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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.

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  • 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

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  • feedwordpress 09:05:32 on 2017/10/03 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Micromanager, Urgent,   

    How to Manage A Leader Who Makes Everything Urgent 

    Have you ever worked with a boss who made everything so urgent that you never
    knew what was truly important? If so, you probably haven’t forgotten how frustrating
    it is to be unable to prioritize.

    Or you may have worked for someone who required an immediate response for
    every little request, making you feel like you were living in a constant state of
    emergency.

    Or maybe you’ve had to choose between two genuinely critical priorities, both
    equally important to your boss.

    In reality, when everything is labeled urgent, it turns out that nothing really is. We
    can’t know what’s important, which means we can’t know how to respond. You
    may not be able to change your boss, but you can change how you respond to
    make the best of a bad situation. Here are some helpful ideas:

    Manage your boss. Before you can manage the emergencies, you have to learn
    to manage your boss. The way you respond to your boss’s urgent requests can
    either reinforce their way of acting or steer yourself in a healthier direction.

    Tackle the issue head-on. When the next five-alarm fire comes along,
    communicate the challenge to your boss and ask them for a plan to help you
    deal with the competing priorities. Face the facts and don’t let your emotions
    get in the way. Don’t wait until your boss approaches you and asks you why
    you haven’t done what you were told to do.

    Manage expectations. Anytime your boss wants you to do something, it’s
    important to be able to manage expectations. If you’re concerned that you
    can’t finish the assignment on time, or that doing so will keep you from meeting
    another priority, keep your boss informed.

    Talk with your boss frequently. It’s important to keep your boss updated on
    your progress, good and bad news, and what you might need help with in the
    future. If you are struggling with an assignment or have finished early, let the
    boss know. Another benefit of frequent communication with the boss is that you’ll
    have a chance to build a rapport, which will make it easier for you to communicate
    during difficult times.

    Identify your own priorities. If your boss is all about making everything urgent,
    diving in immediately may be right thing to do. But depending on your other
    duties and tasks, there may be good reasons to shift your boss’s request
    down the list. Identify for yourself and your boss what you expect to get
    done on what schedule. As long as you can commit to a specific time,
    this will often be sufficient.

    Leaders who are driven by excessive urgency often do so because they
    themselves can’t prioritize what is urgent and what is not. The best way
    to handle such a boss is to inform, communicate and educate them.
    When you do, it will help them be a better leader and achieve better
    relationships and performance from others.

    Lead from Within: Leaders need to remember that when everything
    is urgent nothing really is.


    Learn how to be the best leader you can be 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

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:18 on 2017/09/26 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , New Leader, ,   

    How to Succeed as A New Leader 

    Congratulations on your new leadership position! I am sure you’ve worked hard and persevered along the way to get to this point.

    Everything you’ve done so far in your career has led you to this position. But the experiences and skills that landed you this new job will not be what allows you to succeed.

    In fact, you’ll need a new set of skills to continue being successful. You need to adapt the traits and develop the skills that make leaders into great leaders. There are no quick fixes; it takes hard work and the refusal to give up.

    As a leadership coach for over three decades, I have groomed some of the top leaders across all industries. I’ve learned there is no real secret to succeeding—it’s just a matter of learning the habits and skills you need.

    Here are some powerful things you can do. Use this as a blueprint and revisit it every few weeks to make sure your leadership is moving toward where it needs to be.

    Create with style. Identify your own leadership style and make it clear to everyone what you stand for, what’s important to you and what you will not tolerate. Allow others to get to know you—make it personal and inspirational.

    Create a template. To make an impact from the start, make sure you know what you will do. Conduct an organizational assessment after obtaining input from all sources, then create a template of the information you receive and make a plan.

    Avoid power trips. Now that you’ve earned your place as a leader, it’s easy to let the power get to you. But don’t. Rather than letting your ego get the best of you, treat your new position with respect and work humbly on being able to adapt, transform and do what is right.

    Understand the concept behind the company. As a new leader, you need to learn the lay of the land. Become familiar with all aspects of the company so you can see what is working and what is not.

    Communicate who you are. Let your colleagues and employees who you are and what you are all about. Let them get to know you so they can follow you. Those who don’t know what you stand for will find it hard to follow your lead.

    Trust your new team. When you became a leader, you inherited a team that you may not have even had a hand in selecting. They may not be the dream team you want, but don’t become discouraged. Give them a chance to align with you and start building trust.

    Generate your own vision. Craft your vision and use diversified communication vehicles, including email, memos, video conferences, and face-to-face meetings, to articulate it effectively. Let people know that you have great ideas and aspirations and you plan on making them happen.

    Identify your priorities. Show others what’s most important to you by identifying the priority areas to improve the bottom line. Create an action plan, dividing the areas into short- and long-term goals. Let people know you are here to get things done.

    Manage all stakeholders. Most leaders think they have no time for this, but it’s so important—you need to meet all stakeholders to hear firsthand their expectations and aspirations. Travel or use electronic conferencing to connect with those who are far away. Connecting with stakeholders is as important as any other task you will do.

    Listen more than you speak. Speak less, listen more—get input on the major changes that need to happen and then work to improve the organization’s effectiveness and bottom line.

    Communicate with candor. In every communication—public or private, with people at every level of the organization and outside—be open, transparent and forthcoming.

    Devise a new strategy. Don’t make the mistake of following the strategy of your predecessor. It may (or may not) have worked for them, but you were hired to bring your own ideas to bear.

    Create a winning formula. Create a winning formula based on your recreated vision and show how the organization can succeed with your plan. Seek early wins from the very beginning so you can build momentum.

    Identify roles and responsibilities. Make sure everyone is rightly placed with their roles and responsibilities to leverage their strengths. At times, good employees are wrongly placed in the organization. Spot and place them properly.

    Encourage creativity and innovation. Encourage innovative ideas among employees and reward them for their efforts.

    Provide feedback. You gain credibility when you give input to your employees regularly. Guide, coach and inspire them daily.

    Align and eliminate. After you have given them time to align and a chance to grow and develop, consider eliminating those who aren’t on board with your ideas. Sometimes part of making sure you have the right people on the bus is making sure the wrong people get off.

    Stay open to learning. Every great leader knows that to have a continuing impact and a great legacy you need to keep learning. Self-improvement is a lifelong journey, and success as a leader and as an individual requires constant learning. Treat your education as a process, not a race with an end point.

    Remember, it’s always about others. It’s not about your achievements, your goals, your ambitions or your success as a leader. Everything you’ve done and earned for yourself is now your goal for your team. It’s about recognizing their efforts and contributions, rewarding them for positive behavior and helping them succeed.

    Think of your legacy. Ask yourself how you want to be remembered at the end of your time with the organization. Then work backward, building upon your vision of your legacy daily.

    Lead from within: The new leader is one who commits people to action, who converts followers into leaders, and who may convert leaders into agents of change.


    Learn more about leadership 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

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