The 8 Portals of Influence: How to Lead Without Authority

8 Portals of Influence - Jesse Lyn Stoner

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


3 Approaches to Culture Change: What Works

Culture eats strategy

You can’t “do” culture change to your organization. Culture arises from the beliefs and underlying assumptions held by the people in the organization. Trying to change culture by decree or through training programs won’t affect people’s beliefs.

One way to change the culture is to fire a lot of people. That really shakes things up and gets change going – especially if you replace them with new people who come in with a different attitude about the company and the work.

If that doesn’t appeal to you, the only way to quickly and effectively change the culture is to involve the people you want to change in designing and implementing the change effort.

They will better understand why the change is needed and will be . . . → Read More: 3 Approaches to Culture Change: What Works


The 10 WORST Popular Leadership Quotes

Leadership Quotes That Miss the Mark

Great leadership quotes inspire and guide us. They become part of our mainstream language and instilled in our culture. We accept them as a reflection of the ideal, aspire to live them and use them when teaching others about leadership.

But sometimes a quote takes root that sends us in the wrong direction. Frequently these are from highly respected leaders who are often quoted. Not bothering to think critically, we just assume everything they say is on target.

Or it might be that the quote is pithy, and we like the way it sounds. The problem with a catchy slogan is that the form supersedes content.

These 10 “worst leadership quotes” are included on many “best leadership quotes” lists. Although these particular quotes miss . . . → Read More: The 10 WORST Popular Leadership Quotes


How to Delegate Effectively and Minimize RiskHow to Delegate Effectively and Minimize the Risk

Delegate Effectively

Delegating is often one of the hardest things for a manager to do. You give away your authority to make decisions but are still responsible for the outcome if something goes wrong.

Often managers don’t delegate because they hold one or more of these beliefs. Do any sound familiar?

“If you want the job done right, you have to do it yourself.” “They don’t know how, and it’s not my job to train them.” “They don’t want extra responsibilities.” “They’ve already got too much to do.” “It’s my job to do the thinking. It’s their job to do the work.” “They will get the recognition instead of me.” “If they do too much, I might be seen as dispensable.” “If they do it wrong, it . . . → Read More: How to Delegate Effectively and Minimize the Risk


Vision Requires Action: 7 Tips to Move and Keep Moving

Vision Requires Action

Creating a shared vision is one of the most important roles of a leader. But vision alone is not enough. Vision requires action.

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. – Japanese proverb

First: Do a “Vision Check” to make sure you really have a shared vision.

➤ Does your vision include all three keys to a compelling vision?

➤ Did you involve others in creating it? Does the vision resonate with their own hopes, and can they see how they can contribute?

Now: Take action!

1. Start now. Take the first steps and other steps will be come clear.

Vision is about action, not planning. As you take steps, future steps become clear as you move forward. . . . → Read More: Vision Requires Action: 7 Tips to Move and Keep Moving


What is Vision?

The Three Elements of a Compelling Vision

“Vision is knowing who you are, where you’re going and what will guide your journey.”

– Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner

Who you are – is your purpose Where you’re going – is your picture of the future What will guide your journey – are your values The Three Elements of a Compelling Vision

Purpose is your organization’s reason for existence. Choose a significant purpose that’s not about you, but is about providing value to those who use your products or services. Consider your purpose from your customer’s viewpoint. For example, a window shade company might sell window shades but their purpose might be to light control and privacy. Picture of the future is a results-oriented picture of where you . . . → Read More: What is Vision?


4 Ways Leadership Drift Can Catch You Unaware


Are you enthusiastic about your work? When you reflect on your day at work, do you feel a deep sense of satisfaction? Is the person you are at work the same as the person you are outside of work?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” it’s possible you might be caught in leadership drift. You might have heard about team drift, where teams lose their focus without realizing it. The same thing can happen to individuals.

You might be adrift without realizing it.

Why Leadership Drift Occurs A huge external shift

You might have been thrown off track initially because of something huge like a hurricane or a serious illness, and by the time the dust settled, you forgot . . . → Read More: 4 Ways Leadership Drift Can Catch You Unaware


The 9 Essential Leadership Strategies in The Age of Information


Once upon a time, in a land called Industrial Age, the leaders of organizations resided at the top of a hierarchy, managers were in the middle, and workers were supervised.

It was the job of leaders to do the important thinking and the job of managers and supervisors to make sure it was implemented.

Because no one cared what the managers, supervisors and workers thought, many of them parked their brains at the door as they came to work.

Others only used part of their brains, limiting their focus to implementation without regard for the impact on the larger organization.

Eventually the companies became gunked up. They were not healthy places for people. and their long-term results did not reach their potential.

Because their life . . . → Read More: The 9 Essential Leadership Strategies in The Age of Information


Strong Leaders Ask For Help

Asking For Help When You Need It

If you are in a leadership role, chances are you believe it’s better to give than to receive.

Which means you also probably believe you should

… always be competent

… never make mistakes

… always be strong

and that you should only receive when you have something to give in return.

The problem with this attitude is that when you are in a situation where you don’t have a choice and must receive, you are likely to feel

… humiliated

… incompetent

… stupid

We hear “it’s better to give than to receive” but the truth is:

It’s easier to give than to receive, but not always better.

Giving when people can help themselves takes away their power and opportunity to grow, and . . . → Read More: Strong Leaders Ask For Help