Lisa Fenton

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Where joy hides and how to find it

Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell …

Cherry Blossoms

Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here's What The Experts Do

<i>A version of this piece ran in February 2018.</i><p>Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.<p>One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn't have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.<p>But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So …

Parenting

The 4 Secrets of Truly Great Leadership

You don't need to be born a great leader to become a great leader. Here are the secrets of leadership success.<p>Leaders today are faced with a business environment that is complex, dynamic, and fast-changing. To keep their organizations on an even keel, every manager has two key roles to fulfill, no …

Leadership

If You Want to Be a Great Leader, You'll Need 1 Simple Attribute

Learn this if you're a leader today, or want to be a leader in the future.<p>Rewind through your career and analyze your past leaders. What were they like? How did you respond to them? Which ones were the worst? Which were the best? What did you learn from all of them?<p>As you recall each of your former …

Leadership

To Take Charge of Your Career, Start by Building Your Tribe

Show me a person who sees uncertainty as opportunity, and I’ll show you a person who has mastered the new world of work.<p>A person like Juliet (not her real name), for example, who described a stressful stretch of her career as “disgustingly exciting.”<p>Juliet had left full-time employment in the …

Leadership

3 Transitions Even the Best Leaders Struggle With

We love to read about the dynamics of success. We study it, celebrate it, and try to emulate how successful leaders rise to the top. I’m no different: I’ve spent my career helping executives succeed, either through coaching and development or assessments of their strengths and opportunity areas to …

Leadership

The No. 1 Mistake People Make When Handling Tough Conversations

No one enjoys difficult discussions, but if you want them to actually be helpful to your team, you're gonna need to lose the teleprompter.<p>I hardly have to tell you that the role of a leader is an important one. You're responsible for guiding and motivating your team to achieve its goals, and when …

Self-confidence

Here’s the difference between leading and managing a team

<b>What’s the difference between leading and managing a team?</b><p>It takes great leaders and talent to grow a successful company. One of the best …

Leadership

7 TED Talks That Will Help You Be A Better Leader

As a leadership and culture coach, I’m always on the lookout for new inspiration. Learning about other people’s experiences, strategies, and ideas about leadership can generate awesome insight!<p>Here are some TED talks that “package” what makes great leaders into concise, informative speeches.<p><b>1. John</b> …

Leadership

Dads, it's time to reassess how we're raising our kids — especially our boys.

Parents and carers, listen up:<p>The development of emotional literacy and intelligence is not a task we can outsource to a school system, youth group, …

Parenting

What makes a great leader, explained in eight counterintuitive charts

A couple of years after starting my most recent company, I had a scary realization. I noticed that by the time the business had grown to a hundred employees, my day-to-day role had gone from “guy who decides and builds things” to “guy who manages other people who decide and build things”—and I had …

Civil Rights

Leaders Focus Too Much on Changing Policies, and Not Enough on Changing Minds

Not long ago, I asked 100 CEOs attending a conference how many of them were currently involved in a significant business transformation. Nearly all of them raised their hands, which was no surprise. According to a study by BCG, 85% of companies have undertaken a transformation during the past …

Management

Servant Leadership Is Not What You Think: Ken Blanchard Explains

What is “servant leadership” and how can it make you a better leader?<p>Often in life and work, we become focused on tasks instead of people. If left unchecked, this “results first, team second” mentality can lead to low morale and even lower performances. However, by leading from the ground up and …

Leadership

What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It)

Self-awareness seems to have become the latest management buzzword — and for good reason. Research suggests that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively. We’re less likely to …

Self-awareness

4 Rare Qualities of Highly-Successful Executives, According to The Execs Themselves

Peter Cancro, CEO of Jersey Mike's Subs, uses the power of intuition to hire the best.<p>One of my favorites things to do as a columnist is interviewing successful entrepreneurs and leaders, and collecting anecdotal evidence of what effective, real-world leadership looks like.<p>With so many …

Leadership

11 Things Your Boss Should Do Every Day to Win You Over

Consider this your personal guide to a higher and purer form of leadership.<p>I write a lot about leadership, drawing from the latest research and best practices to inform what great work cultures look like.<p>This piece is a little different. As you read further, don't excuse the principles I'm positing …

Leadership

These are the 4 different work styles and how to work with each

Experts have figured out that everyone falls into one of these styles. Once you understand them, you can figure out how everyone can get along.<p>Ever wonder why you have great chemistry with some colleagues and butt heads with others? It comes down to your working style, says Kim Christfort, coauthor …

Leadership

I Bribed My Kids With a Rewards Jar and Mellowed Out My Family

Three mason jars and a ridiculous amount of glitter changed me from a reactionary parent into a dad who sets boundaries for his kids and …

Parenting

If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present

Some years ago, we worked with a director of a multinational pharma company who’d been receiving poor grades for engagement and leadership effectiveness. Although he tried to change, nothing seemed to work. As his frustration grew, he started tracking the time he spent with each of his direct …

Leadership

Every Employee Dreams About Working for a Leader Who Provides This Irresistible Perk

Ever feel like work is an environment ruled by fear? Ever wonder what is the opposite of this?<p>Do you ever feel like work is an environment ruled by fear, and you and your co-workers are walking on egg shells and constantly looking over your shoulders? Does this affect your work performance?<p>Leaders …

The Workplace

3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making

To make a good decision, you need to have a sense of two things: how different choices change the likelihood of different outcomes and how desirable each of those outcomes is. In other words, as Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb have written, decision making requires both prediction and …

Management

Self-Awareness is Essential in Business Leadership

Of all the skills an executive needs to successfully lead a business, self-awareness ranks near the top of the list. Leaders who have an …

Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Courage

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast, Chad Gordon interviews Dr. Brené Brown, researcher and author of three #1 <i>New York Times</i> …

The 3 Things Employees Really Want: Career, Community, Cause

Strike up a conversation about work values, and it won’t be long before someone brings up a pyramid — a famous psychologist’s best-known theory. Abraham Maslow’s big idea was that we all have a hierarchy of needs: once our basic physiological and safety needs are fulfilled, we seek love and …

Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”

“We have a great culture.” We have all heard it. We have all said it. But what does that mean?<p>Ping-Pong tables, free meals, and beer on tap? No.<p>Yoga, CrossFit classes, and massage chairs? I so need that, but no.<p>The promise of being part of a hip, equity-incentivized, fast growing team? Closer, but …

Team Building

Keys to unlocking great decision-making | Organization

April 19, 2018 – <i>by Aaron De Smet and Greg Jost</i><p>You can tell an organization has problems making decisions when you hear these complaints: The …

To Change Someone’s Mind, Stop Talking and Listen

Samar Minallah Khan, the feminist Pakistani anthropologist and filmmaker, was enraged. Local tribal leaders were trading little girls as compensation for their male family members’ crimes.<p>These leaders, responsible for settling legal disputes in their villages, act as local judges. A longstanding …

When You Have to Carry Out a Decision You Disagree With

One of the great frustrations of being a middle manager is that senior leaders make decisions that go against what you would have done had it been up to you. Sometimes you are part of the decision process, and other times the decision is simply handed down. Either way, you are now responsible for …

Management

Are You An Authentic Leader?

I have always thought of myself as an active person. Hiking, skiing, ice hockey, ping pong, tennis, wilderness canoeing – you name it and I was game. From my tiny years when playing tackle football meant throwing myself around someone’s legs and hanging on as I was dragged the length of the field …

What You Don't Know About Teams May Be Hurting You

With the priority of organizational redesign being centered around creating elite teams—teams that are highly empowered, cross-functional and self-driven—one issue continues to arise, and that is the definition of what an elite team looks like.<p>As a team coach, I ask the question “what does an elite …

Leadership