Feedback: What are your Intentions?

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Andy (a leader I met last week) was very disappointed. One of his employees had missed another deadline, making him and his whole team look bad with a high-profile client. Andy had learned that feedback was most valuable when shared in a timely manner, and he knew that he needed to start documenting performance. So he stopped what he was doing to have a conversation with the employee.           Andy: You missed another deadline today. Just like you did on August 11, 18, 25 and 27.           Employee: I know. I’m really sorry. …

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Introduction to the Knower and Learner Minds

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Guest post by Guy Parsons and Allan Milham Curiosity is a topic of great interest to me. Research correlates it with greater performance, effectiveness and even happiness. So, you can imagine that a title like Out of the Question: How Curious Leaders Win would capture my attention. This week’s guest post from authors Guy Parsons and Allan Milham provides a great introduction to their book, which is available on Amazon. The pace of business has clearly accelerated in the last 15 years. Instantaneous communications, technology and collaboration tools combined with an ever-increasing percentage of college-educated workers have truly changed how …

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The Dynamic Duo of Vision and Strategy

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Some things just work better together. Bread and butter Soap and water Table and chairs Love and marriage Batman and Robin In these examples, each item has value in and of itself. Yet combined, the pairs take on a more striking, pleasurable and powerful quality. The same holds true for vision and strategy: leaders who are able to master both and leverage them with their teams will drive unbeatable results. But many managers and supervisors find they might be talented or effective at one and struggle with the other… which makes perfect sense. The two tasks require very different skill …

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The Kids’ Table

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What happened to ‘employee involvement’? Has it gone out of vogue?  Has it been replaced by new initiatives?  These are questions I’ve come up against recently as I’ve worked with organizations across a variety of industries. The most pointed (and poignant) way I’ve heard the issue raised was from a gracious, intelligent, capable professional who shared: “I feel like they’re making me sit at the kids’ table.” We all can relate to this. Remember those awkward ‘tween years when you weren’t grown up enough to join the adults but were clearly too grown up to eat with the kiddies with …

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Supervision Means Having to Say…

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Supervisors are the lynchpins in any organization. They are the link between management and the employees who build the products, deliver the services, and take care of the customers day-in and day-out. They are on the frontline, the leading (and sometimes bleeding) edge, closest to the action and the realities of business. Supervisors are also one of the top reasons employees give for leaving their jobs. Classic Gallup research (based upon more than one million employees) found that the number one reason for quitting a job comes down to the boss. Researchers summarized it with the much-quoted phrase: “People leave …

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Risky business: Strategies to encourage employee risk-taking

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Failure is getting considerable attention in leadership and management circles these days. Articles, books, and keynote speeches preach the value of mistakes and learning from failure. The current dialogue begins once the mistake or failure occurs and addresses how to leverage it for maximum return. But before any of this is possible, the employee must first take a risk. Risk is defined as a ‘situation that involves exposure to danger.’ And in today’s workplace, the dangers are very real. Years of delayering, outsourcing, and right-sizing have left employees insecure. It’s been a buyer’s job market for as long as some …

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Perfectionism vs. Persistence

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Leaders have a great deal riding on them. Their employees, bosses, customers, and organizations need and expect a lot. For many, this breeds an intense experience of pressure. A belief that there’s no room for error. That everything’s got to be perfect. That they must get it right. For many, this transforms healthy persistence into the unhealthy expression of perfectionism. Perfectionism is a frequently-noted derailer across industries and leadership levels. And it’s damaging to all involved. The perfectionistic leader can experience stress, isolation, procrastination, and risk-avoidance that hurts himself and the business. Those who report to perfectionistic leaders suffer as …

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Curiosity is the New Black

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Are you looking for a skill that’s always in style, goes with anything and makes a bold statement wherever it goes? Look no further; simply consider curiosity. Depending upon whom you ask, curiosity is defined as a competency, skill, quality, or emotion. It’s the capacity to demonstrate keen interest, an inquisitiveness spirit, an eager drive to understand, and an appetite for experimentation. No matter how you define it, there’s a growing agreement that curiosity is a vital (and too frequently missing) ingredient in today’s workplace. There’s also agreement that it’s gaining attention and a prominent seat at the leadership table. …

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OCD: The Unexpected Trait That Employees Want (And Organizations Need ) Most In A Leader

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While obsessive-compulsive disorder may come in handy in some business settings, the ‘OCD’ that employees want most from their leaders is something very different. It’s an obsession with career development. According to a recent study by Lee Hecht Harrison, 91% of employees polled report that career development is among their top priorities. Being able to learn, grow, and expand their capacity is of vital importance to most individuals.  It’s also of vital importance to organizations interested in staying ahead of the customer demand curve, continuously improving products and services, and delivering shareholder value. Yet only a small percentage of employees are actually …

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Introverted and Extroverted Leaders

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Guest Post by Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D. I’m really excited about the launch of my friend Jennifer Kahnweiller’s new book, The Genius of Opposites. Jennifer is an expert on introversion and communication… and she bring her years of experience, knowledge and research together in this, her best book yet. The Genius of Opposites explores how introverts and extroverts can partner to achieve unbeatable results. She shares examples of high-profile ‘opposites’ and provides actionable strategies for making the most of differences. This week’s guest post from Jennifer gives you a sneak peek at her new book… which I thoroughly enjoyed and hope …

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