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  • feedwordpress 09:00:22 on 2019/01/14 Permalink
    Tags: AI, Artifical Intelligence, , HR, , , , , ,   

    This is How AI Will Change the Future of Leadership 

    More and more, artificial intelligence is permeating nearly every aspect of business and industry. It’s already begun changing the future of leadership.

    Change requires updated skills, and a change as sweeping as the proliferation of AI will almost certainly require that leaders develop new skills. But much of what we’ll need will come from refining and adapting skills that are already part of good leadership practice. Here are some of the most important traits that will serve us well in the years to come:

    Focusing on our adaptability. Leaders who embrace change with an agile spirit thrive in every situation. Agile leaders know how to switch gears and view issues from different perspectives, and they provide an environment in which failure is part of success and decisions are made on the basis of informed judgment. In every situation, but especially in times of change, agile leaders work to strengthen their organization’s leadership capability by providing leadership opportunities to team members with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    Absorbing our fears. If you’re fearful of widespread change, you are not alone. Even the best leaders feel fear, but they learn to absorb that fear and work through it.  Mastering any new skill requires some degree of fear-conquering. As AI becomes more familiar it will also become less frightening, so devote some time to studying the work of those who are involved in the field.

    Keeping an open mind. We have to understand something before we can lead through it. And the particular challenges of robotics and artificial intelligence—with deep philosophical and ethical components—mean that we’ll have to work especially hard, and with an especially open mind, to develop that understanding.

    Having comfort in uncertainty. The world is complex, business is complicated and uncertainty is guaranteed. That’s always been the case—any time we feel a sense of certainty, it’s basically false. And when it comes to AI, we need to educate ourselves and remember that wisdom doesn’t emerge from knowing with certainty but from awareness of uncertainty.

    Embracing humility. A rapidly changing future requires an ancient skill: that of humility. It was Socrates who discussed the benefits of humility, understanding that our ignorance can prevent us from recognizing its own existence. An arrogant faith in our own knowledge is worth very little compared to the humility that keeps us in touch with all we don’t know—the first requirement for being open to new learning.

    Embodying our humanity. A notable study at the University of Oxford projects that 47 percent of people will be at risk of losing their jobs due to advancements in computerized automation. There’s no way of knowing what that level of unemployment—much of it in white-collar professions—will do to our society. But wherever we find ourselves, we will benefit from staying connected to the core of our humanity as we navigate the changes.

    AI may be able to do things we can’t, and do other things more quickly and efficiently, but it will be humans who determine the shape of the future.

    Lead from within: We still have a long way to go to ensure that humans define AI’s future and to determine our best role as leaders as that future develops.

     


     

    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 09:00:00 on 2018/12/31 Permalink
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    How to Become an Improved Version of Yourself 

    All of us who are privileged to serve in leadership should hold a commitment to constant self-improvement. Becoming a better version of yourself is worth doing on its own merits—plus it can help you become a more successful and effective leader.

    It’s something you can do at any level of achievement, at any point in your career. We all have room for improvement. Here are some tips and starting points for you to try in building a better version of yourself:

    Resolve to change. Many people think they’re fine the way they are and don’t feel any need to change, improve or evolve. But in both leadership and life, if you’re standing still you’re falling behind; if you’re not improving or growing you’re not progressing. Great leaders are always willing to change—and also willing to make a thoughtful investment of time and effort in themselves.

    Become more self-aware. If you’re serious about wanting to become a better leader and person, self-awareness is a great place to start. Assess your behavior, evaluate your actions, and gauge the reactions you receive. Try to view yourself through the eyes of those around you, and ask yourself where you need to improve.

    Model the way. Become aware of yourself as a role model—to others within your organization, to your colleagues, to the young people in your life. That awareness will encourage you to constantly do your best and maintain the highest levels of integrity so you don’t disappoint or lead astray those who are looking up to you.

    Control your temper. Any display of anger is a sign of lack of emotional control. Anger is a common human trait, but it’s a quality that is unpleasing, unhelpful and self-destructive. If you give in to anger, you hurt yourself more than anyone else. If your temper is an issue, practice anger management techniques when things are calm, so when your temper flares you’re already on top of it.

    Practice radical honesty. I am a big supporter of telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, because at the end of the day any communication laced with lies will make people lose respect for you. Being honest while exhibiting compassion is one of the most important characteristics of a great leader.

    Find ways to be helpful. Helping others is one of the best paths to becoming a better person. When you support someone in need, you realize that you can be of value to other people and that you have a role in adding to the store of good in the world.

    Show people you care. Showing people you care about them builds the connections and trust that fuel great teams. It also makes them feel happy—which will likely spread back to you.

    Lead from within: As a leader, if you really want to improve, work on the one thing over which you have control: yourself.

     


     

    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 13:10:39 on 2018/12/10 Permalink
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    This is Why People Really Quit Their Jobs 

    You’ve probably heard the expression that people are only as good as the company they keep. Well, the reverse is also true: a company is only as good as the people it keeps.

    As a leadership coach and business consultant I have the privilege of seeing many organizations through a lens that most people don’t, because leaders are busy leading and managers are busy managing and people are busy doing their jobs so the big picture gets hard to see. People may be unhappy and want to leave without even knowing why. If you’re experiencing more turnover than you’d like, think about why people are leaving. Here are some of the top reasons:

    They don’t like their boss. Most bad bosses aren’t bad people; they’re good people with certain weaknesses. They may micromanage, bully employees, avoid conflict, duck decisions, steal credit, shift blame, hoard information, fail to listen, set a poor example, goof off, or fail to invest in developing their team. A boss with a major weak spot can leave their entire team feeling unhappy and unproductive.

    They don’t get to make use of their strengths. It’s a terrible but common disservice to hire someone talented and then ignore their abilities. The best companies create multiple opportunities for people to use and develop their talents. If you fail to do so, you drive away your most gifted and high-performing employees. Stay in touch with all the amazing things people can do and find ways for them to use those abilities.

    There’s no plan for professional development. Workplaces that retain top people give them access to meaningful learning opportunities—they enable people to be energized by their projects, to perform at their best, and to advance their skills and move forward professionally. When you care about your employees’ happiness and success, in their career and in life, they end up with a better job and you end up with an energized team.

    There’s no room for advancement. The best companies and leaders make it a point to have their managers work with people to create career opportunities that mesh with their goals and personal priorities. This deep level of support gives people confidence and motivation, making them not only more effective and productive but happier and more loyal.

    They’re exposed to dysfunction. Dysfunction saps even the best employees—it distracts them from their work, keeps them on edge, and drains their energy. No one can excel under those conditions. The best leaders do away with dysfunction within their own area and shield their people from the dysfunction they can’t control.

    They feel unappreciated. We all have a human need to be appreciated for our efforts, so when you don’t notice your employees’ contributions—if they feel undervalued on an ongoing basis—they’ll soon wonder why they bother to show up at all, let alone excel. And they’ll leave at the first sign of an opportunity where their talents and hard work will be appreciated.

    Lead from within: If something isn’t working for your people, it isn’t working. Make it right or risk losing your best performers.

     


     

    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 09:00:19 on 2018/12/04 Permalink
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    How Successful Leaders Make it to The Top 

    Not all leaders aspire to the executive level, but lots of them do. And some aim even higher. People want to reach the C-suite for lots of reasons—because it suits their temperament and skills, because they see it as the apex of success, because they believe that’s where they can do the most good… the reasons are too varied to list.

    Whatever your motivation, if you’re among those who aim for the highest positions you need to know that it’s not going to happen on its own. You can take your career pretty far by doing a great job and waiting to be noticed, but the path narrows significantly at the top, and you have to demonstrate strategic planning and bold action if you want to move into the C-suite. As an executive leadership coach, I know, these are the ways you can navigate yourself to the top:

    Create a roadmap. Write yourself a strong strategic plan, just as you would for workplace planning. Set goals and measurable objectives and a timeline.

    Keep learning. Education doesn’t end when you graduate. Be a lifelong student, whether it’s through formal study or learning on your own.

    Network constantly. You can be the most qualified and best educated person for miles around, but if you’re not out there leveraging every resource and relationship, your success will be limited. Learn to make the most of your network.

    Go the extra mile. In everything you do, work harder than most. Put in the hours and the effort. Work harder and longer to stand out from the crowd. Build a reputation as someone who gets things done and done well.

    Mind your mindset. Develop an attitude of fortitude and resilience— resolve that no matter what comes your way, you will find a way make it work. In a world filled with negativity, one of the best ways to stand out is a positive attitude.

    Become a valued resource. Be known as someone useful, someone who adds value to any undertaking. Be generous with your time, help, and support.

    Exceed expectations.  Don’t allow anyone, ever, to define who and what you can accomplish. When others try to hold you back with low expectations and biased thinking,­ show them you are limitless.

    Look the part. If you want to climb the organizational ladder, look the part. As the saying goes, dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

    Make your boss look good. Aligning yourself with your boss’s efforts and goals and do everything you can to help them be successful.

    Sharpen your leadership skills. Practice leadership wherever you are, take classes, read books and online resources, find a mentor. Do whatever it takes to make sure your skills are at their best.

    Be appreciative. Recognize others and appreciate them for who they are. When you make it to the top they’ll all be cheering for you.

    Lead from within: Being promoted to the top isn’t just about luck or power. It takes a plan, networking, experience, and the right skills and attitude.


     

    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

     


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    Photo Credit: iStock Photo

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:16 on 2018/12/03 Permalink
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    How to Answer the Dreaded “Got a Minute? 

    How many times a day do you think a leader is asked, “Got a minute?”

    The answer is often—more often than you’d think.

    When you have work to be done and goals to be met and tasks to finish, it’s easy to view a steady stream of people asking “Got a minute?” as intrusive and unwelcome. Any interruption can throw you off task and cause you to lose momentum, and after several of them resentment can set in.

    On the other hand, it’s important for leaders to be available and accessible. So what can you do?

    Is it possible to meet the needs of your team and respect your own time and workload. Yes, here’s how:

    Say yes. This is the first principle and the most important. People come to see you because they need your support, and as a leader you need to be there for your people. People come first.

    Manage your reaction. Part of being a leader is learning to have patience and being available even when you’re yelling “Noooooooooo!” on the inside. Make sure your reaction is an inviting and welcoming one. Manage your emotions and take care of people who need you.

    Establish a system. A good system—one that everyone understands and follows— allows you to attend to people and still have uninterrupted time every day. The best systems give you and other leaders the perfect balance between discipline and freedom. Consider having your top-tier people come in an hour earlier than the rest of the team so you have a built-in time to confer, and empower them to deal with as much as possible on their own. Another option is to set daily open-door hours, with access at other times limited to emergencies.

    Don’t make excuses. Everyone is busy, so don’t let your time crunch be an excuse. Find the time for your people and let them know they matter. Excuses are tools for incompetent leaders.

    Treat time as a precious resource. Remember that the way you use time serves as a model for your entire team. Let them see you organize your time efficiently and in alignment with your priorities. Show them how to make time to be accessible. And remember to respect their time as well, by not asking them to waste it on do-nothing meetings and busywork administrative tasks.

    Show that access is a privilege. When someone needs you, let them know they have your full attention. At the same time, help them understand that there will be times when someone else has that same full attention, and that your ability to focus helps you maintain a standard of excellence that benefits the entire team. When they understand this, they’ll be less likely to take access to your time for granted.

    Lead from within:  “Got a minute?” It may be one of the most dreaded questions a leader can be asked, but you have to be prepared to answer it correctly.

     


     

    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: IstockPhoto

    The post How to Answer the Dreaded “Got a Minute? appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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