Guest Post by Rebel Brown
Whether you’re a small business owner or an executive of a large corporation, you are leading humans and their minds. The two are inseparable. Did you know that the words man and mind come from the same Sanskrit root?
The sum of our individual selves is housed within our mindware, the programs we’ve created throughout our life’s learning and experiences. No two humans have the same mindware. Hence no two humans have the same perceptions, thought processes, communication styles, motivational responses or behaviors.
Understanding individual human mindware is the key to next generation leadership.
Whether we’re making a decision about our strategy, designing a new product promotion, selling to a new prospect or solving a problem for a . . . → Read More: Neuroscience, Mindware and Influential Leadership
The Internet has opened the door for cross-cultural communication. Where the United States was once isolated because of its size and location, you can now easily communicate with people in other countries, for work or networking, without having to leave home.
If you work for a global company, your team might be located in the United States, Germany and India, but you can easily communicate via email and can have face-to-face team meetings through video-conference.
Social media offers wonderful opportunities for networking around common interests, and opens the door to direct conversation.
As the opportunities to use the Internet to communicate with people in other countries increases, we must think differently about how we communicate.
When you are physically in another country, you can see . . . → Read More: Simple Tips for Cross-Cultural Communication via the Internet
Your character is your greatest source of influence, no matter what your role or position. Your character is the expression of who you are. And influential character is built on a foundation of integrity.
I have never facilitated the process of identifying values where some form of integrity didn’t end at the top of the list. Why? Because integrity sets the stage – it is the commitment to consistently act on your values.
Without integrity, none of your other values matter.
Integrity means you can be trusted to say what you mean and do what you say.
When you are a leader, everything you say and do is magnified. You raise an eyebrow and people wonder what it means. You make an off-handed . . . → Read More: Your Greatest Source of Influence
Guest Post by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans Celebrating the release of the 5th edition of the bestseller Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, which provides twenty-six strategies to keep talented employees happy and productive. In addition to updating and revising all information for the fifth edition, the authors have included more international stories and statistics.
Beverly Kaye is the Founder of Career Systems International. Sharon Jordan-Evans is the President of the Jordan Evans Group. Their guest post illuminates one of the 26 strategies described in their book. All great performers are interested in learning, and the opportunity to learn can be a greater incentive than a promotion or pay raise. Learning opportunities through . . . → Read More: Help Employees Turn the Job They Have Into a Job They Love
Guest Post by Peggy Holman
Like a great wave, cultural stories carry us along, creating a coherent view of our world. For example, the phrase the “American Dream” evokes a story that has inspired generations to believe that no matter who they are, by working hard, they have the opportunity to succeed.
When such a narrative peaks and starts to decline, no longer living up to its promise, a new wave of possibilities begins to churn. Small, even invisible at first, some stories catch on and a new narrative wave forms as the old one dissipates.
As a new story grows strong enough to compete with the old story, some of us feel confused, betrayed, depressed, or lost. Others . . . → Read More: Change Your Story, Change Your Organization
What is one characteristic every leader should possess?
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
These are some of the interview questions I was asked.
I was honored when Lolly Daskal, a leadership expert I highly respect, asked to interview me for her Huffington Post series.
Lolly is featuring 12 leaders she believes are role models for achieving success through heart based leadership.
Please click here to read the interview -> Role Model With 20/20 Insight
Where Do You Sit On the Scale?
Are you under-delegating? Are you a control-freak?
Are you delegating too much? Are you an absentee manager?
Are you erratic in doing both? Are you a seagull manager?
Problems arise when you are too far on either end of the scale. When you under-delegate, you are the only one staying awake at night thinking of solutions. When you over-delegate, you are in danger of being held responsible for a huge mess that you had no awareness of.
Three Signs You Are Under-Delegating
People head in the opposite direction when they see you approach. They’re concerned you’ll grill them about details of their work. When you talk with your . . . → Read More: The Ups and Downs of Delegating
The Full Steam Ahead! Roadmap
This is a “how to” post – for leaders and team members who want to create a shared vision. Over the years I have written blog posts that provide an explanation of each of these steps. This post connects the dots by linking these posts with the steps they support. This is the roadmap for the process I use to create a shared vision that not only inspires, but provides clarity on direction and ongoing guidelines for decision-making.
Step 1: Create a Compelling Team Vision
1) Before you begin, everyone should understand the three elements of a compelling vision and how they are interrelated.
Three Keys to Visions That Work . . . → Read More: How to Create a Shared Vision That Works
Guest post by Bob Miglani
Walk into a business planning meeting, visit a customer, look at a forecast and all we see is uncertainty on the horizon these days. Coupled with unpredictability, the sheer complexity of global business and the speed of it all, and it feels like we’re living in chaos.
Trying to figure out which way to go, it’s easy to get lost in overanalyzing everything and end up feeling stuck, overwhelmed and unable to move forward.
Yet, despite the chaos, some leaders forge ahead successfully. What are they doing differently? What’s the secret sauce?
Apply these three leadership principles for times of chaos to lead effectively in the “new normal.”
1. Focus on ideas not on resources.
It’s easy to . . . → Read More: Three Leadership Principles for Times of Chaos