Innovation and change are paramount to any organization that wants to be a market leader. Here are 9 tips to help leaders make the difficulties of change more palatable, and better yet, lead to success!
When smart and agile leaders lead with vulnerability and heart, they change our relationship with work forever. If the current crisis leads us to a more engaged workforce, that would constitute one positive outcome.
Jim Haudan speaks with Dr. Rick Lofgren, president and CEO of UC Health, and Charlie Piscitello, chief people officer at Acutus Medical, Inc. to get their thoughts as how leaders can best lead during challenging times.
Prior to COVID-19, the broader talent community was already migrating toward blended programs of in-person, virtual, and digital modalities. The current situation has put a spotlight on the need to rethink how organizations come together to develop their capabilities and skills.
The coronavirus has forced many to cancel meetings, conferences, and gatherings that were previously considered essential. Don't go dark, go virtual! Here are our top tips for driving virtual engagement that works.
While welcoming adversity might feel counterintuitive and against how most human brains are wired, the benefits are huge. So the next time you’re facing what you would normally consider an undesirable and unexpected problem, try hugging that thunderstorm of adversity. Odds are, you’re about to see your personal growth skyrocket.
Leaders need to tell stories because facts tell, and stories sell. Stories create connections. I feel like everyone does have a good story to tell; they just always don't know how to organize their facts in a compelling way.
Let’s be honest, managing people is no simple job. In fact it’s one of the most difficult roles to excel in, and there is no single recipe for success – no book, no program, no “silver bullet” that can prepare someone to master the skill-set quickly. Why? Because we are talking about leading human beings … Continue reading “You want great managers? Focus on the fundamentals.”
Most people in their professional careers aspire to be managers. But when that day finally comes, most people are woefully unprepared for the myriad activities that we must be responsible for – including the well-being and development of the team members we are managing. Learning to be a good coach is one of the biggest … Continue reading “Lots to Do When You’re a Manager – Make Your Life Easier”
In April 2011, I completed a 90-day sabbatical with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Chilean Patagonia. Root – just like HBR’s April 2012 article titled “Wilderness Leadership – On the Job” – recognized the value for me becoming a more effective people manager by navigating waterways and mountains with a small team. NOLS’ guiding principles and … Continue reading “Managing People and Results? Self-Care Should be Top Priority”
Research shows that managers are the most important drivers of employee engagement, and that engaged employees create loyal customers. But front-line managers are “the ‘least ready’ workgroup in the company, even less capable than their entry-level employees” (Bersin & Associates). Without a strong development program, people learn to lead by chance. And these are the … Continue reading “Front-line Managers – Your Weak Link?”
Last week, I talked about the challenge of senior leaders in building “collective intelligence” by owning the whole before their individual piece. When senior leaders are working too much on their individual agenda, they are often not spending enough time owning the whole — they’re not focused enough on the big picture of where the … Continue reading “Owning the Whole Before Your Piece – Part 2”
Despite different organizations and different industries, despite different backgrounds and different tenure, I can always find one common thread in any group of managers. Of the hundreds of managers I’ve had the opportunity to coach this past year, all of them would give anything to have more time. It’s easy to agree that certain skills … Continue reading “A Manager’s Greatest Plight – The Relentless Pursuit of More Time”
Few opportunities for building trust are as profound as a leader’s role in creating a “safe haven” for difficult conversations, decisions, and strategy execution – an environment where people feel it is safe to say what they really think and what they think is best for their organization. Members of a team often define a … Continue reading “A Leader’s Role in Creating a Safe Haven”
I was invited to speak with a networking group of HR managers on the topic of improving employee engagement in their organizations. I expected to have a conversation about best practices, so I prepared accordingly. I quickly realized that this group already understood the best practices, but they weren’t effective in launching their initiatives. These … Continue reading “Influencing Up”
Adventures take shape in many forms. And from adventures there are usually lessons to be learned. I recently took part in a program offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School, which takes people of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions, teaching technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics in some of the world’s wildest and … Continue reading “Survivor: Patagonia”
A couple of weeks ago I was hosting a session for managers here at Root’s Corporate Headquarters in Sylvania, Ohio. We got to a part of the program where we talk about the importance of managers being able to connect their teams to the big picture of the business. And we’re not talking connectivity by … Continue reading “Managers: A lesson from Facebook”
I was speaking at Owens-Corning the other day about the reason for strategies. Companies create strategies so they can continue to grow. And to grow companies and the people in them, there are six components: Embrace Reality. In more than 20 years in business consulting, we’ve learned that change and growth can occur naturally if … Continue reading “Six Ways to Lead Change, Build Teams, and Make It Personal”
We recently asked futurist Dr. James Canton about trends for 2011 in our last issue of The Watercooler, and he suggested some new ways for leaders to lead. In my opinion, the mentality that leaders and managers need for the near future and beyond is one of “don’t tell – ask.” The manager of the … Continue reading “The “Manager of the Future” – the Future is Now”
While this adage may have worked in Field of Dreams, a recent project helped me learn that it ain’t necessarily so. It also highlighted the role, and importance, of insights in problem-solving. What is an “insight”? An insight is an observation that matters. It’s something that can inform the way you think about a problem … Continue reading “If You Build It, They Will Come”
Our clients often come to us with questions like, “How do we engage our people in our strategy?” or “How do we get people to understand the Big Picture, and where they fit?” or “How do we get our different business groups working together to produce greater results?” Do these questions sound familiar? Creating a … Continue reading “Learning With Game Theory”
Over the past year or so I have heard many clients talk about their increased focus on the service profit chain. While I have heard it described a variety of ways most companies are paying close attention to 3 key links: Engaged Employees Produce Satisfied Customers Resulting in Increased Profits Based on my experience these … Continue reading “Great Managers: Are They The Missing Link?”
How ABC’s Hit Show, Extreme Home Makeover Gave Me Insights to Efficiencies and Strategic Engagement Extreme Home Makeover recently came to our city to film an episode. For those unfamiliar with the program, basically a deserving family is surprised one morning to find the show’s charismatically, hyper host telling them to vacate the house because … Continue reading “Good Morning, Management Family!”
In a previous life I taught beginner martial arts classes for adults, and also-on days when my karma was in particularly bad shape-for preschoolers. Which basically constitutes the two most uncoordinated demographics of people whom a martial arts instructor could ever be asked to train. And instead of keeping you in suspense for the entire … Continue reading “Metaphors: Like a Kick to the Head”
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