How I Learned About the Power of Authenticity

The Power of Authenticity
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What happens when you have to admit you don’t know what you’re doing? Sometimes the power of authenticity is the key to turning things around. So I learned in my first job out of college.

I had landed a prestigious job as a demonstration teacher at New Mexico State University. The classroom was housed in the school of education, surrounded by one-way mirrors.

I had ten “emotionally disturbed” children, ranging in age from 6 to 10, who had been kicked out of the public schools. (In those days there were no laws mandating education for all children).

I was to use a strict behavior modification approach, rewarding positive behavior and ignoring negative behavior. The children received poker chips for completing assignments and good behavior. At . . . → Read More: How I Learned About the Power of Authenticity

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Develop Your Team - The Truth About the Bell Curve

Develop Your Team - The Truth About the Bell Curve
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The theory of a bell curve is that most people are average, with a small percent at the top being top performers and a small percent at the bottom being losers.

But when it comes to performance, the truth is the bell curve only exists if you believe it does.

Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson showed this 50 years ago. In their famous study, they gave students IQ tests to predict their ability to achieve and then shared the results with their teachers. As expected, students who scored the highest, had achieved the most at the end of the school year.

However, the IQ scores had actually been assigned randomly and had nothing to do with the students’ true potential. This became known as the . . . → Read More: Develop Your Team – The Truth About the Bell Curve

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How to Create a Dynamic Strategic Plan in an Unpredictable World

Dwight Eisenhower dynamic strategic planning
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The traditional approach to strategic planning might be obsolete in this fast-paced, unpredictable world. But it does not mean that planning is useless. Creating a dynamic strategic plan will enable you to respond quickly and to be creatively proactive.

The problem with the traditional planning approach is – it doesn’t work. Recent research shows 60-80% of firms fail to execute their strategies, and fewer than 5% of employees are aware of, or understand their firms’ strategies.

The pace of change has changed. Technology has fundamentally disrupted the way we communicate and the way we do business.

Many leaders have adopted the military term VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) to describe the environment they are contending with. Dwight Eisenhower, familiar with a VUCA environment, . . . → Read More: How to Create a Dynamic Strategic Plan in an Unpredictable World

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Be a leader worth following.

Be a leader worth following
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Thursday Thoughts: Be a leader worth following. People follow leaders by choice. Otherwise at best, you get mindless compliance.

Read ➤ How to Be a Leader People Want to Follow.

 

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In addition to my regular leadership blog, I offer “Thursday Thoughts” – simple truths for reflection and food for thought.

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Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

Be a leader people want to follow
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People follow leaders by choice.

You can get compliance through imposing your authority, by coercion or manipulation, but you won’t be trusted and respected.

And when your followers do have a choice, there is no guarantee they will continue to follow you. Or if you find yourself out on a limb, it is likely you will find you’re alone.

To lead without relying on authority, your most powerful Portal of Influence is your character.

Character is the expression of who you are. When your character is built on a foundation of integrity, people will trust you.

Do you lead by example?

Are you honest, respectful, and authentic?

Are you consistent and dependable?

. . . → Read More: Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

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Are You Unconsciously Perpetuating an Outdated View of Leadership?

Are You Unconsciously Perpetuating an Outdated View of Leadership
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Although my blog post The 40 Best Leadership Quotes has had almost 20,000 views, over 1600 social shares, and many comments, no one seems to have noticed that 85% of the quotes are by women.

Since most of the “best leadership quotes” lists include less than 10% women, you might think a list of 85% would be conspicuous.

I discovered this gross imbalance in 2014 while doing an Internet search for a pithy leadership quote. As I scrolled through a list of 100 leadership quotes, I was struck by how few were by women. I did a counted and found only 7 by women.

The next list titled “Top 25 Leadership Quotes” had only one woman. With my curiosity now piqued, I clicked on nine . . . → Read More: Are You Unconsciously Perpetuating an Outdated View of Leadership?

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How to Show Leaders They Need to Delegate

How to show leaders they need to delegate by Jesse Lyn Stoner
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How do you help leaders understand they need to delegate? I often hear this question, and it was the focus of this recent letter:

Hello Jesse: What have you found are the most effective ways to engage business owners in the need to delegate? Are there particular pain points that make them consider learning how to delegate? Or instead does an appeal to the upside such as employee development and engagement get more of a response? I am working with business owners with 5-50 employees. Michael.

Instead of responding privately, I decided to publish my response in my blog, as it might be of interest to others as well.

 

Hi Michael,

This is an excellent question. And I’d like to offer a . . . → Read More: How to Show Leaders They Need to Delegate

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Are Your Millennial Employees Turning You Into a Helicopter Manager?

Millennial Employees Turning You Into a Helicopter Manager
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Have you noticed that you’re supervising more closely, giving more direction, or spending more time with your millennial employees?

It may be that in your efforts to support them, you are providing too much. You may be unconsciously continuing the kind of environment they grew up in – over-structured and over-protected, where failure is not an option – an environment that perpetuates dependency.

A World Where Everyone’s a Winner.

According to Joanie Connell, millennial worker expert and author of Flying Without a Helicopter, many Millennials are the product of an upbringing that focused on creating a sense of self-worth through success. She shares this example of how it works, “When my daughter was eight, we signed her up for recreational soccer. The registration form said: . . . → Read More: Are Your Millennial Employees Turning You Into a Helicopter Manager?

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The 8 Portals of Influence: How to Lead Without Authority

8 Portals of Influence - Jesse Lyn Stoner
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I am delighted and honored that Tanmay Vora created this Sketch Note of “The 8 Portals of Influence,” described in more detail in my blog How to Influence Without Authority. In today’s complex world, leaders need to develop multiple channels of influence. These alternative paths to leadership can be effective when you don’t have or don’t want to use authority. You don’t need to have access to all eight portals, but if you want to be effective, it helps to develop more than one.

I am a big fan of Tanmay Vora’s insightful, award-winning leadership blog, which I read regularly. He is recognized as one of the Top 5 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media.

Also a talented photographer and artist, he has created . . . → Read More: The 8 Portals of Influence: How to Lead Without Authority

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