Leadership

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The Problem with Saying “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions”

It’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it reduces whining, increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges.<p>Not every problem has an easy solution. Tackling the …

Management

How To Fix The Nonprofit World’s “Innovation-Aspiration” Problem

Nonprofits know they need to change–but they’re pretty sure they don’t know how.<p>Nonprofits are suffering from what’s been dubbed an “innovation-aspiration” problem: While 80% of the top 145 nonprofit leaders say the sector needs to change practices in order to make greater societal gains, only 40% …

Innovation

To Lead Across Cultures, Focus on Hierarchy and Decision Making

Cultural differences in leadership styles often create unexpected misunderstandings. Americans, for example, are used to thinking of the Japanese as hierarchical while considering themselves egalitarian. Yet the Japanese find Americans confusing to deal with. Although American bosses are outwardly …

Management

Six Crucial Behaviors Of Collaborative Leaders

Most executives agree that collaboration is more important than ever in today’s turbulent business environment. In fact, a company’s very survival may depend on how well it can combine the potential of its people and the quality of the information they possess with their ability — and willingness — …

Leadership

The 4 Types of Organizational Politics

The first 100 days are usually the honeymoon period for any new CEO to make their mark and get others on board. However, for Airbus CEO Christian Streiff, it was just a brief window before his abrupt departure from the European aircraft company that’s part of the EADS consortium, along with …

Management

This is why the boss will crush all your good ideas

Change is hard. Getting a great plan past the boss’s desk is even harder.<p>Surely you’ve heard the plea from on high at your company: we want more innovation, from everyone at every level. Your boss might even agree with the sentiment — because, of course, who doesn’t like innovation? It’s good for …

Jeff Bezos

Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software

Las Vegas, Nevada<p>“We want to believe that we are thinking, rational people and on occasion tangle with emotion, flick it out of the way, and go back to thinking,” renowned vulnerability expert Brene Brown told a packed house at the Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas just before Labor Day Weekend. …

Dungeons and Dragons

Can Big Organizations Be Agile?

Can big firms be entrepreneurial? Some speakers at last week’s Drucker Forum in Vienna Austria spent time talking about what firms <i>could be doing</i>, or <i>should be doing</i> to operate entrepreneurially. The panel in our session at the Forum spent most of our time discussing what some big firms are <i>already</i> …

Project Management

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …

Leadership

4 Traits Of The Best Leaders

If you just delegate and dictate, your leadership style is out of date. These are the leadership skills of the future.<p>Workplace culture is constantly evolving to meet the needs of new generations of workers as well as new economic demands. In today’s fast-paced, competitive, and mobile world, …

Leadership

9 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

Truly great leaders are hard to come by, but it seems everyone thinks they’re one. A true leader, however, is easy to spot. On that same note, it’s …

What Every Boss Can Do To Inspire Innovation

<i>Dov Seidman is the chief executive of LRN, a company that helps corporations develop values-based cultures and leadership, and strengthen their</i> …

Leadership

Change as a journey, not a destination

We all know change is hard and with McKinsey reporting that only one in three business transformations are successful, the odds of winning the change …

5 Hidden Signs That You’re Cut Out For Leadership

Common misconceptions about leadership keep talented would-be leaders on the sidelines.<p>There’s no clear-cut path to leadership, and plenty of entrepreneurs go through life plagued by doubts that they really aren’t cut out for leadership. By the same token, plenty of people with few managerial …

Leadership

Six Steps To Adapt To The Future Of Work

When I was writing my book, <i>The Future of Work</i>, I created a framework for adapting to coming changes that I call “The Six-Step Process for Adapting to the Future of Work.” (It was inspired in part by John Kotter’s well known “8-Step Process for Leading Change.”) I will be exploring my six-step …

The Workplace

Leadership Skills: Communication is Relationship

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw Did you get my email? “Did you get my …

George Bernard Shaw

The Limits of Empathy

A few years ago, Ford Motor Company started asking its (mostly male) engineers to wear the Empathy Belly, a simulator that allows them to experience symptoms of pregnancy firsthand—the back pain, the bladder pressure, the 30 or so pounds of extra weight. They can even feel “movements” that mimic …

Management

Four Counterintuitive Habits Of Effective Leaders

It may be better to be liked than feared, after all.<p>People have been writing about leadership–what makes a good leader, what makes a bad one, and how come–since just about as long as there have been leaders (Marcus Aurelius, Sun Tzu, et al.). It’s only relatively recently that the study of …

The 5 Ultimate Responsibilities of Leadership

Frantic leaders manage too much and lead too little. Doing it all only works on TV commercials and in the movies. Engage in fewer activities – …

Movies

Leadership Is About Emotion

24-December-2013 | Future Of Work<p>Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the …

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Here's the leadership strategy Nike's CEO uses to make employees smarter

In a recent profile of Nike CEO Mark Parker, Fortune's Adam Lashinsky reported that Parker is notorious for constantly asking questions that push employees to think harder.<p>Fortune quoted Andy Campion, Nike's chief financial officer: " What's fascinating about [Parker's] use of questions is that it …

Leadership

The Easiest Thing You Can Do to Be a Great Boss

Most leaders receive surprisingly little development before assuming their first supervisory roles. In fact, many get no leadership training at all until they’ve been in the executive ranks for nearly a decade—reaching, on average, age 42.<p>But whether you’ve had formal training or not, there’s one …

Harvard Business Review

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach.<p>Consider Toyota: Continuous improvement is one of the pillars of …

Management

Steve Jobs’s And Elon Musk’s Counterintuitive Leadership Traits

History’s best leaders have mastered these traits.<p>A friend of mine recently left Tesla, the renowned electric car maker, saying both, “It was incredible,” and “I’d never work there again.”<p>His sentiment echoed that of several former employees of another of today’s most celebrated companies, SpaceX, …

19 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent (And Why It Matters for Your Career)

Uncover 20 signs you're emotionally intelligent and how it has the ability to influence your career.

The Inner Work of Leaders -- With Daniel Goleman and Bill George

The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new collection, The Executive Edge: An Insider's Guide to Outstanding Leadership.<p>Daniel Goleman: You say that you have to do a certain kind of inner work to find your true north, to be an authentic leader. What is that inner work, and where does it …

Emotional Intelligence

How To Stop Managing And Start Actually Leading

Leading and managing aren’t the same thing. Here’s how to tell the difference.<p>Plenty of leaders don’t really lead. They think they do, but in reality they follow the paths forged by other businesses rather than set their own course. Others just shift indecisively with circumstances. In effect, …

What Separates Great HR Leaders from the Rest

HR seems to have become every manager and employee’s favorite corporate punching bag, vying with IT for the dubious title of most-irritating function. We have seen a parade of articles recently calling for HR to be blown up, split in two, or at the very least, redesigned.<p>Perhaps this is a good …

Human Resources