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  • feedwordpress 12:01:58 on 2017/10/20 Permalink
    Tags: #Metoo, Cheddar, , ,   

    Why the #MeToo Campaign Has Been So Impactful 

    The slew of accusations against Harvey Weinstein is bringing the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace back to the forefront. Leadership coach Lolly Daskal offers advice on how to handle workplace harassment.

    In light of reaction to allegations against Weinstein, the social media campaign #MeToo has gone viral. Daskal says the reason this campaign has become such a sensation is that influential people have stepped forward.


    The post Why the #MeToo Campaign Has Been So Impactful appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

  • feedwordpress 11:39:02 on 2017/10/17 Permalink
    Tags: , Code of Conduct, , , Leadership Manifesto   

    A Leadership Manifesto: A Guide to Greatness 

    The root of the word manifesto is the Latin manifestum, which means “to be clear or to made public.”

    Every leader needs a personal manifesto—something that lets everyone know their views, their thoughts, and their beliefs and intentions. When you create your manifesto, you instill a sense of transparency that makes it easy for others to respect, emulate and trust you.

    To create your manifesto, start with what you value. Let it be the guide that steers you to embrace your greatness.

    Here are the statements I recommend to my coaching clients who want to create their own leadership manifesto:

    I will commit to being an authentic person.

    When you commit to being genuine as a leader, you embrace all parts of who you are—the good, the bad, the weak, the strong, the gaps and the greatness. You’re committed to acknowledging and leveraging the sum of all your parts. If you can be genuine, you will win hearts and minds.

    I will take responsibility for my life.

    Commit to being fully responsible for your health, happiness and success. Refuse to blame others or make excuses for your problems and hold yourself fully accountable for whatever you do.

    I will communicate in a way that conveys what I mean to say.

    The words you speak and the way you communicate will always matter; every time you say something it provides a reflection on who you are, what you think and what you value. Make sure your heart and mind are saying the same thing.

    I will remember to serve something bigger than myself.

    The greatest rewards come when you give of yourself. It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself, and making a positive difference. People want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.

    I will take ownership of my work and strive
    to make things better within my sphere of influence.

    Leaders inspire accountability through their ability to accept responsibility before they place blame and the best leaders serve humanity in a way that lifts everyone around them. Accountability is the measure of a leaders height.

    I will embrace resilience.

    Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. Learn not to reject failure as fatal but instead to face everything with boldness and courage. When you do, you will gain the perspective that nothing is off limits and that every opportunity is a platform for future success experiences, because only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.

    I will invest in myself as I invest in others.

    No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader but to invest in yourself as a person. To use yourself completely – all your skills, strengths, gifts and talents– in order to make your vision manifest. You must never hold back. You, must, in sum, become the person you are meant to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming. The true great leaders are constantly making ongoing commitment with themselves to invest in their own growth as a leader and also in growth and training for those around them.

    I will remember there is always free choice.

    You may not always be able to change or choose your situation, but you will always be able to choose who you are going to be in the situation. Choose the character and the values that lead you to embrace your greatness.

    I will dedicate myself to my calling.

    Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve your greatness, because not everyone lives up to their calling. But if you know what is important to you, and if you know that what you do matters, you will put your best into what you do and how you do it. To live up to your calling is to tap into your greatness and embrace it.

    Lead from within: Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It’s precisely that simple, and it’s also that complicated. Leadership is a choice and a privilege, learn to embrace the greatness it can bestow upon you.


    Learn to embrace your greatness by reading my  National Bestseller book:
    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:15 on 2017/10/10 Permalink
    Tags: , Effective Leader, , ,   

    7 Fears You Need to Overcome to Be An Effective Leader 

    Everybody has fears—and that means every leader has fears. But not letting those fears
    get the best of you is an important part of successful leadership. If you don’t learn to
    manage your fears, you’ll be tempted to take the kind of shortcuts that undermine your authority and influence.

    Here are seven of the most common fears that leaders, in particular, need to look out for:

    The fear of being seen as an imposter. If you secretly feel you’re not really good enough
    or smart enough for leadership, you’re not alone. But left unchecked, those feelings can do harm to your effectiveness. Fear can make you forget everything and want to run. Instead, leverage your fear by experiencing it and being great anyway. As Mark Twain once said, courage is the resistance to fear, not the absence of fear. You can feel the fear and still
    be who you want to be as a leader.

    The fear of being criticized. Facing criticism is part of the territory of leadership.
    You don’t have to let it bother you—in fact, you should be concerned if you never hear
    criticism, because that means you’re probably playing too safe. Think of it this way: If
    you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. So don’t fear criticism but take it in
    stride and strive to be your own best and meet your own standard of excellence.
    On the other side of your fear is everything you need to be.

    The fear of being a failure. When you fail as a leader, you get everyone’s attention.
    Failure is something we all fear, but it doesn’t have to mean it’s fatal to your leadership—
    think of failure as simply part of succeeding. When you become afraid to fail forward,
    you end up missing out on new learning experiences and new opportunities. In the
    end we regret only the chances we didn’t take.

    The fear of not being a good communicator. Not everyone is born to be a great communicator, but good communication skills are essential to leadership. if you
    are fearful that you’re not good at communicating in a compelling way—in a way
    that inspires and motivates others—practice your speaking or writing skills. The
    more you practice and rehearse and revise, the more confident you will be and the
    less fearful you will become.

    The fear of making hard decisions. As a leader, you need to be able to make hard
    decisions without getting stuck in “paralysis of analysis”—taking too long to choose
    because of indecision. A lack of decisiveness can cripple any business or organization.
    Hard choices are sometimes necessary without much time to reflect. Make the best
    decision you can based on where you want to go, not where you are, and then move on.

    The fear of not taking responsibility. As the saying goes, with much power comes much responsibility. To take responsibility you have to first realize that your leadership is the
    cause of and the solution to the things that matter, and you can’t escape that responsibly
    by postponing or evading it. The moment you move past your fear and take responsibility
    is the moment you can change anything.

    The fear of not getting it done. In today’s global economy, effective leadership is
    defined by results—but, as we all know well, there are hundreds of distractions and
    millions of diversions that can get in the way. If you’re fearful you won’t get the job done,
    stop focusing on the results you want and concentrate on the actions you can take
    right now that will lead to those results.

    Lead from within: These are just a few of the possibilities. The leaders I coach have
    all kinds of fears. Whatever form your fears take, once you learn you can tackle them
    head-on you’ll quickly realize you can handle anything.

    Learn how to be an effective leader in my National Bestseller book:
    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 7 Fears You Need to Overcome to Be An Effective Leader appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

  • feedwordpress 17:50:41 on 2017/10/08 Permalink
    Tags: Kaleido Insights   

    Introducing Kaleido Insights 

    A new firm and new original research to help corporate leaders act on technology trends shaping the future, Kaleido Insights. By Jeremiah Owyang, with my partners Jaimy Szymanski, Jessica Groopman, and Rebecca Lieb

    What happens when the pace and scope of technological change becomes exponentially greater than an organization’s ability to adapt?

    This isn’t a prophecy, it’s today’s state of the business world. The scope and velocity of change brought about by technologies are only increasing. We’re surrounded by a proliferation of devices and interfaces; an untold velocity of data generation and networked services; and an ever-shifting tessellation of new capabilities and bright shiny objects. Innovation is no longer a choice, it’s an imperative.

    To support organizations in this ongoing journey, today we launch Kaleido Insights.

    Our mission is to help companies foresee, decipher, and act on technological disruption with agility.

    Kaleido Insights is a research-based advisory firm founded by four proven industry analysts: Jaimy Szymanski, Jessica Groopman, Jeremiah Owyang, and Rebecca Lieb. Not only have we share a deep history of collaboration, in both research and client project capacities, we’re a trusted team of friends. As research analysts, our collective expertise offers a wide range of coverage; when leveraged as a whole, we are greater than the sum of the parts.

    When interwoven, we help organizations find sanity and strategy in the chaos, transforming this ‘kaleidoscope’ of technological disruption into a clear vision for innovation.

    To substantiate our unique methodology for analyzing the impacts of emerging technologies, we are publishing an introductory research report. This research identifies and analyzes three macrotrends driven by emerging technologies which impact us all.

    First, technology enables people to evolve into Super Humans. Born in the age of social media and accelerated through mobile, consumers’ ever-expanding toolkit of capabilities renders individuals more powerful than ever before. When devices communicate and learn from others products and services around them, pulling historical and real-time data to enhance context, Super Humans’ powers to act and make decisions dramatically increases. Super Humans demand a new type of corporation that not only meets their needs but predicts their future state and delivers before need arises.

    Second, nimble and Fluid Organizations are the survivors. Early efforts in digital transformation reveal why shifting competitive forces requires agility and fluidity across systems, internal culture, and within innovation programs themselves. Kaleido analysts look at Fluid Organizations like Amazon, Tesla, Google, GE, and others to identify common traits. These traits encompass the whole of an organization, and infuse cultural and structural areas like leadership and governance, strategic areas such as product and business model innovation, as well as functions and lines of business themselves.

    Third, Enlightened Ecosystems are the result of digital convergence with the physical world — as distributed systems, machines, and supply chains become more integrated, interconnectivity across ecosystems is forging intelligence more powerful than any single human or business. Ecosystem enablement has already become a tenant in digital strategies, but emerging technologies will shift and accelerate what it means for companies to open up.

    Within each of these trends, Kaleido analysts surface key implications, examples, and offer clear direction on how to apply insights to help organizations participate. To access the full research report at no cost, visit our website. While you’re there, check out our research agenda for upcoming reports we’ll be publishing in the coming months.

    In the meantime, feel free to be in touch: we welcome your feedback, comments, questions, or briefing requests. We are thrilled to offer Fortune 500 businesses, technology leaders and start-ups, and non-profit organizations rigorous, best-in-class research and strategic advisory services to innovation leaders across industries and functions. Together, we look forward to working with you to create and execute strategies to adapt to the consumer, business model, and ecosystem impacts of disruptive technologies.

    Please let me know if there’s anything we can do for you: info@kaleidoinsights.com

  • feedwordpress 17:38:01 on 2017/10/06 Permalink
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    How to Improve Your Presentation Skills 

    How_to_Improve_Your_Presentation_SkillsAs you climb the corporate ladder, delivering a business presentation becomes one of the most important skills that you need to learn. A business presentation has to be informative, engaging, influencing, and entertaining at the same time. If one of these four key objectives are not covered well, the effectiveness of the presentation falls down immediately.
    It is a well-established fact that planning and preparation are the two steps that cannot be compromised, and are often not overlooked but most newbie presenters fail at the delivery step. Having a dull opening with a nervous demeanor might throw your audience into an irrecoverable state of disinterest. Showing that you are passionate about the topic and delivering the presentation with full-confidence is quite important.
    Usage of visuals can help expand horizons of your presentation for far better outcomes. If you open your presentation with a jaw-dropping statistics, the chances for your audience to pay attention to the rest of content go up, drastically. The audience tends to remember these figures for a long time and your views also find better acceptance.
    Check out this infographic from Malcolm Andrews to learn how to deliver a presentation effectively and improve your presentation skills. Also, check out various things that you should adopt on and also many others that you need to avoid while delivering a presentation.

    The post How to Improve Your Presentation Skills appeared first on Office Dynamics.

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