The self-defense instructor taught us to escape first. But if you can’t escape, put your back up against the wall or find a corner to stand in. Attackers can’t surround you – vulnerabilities diminish by 50 and 75 percent, respectively.
Every leader has been up against the wall. What was it like?
It should come as no surprise that happy and healthy employees are more productive employees. However finding a happy and healthy employee is an extremely difficult process in these recessed times. Not only are employers having a difficult time sourcing and selecting happy and healthy employees, job seekers are having an equally difficult time finding happy and healthy work environments.
Sacrifice on the job can take many shapes. There's intensity: long hours, pressure, being on call when you're not at work, and up-or-out evaluation systems. Business travel can be physically demanding and make it hard to have a personal life.
When CEOs describe what they want most in people they hire, they consistently talk about honesty and integrity. Among the leadership competencies that we measure, honesty and integrity have consistently received high scores, putting them at the first or second position in comparison to everything else.
One of the fundamental principles of good leadership is the willingness to treat others with respect. Our ability and courage to speak honestly with one another is most certainly at the heart of treating one another with respect.
Just how many types of stories are there? The answer is, as usual, it depends who you ask. Various storytelling aficionados categorize stories in different ways, and there are no hard and fast rules.
These 5 broad categories and the examples shared in each are really good and will build a good foundation for leadership storytelling. According to Paul Smith in his forthcoming book on leadership storytelling "Lead With A Story" (August 20112), there are actually 21 different categories/applications for leaders to know about and use.
Zen Buddhism has a lot to offer HR—no matter what religion you practice (or don’t). The centered, meditative, and thoughtful teachings of Buddhism are a great way to remind ourselves what is important and how to best grow ourselves and the strength of our organization.
Consider this collection of Buddhist wisdom and what we might learn (and pass on) from it.
Accountability is about personal ownership for the results in one’s world – on an individual and organizational level. When people step into accountability, they bring empowerment, commitment, problem solving and a sense of urgency to get things done. They know the end game and see things through to completion.
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