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The New Rules of Talent Management

The New Rules of Talent Management | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

You could say HR is going “agile lite,” applying the general principles without adopting all the tools and protocols from the tech world. It’s a move away from a rules- and planning-based approach toward a simpler and faster model driven by feedback from participants. This new paradigm has really taken off in the area of performance management. (In a 2017 Deloitte survey, 79% of global executives rated agile performance management as a high organizational priority.) But other HR processes are starting to change too.

In many companies that’s happening gradually, almost organically, as a spillover from IT, where more than 90% of organizations already use agile practices. At the Bank of Montreal (BMO), for example, the shift began as tech employees joined cross-functional product-development teams to make the bank more customer focused. The business side has learned agile principles from IT colleagues, and IT has learned about customer needs from the business. One result is that BMO now thinks about performance management in terms of teams, not just individuals. Elsewhere the move to agile HR has been faster and more deliberate. GE is a prime example. Seen for many years as a paragon of management through control systems, it switched to FastWorks, a lean approach that cuts back on top-down financial controls and empowers teams to manage projects as needs evolve.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 17, 9:07 PM

Agile isn’t just for tech anymore—it’s transforming how organizations hire, develop, and manage their people. This package provides a guide to the transition.

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How To Master the Art of Influence 

How To Master the Art of Influence  | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
As a product leader at Google and Reddit, Tyler Odean uses persuasion as a tool in his everyday job. Here's what he's learned through experience and research about being influential at work.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 19, 1:26 PM

Good golly -- what a comprehensive article about how to effectively influence and persuade! And all the points are right on.

 

I really like the distinction between System 1 and System 2 thinking based on neuroscience. To influence, use System 1, which is storytelling.

 

But wait -- there's more! The author does a deep dive into all facets of persuasion/influence, including elements like Anchoring, Representation, Coherence, and Framing. Your business stories -- when positioned well -- will do all of these for you. That's the good news. It's not as complicated as you think.

 

Run, don't walk, to read this article. There's tons of good actionable advice here.

Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 19, 1:30 PM

Good golly -- what a comprehensive article about how to effectively influence and persuade! And all the points are right on.

 

I really like the distinction between System 1 and System 2 thinking based on neuroscience. To influence, use System 1, which is storytelling.

 

But wait -- there's more! The author does a deep dive into all facets of persuasion/influence, including elements like Anchoring, Representation, Coherence, and Framing. Your business stories -- when positioned well -- will do all of these for you. That's the good news. It's not as complicated as you think.

 

Run, don't walk, to read this article. There's tons of good actionable advice here.

English Jeffrey's curator insight, March 25, 8:38 PM
Understanding how the brain processes information to make decisions may influence the way you present information about your business.
 
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VUCA Times Call for DURT Leaders

VUCA Times Call for DURT Leaders | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
VUCA times call on leaders to raise their game, plant the seeds for a better future ahead. VUCA requires strong leadership.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:03 AM

VUCA times require more of leaders not less. Leaders need to be a Direct, Understandable, Reliable, and Trustworthy leader.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 4, 2014 11:50 AM

When we are direct, are understood, are reliable, and trustworthy, we send signals about being responsible. The era of accountability and transparency are not about responsibility. We can still hide necessary information in being transparent. We cannot when we are responsible.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 4, 2014 12:29 PM

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (aka VUCA)  does require good leadership. But all of the DURT behaviors are important and should be practiced regardless of conditions. Trust as we know is important for robust engagement, clarity is important for  broad alignment, directness is important for superb execution and reliability is important in sustainable adaptation.  Leadership's purpose in VUCA situations and, in general, is to maintain and build effectiveness in achieving results; the DURT behaviors and other Purposeful Leadership  behaviors is at the heart of organizational success regardless of circumstances. 

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Self-leadership: How good are you in leading yourself?

Self-leadership: How good are you in leading yourself? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
When most people think of leaders, they think of famous people like Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, or (when talking about toxic leaders), Adolf Hitler. But why not think about ourselves in term of a leader?

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Stefano Principato's curator insight, April 22, 2014 5:04 PM

The founding father of self-leadership, Charles Manz, defines self-leadership as “leading oneself toward performance of naturally motivating tasks as well as managing oneself to do work that must be done but is not naturally motivating”

Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 20, 2014 12:58 PM

The adage "Leader know thyself" is powerful. By far the most difficult and most rewarding path is developing a deeper understanding of the self. This is the journey into the deep dark forest, of meeting and slaying one's dragon...representing realization and the new conceptions of self that one brings to life in the leadership of others. If one wishes to lead, one must be true to one's self, to one's style, to the uniqueness of one's life experience,  and shape it as it is. This is where the treasure is. You are it. 

Noel Bernabed Cruz Hernandez's curator insight, February 3, 2016 1:15 AM

añada su visión ...

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Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, And The Power Of Humility In Leadership

Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, And The Power Of Humility In Leadership | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

Humility is often associated with weakness - not with strong leaders. In his new book David J. Bobb explains why that's a mistake.


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Eliane Fierro's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:15 PM

¿Qué te detiene a para mostrar tu vulnerabilidad? La humildad es una fuente de fuerza profunda que genera liderazgo!

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 7, 2013 5:39 AM

It takes great strength to display humility:-)

Graeme Reid's curator insight, December 8, 2013 6:05 PM

It is very rare to meet a leader with real humility.  It is often seen as a weakness rather than a strength.

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Trust & High Performing Teams

Trust & High Performing Teams | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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Trust is the special sauce that High Performing teams use to achieve high results.

 

Creating an enviornment of trust where each person knows that they can make mistakes, because they will be supported is amazing! 

 

It doesn't mean that the goal is to work in your safety zone; however, it does provide incredible confidence in knowing that my team has my back. 

 

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What Is Leadership?

What Is Leadership? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Google the word “leadership”- go ahead, I’ll wait… I did as I wrote this post, and my search returned 312 million results. Amazon carries more than 100,000 titles on the topic, with more arriving a...

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John Michel's curator insight, September 17, 2013 7:56 AM

Leadership (like it’s cousinstewardship, for example) isn’t a role but a process – specifically a process of influence; meaning those you choose to lead must also choose to be led — and choose you, in particular, to lead them.

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Vision is never an afterthought for a leader

Vision is never an afterthought for a leader | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Need of the time is for societies to be led by conscious leaders

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Isabelle Russier's curator insight, September 12, 2013 3:44 AM

A truly great leader operates from the soul level, inspired by vision and inner wisdom as opposed to greed. Do you have what it takes to be a great leader?

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 14, 2013 9:41 PM

Leadership is about helping a shared vision to emerge. We have an abundance of technicians in our organizations and they are good at telling people what their vision is, but rarely do I see bringing it all together.

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What body language best signals leadership?

What body language best signals leadership? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about What body language best signals leadership?

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John Michel's curator insight, September 5, 2013 12:11 PM

When first introduced to a leader, we immediately and unconsciously assess him or her for warmth and authorit


Don Cloud's curator insight, September 6, 2013 6:36 AM

Warmth and authority are the outward indications of something more profound ... the character of the leader.  What do your non-verbal signals reveal about you as a leader?

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Leadership And The Boiling Frog Experiment - Forbes

Leadership And The Boiling Frog Experiment - Forbes | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Leadership And The Boiling Frog Experiment
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True story about one of the biggest regrets I have in my corporate career. At one point, I was part of a C-level leadership team where the business was facing immense challenges.
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Why Social Media is Important for Leaders

Why Social Media is Important for Leaders | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Why is social media important for leaders? Social media allows leaders to extend their influence.

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Great article...thank you for sharing with us Susan!

 

With the majority of the organizations that I work with the top execs still seem to have limited online presence.  It is true that are so busy keeping up with their operation, and prioritize the face-to-face as well as traditional methods.

 

Also, depending on the position -- they need to be careful on what they can post.  What advice do you have for the top level execs who do want to influence online without having to jump through hoops with PR/Marketing/Legal to approve their posts?

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Reacting vs. Responding on Brand

Reacting vs. Responding on Brand | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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There are times when I find myself reacting to a situation instead of responding on brand.  When this happens I don't beat myself up...instead I say "Wow, this is good, I just found another one of my hot buttons!"

 

We don't have control over what happens to us; however, we do have control over how we choose to respond to what happens to us.    

 

Being intelligent about emotions is so powerful -- it means that we are in control and driving. 

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3 Things Companies Do to Build an Exceptional Culture

3 Things Companies Do to Build an Exceptional Culture | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

Exceptional workplace doesn't happen by accident.  It starts with a clearly defined vision that includes the company's core values, a detailed description of what each of those values means on a day-to-day basis, and a system for measuring  whether or not the people in the organization are living those values.

I refer to this plan as a culture blueprint, and it's critical to the creation and scaling of your company's culture, just as an architect's plans are to the building of a skyscraper. Done correctly, it serves as a North Star to the senior management team as you hire and manage the company's workforce. Without it, you'll end up building something that's likely to collapse under its own weight.  


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 17, 8:56 PM

Top employers create a blueprint, treat HR like a sales organization and govern by meritocracy.

Ann Zaslow-Rethaber's curator insight, May 18, 1:52 PM

 

Company culture is incredibly important ,and far too many companies fail to invest the time and resources to create a positive one. 

 

Make no mistake ...every single company HAS a culture, regardless of weather you try to create one, or not. 

 

What is yours?

 

 

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Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times #Leadership

Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times   #Leadership | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

 

Science confirms that our ability to inspire, empower and actualize our potential has never been greater; remember this, empower it, use it! Neuroscience confirms that we can rewrite default patterns of thinking, communicating and doing; we can build new emotional set-points that take us forward faster and better while also enhancing our ability to focus, ideate, learn and relearn.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip

 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 30, 2014 5:27 AM

Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip


Don Cloud's curator insight, September 3, 2014 2:01 PM

Turbulent times are where the "action is" and when leadership is needed the most ... and when it counts the most.  The only question is will you choose to grab the "turbulent" bull by the horns and lead your people and organization to even greater potential, or will you let someone else lead instead ( ... perhaps your competition or adversary)?

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10 Things Great #Leaders Say Every Week

10 Things Great #Leaders Say Every Week | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
If you want to lead a team toward a goal, you need to make sure they know how their daily work connects to the overall objectives. Here's how to make that happen, with one meeting every week.

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Also,

 

How can I help?

How are you doing?

What obstacles are getting in our team's way of doing their job?

 

...Do you have any other favorite things you say to your team each week?  Would love to hear from you!

PS - Live on Purpose!

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Kudos's curator insight, April 4, 2014 1:48 PM

Some great advice. Simple rules to follow. I would print this out and hang it on your wall and bring it out before every group meeting to refresh what you need to cover.

 

That brings up another key point - when was the last time you had a team meeting. We all think we have meetings all the time but the truth is we do not have as many as we think we do or should. 

 

Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly - what is the right frequency? Weekly is a good place to start but maybe you switch up the main purpose of the team meetings and make them mandatory.

 

We do monthly Team Talks - that allows everyone to communicate what is happening in their group / department and ask questions. Item #8 - Check.

 

We also do Lunch and Learns - that allows one person or a group /department to show off what they are thinking about or working on. Goo way to get the innovation ideas flowing - One more for #8 - double check.

 

Totally agree with doing a great job with on boarding - make a persons first day a great day. This is is a whole blog post on it's own. I also like sending good people off with some fanfare and a thank you. They are ambassadors for your company  thank you, good luck and farewell event to highlighting in a bigger meeting is a very good idea. #9 - Check, check.

 

The rest of the items - are leadership touch points to that should be communicated as often as possible - such as the events listed above. In fact, we believe that these communication should be free flowing and  a product like Kudos is designed  to help companies do that with a big dose of #7. Show your appreciation often and say thanks to people every week.  

 

I call it leading out loud and doing it in structured ways will make people feel more connected to the company and one another. Transparency and honesty is a good thing - Your team  can handle the truth so keep them in the loop :)

 

If you ever wondered what those companies you admire so much do - that is pretty well it.  

 

Cheers,

 

T

 

 

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How Storytelling Contributes to 20 People Skills Needed To Succeed At Work

How Storytelling Contributes to 20 People Skills Needed To Succeed At Work | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Do you think you’re qualified for a particular job, fit to lead a team, or entitled to a promotion because you have extensive experience and highly developed technical skills?

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Another excellent article and gold nuggets from Karen!

 

Thank you!

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:15 PM

This is a terrific list by Jacquelyn Smith at Forbes, and a great way to check in on how you are doing at work or what skills you might need to upgrade to realize greater success.


I was checking out this article just because when I realized how much storytelling skills play a role here. In fact, 13 of the 20 success skills can be connected to storytelling. Here they are:


  1. Ability to relate to others -- building storytelling skills builds empathy and builds relationships.
  2. Strong communication skills -- don't be boring or shy: storytelling to the rescue!
  3. Ability to trust others -- well, stories help build trust.
  4. Knowing how and when to show empathy -- building storytelling skills builds empathy skills.
  5. Active listening skills -- effective storytelling is really all about listening to someone else's story first.
  6. Genuine interest in others -- through building storytelling/story evoking skills you have a lot more fun genuinely getting to know someone.
  7. Flexibility -- there's a lot to flexibility, and becoming proficient in storytelling means learning how to shift and change the story in real time (i.e. being flexible!). Hopefully this spills over into other areas of life :)
  8. Ability to persuade others -- well, storytelling is your best tool for this!
  9. Ability to keep an open mind -- I've noticed that as I listen to other people's stories I become much more tolerant. Hopefully, others do too.
  10. Knowing your audience -- telling a great story that connects with others doesn't happen unless you know your audience, which storytelling can help teach you.
  11. Honesty -- if you are unable to tell an honest and authentic story, you are toast. Need I say more?
  12. Awareness of body langauge -- as you learn to craft and tell your stories, you become more aware of how your own body language helps you tell the story (or how to move your body to better tell the story) and the body language of others.
  13. Ability to be supportive and motivate others -- which is one of the core purposes for telling stories. Working on stories helps you do this more effectively.


OK, I know storytelling won't solve all the worlds woes, or all the issues at work. But it can take you far! There are more insights to grab in this article so don't miss it.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Why You Must Have Leaders At Every Level

Why You Must Have Leaders At Every Level | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

“ You cannot be the only one holding power withing your organization. Begin looking for ways to create leaders at every level.”


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Tom Hood's curator insight, September 18, 2013 8:03 AM
More urgent than ever. I have been noticing a change in CPAs in all walks of life (small practice, large firms, mid-market CFOs, public company finance/accounting teams) talking about the need for leadership at all levels. It goes way beyond the obvious need for succession planning. It seems to be driven by the accelerating change and complexity and need for people who can anticipate what's coming around the bend and help mobilize the organization to make the turns and adjust the sails as necessary. It is this kind of leader that I am seeing becoming fast in-demand. What do you see?
David Hain's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:34 AM

The job of a leader is to create more leaders...

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:53 AM

David, thanks for sharing.  Your note says it all.

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5 Steps to Keeping Your Top Performers

5 Steps to Keeping Your Top Performers | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
High-performing employees are your most important asset--here's how to keep them around for the long term.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 16, 2013 11:43 PM

Good ideas not just for keeping/growing top performers ... but also to grow and develop your leaders.

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Lead

5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Lead | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Leadership is about more than the person at the top. Here's how to get all of your employees to take on leadership roles.

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Thanks Don for sharing!

 

It takes a confident and humble leader to encourage their team to lead.  It means that the leader doesn't believe that they need to have all of the answers or the best ideas.  The right collaborative environment is the foundation with teams who are empowered to take decisions, and take the lead. 

 

These type of leaders don't point fingers when mistakes are made...instead they take the bullet.  They give the recognition away, and the team has that spark of excitement, passion, and ownership.  They know that when the goal is achieved...their team did it on their own.

 

Make it a great day!

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:34 AM

Leaders set the conditions for others to lead ... here are 5 easy steps to promote a culture to grows and develops emerging leaders at every level.

John Michel's curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:32 AM
Some of today’s most effective businesses encourage every one of their employees to take on leadership roles in their organizations. Are you one of them?
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:04 PM

Leadership is about influence and setting the right environment. It is not about coercion and micro-managing.

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Lenovo CEO hands over his bonus to hourly workers–again

Lenovo CEO hands over his bonus to hourly workers–again | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
When a leader elects to give his own money--and so much of it--it makes more of an impact than any corporate bonus program could.
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Respect, Trust, and Loyalty

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I read this today, and thought it was a great leadership quote....and nice reminder:)

 

Make it a great day!

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 5, 2013 11:12 PM

Thanks for sharing!  Short and sweet....

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Yes Don....I hope like me short (and I aspire to always be nice)
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Seth Godin on the Difference Between Leadership and Management

Seth Godin on the Difference Between Leadership and Management | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Seth Godin says that “Management and leadership are totally different things. You think you are being a leader, but you are probably being a manager.” I agree.

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I hope you will enjoy this video....Seth Godin is amazing!

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Strength-Based Leadership - Forbes

Strength-Based Leadership - Forbes | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Four Essentials of Strength-Based Leadership
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It is in human nature to look for negative in everything first. Most of the stories on the news are negative (after all, they draw the most attention).
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Thank you Roy for sharing this article!

 

I personally am all in when it comes to tapping into our strengths as leaders. 

I see the power, clarity, and confidence that leaders leverage when they know that they can leverage their strengths to help them achieve their goals.

 

Several of the leadership courses that we offer have used the Strengths Finder assessment together with their traditional 360 or replaced completely. 

 

I particularly agree with the statement in the article:

 

Leadership is a privilege, not a right, and we need to treat it as such. Leadership means encouraging people to live up to their fullest potential and find the path they love. That, and only that, will create a strong culture and sustainable levels of innovation.


 

Please read the article to find out more about the ABCD of strength-based leadership.

 

Please do share with us your experiences with using Strengths Finder......Make it a great day!

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David Hain's curator insight, August 28, 2013 12:58 PM

This is the way forward!

Don Cloud's comment, August 29, 2013 12:31 AM
Seems so obvious that any organization of size does not need 1,000 copies of the same person with the same talent. After all, what kind of football team would you have if you tried to make all the players great quarterbacks?

What's required in any organization, business, industry, military unit is a collection of people with different talents/strengths energized towards a higher purpose. A good leader's purpose is to recruit, grow, and mobilize these diverse people with diverse talents to work together -- that's when the magic can happen ... when the impossible becomes the achievable ... when obstacles become things to be hurdled ... when setbacks become opportunities ... and when the total of the organization becomes more than the mere sum of its people parts.
Cruise Line Class's comment, August 29, 2013 6:08 AM
I agree with you David! Don, yes complementary skills, strengths, views with a common goal, purpose!