Imagine this in your current role: You have taken a position on an issue that really matters to you. And you now need the backing of some of your key colleagues to turn your ideas into reality.
So what should you be thinking at this point?
Leading Your Path to Success
In thinking about your next steps:
- You recognise that without the active support of certain of your peer group or seniors you will find it a challenge to move head.
- You decide that the best thing to do will be to speak with them so that you can take them through your thinking and influence them about the merits of your case.
- Your arguments make total sense to you. You think they represent good value for your employing organisation, your teams and your customers.
But when it comes to speaking with your senior colleagues about the issues, you find…
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Most people in the current workplace, home, church, and social setting are uncomfortable with confrontation. In fact the reason so many people come from what is known as a dysfunctional family is because people would rather live with a problem than confront it. They are scarred to death that they may hurt someone’s feelings and that would by default make them a mean and nasty person for bringing it up in the first place.
On the other side of the coin is the bull in the china shop. These are the people you actually somehow enjoy confrontation. In fact, if none exist they create it. The revel in the opportunity to have the conversations most dread like body odor, bad behavior, or personal discipline. They are clear and authoritative. Everyone knows what to expect, but there is a major downside. Everything eventually crashes in on the bull if they are…
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By Linda Fisher Thornton
This week the Alliance of Trustworthy Business Experts from Trust Across America-Trust Around the World is holding a social media awareness campaign called #Trustgiving2014, In support of that campaign, I am featuring 10 posts about what it means to be a trustworthy leader. They include individual actions and organizational commitments that build trust. I hope you enjoy them!
Trustworthy Leaders Know That…
Today, look for ways to actively protect the trust relationship in your organization.
We believe that
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We spent the last week with our 6 month old granddaughter. She’s just learning to crawl. She could probably crawl right now except, due to our visit, she received hardly any time to practice. I’m sure you know what I mean. It was amazing to watch, however, over a one week period how much progress she made at learning to crawl. It made me think about the effort it takes to learn to really be a good leader, and several lessons came alive in my mind.
- It takes more than talk. When we arrived at our granddaughter’s house, she was trying to crawl. However, she wasn’t doing it quite right, so I explained to her the proper way to crawl and described three common applications of crawling techniques. It didn’t help much. When I put her back on the blanket, she acted as if I hadn’t said a word about…
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When you break it down, a career is a cycle of learning a set of skills, developing those skills, and then taking advantage of opportunities to use those skills in a more challenging setting—which will, in turn, develop new skills.
A failure in any part of this cycle can lead to stagnation.
If you’re not learning, you’ll be incompetent at your position. If you’re not developing, you won’t be an asset to your organization’s future. And if you’re not taking opportunities to challenge your developed skills, you won’t have career depth.
Which part of the cycle are you currently in?
As for me, I’m about to embark upon a new challenge—meaning that this will be my last blog post as a weekly contributor.
Moving on to the next stage of life isn’t easy.
There’s a bit of anxiousness stirring inside of me for what’s to come; but if I don’t…
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Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis are both well known business authors and both are considered experts on the topic of leadership. They also both agree that a leader’s most important role, regardless of the organization, is making good judgments. They define good judgments as well-informed, wise decisions that produce the desired outcomes. They say that when a leader shows consistently good judgment, little else matters.
They also have this in common: they are mistaken. Seriously mistaken. They are mistaken because lots of other stuff matters, lots and lots of other stuff.
Clearly good judgment is vital for all leaders. If we’re talking solely about effective leadership then I may even put it at the top of my most important leadership characteristics list. However, if we’re talking about Authentic Servant Leadership then many other characteristics come into play and they are equally as important as good judgment.
Let me attempt to…
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