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3 Ways Responsive Leaders Learn to Lead Themselves

3 Ways Responsive Leaders Learn to Lead Themselves | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

While many leaders rely on proven past methods (often learned in B-school), others are taking new approaches that help them transcend what they already know. These fresh methods help them handle the day-to-day, while becoming responsive to other things that matter.


One of these “new” methods is a coaching approach that has been used with individuals, now making its way into the C-suite.


“The ‘coach approach’ asks leaders to define who they want to be at this moment and in the future,” says Jennifer Antolak, president of Learning Journeys, a life coaching academy. “And it’s about helping others understand that we support their choices.”

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

It's easy to lead others. But when today's business climate includes untimely squalls and unpredictable tsunamis, it's difficult to know how to lead yourself.

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Why Pope Francis Is So Effective: 8 Lessons for Every Leader

Why Pope Francis Is So Effective: 8 Lessons for Every Leader | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Pope Francis has approval ratings any leader could envy: 88 percent of American Catholics think he's doing a good job, and nearly three quarters of Americans in general view him with favor. What is he doing right?


To answer that question, business author Jeffrey A. Krames examined His Holiness's approach from a leadership perspective, and the result is Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis. Though a non-Catholic, Krames was inspired to write about the pontiff because he is the child of Holocaust survivors, he explains. "When I saw Pope Francis, I thought he was the anti-Hitler."


Here are some practices that make Pope Francis so effective--and that any business leader could use:

1. Reach out to non-customers.
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

With an 88 percent approval rating, he must be doing something right.

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Dialogue's curator insight, August 4, 2014 7:55 AM

Lesson 1 'reach out to non-customers'

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 4, 2014 12:24 PM

It is clear that the  Pope has been quite effective as a leader.  He has excelled at managing change, at aligning the Catholic Church with it core purposes, at creating processes and procedures that have helped the Church work better, and at engaging Catholics more comprehensively in their Church.  

Rick Garza's curator insight, August 5, 2014 6:29 AM

Sales Leaders - Take note.  Leading a 1.2 Billion size organization is no easy task.  Take a moment to see how it can be replicated for any size organization.

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Employee Engagement Survey: Engaging Employees for Happier Companies

Employee Engagement Survey: Engaging Employees for Happier Companies | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The role of co-workers in employee happiness continues to grow along with the need for increased transparency. Investors and efficient capital markets demand transparency and employees want the same from their leaders. An important part of transparency, is the communication and understanding of the company’s vision, mission, and values.


As the workplace becomes increasingly flat and decentralised, this puts a premium on stronger employee-to-employee relationships. HR and team leaders must prioritise recruiting talent that is collaborative and team-oriented.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Management transparency is the top factor when determining employee happiness. This finding surprised us too, with management transparency coming in at an extremely high correlation coefficient of .93 with employee happiness.

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CATHLEEN SLONE's curator insight, December 12, 2013 11:02 AM

Employee Engagement Survey: Engaging Employees for Happier Companies | #iinov8u #careers #engagement 

Paulette Steele's curator insight, August 5, 2014 9:37 AM

Employee engagement is vital to all businesses

Bettina Gifford's curator insight, August 5, 2014 6:11 PM

Interesting  infographic regarding the power of employee engagement 

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How To Eliminate Performance Reviews In Your Organisation

How To Eliminate Performance Reviews In Your Organisation | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Performance reviews don’t work. They are disliked by managers and employees alike. They are usually poorly written and disappear as soon as they are completed. Everyone knows this but most are not going to admit it.


Primarily, it’s because everyone agrees that employee feedback is important, but HR departments don’t always trust this exchange to happen without forcing everyone through a formal process. So they spend three months a year chasing up everyone in the organisation in a system that is often measured by quantity over quality. Some HR professionals even lose part of their bonuses if 100 percent of them are not completed in their business unit. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

One area frequently missed during performance feedback meetings is a discussion of the employee’s future. From an engagement perspective, discussing the future is more important than discussing the past and should be wrapped into your regular feedback discussions with your employees.

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Inside Why Good Employees Make Bad Decisions

Inside Why Good Employees Make Bad Decisions | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Character is the culmination of personality and experiences. Though character is generally stable, psychologists understand that all of us are susceptible to being "nudged" by our environments.


Listen to any well-respected CEO and she or he will place great emphasis on the company's working environment. A plethora of research shows that the people you work with and the culture you work around will affect your behavior, for better or worse.


In his book Behavioral Ethics in Organizations, Dr. Muel Kaptein gives an astute summation of the scientific literature that evaluates how different surroundings can affect decision making, a topic he first explored in a paper published by the Rotterdam School of Management.


His findings show that the leadership of the company, the values employees share, and the interaction among teams, if handled poorly, can all cause otherwise good people to make bad decisions.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Is it the culture, the time-crunch, or something else making your employees perform below their potential?

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10 Ways Companies Drive Away Talent

10 Ways Companies Drive Away Talent | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

It’s easy to talk about talent on a website or in a recruiting brochure. It’s easy to say “We value talent more than anything!”

 

Talk is cheap. Attracting talented people into an organisation and hanging onto them — now that’s another story.

 

Most employers, sad to say, do a better job of driving talented people away than reeling them in, both during the selection process and after the talented person comes on board as a new employee. They don’t do it intentionally, of course. They can’t see how their systems, policies and attitudes frustrate and repel great people. It starts with the ugly and tedious, Black Hole processes by which new employees get hired.


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

If there's one word that's almost certain to appear somewhere on every business's website, that word is talent. Companies of every size love to talk about talent!

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Mobilising your C-suite for big-data analytics

Mobilising your C-suite for big-data analytics | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Over the past 30 years, most companies have added new C-level roles in response to changing business environments. The chief financial officer (CFO) role, which didn’t exist at a majority of companies in the mid-1980s, rose to prominence as pressures for value management and more transparent investor relations gained traction.


Adding a chief marketing officer (CMO) became crucial as new channels and media raised the complexity of brand building and customer engagement. Chief strategy officers (CSOs) joined top teams to help companies address increasingly complex and fast-changing global markets.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Leadership-capacity constraints are undermining many companies’ efforts. New management structures, roles, and divisions of labor can all be part of the solution

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5 Ways To Conquer Pressure

5 Ways To Conquer Pressure | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Pressure and stress can be excuses for us falling short of our goals. Psychologist Bill Dyment, says we need to move past those rationalisations. A popular workplace psychology consultant for Fortune 500 companies and organisations of every kind, Dyment offers four steps for dealing with workplace-related pressure.


“One of the most helpful self-care perspectives is fully embracing the idea that it’s not your organisation’s job to manage your stress,” Dyment says. “This can be a difficult shift to make in our thinking, especially when we can clearly see that things at work should be different.”

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