Archive for February, 2010

self-awareness is not just for ‘leaders’

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Insight Self-awareness is one of the few leadership competencies that can have a tremendous impact on career success or failure and yet, it is the competency that most leaders are uncomfortable with.  The idea of having a mirror held up that invites feedback (ie. criticism in most of our minds) is perhaps one of the most fearful components of growing in self-awareness. 

Remember that feedback is but one way to enhance one's self awareness.  Here are a few others:

find motivating employees tough? this may help

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Motivating employees It's an age old story of productivity - some employees are hard charging git 'er done types while others seemingly need a cattle prod. Yes, these examples are the extremes but finding ways to keep employees motivated even when you are the best type of leader can sometimes be challenging.  Wouldn't it be nice if we all had organizations full of high-achieving, initiative-taking, only-come-to-you-when-they-REALLY-hit-a-brick-wall employees?  Why is that so tough?

Well, the truth is that unless you have a crystal    Read More

check out this list to see if your work environment supports your core values

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Boardroom In our work at Leadership on Speed LLC, we often get calls from career professionals when they begin a job transition process.  One of the first exercises we do is to explore our clients core values.  Why?  Clarity surrounding values supports their ability to find work within organizations that afford the best fit both technically and professionally.  Otherwise, individuals are at risk for potentially getting a great offer but being unfulfilled in the long term.  In a society that has often measured success    Read More

this video will wipe out every excuse you ever thought you had

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I first came across this video a couple of years ago and I think it is worth sharing again if you didn't watch it the first time (or even if you did!).  We all have days when what we planned to do gets usurped by our emotional state - in other words, we just don't "feel" like doing what we had planned.  This video may give you the motivation to dig deep on those days and JUST DO IT!

Continue to be great!



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We are now one of the TOP 50 LEADERSHIP BLOGS!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Thank you Leadership on Speed, LLC was notified this week that our blog is now ranked as one of the Top 50 Leadership blogs according to Blog Rank.  We wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to our readers and supporters for making this possible!  We appreciate your continued feedback and topic ideas and are committed to continuing to bring content that serves you best.

Continue to be great!

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what an Undercover Boss can teach us

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Undercover boss Admittedly, I'm not much for reality TV but if you missed last night's premier episode of Undercover Boss following the Super Bowl, you missed some great 'undercover' leadership lessons from the Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.) of a $13 billion company.  The opportunity to watch a senior executive at such a large company was really too cool to miss.

If you didn't have a chance to watch, Lawrence (Larry) O'Donnell, III, President and    Read More

managers as leaders and leaders as managers

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Mgtvleader Although leaders and managers have very distinct roles, there is little doubt that in today's business environment leaders must be willing to wear a management hat and managers would do well to incorporate leadership skills.  They are flip sides of a very complimentary coin.

If you are often confused on the distinctions between leaders managers, here are a few brought to you courtesy of Warren Bennis:

  • The manager asks how and when; the leaders asks what and why
  • The manager has an    Read More