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  • feedwordpress 08:00:47 on 2018/09/04 Permalink
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    7 Ways to Be a More Effective Leader 

    The business environment has never been more demanding than it is right now. Factors that would have been exceptional not long ago—global competition, turbulent markets, demanding shareholders and customers, and constantly changing technology—are an everyday fact of life.

    More than ever, successful organizations depend on the quality of their leadership. And successful leadership depends on broad-strokes preparation based on principles you can apply in any situation, however volatile.

    Here are some foundational principles that will make you a more effective leader:

    Be both flexible and resolute. To be an effective leader, you have to learn to balance being unbending and being adaptable. Great leaders know how to go with the flow without losing direction, moving their organization forward with resiliency and alertness.

    Delegate but don’t be demanding. Too many leaders feel they need to control every little thing. Allow others to do their job and do it well. When you delegate wisely and often, you’re developing leadership skills, confidence and trust within your team.

    Set direction but make it compelling. Every employee needs some degree of direction. Set specific and measurable goals with your employees, then regularly monitor their progress against their own goals as well as their contribution toward organizational goals.

    Communicate with honesty and clarity. Many leaders don’t communicate clearly enough or often enough. Make the effort to inform, report, and communicate concisely so people are free to work without information gaps.

    Be accessible and available. At its core, your leadership is all about your people. When someone needs you, it’s time to look up, make eye contact, set aside your work and your phone and any other distractions, and focus on the person standing in front of you.

    Don’t just solve problems, create lasting solutions. There will always be problems, and there will always be a need for leaders who can create timely solutions that endure. Too many leaders settle for quick fixes that often cause bigger problems down the road. Focus on healing the cause of the problem instead of treating the symptoms.

    Consistently recognize the achievements of others.  Every employee wants to do a good job. And when they do, they want recognition from their leader. The simple act of recognizing and rewarding employees for a job well done is enough to set you apart as a leader.

    Lead From Within: If you want to grow into a truly effective leader, start today to cultivate these skills. Then, when the time comes, you’ll be prepared to steer your company and people in the right direction.



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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 14:30:12 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    How to Become a Better Person in Just 7 Days 

    Max Depree once said that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

    If your goal is become a better person by being a better leader, businessperson, entrepreneur, parent, mentor, or teacher, then the first step is to learn to do better.

    And doing better is something we all can aspire to, wherever we are, whatever we’re already doing.

    That aspiration–to constantly improve, to always be changing and growing, to keep doing better–is what keeps us moving forward. However successful we already may be, it’s how we prepare the way for tomorrow’s success.

    The alternative is a sad one: to look back one day and wish you had done better.

    The time to start is today. Here are seven questions for the next seven days. If you can ask them with courage, answer them with truth, and put into use what you learn from them, the next seven days will be your master class on becoming a better person.

    Day 1: What do I sound like?

    Begin the day, by listening to the things you say–to others and to yourself. The way you sound is the best indicator of how you think. Do you express negativity or optimism? Complacency or joy? Acceptance or judgment? Learn to select your thoughts, and the changes in your speech and demeanor will follow. Make today the first day of sounding the way you want to feel.

    Day 2: What do I still need to learn?

    Feeling that you already know everything you need to know robs you of your ability to learn more. Ask yourself specifically what you still need to learn. It may be honing a skill, cultivating a new habit, bringing your technical knowledge up to date, or opening up a whole new field of study. If you are unwilling to learn, no one can help you, but if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. Make today the first day of a new learning plan.

    Day 3: How can I be more purposeful?

    To be more purposeful is to be more present, which in turn makes you more approachable–not only to others but also to yourself.  As David Viscott writes: “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” What can you do today to be more purposeful, more approachable more accessible, more present? Remember that your story counts, your voice matters, and you were born to make an impact. Make today the day you begin to focus on your purpose and meaning.

    Day 4: How can I become a better role model?

    Effectiveness as a role model begins with learning to love and respect yourself. It is a position of privilege, one that asks you to dig deeper to understand what is important to you and mold yourself into the best person you can be so you can lead by example. It’s not about making yourself into someone you’re not but about being genuine with who you are, with all your weakness and strengths, and living from that truth. Make today the day to start being an authentic role model. Be yourself, be your best, and do everything with excellence.

    Day 5: Whom do I need to forgive? 

    Where in your life do you need to apply forgiveness? And where can you let go of anger? Who has betrayed you, hurt you, caused you pain? Today you can become a better person by starting to right the wrongs in your life. Whether it’s yourself or someone else, make today the day to forgive so you can move on.

    Day 6: How can I lace everything with love?

    It was the Roman poet Ovid who said, “If you want to be loved, be lovable.” And the way to increase the store of love in our lives is by lacing everything with love. Love yourself, love your friends, your family, your partner, your colleagues, your bosses, your clients, your teachers–treat everyone you encounter as a beloved fellow human. Give freely of yourself without expecting anything in return. Make today the day you lace everything everything you say and do with unconditional love. There’s no greater game changer. Love is all there is.

    Day 7: How can I cultivate an attitude of gratitude?

    On the last day of the week that begins your better life, it’s time to focus on gratitude. Look back over your week with gratitude for who you are and what you have, and for who you are becoming and what you are gaining. What are you happy for in your life? What are you proud of? Don’t just think about them but be actively grateful–for the good things, because not everyone gets them, and for the bad things as well, because they bring you strength, growth, and empathy. Make today the starting point of a sense of gratitude that extends through all your days. Being grateful makes us appreciate what we have.

    At any point in your life, every day you have a brand-new opportunity to be a better person than who you were yesterday. When you pay attention to those opportunities and make the most of them, your reward will be a life of amazing growth and accomplishment.


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    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 11:56:44 on 2016/11/22 Permalink
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    7 Superpowers That Will Make You a Great Leader 

    screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-6-54-15-amAs leaders, we all wield significant power—but not the old-model version of bossing people around and yelling “you’re fired!” if they don’t make the grade.

    True power calls us to connect with others and to connect them with their own strengths, encourage them and lead them toward places they wouldn’t normally go to on their own.

    That’s the best kind of power, but it can easily fall through the cracks of day-to-day leadership.

    As an executive leadership coach, I sometimes find myself having to remind my clients of how powerful they really are, and the ways in which they can exercise that power.

    Here are 7 types of power so effective that they’re practically superpowers:

    1. Persuasion. Your ability to persuade others—to win them over to your point of view and inspire them to action—is grounded in your relationship with that person and in your own integrity. When you carry out your own role with excellence and a commitment to serving others, you can persuade others with genuine authority.

    2. Positivity. To stay positive in the worst times, when everyone around you has given in to negativity, automatically elevates your work and message. Positivity gives hope and purpose to others when they need it most and leads your team to the highest level of accomplishment.

    3. Observation. Many people are too busy to even notice their surroundings or their circumstances. Sometimes the power of a great leader comes from the simple act of slowing down enough to take a look around and assess what you see. Observation allows you to pinpoint problems and issues—and their solutions—early on.

    4. Decisiveness. While others pride themselves on being a great thinkers, great leaders understand the power of decisiveness. They observe and assess, then act quickly and confidently without second-guessing their conclusions. Even if you get it wrong once in a while, you’ll still outperform those who are slow to act.

    5. Modesty. It may go against intuition, but modesty is a secret weapon of some of the greatest leaders. When you’re modest you stay teachable and humble, no matter how much you already know. You see yourself as a servant and a student more than a master, and you exhibit a willingness to engage with others that leads to respect.

    6. Tenacity.  If you could have only one leadership superpower, this is the one you’d want. In many situations it’s the factor that determines your chances for success. When everything around you is falling apart and you respond with determination, courage, persistence, and strength, that’s character. And genuine character is the highest form of power.

    7.  Insight. Vision is one of the most important factors in leadership, and insight is the highest form of vision. With insight you really can see around corners and through walls to know what’s really going on and gain a feel for the underlying issues. A single moment of insight can be as powerful as a lifetime of experience—but it’s a skill that has to be built and nurtured.

    Lead from within: It may feel vain to consider your sources of power, but they’re the things you need to fulfill the responsibilities of leadership—and the more you understand them, the stronger they become.

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  • feedwordpress 11:18:06 on 2016/10/18 Permalink
    Tags: , Every Day Rituals, , , purpose, Smart Leadership,   

    How to Tell You’re Dumbing Down Your Leadership 

    screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-7-06-22-amIt’s important to realize that just because someone holds a position of leadership, doesn’t necessarily mean they should lead.

    Leadership is complex.

    For some leaders see it principally as the power to direct other people; for others, it’s about inspiring people so they feel they can do the impossible; and for some it’s centered on being a visionary.

    But there are some leaders, that don’t try, don’t care, don’t see and don’t lead.

    The dumbest thing you can do as a leader is to take your position for granted.

    However you approach your leadership, recognize its complexity and resist the temptation to dumb it down

    We must always remember, leadership is a privilege.

    Here are six ways to keep your leadership smart and to stop dumbing it down.

    Read every day. Don’t allow your leadership to become empty-minded or fall into a rut. Make a habit of daily reading that challenges you and has an impact on how you think, both creatively and logically.

    Learn something new. There’s always something new to learn if you’re paying attention. Get to know the people around you and give yourself the benefit of their expertise.

    Keep developing new skills. No matter how talented you are, your talent will fail you if you’re not skilled. Skill is achievement practiced, so work hard, and dedicate time for yourself to improve every single day.

    Cultivate being a better listener. Everything around you holds answers if you learn to listen. When you speak you are only repeating what you already know, but if you listen you can learn something new.

    Track your objectivity. Work to recognize and neutralize any bias you might have. We all have something we have to fight in this area, and it isn’t an easy task. But the reward is a level of credibility and respect that makes it a fight worth waging.

    Work on developing foresight. If you want to see the future, look at the past. It will give you the insight you need to create the foresight for the future. Be a student of history—of the world, of your country and state, of your field, of your organization and your competitors.

    Learn how to manage conflict. One study found that 10 percent of most conflicts are due to difference in opinion and 90 percent are due to someone using the wrong tone of voice. If you want to be an effective leader, conflict management is essential.

    You can either play dumb or be smart. Fight to be wiser, smarter, better.

    Lead From Within: Leadership is an opportunity to truly make an impact—not to dumb things down but to bring things up.

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  • nmw 18:35:30 on 2014/10/07 Permalink
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    Bypassing corporate communications, marketing, and customer care to obtain information? 

    We saw this ten years ago with social media – people were bypassing corporate communications, marketing, and customer care to obtain information from each other.


    I don’t think people were actually bypassing corporate communications — they were simply corporate communications of a different kind. Most so-called social media websites are nothing other than corporate blogs (and quite often the organizations that control these corporate blogs censor the content according to organizational rules [which are usually explicated in these organizations’ “Terms of Service”])

    Before that time, Google served a quite similar role / purpose / function.

    In the meantime, Google has become increasingly involved in acquiring startup companies that might compete with its own business.

    In the future, the organizational structure that will bring people together will increasingly be based in natural language information retrieval, and corporate branding and brand names will become ever less significant.

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