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A common approach in change management speeches and presentations is to present the theory of change management, the steps to successful change transitions, and to assume that two people can receive the same information about a transition, and can be equally prepared to adopt/embrace that transition.  And that the two people can equally prepared to employ best practices for leading or implementing transition. That’s simply not the case. And, when I say this, I’m not speaking of being prepared with the information or talking points about the change, or the best practices/processes for leading change. These are certainly important.  But, I’m talking about the head acknowledgment versus heart acknowledgment of change. You see, on some level, we all get that change is inevitable and we have to deal with it.  In our heads, we get that.  But, the emotions that well up inside most of us before a major change or transition, reinforce that, at the heart of it, none of us is every really “prepared” for change. While we all approach change with varying degrees of anxiety, mandated change in particular, elicits resistance.  And, I’m not here to demonize the resistance, to trivialize the barriers.  No matter how positive…
Thursday, 31 July 2014 17:58

The Best Leaders Practice Humility

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Humility is a virtue admired and respected by all,but often times is neglected in areas where leadership is present. Many confuse humbleness to being docile, weak, and even indecisive. However, it is quite the opposite. When a leader practices humility it validates their humanity. Cultivating humility in the leadership ranks is crucial to the overall success of the organization. An executive who believes that he or she is God’s greatest gift to an organization is detrimental to not only the company, but to the people they lead as well. It is your duty to carry out the mission and vision of your company through great humility. Your staff can sense if you are a leader who is dedicated to helping them succeed, or if you’re just in it for your own personal success. Here are a few simple ways to demonstrate humility in leadership: *  Realizing that you cannot do it all.   The minute you think you know it all, marks the beginning of your end. Asking for help does not make you a weak leader. Utilize your team wisely, and allow them to grow from it. Knowing when to concede and when to delegate is important. You’d be surprised at…
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:49

Before You Leave

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Long gone are the days of joining an organization at the beginning of your career and staying until retirement. In the new career marketplace it's not "if" you leave for current company or organization for a new opportunity, but "when"? However, there are several factors professionals should consider before determining it's time to leave: 1. Are Your Reasons for Leaving Valid? Whenever you decide to leave your company or organization, it's essential that you give serious thought as to "why" you feel the need to leave? Is it for a role that allows you to enhance your skills? Does it afford you a higher salary or bigger title? Are you leaving for a more relevant industry or larger (or smaller) organization that better suits you career goals? Or, are you frustrated by the lack support from your current boss? Could it be that you don't see opportunities for advancement? These can all be valid reasons, however, it's essential that you take time to examine your "real" reasons for wanting to leave and make certain that you are not making a decision without considering all the implications of your decision. You could be in a great company that may just be…
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:13

Six Tips To Leading A More Productive Meeting

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Out of 11 million meetings occurring in the U.S. each day, a third are unproductive... There is nothing more trying than a futile meeting. Not only is it time-consuming and costly, but a fruitless meeting says a lot about your leadership. Your ability to run a meeting well is a direct reflection of your executive talents. Leaders have it tough already, battling the stigma placed on the dreaded office meeting, so it is important that you maintain meaningful and productive meetings at your company. As lackluster as most tend to be, they are still an integral part of the organization. However, for a meeting to be effective, the preparation must take place way in advance. Improve productivity in your next meeting with these simple tips: 1. Define the Purpose You should always have a purpose, or a reason for which the meeting is called. Determining the purpose allows you to set the tone and direction for which way the meeting will go. Furthermore, it provides a guideline for the agenda, as well as who should attend and the specific methods to take when making decisions. 2. Pre-meeting Communication Delegate an ample amount of time beforehand going over the issues up…
Monday, 16 June 2014 13:00

Leading To Develop Other Leaders

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I’ve said this many times before, successful organizations are successful because they have strong leadership. A true leader understands that in order for a business to sustain prosperity, one must take the time to cultivate its next set of leaders. However, most fail in doing so simply because they are more concerned with the training process that they overlook the importance of developing the individual as a whole. While training is still very much an important aspect to the best practices of an organization, development is what will enrich the culture. So to help develop your future leaders of tomorrow, you should: Present a teachable point of view. Great leaders are also great teachers.They bring out the best in others by leading by example, and a teachable point of view is one way to do so. It is the foundation from which a leader’s perspective on what it takes to succeed is formed. Simply put, it is an executive’s approach to leadership and brings clarity to where an organization is going, and an understanding of how to get there. Create a comprehensive in-house leadership program. Your company shouldinstitute an inclusive and diversified system that assesses and selects potential candidates for…
Saturday, 31 May 2014 20:33

Why Purpose Makes You A Better Leader

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According to Merriam-Webster, purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists. Steve Jobs once said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” You see, like Jobs and other great executives who lead with a purpose tend to be less stressed, happier, more involved and much more innovative. The moment you understand the impact of your actions is when your purpose is revealed. Are you leading to make a positive mark on the world or is it solely for wealth and authority? Purpose is the one factor that makes all the difference when it comes down to leading an organization successfully. It is what separates transformational leaders from transactional leaders. Leadership that lacks purpose can cause more harm to a business than one with no leadership at all. Here are a few additional reasons why purpose is core to leadership: Purpose cultivates clarity. It allows you to self-assess your ambition and reasoning behind the work you do. Again, are you motivated by money? Or are you driven by the idea that you have…
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