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Stop Burning Out Your Employees

A new study finds that the live-fast, die-young model of overworking employees doesn't pay off--even in the short term. Try these alternative ways to motivate your staff.

 

There's a certain glamour to burning the candle at both ends, living fast, working ridiculously hard, playing hard, and, perhaps, burning out young.

 

And it doesn't just apply to rock stars. It affects plenty of business owners too.

 

Sure, you know pushing your employees to work 60-plus hour weeks or to continually create without recharging their brains isn't sustainable, but perhaps you're calculating that the short-term gains from this big push will make up for the reduced productivity or staff-turnover costs down the line.

 

But if that's what you're thinking, according to new, in-depth research your math is wrong. The Towers Watson 2012 Global Workforce Study looked at 32,000 employees across 30 countries to see how engagement affects productivity (and profits) over the long haul. The HBR Blog Network summarizes the findings:

 

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Are You a Self-Aware Leader?

Are You a Self-Aware Leader? | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich says becoming more self-aware can lead to greater success in both your personal and work lives.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 27, 12:44 PM
I consider teaching and leading as being synonomous with each other. Being mindful, aware, and present are essential to both.
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EQ: Three Benefits of Emotional Intelligence for Today's Business Leaders

EQ: Three Benefits of Emotional Intelligence for Today's Business Leaders | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Not long ago, promotions went to employees with the most technical expertise. Companies bent over backward to gain specialized industry knowledge, so it made sense to promote based on its merit. But the times, as they say, are a-changin’. At a certain point in history, technical ingenuity began to take a back seat to interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence (EQ). In fact, a recent study by Harris Poll found that 77 percent of employers believe these “soft skills” are as important as talents directly related to specific job functions.

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The Two Sides of Servant Leadership

The Two Sides of Servant Leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it

When people hear the phrase servant leadership, they are often confused. These folks think you can’t lead and serve at the same time. Yet you can, if you understand that servant leadership consists of two parts:

A visionary/direction, or strategic, role—the leadership aspect of servant leadership; and

An implementation, or operational, role—the servant aspect of servant leadership.

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Five ways mindfulness can help you to be more creative

Five ways mindfulness can help you to be more creative | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Focusing on the present moment through the practice of mindfulness can help you and your team be more innovative. Here are some practical ways you can use mindfulness to develop creativity.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 3:47 PM
When I meditate, I get up and see the world differently than when I began. Being mindful is being present in new ways. I listened to students and parents differently.
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Why crisis management belongs in the executive suite

Why crisis management belongs in the executive suite | New Leadership | Scoop.it

For any leader who wants to crisis proof their organisation, read the 8 mistakes to avoid.

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Are you prepared for a corporate crisis? 

Are you prepared for a corporate crisis?  | New Leadership | Scoop.it

No one can predict when disaster will strike—but knowing what to expect if it does will buy precious time.

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How To Become An Innovative Leader

How To Become An Innovative Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Business organizations are looking for the next breakthrough. As a leader, they’re looking to you to be an innovative leader. The big question is: How do I become an innovative leader? That’s what we’re going to look at today. We’re going to see where innovation comes from and how you can use innovation in your leadership. […]

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How to Communicate Clearly During Organizational Change

How to Communicate Clearly During Organizational Change | New Leadership | Scoop.it

While sending the right signals to our followers is important at any time, it is especially important during times of strategic change, when followers are trying to make sense of a new “ask” from the organization, in the context of all the existing asks they are grappling with.

Why, then, is it so hard for leaders to send clear, effective signals to followers?

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Begoña Pabón's curator insight, June 17, 6:26 AM
En procesos de cambio y transformacion cultural es fundamental una comunicacion precisa, clara y adecuada por parte del lider del proceso ¿Sabemos que y como debemos comunicarnos?
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How to prepare employees for the unexpected

How to prepare employees for the unexpected | New Leadership | Scoop.it

In a changing environment, only open communications, decision-making and protocols can steer organisations away from damaging events. But how do you ensure a high level of transparency across your business?

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Taking a Top-Down, Bottom-Up Approach to Leadership

Taking a Top-Down, Bottom-Up Approach to Leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership works best as a partnership, with managers and direct reports working together toward achievement of company goals. It requires strong skills in goal setting, diagnosis, and matching for both manager and direct report.

But most organizations only focus on one half of that partnering equation, says Susan Fowler, a senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies.

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New Leader Checklist: 4 Questions to Ask if You Want to Lead Effectively

New Leader Checklist:  4 Questions to Ask if You Want to Lead Effectively | New Leadership | Scoop.it
When you ask these new leader questions, you will open doors, build trust, and connect with people in a way that will help you lead them effectively.

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What Male and Female Leaders Can Learn From Each Other

What Male and Female Leaders Can Learn From Each Other | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Sharing different leadership styles can be beneficial to everyone.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 5, 9:24 AM
And perhaps the most important piece of advice to female leaders that came from the survey was this -- “You can learn from anyone, male or female. You don’t have to listen to what male leaders tell you if you don’t think that’s the right thing. You don’t have to be a ‘good girl’ and do what you are told. Do what you think is right!”
 
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Determining How Fast or Slow To Make Decisions as a Leader | Ron Edmondson

As leaders, we constantly have to make decisions. Every day there are countless decisions made, which impact or teams and mission. Good leaders understand the ramifications of decision-making and learn to use this power wisely.

In my experience, usually there are two immediate considerations when I am presented with the the opportunity to make a decision – fast or slow. Is this something I can or need to decide quickly or is it something for which we should proceed cautiously? Some decisions can (and should) be arbitrary decisions – decisions made very quickly. Others need to be calculated decisions – decisions made much slower. Growing to understand which type of decision-making to use at a given time will help you make better decisions and ultimately be a better leader.

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Multispeed leadership - GlobalFocus

Multispeed leadership - GlobalFocus | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Claus Rydkjær and Tue Juelsbo outline how operating and leading at several different speeds simultaneously is necessary to succeed in an exponential world We all have an uncomfortable feeling that the world …

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How to be a thought leader (at the same time as everyone else)

How to be a thought leader (at the same time as everyone else) | New Leadership | Scoop.it

It’s about being known for your clever thoughts, rather than just being known. When you’re a thought leader, you have earned some genuine respect, and admiration which comes from being innovative and sincere. It’s all very inspirational, isn’t it?

Even more inspirational are the potentially massive business returns. If people admire what you have to say and look to you as an authority in your industry, they will invest in you and trust your brand – no matter if you’re a B2B or B2C organisation.

Now comes the hard part – being the innovative one who stands out over everyone else trying to be a thought leader at the same time. Luckily, we can help with that.

Here’s how to be a thought leader at the same time as everyone else:

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 26, 8:09 AM
Being known for your well written blog is one thing, but genuinely helping clients with your offering is even more important.
 
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How to Avoid Your Leadership Gap 

How to Avoid Your Leadership Gap  | New Leadership | Scoop.it
“Learning to recognize your leadership gap is the factor that determines your greatness as a leader.”
 

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 21, 8:07 AM
The Leadership Gap provides the antidote for leading on autopilot. Daskal provides the insight into our behaviors and beliefs that can if not managed properly can derail even the most talented and successful leaders. Confronting and avoiding our leadership gaps is the key to attaining long-term leadership success.
 
Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 23, 7:42 AM

happens more than you think... a disconnect between how a leader thinks people are experiencing their style vs.how they actually are experiencing it.

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3 Perspectives of Visionary Leaders

3 Perspectives of Visionary Leaders | New Leadership | Scoop.it
A vision is meaningless until other people come to see what you see.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 20, 7:47 AM
As a visionary leader, you need to be your organization’s oracle, driving its performance down a pioneering path into the future. To be a positive, transformational leader you need a clear vision if your organization is going to survive and thrive. But you and the vision are indistinguishable. Without a clear vision, you won’t last. And without a visionary leader, neither will the vision.
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"A vision is meaningless until other people come to see what you see".
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How to Handle Underperformers on a Team You Inherit

How to Handle Underperformers on a Team You Inherit | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Recently I was talking with a new manager about the team she had inherited. While she thought that most of the team members were doing a good job, she was concerned that one or two people were not pulling their weight. She wasn’t sure what to do about them. She was worried that if she fired these people, or even put them on notice, it would sink morale and others would worry about losing their jobs, too. She also didn’t want to come across as mean and insensitive so early on, because she wanted her team to like her. But she knew that if she didn’t do something, the team might not hit its goals.

These concerns probably sound familiar to any new manager. Suddenly, instead of focusing only on your own performance, you have to make sure that other people are performing. Instead of building relationships with one or two coworkers, now you have to think about how you relate to the whole team. It’s not an easy transition. In order to manage it successfully, there are two principles you should keep in mind.

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How to Recognize a Leader | Jesse Lyn Stoner

How to Recognize a Leader | Jesse Lyn Stoner | New Leadership | Scoop.it
How do you recognize a leader? Is it the person telling everyone what to do? Not necessarily. A police officer directing traffic is not a leader. Is it . . .

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Begoña Pabón's curator insight, June 17, 6:22 AM
No siempre el lider es el que ostenta el "titulo" oficial... ¿Sabemos reconocer a lideres en las personas de nuestra organizacion?
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8 Ways to Build a Scalable Business

8 Ways to Build a Scalable Business | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Imagine you single-handedly run a lemonade stand. You get 20 customers each day and have just the right amount of ingredients for a day’s commerce. Then, out of the blue, you get coverage from the…

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In business, success comes from ensuring that as your business grows, it doesn't collapse because it was not set up to be able to scale. Businesses that experience quick growth, when they are not ready for it, are the businesses most likely to fall by the roadside. This article provides some good ideas on how to prepare your business so that it can scale and grow successfully.

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Do business leaders really need empathy?

Do business leaders really need empathy? | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Putting yourself in someone else's shoes can leave you vulnerable to bias.But there’s actually something of a debate on about this. While the likes of Barack Obama speak of an ‘empathy deficit’ that needs to be resolved, and ITV chairman Peter Bazalgette writes of its virtues in his book The Empathy Instinct: How to Create a More Civil Society, others are not convinced.Yale psychologist Paul Bloom, for instance, calls empathy a terrible moral guide in his book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. For him:‘Empathy is biased, pushing us in the direction of parochialism and racism. It is short-sighted, motivating actions that might make things better in the short term but lead to tragic results in the future. It is innumerate, favouring the one over the many. It can spark violence; our empathy for those close to us is a powerful force for war and atrocity towards others. It is corrosive of personal relationships; it exhausts the spirit and can diminish the force of kindness and love.’

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12 Hard Things a Leader May Need to Say - And 5 Ways to Say Them - Ron Edmondson

12 Hard Things a Leader May Need to Say - And 5 Ways to Say Them - Ron Edmondson | New Leadership | Scoop.it
In any relationship, there comes a time where it’s necessary to say things, which are difficult to say, but needed to keep the relationship strong. And, to hopefully make it better. This is also true in a healthy team environment. All leaders have things they need to say, which are hard sometimes. For me personally, …

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 8, 9:08 AM
One of the most difficult times for me is addressing issues like this with a team member I genuinely care about, but I know it’s one of my roles as a leader to address these most difficult issues. But, that’s what we do as leaders – hard things (with grace and truth).
 
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To Be a Strong Leader, There Are 6 Things You Must Give Your People (Most Rarely Do)

The impact of work cultures on the bottom line is a hot business topic. More execs and HR leaders are connecting the dots on how an ecosystem of commonly held values, beliefs, and positive work behaviors drives engagement, innovation, and high performance.

Yet culture doesn't just happen. It takes visionary, servant leadership at the top creating the environment for intrinsically motivated employees to release discretionary effort.

These are selfless leaders who shine the spotlight on others instead of themselves. They have one thing in mind: How do I empower my tribe to reach their potential? You'll find that they are givers--in a personal, leadership, and organizational sense.


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Andrea Ross's curator insight, June 13, 6:19 AM

As leaders we can sometimes think we are too busy to consider the organisational health of the company as we can be consumed with bottom line results. This article reminds us all that commonly held beliefs, strong values and positive work behaviours do drive engagement and ultimately stronger results. If you like this article then do read The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni who focuses solely on the benefits of building a cohesive leadership team who cited "The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organisational health". Happy Reading and Happy Holidays.