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