Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.
As a leader, make sure that you’re doing the things that only you can do and then develop others by delegating important tasks that they can do. Remember, the role of a leader is not to develop more followers, it’s to develop more leaders.
Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows more than a thing or two about running huge, complicated organizations and digital media.
The water cooler hasn't vanished; it's simply become virtual, transported into the cloud. What's fundamentally different, of course, is the new speed and scalability of sentiment.
....In instant referenda environments, being likable and/or highly competent counts for a lot. Leaders and managers want to be seen as either nice or credible enough to get the benefit of the doubt for a difficult decision or a controversial choice. Being more accessible or responsive can help. Similarly, so might "information inoculation" strategies and tactics where — like with a good vaccine — people get exposed to just enough of the decision or conflict to prevent uncontrollable outbreaks of negative sentiment.
There's no simpler way or more clear statement a company can make than simply giving their employees a voice--asking them for feedback on a regular basis and engaging in an open and authentic dialogue about their successes, challenges, ideas, and morale."
Regardless of your neurological wiring, when you're living with purpose you should be feeling one of these two ways--excitement or satisfaction--most of the time. Your moments of exhilaration, curiosity, and contentment should far outnumber your moments of boredom, frustration, or despair.
Risk is fundamental to innovation. Innovation will not be successful with only an innovation team or department in a business; innovation must be embraced by the entire entity to be effective and sustainable. For creativity to flourish, managers leading at any level must encourage risk taking, test innovation results and trust in your human capital.
Will New Research Finally Unleash The Power Of Humility? Forbes The CEOs of companies that transitioned to “greatness” were leaders who combined competitive drive with humility.
John Michel's insight:
Humility is a virtue whose ironic power is increasingly being opened for scientific inquiry. People interested in understanding groups, organizations, and effective leadership may want to start taking note now of research that will be emerging. My bet is that humility will prove to be a key ingredient in the secret sauce of effective leadership.
Cubicles don't have to be arrayed in rows, and rooms don't have to be cavernous. You could and should encourage people to enliven their workspaces with as much color and personality as possible. And then ask yourself: Do people really dislike the space--or do they hate their jobs?
When the person next to you yawns, chances are you're going to break off a tonsil-rattling exhale, too. And when your stressed-out colleague is demanding a meeting right now, the alarmed face quickly incites yours to mimic it.
Researchers have long known about the infectious nature of stress. Pass-along strain runs rampant in relationships and work settings. Studies have shown that there is "crossover" stress from one spouse to the other, between coworkers, and "spill over" from the work domain to home. The stress contagion effect, as it's known, spreads anxiety like a virus. Our mirror neurons help suck us into the emotional eruptions of others.
'You're Fired,' in Terms Only a Boss Could Love New York Times Through booms and busts, profits and losses, the vacuous jargon and happy euphemisms of the business world endure. In fact, they flourish.
John Michel's insight:
Through booms and busts, profits and losses, the vacuous jargon and happy euphemisms of the business world endure. In fact, they flourish. At a time when the nation’s economy is plodding and job growth is sluggish, corporations are coming up with new ways to sugarcoat words no employee wants to hear: You’re fired.
Recent study from the annual Deloitte Core Beliefs and Culture Survey indicate several common grounds for both employees and leaders. Fundamentally employers have a key role to play in unleashing potential and talent and creating a working environment where employees can freely be themselves and go beyond the call of duty. This post from my friend @tshnall points to a key industry trend in employees being considered as brand ambassadors. This in turn becomes the key success ingredient to attract customers and build brand loyalty. Kudos Tal!
To be an exceptional organization, companies and leaders must focus on the intangible elements of culture-building. Employees rank intangible elementssuch as regular and candid conversations (50%), employee recognition (49%), and access to management/leadership development (47%) highest.
Extraordinary bosses set a general direction and then commit themselves to obtaining the resources that their employees need to get the job done. They push decision making downward, allowing teams form their own rules and intervening only in emergencies.