What Great Leadership Training Does Now That It Didn’t 10 Years Ago

admin   •   carousel-post, Featured, Leadership   •   August 02, 2014

To evolve as leaders, managers have to internalize the idea that leadership is fundamentally different from managing tasks. Being a great leader means both managing tasks and functions well, but also understanding how to behave and “show up” as a leader. It can be hard to grasp for some, but it can be learned. It surprises me how many training programs exist in a vacuum. They might focus on training on specific skills like time-management, budgeting and coaching, for example, but they incorporate very little business context into the design of their programs, and they measure metrics such as “usage,” rather than real business impact. Top-level training organizations move beyond […]

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Five Enduring Leadership Lessons

admin   •   Blog, carousel-post, Featured, Leadership   •   September 06, 2014

Know Yourself: While all the wisdom traditions establish self-awareness as essential to life, effectiveness and fulfillment, Warren Bennis was the pioneer, who linked self-awareness to leadership effectiveness. Since his ground breaking work and his ability to clearly articulate it, there has been abundant scientific research and practitioner experience validating this essential leadership principle. Our own work has shown that a 720° infinity loop of inside-out and outside-in awareness is the core meta-competency that distinguishes leader, team, and organizational success. As Warren put it, “The model of progress is not linear; success is completing the full circle of yourself.” 2. Live and Lead as an Integrated, Whole Person: Bennis posited that […]

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9 Things Successful People Won’t Do

admin   •   Leadership   •   October 18, 2014

1. They Won’t Let Anyone Limit Their Joy: When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When emotionally intelligent people feel good about something that they’ve done, they won’t let anyone’s opinions or accomplishments take that away from them. 2. They Won’t Forget: Emotionally intelligent people are quick to forgive, but that doesn’t mean that they forget. Forgiveness requires letting go of what’s happened so that you can move on. It doesn’t mean you’ll give a wrongdoer another chance. Emotionally intelligent people are unwilling to be bogged down unnecessarily by others’ mistakes, so they […]

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5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   July 03, 2014

1. What’s the problem? Company leaders may often find themselves asking this question or some variation of it. “What’s the problem, what’s going wrong, what is broken, what is our biggest threat — that is, unfortunately, the starting point of 80 percent of meetings in management,” Cooperrider says. But he maintains that if a company leader asks questions that are focused on problems and weaknesses, then the organization overall will tend to be fixated on that — rather than focusing on strengths and opportunities. 2. Whose fault is it? A better approach would be to ask, How can we work together to shore up any weaknesses? That identifies weak links […]

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7 Ways To Build Trust At Work

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   September 17, 2013

1. Improve what you offer : Don’t be complacent with customers. Think about how you can improve your services. Is there a gap between the service you offer and what customers would prefer? Can you fill the gap? 2. Lower your staff’s anxiety level : Emotions have an impact on trust levels in the workplace. There are many ways to treat employees well—benefits, perks and choice assignments, for example. But perhaps the most important initiative in that regard is creating a workplace atmosphere that lowers their anxiety. 3. Balance self-interest with service to others : Approaching clients from a strictly mercenary mindset is not a smart move. We all like […]

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Four Extreme Leadership Principles Of A Navy SEAL

admin   •   carousel-post, Featured, Leadership   •   August 09, 2013

1. Perceived Personal Limitations : If you’re preparing to succeed in business, you must eliminate perceived personal limitations on the spot. Any doubt must be removed from your mind in an instant. Do not let the words “I can’t” enter your vocabulary again. 2. Make It Happen : To empower yourself, or even better, to empower your team, verbalize those three words every day. It shows that you have no doubt you or your team can get their accomplishment done. It shows you have the confidence that you and the team will get all the way to your goal. Force your team members to get out of their comfort zones, […]

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Nature, Nurture or Neither: Ethical Behavior and the Need for ‘Moral Exemplars’ on Wall Street

admin   •   carousel-post, Featured, Leadership   •   August 03, 2013

The financial services industry needs to answer this critical question if we are ever to do a better job of living up to the role that society expects of us and the responsibilities we have in financial capitalism. In the there-is-no-way-to-teach-ethics camp are skeptics like Richard Posner, appellate court judge, legal theorist and economist, who writes, “I can think of few things more futile than teaching people to be good.” More hopeful is Neil Hamilton, founding director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions. Hamilton believes people can be taught to think, to perform, to conduct themselves (that is to act morally and ethically) like professionals. Despite […]

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5 Leadership Secrets Of Collaboration Success

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   July 30, 2013

1) Build An Online Infrastructure For Social Learning And Networking : A framework for sharing puts everyone on the same page and allows people to get to know each other in new and exciting ways. 2) Set Limits : Collaboration is not about being best friends. It’s about bringing your best self to the table and understanding that the chemistry will be great at times, not so great at others. 3) Get It Off Your Chest : Nothing undermines collaboration more insidiously than festering resentment. If something is bugging you, let the appropriate people know. If you feel dissed, deal with it quickly and honesty. The more this kind of […]

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10 Leadership Tips from Steve Jobs

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   July 25, 2013

1. Simplify 2. Control the Experience 3. Innovate 4. Ignore Reality 5. Have Confidence 6. Rethink Designs 7. Team With Winners 8. Collaborate 9. Vision + Details 10. Rebel Link to Article

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The Seven Pillars of Transparent Leadership

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   July 24, 2013

1) Being overwhelmingly honest : By taking the time to share all the information needed to make your people successful, they will trust and see transparency throughout the organization. When you share all the information needed, you are preparing the soil for growth and an environment of trust. 2) Delivering bad news well : Delivering bad news must be handled with care but important to share with everyone to build more of the trust and transparency in your organization. Occasionally, there are moments of bad news in every company’s journey to success. Those moments are the most crucial moments to be forthright and honest with your team. 3) Properly handling […]

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