, what steps might you take to shift to something that might be more successful?

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The Power of Empathy: Leadership and Listening : HRVoice.org

The Power of Empathy: Leadership and Listening : HRVoice.org | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
The Power of Empathy: Leadership and Listening

Amidst a wealth of facts and findings, one stood out of particular importance —only 25 per cent of job-related success results from “skills and smarts”.

A full 75 per cent of success is being generated by each individual’s level of optimism combined with the depth, breadth and meaningfulness of their relationships.


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"...true leadership is not about emulating the greatest leader we know—it’s about unleashing the best version of the most authentic and unique person that resides within each of us."


This is a powerful statement from the end of this article that covers a wide variety of suggestions to help increase awareness and impact empathy.  


St.-Jean points out that the Center for Creative Leadership highlights four indicators of empathy among successful leaders:

  • being sensitive to signs of overwork in others;
  • showing interest in the needs of others;
  • being consistently willing to help; and
  • the ability to convey compassion.


Building you skills of listening and responding to others in the workplace helps make a leader successful.


Note, especially the idea of leadership agility and how improvisational skills help fill this gap.

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The latest insight from Acumen Learning…

The latest insight from Acumen Learning… | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
While growing by 1% sounds measly. Wal-Mart would have to increase their sales by $5B to grow by just one percent. Learn more…
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Need a great discussion outline to help understand the power of 1% growth in an organization?  Building Business Acumen provides this interesting comparison...California growing by 1% would be like having the entire city of Pittsburgh, PA move to the west coast.


1% doesn't seem like much until you start considering what that really translates to.


What would it take?

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Don't Just Let an Employee Leave!

At a recent women business owner conference, I participated in a roundtable with other women entrepreneurs to discuss common challenges.
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Often we miss the opportunity for continuous growth and improvement.  When an employee leaves, that is one of those times that we need to sit up, ask questions, listen, and take note of items that we might would like to change.


Recognizing the cost of getting new employees to a productive level or the value of the organizational knowledge that an employee develops over time should help motivate us to want to understand the "why" behind someone leaving our company.


This article sets our some great questions that will help determine what we as leaders in our organization can do to keep our employees.  


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Robin Williams: Cinematic Mentor

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Part of the comedian’s legacy lives in the lessons he taught as an on-screen mentor to his co-characters as well as his audiences.
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Two of Robin Williams' roles give some insight into mentor relationships.

 

In "Dead Poet's Society", Williams plays John Keating who takes on a mentor role to a number of students and a private school.  Williams' portrayal of Keating focused on the unorthodox style of teaching that challenged his students to think for themselves.  He also recognizes and encourages the students to discover their personal journey and celebrate diversity.


In "Good Will Hunting", Williams' character Sean Maguire has another style of mentoring that focuses on the individual and displays that great mentors see differences in perspective and use them to help their mentees thrive.  Mentors need to also recall that no one can follow the exact path that they took...they need to help by pushing their potential successors to see past their current job when seeking development.


Both characters in these movies were flawed, dealing with their own issues, and the focus becomes how to recognize these areas and how to thrive despite them.  This sets the example for the people a strong mentor leads.


The article makes an additional excellent point, Mentors focus on the future and the present.


The death of Robin Williams is tragic and his talents will be missed.  We are fortunate to have these videos to learn from. 

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Leadership is a Contact Sport: Respond – WABC Blog

Marshall Goldsmith is a proud member of and partner with the WABC. In both 2011 and 2013 he was ranked as one of the Top Ten Business Thinkers in the World – and the highest ranking executive coach – at the biennial ...
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A great video explanation of how to respond to 360 feedback from one of the experts in the field.


Take heed... it may not be what you expect.

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Improving Your Odds for Change | Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog

Improving Your Odds for Change | Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog | Leading Employees | Scoop.it

If you want to change anything about yourself, the best time to start is now. Ask yourself, “What am I willing to change now?” just do that. That’s more than enough. For now.

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This is Marshall Goldsmith's blog on the importance of involvement and change.  In the video message (which may be content blocked if you are viewing behind a firewall) discusses the importance of gaining the involvement of others in your process to change... and that you have to follow up and stick with it to make the change.

 

This is one in a series of videos and articles that you may want to follow on your own.  It is highly valuable information and is easily accessible from your personal computer or mobile device. 

 

Read, watch, and grow. 

 

What are you willing to change now?

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Why the Best Leaders are Servants, Not Kings

Leaders must empower their people, not just command them.
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Are you a sherpa leader?     How do you lead your team?

This article points to five powerful lessons borrowed from those tough-as-nails, yet compassionate, expedition leaders.



One of these lessons is to be a good listener.

Are you so busy talking that you fail to listen to others?  It's hard to build relationships that way.  Great leaders listen intensely and speak thoughtfully.

Read more: http://www.inc.com/josh-linkner/why-the-best-leaders-are-servants-not-kings.html#ixzz38tbA2hDk
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How to Know if You've Been Blindsided by Data

How to Know if You've Been Blindsided by Data | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
To paraphrase the Scottish poet Andrew Lang, don't use data as a drunken man uses a lamp post -- for support rather than illumination....
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Quantitative data is important and it can certainly shed some light into areas that might be interesting to understand better.  At times, we tend to get stuck with this data and forget that it is only a part of the story.  Some companies are shifting away from "metric only" objectives and focusing on behaviors of employees.  


This article points out that we can analyze employee performance and team dynamics most effectively when we look at the data as well as gaining the bigger picture through discussions and deeper understanding in how our employees feel.


Business people, the article notes, tend to disconnect from their emotions, preventing them from developing the types of strong relationships that make the best teams thrive.  


Consider how having conversations with employees can address concerns or gaps in performance before there is a complete breakdown.  These open conversation keeps us from being blindsided by results and creates a company of thriving individuals.  

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John Creamer's comment, July 30, 11:49 AM
Excellent points. I believe the communication aspect is the most important element. By communicating about anomalies in data, everyone learns about the various behaviors reflected in the quantitative analysis. It does not answer all the questions, but will speed up the reaction time to problems.
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How to Effectively Network in the 21st Century

Real world and digital networking are often perceived as being at odds. But that couldn't be further from the truth.
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Oh the webs we weave...

Building a network of people that you can reach out to for information, support, discussion, etc, has traditionally been done through live, face to face interactions.  Now we have the web available and can utilize it to weave a network together.  This article suggests the obvious, but not ver often implemented practice of leveraging both.  Enjoy the article and then build your network by sharing it with someone else.

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Traits of a Motivated Leader

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If there is one trait that virtually all effective leaders have, it is motivation – a variety of self-management whereby we mobilize our positive emotions to drive us toward our goals. Motivated
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Motivation, Daniel Goleman writes, is "a variety of self-management whereby we mobilize our positive emotions to drive us toward our goals."


How do you identified motivated individuals?  How do you keep motivated individuals engaged?


The article provides some good insights that will help you shape motivation in your organization.

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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet [...]
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Great leaders allow talent to shine.  Here, there are brief looks at some tools to use as leaders.  Some of these are recurring themes, which we continually should work on.  As you read the article, consider which might provide a good opportunity for your growth.


Emotional intelligence, continuous learning, providing context, letting go, being honest, kind, respectful.  Collaboration, partnering with your people, 


Leadership is both an art and a science. These tools are guidelines, not rigid rules. Everyone has to develop his or her own individual leadership style. Make these tools a part of your arsenal and use them well as you strive to reach people on an emotional level. 

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How To Be A Good Leader? Get Real

How To Be A Good Leader? Get Real | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
Labor Day’s coming up. To me, national holiday not only reminds me of honoring the workforce (which we’ve been doing as a nation since 1894), it also signifies the start of a new season. I may have left my school days behind, but that feeling of sharpening my pencils for [...]
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Meghan Brio points to some specific success factors that resound in leading people.  According to Meghan, good leadership:


...is authentic,

...wants its workforce to win and be happy,

...truly collaborates and focuses on their people....


A good reminder for leaders.

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The Dullest, Most Vital Skill You Need to Become a Successful Manager

The Dullest, Most Vital Skill You Need to Become a Successful Manager | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
The exemplary manager is often shown delivering a rousing speech that inspires her troops to achieve ever greater heights. But the truth is a lot less exciting than that.To three highly effective and
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The communication skill that flexes based on who, what, and how you are communicating the information.  Writting skills have been diluted as people press to share information in a few number of characters (twitter).

 

Why is it important?  Accountability, coherence of thought and planning, and commitment...  These three explations might re-frame how you see the necessity of writting well.

 

One comment added this great reminder from Blaise Pascal:

"I have made this [letter] longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter"

 

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ID and Other Reflections: Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning

ID and Other Reflections: Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning | Leading Employees | Scoop.it

A Blog about learning, learning organizations and other miscellaneous musings...

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In this blog post, there is an in-depth discussion of Micro-learning.  

Micro-learning is breaking learning into relatively small chunks that tie nicely into mediated collaborative environments.


Providing the learner with "learning on the go" means we need to be able to provide in small learning units that work for the individual.  These units should address the specific need without branching to other areas.  


Short bursts of content curated or created by users are part of the micro-learning discussion also.  Feedback on the job...micro-learning.


Micro-learning is an important aspect of the personalizing learning where one size fits one.  


Do we need to shift from our traditional instructional design and delivery methods?

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Bring Out the Best in Your Team

Bring Out the Best in Your Team | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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A study of teams working together to solve problems indicate that the importance of truly working as a team.   Three different dynamics were observed, some teams was provided no guidance, some teams asked each individual to come up with information on their own and then bring it t the team, and finally, some teams compiled the information as a group.


The result... The teams that inventoried their member's knowledge as a group were more likely to devise strategies for solving the problems.


The lesson:  encourage teams to assess members' knowledge and discuss its relevance to the task as a group.

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Respond: Leadership Is a Contact Sport | Human Capital League

Respond: Leadership Is a Contact Sport | Human Capital League | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith was selected as one of the 10 Most Influential Management Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50 in both 2011 and 2013. He was also selected as the World's Most Influential Leadership Thinker in 2011.
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Ben Franklin said, “Never ruin an apology with an excuse."


Many of us have difficulties with apologies.  They tend to end up becoming excuses which don't really benefit or enhance an apology.  


Remember that time your co-worker said they were sorry for <insert incident here> but that <insert excuses here> made them do it?  It's like the old Flip Wilson skit where the "Devil made me do it".  


In the end,  whatever the reason, if we are sorry and feel we should apologize, then apologize, acknowledging what you did then move on.    


Thanks for another fine reminder Dr. Goldsmith.

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The Skill that Separates | Entrepreneur

The Skill that Separates | Entrepreneur | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
Marshall Goldsmith. Marshall Goldsmith is an executive educator, coach and million-selling author of numerous books, including the New York times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There.
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The skill that separates is one that we should make use of often.   The more you subsume your desire to shine, the more you will shine in the other person’s eyes.


Listening is so very important to connecting with others.  This article has an interesting exercise to try.   How well do you listen?  Can you turn other things off to focus on what the other person is saying?


I made it to about the count of 31 before being distracted.  I will keep practicing until I reach 50...how about you?  

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The Importance Of Perspective-Taking In Leadership

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Whether you’re selling a product, pitching an idea, or trying to get employees to do something different or do something in a different way, perspective-taking has become an essential element in moving others.

 

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Carol Rine, Bobby Dillard
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Before you link to this article, try this experiment:


First, with the hand you use for writing, snap your fingers five times quickly. Now, with the forefinger of that hand, on your forehead draw a capital E. Believe it or not, how you drew that letter might reveal how you act as a leader.


This article by Daniel Pink provides some good insight on the importance of perspectives in leadership.  The three suggestions that will help you be more effective can be summed up in checking your power, head & heart, and mirror.

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 12:39 PM

There's no doubt that leaders who fully appreciate their organization's  and their followers perspectives will be much more effective. It is after all, what defines their job. 

David Jardin's curator insight, August 16, 12:40 PM

Perspective enhances relationships when it lets us see past WHAT someone did to help/anger/hurt/etc. to understand WHY they did it.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 26, 10:25 PM

Succinct and helpful ideas to think about for any leader. 

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3 Things Failing Miserably Teaches You About Leadership

Skip the painful process of falling flat on your face and learn these important lessons from one CEO who has stumbled badly.
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Failing is full of opportunity to learn.  This article points out that stubling at your job is only a stumble and as long as you figure out what you stumbled upon and do something about it, you can move forward.

 

The three lessons noted by James Altucher might sound familiar...

Yes and... Storytelling... and Leading self.

 

How are your skills in each of these areas?  Do you keep these top of mind as you go through your day? 

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How to Think on Your Feet Under Pressure: 6 Tips

Does your mind ever go blank when put on the spot? Here's how to have a brilliant answer every time.
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You're on your way through the building and happen to run into the Chief Whatever in your organiztion.  You have met this person before and it is an opportunity for you to interact with them one on one... what do you do? 

 

Many people freeze... or ramble... neither is very impressive to others.

 

This article by Christina Desmarais gives some good tips to thinking on your feet, especially when under pressure.  The first tip is to not just start talking! 

 

"I find most people from their anxiety just launch into what Michael Scott on 'The Office' amusingly referred to as an 'improversation,' which is a conversation where I start the sentence and I have no idea where it's going,"

 

Personally, I am going to focus on storytelling and preparation.  How about you? 

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Handling Underperformers – Turn Your Poorest Performers into Superstars - Leaders Edge Inc.

Handling Underperformers – Turn Your Poorest Performers into Superstars - Leaders Edge Inc. | Leading Employees | Scoop.it
Handling underperformers isn't easy, but if you do it well, you can turn your most troubled employees into superstars. Find out how to get started.
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How do you interact with underperformers? 

 

This article by Joanne Trotta discusses that fact that handling underperformers is one of the most important responsibilities of a leader of people.  She provides a shortlist of common reasons employees might not be working up to their potential.  Fears & insecurities, Confirmation biases, Negative workplace culture…note that none of these are centered on the inability or lack of skills needed to perform.

She goes on to say that :

“…until I showed some empathy and put myself in that person’s shoes – I couldn’t really have a breakthrough with that individual because trust was missing.”

 

Focus on tapping into your empathy.  Once you can connect with your people by showing empathy and vulnerability, you can turn weaknesses into strengths.

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