When I published my Value of Vision series, I had no idea I had done something unusual. I am concerned about the current lack of interest around vision in leadership, and I had hoped that publishing a series of views from a variety of experts might help boost the topic back onto the radar.
I was surprised when Wally Bock told me he hadn’t seen a blog series like this before – one with so many significant thought-leaders writing on the same subject. Wally asked for an interview to identify some lessons that had made the series successful.
Wally Bock is a highly respected and accomplished business writer, ghost-writer, and editor. In addition to his popular Three Star Leadership blog, Wally writes the Zero . . . → Read More: How Important Is Vision in Leadership? The Question is the Answer
Much of your brain is hardwired from birth. Our primitive reflexes make us hyper-alert for bad news. Our brains detect negative information faster than positive information, and we have a stronger memory for painful experiences than pleasurable ones. This hardwiring ensured the survival of our ancestors.
But the world has changed, and we now know more about how our brains can best help us in today’s world. Studies in brain science have revealed that our prefrontal cortex provides thinking processes that allow us to override the primitive instincts that no longer serve us. It gives us the ability to make choices about our behavior – IF we are intentional.
Brain science shows us the old excuses don’t hold up.
Far too many leaders . . . → Read More: What Brain Science Can Teach Us About Leadership
Welcome to The Carnival of HR. This is one of my favorite carnivals, and I am delighted to host this edition. We have been treated to a wonderful lineup of thought-provoking posts on leadership, workforce practices and talent development, and building relationships. So, sit back, relax and enjoy. The carnival has begun!
Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership Blog points out that “even decent managers sometimes say things to their employees, with good intentions, that may come across as condescending.” We all need to pay attention to these 8 Condescending Things a Manager Should Avoid Saying to an Employee.
In Ursula Burns – The power of strong female leadership, Dorothy Dalton, at 3 Plus International, shares lessons learned from the CEO . . . → Read More: The Carnival of HR
Guest Post by Doug Sundheim
Things work better when you’re being you. You’re not wasting time trying to live up to some conjured-up ideal of perfection. You’re not trying to be all things to all people. Consequently, you have more energy to focus on other things—things that matter more. Also, when you’re being yourself—complete with shortcomings and flaws—your authenticity shines through. And that’s compelling. People hunger for authenticity.
Be you. It’s tough to argue against it.
Yet, here’s the rub. In many ways it’s a difficult way to live. There’s more friction, more tension. It feels risky. You’re not just going with the flow, but rather making intentional choices. You have to get clear about what you do and don’t believe; what you will . . . → Read More: The Most Important Risk in Life: Be You
Did you ever watch in dismay as a good team began to make a series of bad decisions?
It can happen with any kind of team – a work team, sports team, political team, or volunteer team… in any kind of setting – business, government, school, non-profit.
Here’s what happens: The team starts off enthusiastically and moves ahead quickly. Things seem to be humming along, and then, bam! They make some terrible decisions, things come to a screeching halt, and everyone wants to jump ship.
If you’ve ever been a member of one of these teams, you know how devastating it is for all involved. If you wondered what happened, you might find some clues here.
More importantly, if you are currently a member . . . → Read More: Why Good Teams Make Bad Decisions
A mission statement is a brief statement that explains your reason for existence – what you want to accomplish. It describes the end result; not how you will achieve it. It answers the question “why?” Your strategies and goals will answer the question “how?”
Step 1: Determine why you want to write a mission statement. Circle the answer below:
You think you’re supposed to have one. You want to use it for marketing to attract customers. You want to use it to guide how you treat employees and customers. You want to use it to provide focus for daily activities and to communicate to employees and customers what your business is.
Step 2: This next step corresponds with your selection in Step 1. . . . → Read More: How To Write a Mission Statement in 5 Steps
What’s the best length for a blog post? Mine are usually between 500 to 800 words.
However, through the discipline of writing tweets, I have discovered that it is quite possible to communicate an important concept in 160 characters or less.
A Talmudic Tweet
There is a story from the 1st century BCE that tells of a non-Jew who came to the rabbinic sage Hillel. He said that he would convert if the rabbi would teach him the Torah while standing on one leg. Rabbi Hillel replied, “That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: This is the whole of Torah. The rest is commentary. Now go study.”
In less than 120 characters (a tweet!), Rabbi Hillel explained the . . . → Read More: A tweet, a blog post, and a profound teaching
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Guest post by Chip Bell
Fear is as personal as a fingerprint. I have a daredevil friend whose idea of a fun Saturday afternoon is to ski off the top of a steep mountain after being transported to the peak by a helicopter. The thought of that makes me break out in a cold sweat, and I am a former paratrooper!
What frightens one person is another person’s playground. And, this is especially true in mentoring.
Peter Senge wrote in his groundbreaking book, The Fifth Discipline, “When we see that to learn we must be willing to look foolish, to let another teach us, learning doesn’t always look so good anymore…Only with the support and fellowship of another . . . → Read More: Fear of Learning