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  • feedwordpress 08:00:19 on 2019/03/19 Permalink
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    How to Attract and Keep the Workforce You Need 


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    Every organization wants a reputation as a great place to work. In many fields, the workplace has become a candidate’s market where the best people have their pick of jobs. And it’s not enough to attract and hire top people—you have to be able to retain them too.

    Being known as an organization where the best people want to work isn’t just an HR issue—it brings a serious competitive advantage when the best people want to be part of your team. But it doesn’t just happen by chance.

    As business consultant and leadership executive coach who has worked with thousands of companies around the world, I’m able to see firsthand which strategies are the most effective in attracting and keeping top talent. They fall into six critical areas:

    Great leadership. People are attracted to leaders who are inspirational, supportive and empowering. Supervisors and managers are sometimes unaware of the role their actions and decisions have on employee turnover, so manager training and leadership awareness are a must. Managers need the skills, the tools, the knowledge and the inspiration to keep employees engaged. When you get leadership right, you get the right people.

    Great jobs. Getting people to join your workforce won’t be a problem if the job is attractive and challenging. But to retain your best people, you have to provide room for advancement with a career path and meaningful professional development. If you fall short in this area, you’ll lose employees to organizations that do better—which in turn will harm your reputation with prospective employees.

    Great culture. People are more committed and engaged when they can contribute their talents and ideas. A sense of ownership and respect makes employees feel they can excel. Creating a culture that nourishes top talent, encouraging creativity and risk and avoiding petty rules, is among the best ways to keep and attract the best people.

    Great purpose. Millennial’s now entering the workforce need to understand the why, not just the what. They want to understand and connect with an organization’s mission; they want to know how their work benefits that mission. You need to make sure you have a clearly expressed mission that resonates with people, and an organization that lives out that mission with authenticity and consistency at every level.

    Great development. The best workplaces make training and development part of their culture. A solid professional development program is one of the best recruitment tools you can develop. The investment of time and money will yield massive dividends in workforce security and the resulting benefits.

    Great rewards. It goes without saying that your salary and benefits need to be competitive. Beyond that, you also need to make sure people feel appreciated and recognized for their efforts with external rewards like public recognition, bonuses and awards. Even more important is intrinsic motivation—feeling connected and valued, with autonomy and opportunity for development and growth.

    Even if you’re doing well right now in recruitment and retention, these issues are important enough to warrant a proactive approach. Make an assessment of your organization’s leadership, culture and practices that affect employees—and if you see an area that’s wanting, don’t wait to make it right.

    Lead from within: Being a good employer means staying aware of what it takes to attract and keep the talent that you have. Pay attention to what your people need so you can be responsive to what they want.

     


     

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    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.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:13 on 2019/03/12 Permalink
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    How Can You Tell If Your Leader Is Afraid Of You 


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    We tend to think of leaders as people who are focused on serving others, dedicated to the mission of the work they do, and committed to their people. Unfortunately—as in every field—some people in leadership positions are threatened by those they lead, especially those who embody the qualities they lack as a leader.

    How can you tell if your leader is freaked out by your competence or confidence? Here are some signs to look for:

    Constantly shutting you down. Your boss shuts down every great idea you bring up and disagrees with your creative solutions without any reason.

    Stealing your ideas. When you have a great idea at work and your boss doesn’t stomp on it, they find a way to stall you long enough to steal it and claim it as their own.

    Restricts your access to high-level people in other departments. Your boss tells you to funnel all communications through him or her rather than going directly to anyone outside your department. Fearful bosses tend to be very controlling.

    Finding fault in everything you do. You get positive feedback from everyone else, but you’re constantly under your boss’s skin.

    Failing to respond. Your boss regularly cancels your meetings, forgets to return your calls and emails, and generally doesn’t seem to have you anywhere on their priority list.

    Micromanaging you. Your boss keeps dictating process details and checking up on your work.

    Ignoring you. You’re shut out of decision making and don’t have access to strategy sessions.

    Giving you low-level assignments. Your manager takes away your highest-impact and highest-visibility projects and leaves you with low-priority busy work.

    Leaders are only human and they, too, can be afraid and feel threatened by others. It’s not a good thing but it is sometimes an unfortunate reality. Don’t make it into anything bigger than it is—do your job and do it well, and let your talent speak for itself. At the same time, keep good documentation in case you ever have to report mismanagement or defend yourself, and consider moving to a different workplace where your talents and skills will be appreciated.

    Lead from within: Insecure leaders show their fears in the way they treat others.

     


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    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.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:20 on 2018/08/09 Permalink
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    How to Manage Up When You Have A Bad Boss  


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    A recent Gallup poll found that half the people who leave their jobs do so not because they are working for a bad company but because they are working for a bad boss.

    If you’re trying to deal with a bad boss, you can at least take some comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone. They’re seemingly everywhere.

    Many people will think that they have to resign or disengage at work to survive a bad boss, but you have other options.

    Many of them involve some element of managing up—finding ways for you and your team to be successful in spite of your boss.

    It may be difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it you’ll stand to gain valuable skills that will help you when the day comes that you’re the boss, and your reputation for excellence and integrity will benefit from the contrast to your boss.

    Here are some tips to help you manage up without your boss even realizing it:

    Keep your priorities straight. It’s easy to lose track of your priorities in times of challenge and discomfort. Whatever the circumstances, make sure carrying out your job to the best of your ability is firmly at the top of your list. Make excellence your main weapon; never give your boss an advantage by complaining or making a fuss. Remember that part of your job is to make your boss look good. You don’t have to like who you work for, but you can still take pride in your professionalism and the quality of your work.

    Make yourself invaluable. Work to become as valuable as possible to your boss, your team, and your organization. Think of ways to be supportive and take the initiative to help your boss where they struggle. Always look for opportunities to add value and demonstrate your effectiveness.

    Never kiss up. The worst thing you can do around someone who’s manipulative is fake an attitude or perspective. Managing up is very different than kissing up. Flattering your boss or attempting to sugarcoat the situation is rarely perceived as genuine. Most people can tell when they’re being manipulated, and disingenuous behavior can backfire however nice you are. Be respectful, be kind—and most of all, be professional and never say anything negative about your boss, even to your most trusted workplace allies.

    When they go low, you go high. When your boss exhibits behaviors and attitudes that cross the line, stay on the high road. Lead by example, show up with integrity, with clear boundaries, with character and with the determination not to let anyone break you down. Skills may give you power, but your character will earn you respect.

    Understand their triggers. Triggers are the factors that influence emotional reactions, whether they’re positive or negative. The more awareness and understanding you hold of your boss’s triggers, the better you’re prepared to react effectively based on your desired outcomes. Don’t allow your boss’s triggers, or anyone’s, for that matter, to hijack your intentions and purpose. Remember that however challenging the relationship may be, it isn’t about you.

    Lead from within: Always work to impress your boss and skillfully neutralize your own inner demons. This is how you manage up with a bad boss and build your influence and reputation at work.


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    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.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:56 on 2018/08/02 Permalink
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    This Is What You Need to Learn to Become A Successful CEO 


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    Most articles that try to tell you how to become a great CEO will talk about actions, plans and processes. But as a leadership executive coach with over three decades of experience, I’ve seen hundreds of leaders fail because all they know is process and procedures.

    To be a great CEO or an effective leader you must first start with who you are as a leader. That means concentrating on your character. Once you have clarity in that area, you can move on to what, when, where, and why of being an effective CEO.

    So how do you start? You need to learn the following:

    Define your character. The best way to make yourself stand out is by developing a strong foundational character and sense of integrity. Great leaders are admired because of the character they display and live by.

    Act as the brand and ambassador. As a leader, you are also an ambassador for your brand, your company, your organization. That means who you are and what you do will always matter, so showcase the kind of message you want others to trust. When people don’t believe the messenger, they won’t believe the message.

    Create a thriving organizational culture. To put yourself on track to become a successful CEO, you need to create a thriving, healthy, vibrant culture. That means making sure people feel invested in and nurtured, and keeping the company competitive in the market. Business school teaches you to focus on organizational strategy. And strategy is important, but a thriving organizational culture is an even more critical for long-term competitive advantage.

    Communicate consistently and with candor. As an aspiring CEO, you must be able to communicate clearly and consistently so those who work for you understand how they can be productive and effective. Every new CEO must come to understand the importance of communication to great leadership.

    Underpromise and overdeliver. Accept responsibility and ownership that you are the one guiding the ship, and lead to the best of your ability at all times. Make every decision in the best interests of the company, and do what’s right, not what’s easy.

    Stay curious. If you want to be successful as a CEO, you have to cultivate inquisitiveness. Remind yourself that you do not know everything about the business, no matter how much of a subject matter expert you may be. Stay curious enough to learn, and be willing to ask questions and find new answers.

    Embrace change. Any successful CEO must be able to embrace change and be prepared to be flexible and agile; rapid change is a fundamental part of business today. Every business is in constant flux in an increasingly fast-paced technology-driven world. If  you wait, you are going to be left behind.

    Implement diversity. For the highest degree of success, surround yourself with a diverse team. Seek out people with variations of talent and contrasting aptitudes—people who will bring their very best ideas, not just agree with your every word. If you value difference and implement diversity, your team will respect one another for who they are.

    Manage relationships. Most CEOs are taught to foster good relationships with their own teams, but the most successful know the value of managing relationships of every level and direction. A major part of a CEO’s job is learning how to be influential in all relationships, directing them like an orchestra.

    Lead by example. To be successful as a CEO, you need to be able to define your leadership so others can follow your model. If you’re not providing the leadership your organization needs, people will seek it elsewhere, undermining your influence and credibility.

    The lure of the corner office is exciting, but the job is a massive undertaking. CEOs are asked to do it all; therefore; it’s important to learn a wide range of business and personal skills.

    Lead From Within: At the soul of every great company, every great team, every great culture, is the heart of a great leader.

     


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    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: iStock Photo

    The post This Is What You Need to Learn to Become A Successful CEO appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 08:00:13 on 2018/07/24 Permalink
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    Want to Be Your Own Boss? Here’s What You Need to Know 


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    If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and have always wanted to be your own boss, there are few things you need to know. The key to long-term success is to set yourself up for success right from the start—and cultivating these six traits can help you get there.

    You need to be determined. According to the US Small Business Administration, more than half of small businesses fail within the first five years. They fail for a variety of reasons, but it often comes down to the entrepreneur’s reaction when things go wrong. It’s easy to give in to the desire to leave, but those who are determined will stay the course no matter what comes up or what gets them down. A few people succeed because they are destined; for most, it’s because they are determined.

    You need to be disciplined. If you’re used to relying on others to motivate and inspire you, now as your own boss you are going to have to learn self-discipline. A disciplined emotional state and mindset are at the heart of any successful business,  and the most important factor is your approach toward time and personal management.

    You need to become an expert. Sometimes the idea of being a boss sounds great because you can hire the right people to carry out your plans. But as a boss, you need to have experience and become an expert in your field. That means getting as much knowledge as you need, and the wisdom to be able to grow and run your business. Becoming an expert is an investment in knowledge that ends up paying the best interest.

    You need to be decisive. if you are serious about being your own boss, you are going to have to learn to be decisive. That means being specific and timely when it comes to the many decisions, large and small, that come along every day. I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine how successful we can be. A true leader, one who makes a great boss, has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the understanding that they are a product not of their circumstances but of their decisions.

    You need to build your network. You may be planning to go it alone, but you must know you cannot do it on your own. It’s important to connect with as many influencers in your field as you can. You never know where business will come from, and to keep your business sustainable you have to be able to engage in networking and make the right connections.

    You need to be financially secure. An essential step to becoming your own boss is figuring out the specifics of how you’re going to run your business. It’s important to have great ideas, but having access to enough cash to make those ideas successful is equally important, and financial security is often the biggest difference between starting a business and staying in business. There are many ways to get there—you can save the money you earn, or seek out investors, or even get a loan. Even the most successful entrepreneurial boss needs a cushion, one they can rely on both when they’re starting their company and as they run it. If you’re not realistic about your financial needs, your business won’t have a realistic chance of succeeding.

    Lead from within: The best part of being your own boss is that the more you put in, the more you get out. It won’t always be easy, but it’s in your control to succeed or not.

     


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    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: iStockphotos

    The post Want to Be Your Own Boss? Here’s What You Need to Know appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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