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
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
Guest Post by Bruce Rosenstein
Most people are familiar with succession planning for an organization. Who is going to follow you as a leader once it is time for you to be replaced, and what must be done to prepare that person?
Succession planning is undeniably important. But if you grow and develop throughout your personal and professional life, and continually transform and improve yourself, there is the possibility that the person who replaces you can be yourself.
In other words, you can become your own successor.
I started developing the idea for this construct in 2011, when the Brazilian business magazine Administradores asked me who could be considered as successors to Peter Drucker, who died in 2005 at 95, as the leading . . . → Read More: How To Become Your Own Successor
Guest post by Dan Schawbel
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, will comprise 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. They are the most educated, most diverse and the most connected generation of our lifetime, and they are poised to make a major impact on corporate America.
Most companies aren’t ready and don’t understand the impact that this generation will have.
Millennials have a different view of how work should get done. They see no reason for many traditional corporate policies such as the dreaded nine to five workday. Yet, fewer than half of US companies currently have a workplace flexibility program and a mere 10% have entrepreneurship or community service programs. Companies are just not equipped right now . . . → Read More: 5 Ways Millennials Will Shape the Future of Work
Guest Post by David Burkus
We live and work in a world of complex problems, and few people would argue that we can solve those problems without a lot of creativity. Creativity is the seed of innovation and, in the business world, innovation is the seed of competitive advantage.
But as important as creativity is, most of us don’t really understand how it works and how to enhance our own creative thinking. Instead, we tell and retell a series of myths, faulty beliefs that serve as our best guess for how creativity works. But the implications of 50 years of research into creativity are re-writing many of those myths. The results might strike us as odd, but they are effective.
Creativity isn’t a . . . → Read More: Three Counterintuitive Tips To Enhance Your Creativity
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 and . . . → Read More: The Most Important Risk in Life: Be You
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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 can . . . → Read More: Fear of Learning
Is Vision Relevant Today?
Mike Myatt CEO, N2growth on The Value of Vision
In a word – YES! I’ve always said, leadership without vision is like trying to drive blind – it won’t end well. The best evidence of the importance of vision is what occurs in its absence– mediocrity, irrelevance, and ultimately, obsolescence.
If you accept my statements thus far as true, then my question is this: why do so many businesses struggle with creating a cohesive, aligned vision? The answer is regrettably obvious – many leaders are simply failing to lead.
Businesses don’t have vision issues – they have leadership issues. Simply holding a leadership title/position doesn’t make a person a leader. Let me be as blunt as . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Mike Myatt