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4 Ways To Become A Transformational Leader - Leadership, Sales & Life

4 Ways To Become A Transformational Leader - Leadership, Sales & Life | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
Leaders need to be transformational and not conform. Conforming is easy. Great leaders work on transformational leadership. Transformational leadership.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Leadership is about changing things; moving the group, company, enterprise to someplace new; helping others do things differently. Leaders understand the need for change....

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TONY GLEB's curator insight, October 5, 2013 12:38 AM

TOTALLY AGREE WITH

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Employee Engagement Ideas: Good News for Companies Facing Bad News

Employee Engagement Ideas: Good News for Companies Facing Bad News | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
Does bad company news lead to disengaged employees? Not necessarily. Here Scott Weighart discusses three fallacies about employee engagement. (My new blog discusses three fallacies about employee engagement.
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It always good to point out when common sense might  be misleading.  This blog points out how resilient employees  can be when confronted by bad news. 

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Change Warriors: They Master Four Solutions

Many management gurus, academics, and CEOs are writing on change, yet there is a difference between the theoretical and academic, and actual change.
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The approach suggested here is communication centered. Emotional appeals and involvement in planning and implementing change go a long way, but people often understand that change will and must happen and not all changes provoke meaningful or important resistance.  In situations where there is a threat to the status quo or where the inevitability or value of change is less clear, resistance is more likely and a communication strategy is vital.   When changes are seen as unavoidable, critical, or not terribly disruptive, there is very little risk of a backlash or sabotage, so implementation can proceed with only a minimum of communication. Frequently , changes themselves (e.g. in relationships, jobs, processes, technologies, structures, etc.) are much more potent in changing behaviors and communicate strong messages to those observing or experiencing them than communications about changes. In fact, Over-managing or over-communicating change can back-fire, creating suspicions and concerns where none are warranted

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Changing culture: evolving values and needs in the Social Age

Changing culture: evolving values and needs in the Social Age | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
You can view organisational culture in two ways: created by the organisation and inhabited by people, or co-created by the people and framed by the organisation. I subscribe to the latter view, rec...
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The importance of a culture that supports, adaptation/agility, and engagementfrom both individual and organizational perspectives are critical for effectiveness and , as is pointed out here, organizational survival. 

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Understanding the Organization Framework

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This article discusses a pragmatic approach to understanding organizations and the basis for organizational effectiveness. 

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This article presents an organizational framework based upon a well-established model that identifies two organizational dimensions time: present---future focus and environment: internal—external focus. It indicates that organization culture is a third factor in understanding organizations. Because of the specific, pragmatic focus however consideration of external factors like competition, regulation, partners/alliances are not given much or any attention; internal factors such as leadership, information management, and technology are given less weight as well.   A more general approach focusing on four sets of organizational activities that build organizational effectiveness: Alignment, Adaptation, Engagement, and Execution includes all of these critical factors and allows those factors which are most important for particular organizations’ circumstances to be appropriately emphasized.

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Shhh! The Top 5 Management Tools In The World

Shhh! The Top 5 Management Tools In The World | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
Management tools, if they are used appropriately, can be powerful enablers of change and actions in companies. They can, for example, help define and execute the strategy, engage with customers and
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This article rightly points out that although management tools may be popular it does not necessary  suggest that they will be valuable in helping organizations become more effective.  Identifying and diagnosing issues that need to be addressed (such as alignment, engagement, agility or execution) is an appropriate first step before applying these or other tools. 

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How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement

How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
If you've ever worked for a bad boss, you've probably uttered these famous words .... "I don’t get paid enough to put up with this crap!
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Immediate supervisors are critical for employee engagement; effective organizations ensure that managers at all levels understand what is necessary to engage employees.  This article highlights how challenging this can be and how easily engagement can be undermined. 

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Six Guidelines for Strategy Execution and Transformational Change - Business 2 Community

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This article offers direct and straightforward advice that most change managers would agree with. It does seem to assume that people and change managers are less sophisicated about change than I believe is typically true. 

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The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee

The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I wrote an article covering the 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Manager. However it's not just the managers that need to adapt and evolve to the changing workplace; it's also the non-managerial employees.
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In effective organizations, change takes place at many levels and adaptability is an indicator of effectiveness.  This article points to how employees can become more prepared for change--better adapters.

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Successful Companies Are “Nice”

Successful Companies Are “Nice” | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it

“There’s no way to institutionalize or “corporatize” niceness…. It has to come from the top, and from there it will filter down…"

 

We live in a world where information travels quickly and powerfully. Nothing happens—good or bad—without the world knowing it.

 

In his book Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management is over—and Collaboration Is In, author Peter Shankman shows how famously nice executives, entrepreneurs, and companies are setting the standard for success in this new world. He goes in-depth with nine hallmarks of effective leadership.


Via Anne Leong, Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Effective Leaders and Enterprises understand that they depend almost entirely on other people for success (productive employees, loyal, satisfied customers, generous stockholders, etc.). Accepting Stakeholder Engagement as an important purpose is a key to their success. 

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John Michel's curator insight, August 26, 2013 6:03 AM

This is straight up, superb advice. 

Erin Olson's curator insight, August 27, 2013 11:27 PM

...and successful teachers are "nice", too

Perry Wilson's curator insight, August 28, 2013 1:11 PM

Do you think this is true? Are we becoming collaborative? I've worked and led in the Credit Union sector and I've always found collaboration better then cutthroat.

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Systems Thinking Is The Key to Excellence

According to Wikipedia:“Systems thinking is the process of understanding how things, regarded as systems, influence one another within a whole. In nature, systems thinking examples include ecosystems in which various elements such as air, water, movement, plants, and animals work together to survive or perish. In organizations, systems consist of people, structures, and processes that work together to make an organization ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’.


Via David Job
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Systems Thinking is critically important, but don't forget to include the external environment; and remember systems are often designed to be stable, but they sometimes need to evolve....

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Are you a thought leader?

Are you a thought leader? | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
Ask.com says that a thought leader is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded.

Via Barry Deutsch, David Hain, Ricard Lloria
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I hope you are. The abundance of information available needs some order and organization. We need to know better what we know and don't know. 

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The Future of Work: Research Report

The Future of Work: Research Report | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it

Today’s business leaders face the challenge of creating the future workplace. Because of the advent of new technologies as well as the emergence of Millennials as a major percentage of the workforce, the future workplace will look vastly different than the one we are used to. At the same time, a culture of sharing, transparency, and mobility is entering the business world, as technology barriers lower. This change is being driven by the consumerization of IT, which can be described as the introduction of the popular consumer-grade technologies and devices that are spreading into the workplace for business use.


To better understand the scope and nature of this changes, Chess Media Group conducted a global research study in May 2013, surveying 605 employees who currently use social and collaboration technology tools, and how these tools affect their ability to work efficiently and flexibly.


Via The Learning Factor
Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is certainly interesting but this small survey is at best suggestive rather than indicative of the future of work. 

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Juan M. Zafra's curator insight, August 15, 2013 10:03 AM

Today’s business leaders face the challenge of creating the future workplace. Because of the advent of new technologies as well as the emergence of Millennials as a major percentage of the workforce, the future workplace will look vastly different than the one we are used to.

The Learning Factor's comment, August 19, 2013 5:28 PM
Agreed. This was small study however it is interesting to compare it to others that have been conducted.
Kevin Dye's curator insight, October 18, 2014 9:01 PM

Interesting article!

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World's top Organization Development leaders speak at Benedictine University - Chicago Tribune

World's top Organization Development leaders speak at Benedictine University - Chicago Tribune | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
World's top Organization Development leaders speak at Benedictine University Chicago Tribune He is past chair of the Academy of Management's Organizational Development and Change Division, and has lectured and taught at such prestigious...
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This promises to be a great event with both academic and practitioners  OD perspectives. 

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10 Ways to Shift Gears for Employee Engagement and Change Management

10 Ways to Shift Gears for Employee Engagement and Change Management | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
Discover the 10 tips that can help you successfully shift gears for change management and employee engagement
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Top 10 lists are often a great way to distill a broad area into clearer actionable steps, and this list does make some concise points about managing change and is worth a look.  Change Management has always been about engaging stakeholders-educating, communicating with, and involving people are great ways to bring people along. But an even more proactive approach is  to create an environment where people are heard and appreciated;  this is both engaging and a source of great information about needed changes. 

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Creating a Culture of Succession Management

Is your organization ready to bridge the knowledge gaps retiring baby-boomers will leave behind?

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Change is always on the horizon and we can rarely predict all that it will bring, but we can make sure we don't forget what we know and plan as much as possible for the future.  

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Why companies use employee surveys | Hay Group

Learn why it’s important to connect your employee survey to your company strategy
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I'll point out here that there are two kinds of surveys both offering different value to business organizations. Standardized off the shelf type surveys allow some comparisons with similar organizations and custom surveys which allow in-depth examination of particular organizations' issues and concerns.

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Leadership Online

This is a  website of free leadership & leadership development resources.

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Check out this listing for any tools and services that might be of help for your LD needs. Many provide resources that are consistent with the Purposeful Leadership (see http://www.slideshare.net/FJPapotto/purposeful-leadership#!  ) model.

 

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Strategic Alignment to Harmonize Business Execution ~ Future of CIO

Strategic Alignment to Harmonize Business Execution ~ Future of CIO | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it

Harmonious Business Execution is often a by-product of strategic alignment, but whether is it necessary or always helpful is not entirely clear. 

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add your insight... Being aligned with strategy doesn't necessarily imply internally consistent activities and processes, although it does suggest an understanding of the rationale for engaging in various activities. Although we often strive for simplicity in our enterprises, organizational effectiveness requires sufficient complexity to address diverse stakeholder needs. 

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Seven Disciplines that Make Leadership Development Stick

Seven Disciplines that Make Leadership Development Stick | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
Leadership sustainability is about the commitment to change; growth that is consistent with shifting requirements for the individual AND the organization (Leadership sustainability isn’t easy.
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I've commented on Ulrich and Smallwood's book before to say I believe that they essentially have it right. They are clearly advocates for Purposeful Leadership: Indicating leaders' understanding, communication, and acting, with a clear sense of purpose for the enterprise and themselves will affect changes that last. 

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How Important is Employee Engagement? [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Important is Employee Engagement? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
How important is employee engagement in the workplace? This infographic by Dale Carnegie explains why it matters. Takeaways:  71% of all employees are not ($11 billion is lost each year due to employee turnover.

Via Rami Kantari
Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s insight:

This graphic provides a simple overview of Employee Engagement which is helpful. From a larger perspective, we should realize that Employee Engagement is just one of the powerful drivers for organizational improvement; process and operations improvement, strategic alignment/clarity of purpose, and agility and flexibility (to drive and respond to change) also are additional critical forces for improving organizational effectiveness.

 

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Linda Salna's curator insight, September 13, 2013 10:05 AM
employees can be more engaged by making a difference through a social cause their company supports
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28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

This is from Dan McCarthy's "Monthly Leadership Carnival" Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! For this month’s edition, I asked an all-star cadre of leadership...
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What emerges as two clear themes in all of these recommendations are the importance of builidng self-knowledge and developing others. I can't disagree with the importance of these, but I expected more. For example, the importance of understanding the organization, its mission and its context all are critical for gaining a strategic perspective and seem to have gotten little attention. 

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Successful Companies Focus on Treating All Stakeholders Nicely.

“There’s no way to institutionalize or “corporatize” niceness…. It has to come from the top, and from there it will filter down…” We live in a world where information travels quickly and powerfully...
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This article vividly points out the power of excellent customer service and robust employee engagement; treating people right attracts them and builds loyalty. It provide a strong argument for the more general approach I call Stakeholder Engagement which forms the basis for a collaborative, 21st Century enterprise. 

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The Striking Downside to a Remote Workplace

The Striking Downside to a Remote Workplace | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
You don't need a physical office any more. Your team can work from all over the world. But how can this create sustainable value?
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It useful to realize that maintaining a collaborative, cooperative context is important to not only stimulate human interaction and exchange of ideas, but also fully engage employees. The social connection to others in the enterprise is an critical factor for organizational effectiveness. 

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The 4 Things All of Your Employees Should Be Learning on the Job

The 4 Things All of Your Employees Should Be Learning on the Job | Improving Organizational Effectiveness & Performance | Scoop.it
Employee Engagement and Marketing: The 4 Things All of Your Employees Should Learn on the Job Since up to 70% of US workers are disinterested or actively disengaged from their jobs, it stands to re...
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The article is written from a marketing perspective and makes some excellent points about engaging employees. But engagement should be a much broader effort than suggested here. Selecting people who believe in the company's mission, developing employee's capacity to contribute, treating employees fairly, and giving them sufficient autonomy and resources to do their work effectually are other essentials that effective, high performing companies do to support engagement. 

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