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Nine entrepreneurs explain how they built great teams.
Fourteen successful founders and CEOs share the most valuable advice they've ever received about leadership.
There are three kinds of people, said the sign on the wall of my dad’s coaching office:
Those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that don’t know what the heck happened.
This applies to Educational Leadership too, of course.
As Karen said a different way of capturing and curating your business stories. Anything that helps leaders to categorise and re-use and re-purpose stories the better. Make it easier and leaders will use stories more and more to engage their people. Nice one.
Julian Richer, founder of Richer Sounds, the largest independent HiFi and TV store in the UK, recently set the bar extremely high for C-level suite executives on how to improve employee engagement.
(From the article): Employee engagement is a critical aspect of your actual customer experience. As I said before, happy employees make happy customers. Without your employees on board, the customer experience you have in mind will stay right there, in your mind, ignored by the people that are supposed to actually do it.
Most small businesses that employ staff, find that the level of motivation in individuals can vary remarkably, and even for individuals their motivation levels can rise or fall dramatically over time.
Sometimes it is hard for business owners to understand what motivates or demotivates their employees, and given the complex science behind motivational theory, it is not surprising that articles on the subject can be very weighty and at times incomprehensible.
This excellent article, suggests that trust is the key factor in determining staff motivation, and it provides a simple infographic that very neatly sums up the whole subject to allow a better understanding of the basics of employee motivation.
Trust is certainly part of it...what else?
» 8 Tips for Having Uncomfortable Conversations | "…on the shoulder of giants."
Here is a great guide to leading beyond the challenges involved in having uncomfortable conversations from the fantastic leadership community called Lead With Giants on G+.
8 Tips for Having Uncomfortable Conversations
The business news continues to be full of stories of large companies getting into trouble in part because of their complexity.
So what is a leader to do when faced with a highly complex organisation and a nagging concern that the creeping costs of complexity are starting to outweigh the benefits?
Une approche intéressante des organisations...
If you don’t apply agility thinking to your leadership style you are robbing your organization of the opportunity to advance beyond its current constraints. Experimentation and learning do not require massive risk taking, all it take is a leap of faith.
Asset management programmes more often than not also need s bit of agile thinking.
Agile minds win
Thinking critically to penetrate complex problems and expanding possibilities by making fresh connections.
Understanding and relating to other people, as well as tough situations to harness and multiply collective performance.
Enjoying experimentation, being curious and effectively dealing with the discomfort of change.
Delivering results in first-time situations by inspiring teams, and exhibiting a presence that builds confidence in themselves and others.
Being reflective and knowing themselves well; understanding their capabilities and their impact on others.
Without question, the world of work today runs on social media in some shape or form. It has changed the nature of work, play, friendship, commerce, romance -- the list goes on and on. Where to begin?
Hard to believe but your normal is someone else’s WOW. Break out your go-to practices with new people in new places to unleash the power of normal.
In an organization built around perfection, you need to push people to say, "Bad news, I made a mistake." Only by surfacing mistakes can the organization stamp them out. In an organization built around exploration, on the other hand, people...
Every company has some kind of leadership development program, even if they don't realize it. Here are 4 steps to make it a program that really works.
Here's a story about a traditional boss who is a nice guy but is he a good leader? He tries to be fair minded, but reminds you in subtle ways he's the boss.
Mental toughness is not ignoring feelings or refusing to express them; instead, it is the emotional intelligence to perceive, use, understand, and manage them.
One: Keep it simple: Harry Kraemer explained in a world of complex challenges and opportunities strong leaders keep things simple. He made me think of something I love saying, “Any fool can make so...
The holiday season is my favorite time of year for two reasons: the holidays themselves and business planning. Proper business planning requires significant reflection, an activity that Lean Leaders embrace and do regularly and less effective leaders often skip.
It’s tough to plan for the future if you don’t have a deep understanding about the current state.
(From the article): Humility is vital for the practice of listening deeply. Hubris—the opposite of humility—is a sneaky disease that gives people a false sense of knowing. To listen deeply, one has to operate from a position of curiosity rather than a place of knowing. Probing, asking for evidence and examples, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes is the key to deep listening, which leads to deep understanding. And as we all know through studying and practicing the scientific method for problem solving, it’s tough to solve problems without deep understanding of the current state.
Are the troops pushing back on your solutions to problems? Learn four ways to overcome their resistance.
Several good tips on how to help overcome resistance to change
Here is a brief excerpt from an excellent article by Toni Bernhard for Psychology Today in which she explains how and why, when we get stuck in convergent thinking, we miss possibilities open to us...
Americans are no strangers to labor and have a culture of few vacations and work rigorous schedules. Vacation, something 23% of the workforce isn’t privy to, is something most people seldom take and this is beginning to take a toll on the work force.
Great infographic showing various impacts on the workforce and hence engagement.
This is an example of a quality infographic, informative, relevant and visual.
An experiment proves that a few differences in body language can make a huge difference in how well an audience takes in what a presenter says.
Excellent article on non-verbal communication. Here is a very interesting section:
Poor nonverbal communication class:
• “He just had random facts. I just didn’t really know where he got those from.”
• “I got distracted easily with doodling on my paper. I listened to the first half, but I don’t remember anything from the second half.”
• “I agree. I kind of wandered off. I tried focusing on the PowerPoint, but that was bad, too.”
So, next time you’re offering a presentation for a client or at a conference, remember you’re saying just as much with your body as you are with your mouth.
We're always exhibiting behaviour, worth thinking about how consciously we do it.
The next time you’re offering a presentation for a client or at a conference, remember you’re saying just as much with your body as you are with your mouth.
In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being.
Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”
Wow.... for several reasons the topics and the thing as a whole in this forty-something minutes are: wow... still digesting it, I can only tell you there is hope for a better world because there are people like him... who are not only like him but who - like him - are able to transfer their beings, their attitudes in a very efficient way... it's also full a lots cognitiv things as well... great guy... I will review this sometimes and already search for his books...:-)))
For leaders or for managers who want to be leaders, for supporters to better understand the human nature, and for everybody who simply wants to know more...
A must see video!!
I go the gym daily and on Sunday I decided to try something different and attended a class called Bosu Blast. Trying anything new is challenging but this workout was more daunting than I had expe...
While individuals are eagerly embracing new knowledge-sharing technologies, research from the Deloitte Shift Index suggests that outdated institutional structures continue to inhibit organizational knowledge flows.
Une nouvelle preuve qu'il nous faut changer nos méthodes de management et privilégier "resilience and learning over routine and the status quo" !
Why is change so hard for people and organizations? We have a world of knowledge about what works and what doesn't work. Yet, when we try to apply a change process to ourselves or our organization, we often have difficulty...
The 5 Levels of Leadership http://t.co/eIE3Ww3BVV
Pinnacle leaders stand out from everyone else. They are a cut above, and they seem to bring success with them wherever they go. Leadership at this high level lifts the entire organization and creates an environment that benefits everyone in it, contributing to their success. Level 5 leaders often possess an influence that transcends the organization and the industry the leader works in.
Are you aiming for the Pinnacle?