A Billion Words of Leadership – Is it time for a Leadership Checkup?
A leader’s actions communicate far more than the words they speak, and rest assured, the organization is paying attention. In fact, the organization will follow what the leader does even more so than what they say; this is where many organizational problems begin. This article reveals a NEW Leadership KPI focused on walking the talk to make your organization effective. It’s worth a read, please check it out. http://ow.ly/mBOGU
There are four words a boss never wants to hear: “I don’t trust you.” However, you will rarely, if ever, hear someone say that to you directly.
So how can you tell if there’s a lack of trust in the workplace?
A few years ago on a college campus, a ceramics professor decided to try an experiment on one of his classes. At the start of the semester he divided the class into two groups and explained that each group would be graded differently.
Group 1 would be graded on the total number of pots they could create throughout the semester, with a minor importance given to quality.
Group 2 would be graded on just one pot. They had all semester to work on just one pot so they better make it impressive.
At the end of the semester, the students all turned in their work for grading. To the professor’s amusement, the 5 highest quality pots all came from the group who was focused on quantity over quality. In fact, most of the pots from Group 2 were terrible. They just looked like over-worked lumps of hollowed out clay.
Why did this happen?
What more employee engagement? Ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. What do you want from your employees? List the top ten things you want—or maybe even expect from them.
2. What do you want for them? In your heart of hearts, what do you want them to experience at work? What kind of experience do you want them going home to their loved ones having had all day long?
3. What differences are there in the tone of the two lists?
There are lots of reasons someone might be upset at work, from the personal (divorce, illness, kid troubles) to the professional (a failed project, bad review, or nasty colleague). Given how much time we spend in the office, it seems inevitable that people will occasionally get emotional. But how should you handle tears as a manager? What should you do with a distraught employee?
There are many talents that we could develop or life-changing experiences we would encounter if we will be willing to go out and try.
Unfortunately, it is much more comfortable to stay at home or within our comfort zone. I am reminded of the quote that says, “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
I hope that we can look for more experiences and opportunities in our life. I hope that we can overcome that voice that says, “Don’t try it, you might not be good at it.”
Sometimes you gotta just get in the pool and start swimming.
In most workplaces the “F” word is taboo. There are some words you just don’t say out loud and the “F” word tops the list. Leaders, in particular, are afraid to even think about the “F” word, much less say it in public. Experienced leaders have learned that mentioning the “F” word is like opening Pandora’s Box. You flip the lid on that bad boy and you’re in for a world of hurt. Some things, including the “F” word, are just better left unsaid.
I think that needs to change. Leaders need to use the “F” word more. Much more.
I used to be afraid of the “F” word until I learned better. Now I find myself using the “F” word whenever I get the chance. Here are four reasons why it’s important for leaders to use the “F” word – feelings – in the workplace (you didn’t really think I was talking about that “F” word, did you?!)…
Do your communication skills run deeper than the dictionary?
This is a must read for company leadership and human resource professionals. It really makes you think about how decisions are made within an organization when it comes to hiring and maintaining employees. When your leadership team is weak, your best people leave, profits suffer and changes need to be made. But why do so many companies fail at making changes to the leadership team itself? This article is a story of a company faced with this dilemma. It really is a tragic tale. One that hopefully influences other businesses to make better decisions. Please check it out.