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By kzookev | Library Leadership

Help Employees Create Knowledge — Not Just Share It

Many leaders see organizational learning simply as sharing existing knowledge. This isn’t surprising given that this is the primary focus of educational institutions, training programs, and leadership development courses. It’s the “sage on the stage” model, in which an expert shares what they know …

Management

Having Work Friends Can Be Tricky, but It’s Worth It

<b></b>How often have you had the following conversation at work?<p><i>How are you?</i><i>Good. You?</i><i>Fine.</i><p>It is a script we stick to even if we are dying inside.<p>It’s hard to build real connections with your colleagues if you never get beyond superficial chit-chat. And yet people who have a “best friend at work” are not …

Relationships

How New Managers Can Send the Right Leadership Signals

One of the most exciting and — sometimes anxiety-producing transitions in a career — comes when you move from being an individual contributor to becoming a manager. At this juncture, <i>what you think, what you say, and how you show up —</i> in effect, your leadership presence — can have a direct impact on …

Leadership

The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers in the ways we talk about them. When we introduce two colleagues, tell a story about how a meeting went, or share a colleague’s work, how we “narrate others” can make a big difference in …

Harvard Business Review

Outstanding Leaders Exhibit More Than Just Emotional Intelligence--They Have These 7 Traits, According to Neuroscience

Neuroscience will show you how to evolve your emotional intelligence skills to elevate your entire team's effectiveness.<p>The topic of emotional intelligence (EQ) continues to dominate leadership conversations. Rightly so. However, in a <i>Harvard Business Review (HBR)</i> article that highlighted research …

Emotional Intelligence

3 Ways to Control Your Phone Addiction on Vacation

Here’s the good news: Americans, as a whole, are finally starting to earn more and take more paid time off.<p>According to a study by Project: Time Off, American workers took an average of 16.8 vacation days in 2016, up 0.6 days from 2015. That’s the biggest jump since vacation usage started declining …

Harvard Business Review

Libraries Are the Real Punk Rock

I became a patriot because I was a horny, queer teenager who loved reading smut. I didn’t know it at the time, but my adolescent obsession with dirty …

Libraries

Two Types of Diversity Training That Really Work

One of the most common ways that companies attempt to address organizational diversity is through formal training. Yet research on the effectiveness of such programs has yielded mixed results: Some studies show that diversity training is effective, others show it’s ineffective, and still others …

Diversity

4 Ways to Win Over Negative Team Members

#1. Don’t minimize the concerns of negative people. When you say, “It’s not that bad,” to someone who thinks it’s bad, they think that you don’t get …

Bad Things

Small Talk Is an Overrated Way to Build Relationships with Your Employees

The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively. But these relationships do not follow the rules of other …

Employment

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf | Grace Lin | TEDxNatick | TED-Ed

State of the American Workplace

51% of employees are actively looking for a new job or watching for new job openings.

Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

About half of U.S. Millennials have visited a public library or bookmobile in the past year.

Libraries

4 Reasons You Should Never Hide Your Personality in the Workplace

Your macho man attitude and shoulder pad power suit aren't fooling anyone.<p>Have you ever felt the need to put on a "game face" while you're at work? Do you have to act "manly" or "tough," so that others will respect you? I know that many women feel that they can't act overly feminine, in fear that …

Try This Technique 11,000 Leaders Use to Understand Themselves Better

As Socrates says, "Know thyself." Here's the technique that will show you how.<p>Of all the advice I've ever given to aspiring entrepreneurs, my favorite is this one quote about owning a business: <i>Entrepreneurship is 10% about business, 100% about people and 1,000% about yourself.</i><p>No, I wasn't a math …

1 Sign to Immediately Know Someone Has the Gift of Leadership

This is what will promote a work culture void of backstabbing, gossip, and throwing people under the bus<p>When you think of the word "transparency" in business and the workplace, what immediately comes to mind? Do you cringe at the possibility of being that open? That, perhaps, coworkers, direct …

This 17-Year-Old Sums Up in 1 Paragraph What Great Leadership Looks Like

Take a lesson from this high-school standout athlete: Leadership is not about you.<p>If you follow my column, by now you're familiar with the ethos of servant leadership, which I often write about and firmly believe to be the best leadership philosophy on the planet.<p>But don't just take my word for it. …

I Took an Emotional Intelligence Test and Found Out I'm Kind of a Jerk

Granted, that's hardly a news flash. But still.<p>Emotional intelligence matters.<p>As my <i>Inc.</i> colleague Justin Bariso has shown in a series of excellent articles, higher emotional intelligence (also referred to as EI or EQ) can lead to better performance, better pay, and greater overall success, can …

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

7 Ways to Leverage Your Strengths as an Introverted Leader

You don't need to leave your comfort zone to succeed as an introvert in the business world.<p>While extroverts may get more than their fair share of the conversation at that business meeting or networking event, the introverts among them can still make a strong impression. Being quiet doesn't …

Introverts

How to Get People to Take You Seriously

Depending on the industry you’re in, being a woman at work can be tough. (Remember that whole Uber thing? Ugh.) While some women are lucky to work at companies that value all employees equally, this is sadly not the case everywhere. Not only do females have to deal with the wage gap and sub-par …

Leadership

8 mistakes I made as a manager and how you can avoid them

Winning business is so distractingly sexy that we keep making the same mistake over and over: we prioritize business development over fostering good …

What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team

The toughest test of a manager is not how they deal with poor performance — it’s how they address mediocrity.<p>I’ve been struck over the years watching executives opine in public about the need for “accountability” and “high performance,” then complain helplessly in private about one or two middling …

Management

How Managers Can Avoid Playing Favorites

It’s human nature to like some colleagues more than others. But when you’re the boss, treating direct reports differently — and especially playing favorites — is unwise and unfair. What steps can you take to make sure you don’t show anyone special treatment?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>“When it comes to …

Leadership

The 1 Thing All Great Bosses Think About During Job Interviews

Employee turnover is costly. Hiring based on shared values and cultural beliefs leads to winning results.<p>I'd argue that culture fit is the most important aspect of retaining great employees above anything else. But employee retention starts with first being able to clearly articulate what the …

Leadership

6 Signs You're Doing a Great Job (Even Though Your Boss Doesn't Say It)

If your boss doesn't tell you how it's going, how can you know for sure?<p>Ever wonder how you're really doing at work when you rarely, if ever, receive positive comments on your performance? While there's a good chance that you're doing just fine, if your boss doesn't tell you how it's going, how can …

Leadership