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Unfortunately, you can't always avoid bad bosses, but recognizing what kind of monster (er, manager) you have on your hands, can equip you with the right tactics for dealing. Check out our guide to four common horrible bosses.
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from article : "No man ever steps in the same river twice; for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus.
Surefire tips for stamping out morale and making sure you get the least out of your employees....
Jake, a young marketing whiz, thought he’d found his perfect match in a well-funded technology startup in the academic sector. (It’s a real company, but I’ve changed all names.) For the first few months, Jake was in heaven: smart colleagues, plenty of autonomy, an open field of savvy customers looking for solutions in a hot sector, behind-the-curve competitors, and a terrific product he could sell with his heart.
The only problem was Lawrence, the startup’s CEO. Lawrence was brilliant, no doubt about it, and great when it came to dazzling the venture crowd. He’d step into a roomful of funders, deliver the gospel as he saw it, paint a thrilling picture of the company’s future, and walk away with bulging pockets.
But among his super-talented employees, most of whom had joined the company because they felt inspired by the service the company offered, Lawrence was known mostly as the “DM.” As in, “The DM’s in the building.” As in, “I’m psyched, but let’s see how the DM spins it.” Those initials? They stand for the demotivator....
If you seek to undermine your employees—or people in your division or your unit––these three practices will help guarantee your success.
Apply each daily, at work, and your productivity will increase and your work will improve.
17 useful leadership tips. I particularly like #3.
No matter how much pressure you’re under, or how tough a day you’ve had, always remember to take the time to step back from the grind and look at the good stuff.
Want To Lead? 4 Ways To Demonstrate Your Leadership Potential Today Forbes Not surprised? Me neither; I've been thinking, talking and writing about this for years.
Some useful points for aspiring leaders.
What are the effective leadership skills that allow leaders to get things done? Work ethic? Ability to communicate? Or dedication to a project or company?
If you ever wonder why we’re in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership.
Let’s start with what leadership is not: Leadership is not a monologue, a speech, a lecture or a filibuster. Leadership is not talking at or over people. Leadership is not sequestered, does not live in a bubble or operate in a vacuum. Leadership is not exclusive or arrogant. Leadership is not about the leader.
John Michel articulates it better than I can...
8 of the more unique characteristics of strong leadership ... many of which are not found on other traits lists.
Paul English, cofounder of Kayak, hated some of the performance reviews he got as an employee. So when he became a boss, he decided to do something about it.
Did you feel yourself awkward at performance reviews (either as a reviewer or as a reviewee)? One idea is linked to make it simpler and stronger... I'm not saying that's the only new only way we should... but I'm saying that it's interesting to read it and to think over how we are with all these... perhaps we might learn sometthing from it...:-)))
An excellent, candid approach to providing feedback.
Interesting approach to help get to the point when providing performance feedback to your people.
Insight, it might be worth trying this technique on yourself ... as a useful tool to self-assess and adjust your own leadership performance.
We all need a release....
Leadership can be puzzling. Leaders translate the deep picture, the values and the vision, into specific goals, objectives and practices. Leadership is all about making concepts and principles tan...
Leaders translate the deep picture, the values and the vision, into specific goals, objectives and practices. Leadership is all about making concepts and principles tangible; turning ideas into actions
Curious question ... although leaders do help pull all the pieces together, is it possible that sometimes even the leader doesn't quite have a sense of the big picture but inherently directs progress towards a yet-to-be-seen target?
Leadership is not a direct product of having a leader. Many leaders are there by appointment rather than quality. That is what makes it so puzzling at times.
How can you tell the difference between a "serving" or "self serving" leader?
We need more leaders who are willing to serve in their leadership.
Great question. That said, I would offer only those who serve their people and set them up for success are truly leaders.
That is, being self-serving is mutually exclusive to being a leader ... there's no such thing as a "self-serving leader" -- they are just "self-serving."
Ken Blanchard: The 4 Keys to Effective Leadership
Trust: The Currency Of Leadership Forbes The other day, a colleague invited me to teach a session in a leadership development program he was running for 30 senior executives from one of our client organizations.
Just as a thermostat must have an accurate thermometer, a leader must be able to honestly assess the current state of the organization in order to make corrections to the environment. However like a thermostat, a leader must also outline the steps necessary to change the climate of the organization toward the preferred future.
There are signs that we're ready to lead. You've just got to be willing to see them. See if you have any of these 21 signs you're ready to lead in your life
So, are you ready to lead?
I’ve come to notice some warning signs in my speech. These are words that help me identify when I’m not being a character-based leader. Whenever I use these words, I’m avoiding a character attribute that is valuable to me. For each one, I try to let them trigger me to change my thoughts and my behavior.
The 3 Warning Signs are “but”, “they”, and “need”.
1 and 2 are fairly easily visible, 3 could be a challenge to keep track. what do you think?
A very succinct article that gets the point across.
Good coach, listens, doesn't micromanage, help in the carrier of his people and some other good qualities... everybody knows them, right? Or?
key finidings on managemenmt fueled by data from Google. worth reading
A business is people and if you care about people you will yield extroadinary results.
The way we relate to one another at work is outdated. What we need in our workplaces is a major switch and shift in how managers and employees relate and work alongside one another.
We need to community build.
Pour Michel Serres, membre de l'Académie française et professeur à l'université Stanford, la véritable autorité est celle qui "grandit l'autre".
Dans un contexte économique difficile, la plupart des entreprises ne peuvent jouer sur les leviers classiques tels que la récompense financière pour préserver la motivation et l’engagement de leurs collaborateurs. Elles doivent donc trouver de nouveaux moyens pour attirer, mobiliser et garder les talents.
Public confrontation slams you in the face, sooner or later. The boss wants answers. “What happened and what are you doing about it?” Everyone tenses and waits.
From the article : "What you do during confrontation defines you."
Whether you are in a management position or play a leadership role in your organization, the challenges remain the same. New leadership skills are required for the workplace of today and the next decade. Not everyone chooses to lead – but everyone gets to choose who they want to follow. What do you look for in the leaders you follow?
I don't think leadership skills have changed. There has always been a need to collaborate, work as collectives, and let go of positions. What has changed is we are increasingly aware of these in an increasingly complex world.
There have been many, many debates over the question “What defines a leader?” But I’d like to offer a really simple explanation given to me..
A leader should have at least one follower
Even if that follower is you. That is an interesting way of seeing it.
Would you follow YOU? If not, stop and redefine your goals.
Decisiveness is a strength and weakness. I often hear complaints about bosses who can’t make decisions. Then there’s the leader who makes all the decisions. In both cases the results are the same. ...
Ten principles of servant leadership created by Robert K. Greenleaf. (Thought this went well with our current reading! http://t.co/YCnooRwbvV)
Excellent - leadership is associated with humility, and the pursuit of excellence. Great article....
Are you a servant leader?
Great points on Servant Leadership!
*** Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.
It's the most valuable attribute we're not teaching our high-potentials.
The crucible upon which #ServantLeadership is measured. #Humility