Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category
"Coaching may be popular but it's NOT for everyone"
Coaching.As few as five to seven years ago, coaching was still primarily attributed to the world of sports. Now, we see the term "coaching" applied in every genre - business, music, finances, entertainment, health, etc. Anyone has at their disposal, the ability to apply coachable moments in the conduct of their work, but a qualified few can apply coaching concepts as a discipline and skill set specifically designed to generate effective results for their client or target audience. The beauty of coaching Read More
"Secrets of Successful Managers"Successful managers are not perfect but they do get more done, get more out of their team and have better retention rates than their unsuccessful peers. Because we are complex human beings, management success seldom boils down to a succinct list of traits so while not comprehensive, here are eight at the top that can definitely advance your success.
- Are comfortable in their own skin
"What Rep. Weiner Could Have Learned From My Mom (and What You Can Too)"I would love to tell you that I don't get it but I do - yet another powerful figure that has demonstrated his lack of integrity. It is a story for the ages. Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy pursues girl (except in this case boy is married), boy sends private pictures over a public medium and gets caught engaging in illicit online relationships. I would also like to tell you that this is a problem confined to Read More
"The Goals We Don't (But Should) Acknowledge"Goals. We all have them. Some typical goals might include things like:
- Generate $10,000 in sales this month
- Develop 10 new clients
- Double company market share
- I don't want to fail
- I don't want to look stupid
- I don't want to make mistakes
Her key points:
- Be authentic (yes!)
- Listen enough to hear what people really want (what they say and don't say)
- Get followership
- TAKE A STAND. Declare something. Saying what you think sets a stake for people to either argue or support you (LOVE this!).
- Have objectives and be Read More
1. The responsibility and service of leadership always outweigh the recognition and status.
2. Responsibility is rewarding, but it isn’t about rewards
3. Anyone can lead but not everyone should lead. If you don’t have your heart in it, you’ll be mediocre at best.
4. Leadership doesn’t make a difference; leadership makes the difference, personally and organizationally.
5. Anything the leader does that benefits only him- or herself Read More
I found this to be a powerful video by Jacqueline Novogratz on living a life of immersion. Of the need for leaders who are not drawn by money to fill a purpose but by passion and the willingness to live in that passion (ie immersion) understanding that taking "the road less traveled" also means making sacrifices to be the difference only you can be in the world. As you watch this, I ask that you think about your purpose. Your passion. What changes and what sacrifices would you need to live a life of immersion? Are you willing to go there?
The April issue of Harvard Business Review had an interesting article entitled The Acceleration Trap which highlights a challenge faced by so many of my clients (if not all) particularly in the current economic environment. Organizations have simultaneously downsized personnel while trying to increase production which means that the associates left behind who were once operating at 80-90% production are now functioning at 125%+ on a daily basis. Every organization goes through periods of increased productivity Read More