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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  


    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.


     

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

    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.

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  • 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 

    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

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  • feedwordpress 04:57:51 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    10 Bad Mistakes You Can Make as A New Boss 

    If you have plans of becoming a manager or taking on any leadership position, you can help yourself tremendously by being aware of the mistakes that hurt the reputations and relationships of new bosses. Here are the ten most common that I see in my work as a leadership coach. Check in with yourself periodically throughout your first year and make sure you’re avoiding these potholes, and before you know it you’ll be a well-regarded and seasoned leader.

    Trying to lead with a one-size-fits-all approach.

    Don’t assume that everyone needs the same kind of communication or motivation. The best bosses make an effort to become acquainted with those they lead as individuals and tailor an equitable approach that best connects with each individual on their team. Leadership is about investing your time and energy in getting to know those you lead and giving them what they need most.

    Poor communication.

    Even some experienced leaders have a hard time communicating well with their team. Good news is easy, but difficulties and problems are more challenging to communicate effectively. In my new book, The Leadership Gap, I talk about great leaders as great communicators and truth tellers. They’re honest and transparent with their team, even if the news is bad. Whatever’s going on, share it openly and involve others to come up with a solution. Honest communication builds trust and shuts down harmful rumor mills and gossip.

    Thinking that what got you here will keep you here.

    Many people are promoted to management because they’re rock stars in their field–but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have the managerial or leadership skills they need in their new role. Find a coach or mentor who can help you excel in the transition and teach you what you need to know to succeed and keep advancing.

    Trying to change everything right away.

    Making rapid wholesale changes is among the worst mistakes you can make in any position of authority. To earn respect, start by taking some time to understand the workplace culture and dynamics, then make any changes incrementally and with as much participation and buy-in from the team as possible. Listen and learn, and don’t change things that work well just because you can.

    Abusing power.

    Leadership is not about flexing your personal power but empowering others. That means you stand alongside those you lead and develop relationships that are collegial and mutually respectful. When you do, you’re more likely to discover a team of followers–not just subordinates–who work effectively, efficiently and happily.

    Failing to deliver difficult feedback.

    It’s natural to want to be liked, so too often new bosses avoid giving feedback–especially the difficult kind. But here’s the irony: if your leadership style is based on pleasing people and being liked, over time you’ll be seen as insecure, and you’ll become disliked and disrespected. If problems persist and challenges go unaddressed, your best people will grow frustrated, which in turn will lead to low morale and high employee turnover. Better to face up to what needs to be done.

    Staying isolated in the office.

    To be in a new position can be daunting, and wanting to make sure all goes well can keep you working long hours isolated behind closed doors. But that isolation is a big mistake. New leaders need to be visible, available and accessible. Your presence helps convey the message that you’re there to serve others and they can count on you.

    Not learning to delegate effectively.

    As a leadership coach I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this: “I’m new, I want to do things right, and if it’s going to be done right, then I have to do it myself.” Wrong! if you cannot delegate, you are not leading effectively. The only message you’re sending is that you’re a micromanager who doesn’t trust your people to do their jobs, and that reputation never leads to good results. Don’t make the mistake of trying to do everything all by yourself. Learn to trust those who have been hired to do their work–stand beside them but don’t control them. Give them the freedom they need to excel.

    Not knowing how to motivate others.

    It can be intimidating to be the new boss, but it’s imperative that you start by working to understand the motivation of your people–what drives them, compels them, excites them. From there you can fulfill your responsibility to nourish them into doing things they didn’t even know were possible. As I tell my clients, great leaders inspire those around them to do great things, and they do it by knowing what motivates others to excel.

    Failing to show appreciation.

    In their desire to hit the ground running and start racking up impressive accomplishments, new leaders often fail to recognize the contributions of others. When you focus only on results, you forget to acknowledge the effort, the talent and the performance. And when that happens, you team becomes less imaginative, less productive, and more likely to play it safe and just put in their hours.

    Every new role carries a need for new skills, and being a new boss is no different. Avoid these costly rookie mistakes and you’ll have a great start toward becoming the leader you are meant to be.


     

    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: Getty Images

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  • feedwordpress 04:29:21 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    Want to Be Your Own Boss? Here’s What You Need to Know 

    If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, the odds are good that you long to be your own boss. It’s a sound aspiration, but there are few things you need to know going in. The key to doing well in the long term is to set yourself up for success right from the start, and these six principles can help you get there:

    Be determined. According to the US Small Business Administration, more than half of small business fail within the first five years. They fail for many reasons–most often not for a lack of desire, but because people shut down and leave when things go wrong. A determined person stays the course no matter what happens or what gets them down. Some people succeed because they are destined, but many more succeed because they are determined.

    Be disciplined. If you worked for someone else before working for yourself, you may have needed to be motivated and inspired by others. Now that you’re your own boss, you to learn to be a disciplined person with the right emotional state and mindset. Self-discipline is at the core of every successful person, the key to building a positive attitude toward time and personal management. Self-discipline is the most important quality you need to develop if you want to achieve success as your own boss.

    Become an expert. To become a boss you need experience, and becoming the expert in the company you are starting means that you need to be able to rely on your own knowledge and wisdom as you grow and run your business. Becoming an expert is making an investment in knowledge–the kind of investment that ends up paying the best interest.

    Be decisive. If you’re serious about being your own boss, you need to develop decisiveness. That means being specific and concise and timely when there’s a decision to be made. I believe it’s our decisions, not the condition of our lives, that determine how successful we will be. A true leader and great boss has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the insight to realize that they are a product not of their circumstances but of their decisions.

    Build your network. It’s all but impossible to build a business on your own. That’s why you need to connect with as many influencers you can within your industry and field. You never know where business will come from, so it’s important that you continually engage in networking and make the right connections to excel and succeed.

    Build financial security. Great ideas are important, but to make those ideas successful, you need to be financially secure. A solid nest egg makes a big difference between starting a business and staying in business. There are many ways to build your financial security–saving your own money, seeking out investors, or even getting a loan. A successful entrepreneurial boss needs a financial cushion they can rely on. If you’re not realistic about your financial needs, your business won’t have a realistic chance of succeeding.

    The best part of being your boss is that the more you put in the more you get out. It may not always to be easy, but your success is right there in your own hands. There’s no other feeling like it.

     


     

    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: Getty Images

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

     
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