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Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults

Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults | New Leadership | Scoop.it
A lack of trust is at the heart of the workplace issues in places like Yahoo and Best Buy.
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donhornsby's curator insight, March 14, 2013 1:55 PM

(From the article): Every one of these people is highly productive. I do have moments when I find myself wishing all of our team members were in the office more, and even wondering what they're doing when I haven't heard from them.

 

When those feelings arise, I take a deep breath and remind myself that my colleagues are adults, capable of making their own decisions about how best to get their work done, and that all good relationships involve some compromise.

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Top 20 Tips to be the Best Project Leader 

Top 20 Tips to be the Best Project Leader  | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Susanne Madsen is a project leader coach, trainer and consultant in London. She is the author of the books: The Project Management Coaching Workbook and The Power of Project Leadership. Based on her experience during the years with her own business, in addition to 17 years in the corporate sector, Susanne gives you her top 20 tips for you to be the best project leader ever.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 29, 4:55 AM

It's not rocket science - it never is - but theses are really good change manager tips!

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The Worst Boss I Ever Had

The Worst Boss I Ever Had | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Bad bosses are a big deal. They make it almost impossible for you to actually enjoy your job, and are plain incompetent. From the borderline inappropriate work scenarios to the woefully offensive moments, Insights shares some of the wackiest tales of horrible bosses

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5 Tips To Successfully Transition From Rookie To Leader

5 Tips To Successfully Transition From Rookie To Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it

In the same way people without children can’t really know what it’s like to have kids until they do, you can’t really know what it’s like to be a leader until you actually lead. Even in organizations that invest in leadership development struggle with helping new leaders fully comprehend what it means to lead.

Leadership programs often emphasize the operational mechanics of leading – planning, organizing, budgeting, or content that leans more toward management, such as delegating, time management, and giving feedback. What most leadership programs neglect to cover, but that new leaders quickly discover, is that leadership is massively freakin’ hard.

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3 Steps To Expand The Curiosity Quotient In Your Team

3 Steps To Expand The Curiosity Quotient In Your Team | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Within every team or company is the potential to expand the curiosity quotient—and, as a result, increase creativity and potentially company performance. In fact, research from Oregon State University has found that people who showed strong curiosity traits—or an interest in exploring and learning new things—on personality tests performed better on creative tasks. They also were more likely to come up with creative solutions to problems.
 
Business leaders who nurture these leadership traits will develop more forward-thinking managers and more innovative employees. Here are three steps to foster a sense of curiosity and creativity:

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Why Your Staff Are Hiding Their Mental Illness From You

Why Your Staff Are Hiding Their Mental Illness From You | New Leadership | Scoop.it
OFTEN CONSIDERED THE LAST GREAT TABOO IN THE WORKPLACE, MOST EMPLOYEES WILL NOT DISCUSS A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM WITH THEIR MANAGER
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7 Tips That Can Increase Influence as a Leader  

7 Tips That Can Increase Influence as a Leader   | New Leadership | Scoop.it

As a leader, from time to time, we may find ourselves within certain situations where we want to influence or inspire greatness within others within our own team towards a targeted improvement. However, for whatever reason, through either difficulty of our own, the difficulty of the other person, or just simply difficulty of the situation itself, we may have problems carrying this motion out within ourselves. That’s okay, though. We, as leaders, can always problem solve through any difficulty. There are reasons listed below that can help any person or leader promote their team’s productivity by using different methods of inspiration based on the targeted person’s temperament and character. Each leader, themselves, will have to analyze which points would be best used within his or her own life situations.

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The Characteristics of A True Leader

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What makes a great leader? When we look at people the whole world admires like Steve Jobs or Richard Branson or even throughout history like Winston Churchill or Henry Ford we can see that they are very different people with different personalities; however, they do share some significant qualities that define them as game changers in their respective fields. And this is true for all leaders whether it is a local corner store shop or a global business.

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6 ways to foster leadership in your team

6 ways to foster leadership in your team | New Leadership | Scoop.it
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts … it is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” ~ Chris Hadfield

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Here are six jobs great leaders do every day in the pursuit of top-performing players.
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Three Crucial Advantages of Multicultural Management Teams

Three Crucial Advantages of Multicultural Management Teams | New Leadership | Scoop.it


International experience and insight matter far more than what it says on your passport.

While many large companies are multinational, most of the top management teams (TMTs) in these companies are not. They tend to be dominated by executives with a connection to the home country of the company. Attention is paid to gender diversity, but cultural diversity is often ignored.

One must first agree that there are some benefits to having mono-cultural TMTs (all coming from the same nationality and speaking the same language). Since mono-cultural teams share assumptions, world views and language, communication between them is efficient. This speeds up decision making and reduces conflict among team members. Anyone who has participated in culturally diverse teams has encountered problems on these fronts.

Benefits of cross-cultural teams surpass drawbacks only when the organisation has multinational operations. In this context, cross-cultural teams have three crucial advantages:

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Lessons in courage – how women make big decisions 

Lessons in courage – how women make big decisions  | New Leadership | Scoop.it
An ongoing study of women’s careers reveals one big lesson: be fearless
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Five Skills To Help You Pioneer The Shift Toward Transformational Leadership

Five Skills To Help You Pioneer The Shift Toward Transformational Leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it
The old paradigm of barking instructions at and giving orders to others is being replaced by a movement toward transformational leadership.

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The 5 Communication Habits All Leaders Need to Motivate a Team

Good communication is certainly a strong leadership trait. But what exactly does that look like?

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Executing strategy: the four stages of success  

Executing strategy: the four stages of success   | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you have the right structures, processes and people to support your strategy?
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Failing to Use Your Power Leads to These 3 Big Problems

Failing to Use Your Power Leads to These 3 Big Problems | New Leadership | Scoop.it

I have an uncomfortable relationship with power. We’ve known each other since back in the day, and over the years there have been times when we’ve barely said hello to one another, and other times when we’ve been best buds. Whether our relationship has been virtually non-existent or whether we’ve hung out quite a bit together, I’ve always felt a bit awkward around power. I guess you could describe my relationship with power as, well, complicated.

I want to use power wisely and for the benefit of others, but at times I’m hesitant to fully embrace it for fear people will think I’m being egotistical or bossy. I’ve been learning I need to move beyond that self-limiting belief because neglecting to appropriately leverage power can lead to several unintended problems:

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Why effective leaders must manage up, down, and sideways  

Strong team leadership isn’t enough. New research shows the importance—for business impact and career success—of also mobilizing your boss and colleagues.

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Communication Strategies: Engage Employees In Candid Conversations

Communication Strategies: Engage Employees In Candid Conversations | New Leadership | Scoop.it

If you’re like most managers, you know the frustration of realizing something is preventing an employee from performing better or is damaging morale, but don’t know what it is. Maybe you tried to find out from the employee or your team, and got nowhere. Maybe you haven’t tried because you believe nothing good would come from having such conversations.

Chances are, you’re not getting the information you want because employees are not having candid conversations with you. They’ve been around long enough to know the potential downside of giving your boss negative feedback or expressing discontent. So instead, they “suck it up” and soldier on…while becoming less engaged and less productive.

You can correct this unproductive situation by making it explicitly clear to employees that you are willing to talk about issues they might think are forbidden territory. You do this by “mentioning the unmentionable.”

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | 9 Ways A Leader Can Earn Trust

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | 9 Ways A Leader Can Earn Trust | New Leadership | Scoop.it
The conditions for trusting someone are very personal. In fact, despite how logical your assessments regarding trustworthiness may seem to you, it’s important to remember that not everyone takes the same approach. Some of us grant trust and take it away when someone does not live up to our standards or expectations. Others believe trust must be earned. Many of us fall somewhere in between.

Also, consider that some approach trust as a feeling, using their intuition as their guide in whether to trust someone or not.

However, one thing is certain when it comes to earning trust as a leader: your actions speak far more loudly than your words.



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David Hain's curator insight, April 20, 2:43 AM

@SusanMazza knows that trust is the most valuable currency a leaders can purchase and spend!

donhornsby's curator insight, April 20, 9:42 AM
We use the excuse of having to go to so many meetings or back to back meetings not only as a reason for being late, but for not preparing adequately. As John Wooden said: “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” It also wastes people’s time, including yours. If you waste my time, how likely am I to trust you with something else that matters to me?
 
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 22, 8:01 AM

Can trust be formulaic?  What do you think?

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Change your habitual behavior to become a better leader – Aspire-CS

Change your habitual behavior to become a better leader – Aspire-CS | New Leadership | Scoop.it

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How Can You Spot a Really Good Leader? They Do Any of These 7 Things Daily

How Can You Spot a Really Good Leader? They Do Any of These 7 Things Daily | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Can you imagine working for someone in a high-level leadership role, perhaps a CEO, and suddenly it dawns on you: This person isn't leadership caliber.

Your next thought may be, How in the world did he (or she) make it this far up the ladder?

It's a fair question. People are promoted into leadership roles every day who have no business belonging there.

Sometimes it's political; other times it's the easier choice--promote from within and avoid the high cost of recruitment--but a bad choice, nonetheless.

The biggest challenge leaders face is performing to the set standards of the best in the business. This means raising the bar really high--as the ten hugely successful CEOs I wrote about recently have done.

In the end, you'll find the leadership journey is predicated on two things that drive success: Results and relationships. You can't have results at the expense of people. And serving your tribe well without getting results is merely putting lipstick on a pig.


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 24, 1:00 AM
I guess this says it all! Leadership is not everybody's cup of tea! The biggest challenge faced in leadership positions is to perform to a very high set of standards.However, all is not lost for those who are struggling with leadership roles, as they can always make use of some of the tips given in this article!
 
Susan Claudia Freeman's curator insight, April 24, 11:49 AM
There are remarkable differences between LEADERS and MANAGERS...
 
Lisa Gorman's curator insight, April 25, 12:23 AM

www.inc.com provide us with some useful ideas here about what 'really good' leaders to at work.  I've been thinking about the strategies offered; 1. giving feedback 2. regular team planning sessions 3. conducting stay interviews 4. recognition & appreciation 5. freedom to make decisions 6. allowing people to take on new responsibilities 7. open-door policy.  All of these rely on the fundamentally critical technical skill of being able to give and receive feedback and the heart-connected qualities that allow people to thrive because you want them to do their best.  For me, really good leaders empower people to succeed.  Allowing freedom is great, but to do this without building trust and sound relationships first, could be an action taken too soon. Interesting topic!  

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How to build an Effective Team: focus on just 3 things

How to build an Effective Team: focus on just 3 things | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Being proficient in managing yourself is one thing, inspiring and developing those qualities, essential for success, within a diverse team can be quite another, significant challenge. One secret strategy for building an effective team is to focus your attention on just three key areas – leadership, ownership and relationships – to transform a struggling team into an effective one.

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Strategy Is Not About The Competition 

Strategy Is Not About The Competition  | New Leadership | Scoop.it
As an inherently competitive species, we are greatly tempted to think of business as war or sport where one’s gains can only come at the expense of our rivals—where winning means the other guy is losing. (Or as Genghis Khan is often quoted: “It is not enough that I succeed. Everyone else must fail.”) Indeed, there are strong motivational benefits to rallying around “beat Coke” if you are Pepsi, “buy Detroit” if you are Chrysler, or a “holy war with Google” if you are Apple. But such “strategies” will only be successful if they spur their organizations to bring better products and total value propositions to their target customers.
Business is not war or sport. Strategy in business is different than strategy in war and sport. It’s not about competitors. It’s about the customer, your value proposition, and the capabilities you need to deliver it better than anyone else. It’s that simple—and that difficult.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 19, 5:16 AM

Some useful thoughts on strategy formulation!

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Leadership Transparency: How a Coach Can Help

Leadership Transparency: How a Coach Can Help | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Clarifying what you expect of yourself and of others and then sharing this information as your Leadership Point of View helps you and your team succeed together. It accelerates the process of helping people learn what makes you tick and brings about greater alignment faster. Creating an intentional vision also allows leaders to demonstrate consistency between their values, their words, and their actions.

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Motivation for leaders: Seven proven levers | London Business School

Motivation for leaders: Seven proven levers | London Business School | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders are responsible for creating an environment people can succeed in.

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How to Unlock the Full Potential of Diverse Teams

How to Unlock the Full Potential of Diverse Teams | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Organizing around a common purpose and sharing leadership encourages people to bring their authentic selves to work.

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The three stages of leadership | London Business School

The three stages of leadership | London Business School | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Your leadership journey is unique to you, but there are three distinct stages almost every leader will go through on their way to the top. The best ones make moving through the levels look easy. But it isn’t.
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