Archive for category Leadership
Fun to read and maybe some observations to consider…
- “I’ll figure it out myself.”
- “Praise my actions and be specific.”
- “Show me where the boundaries are.”
- “… Then give me the freedom to explore!”
- “Give me a chance to get back up if I fall.”
- “Let me find my own solutions.”
- “Give me ownership of good choices.”
- “I go by what you do.”
- “Give me some stability.”
- “I need to learn how to deal with conflict.”
- “Make learning fun or you’ll lose me.”
- “If you want quality time with me, you have to spend enough time with me!”
“For leaders who are parents, their “leadership skills” may be a simple “transferable experience” from the domestic organization to their corporations. For those who aren’t parents… you never know when you’ll come face to face with a 3-year old.”
“Want to become a better leader? Stop talking and start listening.”
Nothing more to add… ok, there is some more to leadership than listening, but I believe that listening (and in essence understanding) is still the essential leadership skill. Again, not the invention of the wheel (e.g. it’s in Covey’s 7 habits) – but it’s absolutely worth reminding oneself about it over and over…
Back to Mike Myatt’s great article on leadership on forbes.com.
He’s got six easy to memorize but maybe not always so easy to apply tips for becoming a better listener (more details in the article) :
- It’s not about you
- You should never be too busy to listen The way that Mike describes this skill is also the essence of how social media and networking works. So it is a skill that everyone should use today, not just people managers.
- Listen to non-verbals
- Listen for opportunity 3 and 4 will be not so easy to learn and apply for some, as it involves quiet some intuition.
- Let listening be your calling card
- Recognize the contributions of others Not sure if this is really a listening skill, but it definitely is an important and easy to adept skill. Despite some contrary personal experiences I still believe that you grow by making others great.
Not the invention of the wheel for any decent HR professional, but maybe you know someone you would like to show this video to… 🙂 Have a great weekend, t
Everyone wants happy employees, but is economy all about happiness? Even in economy 2.0, 3.0, 4.2,…
Rob Markey has some conclusions and arguments to think about: “We should aspire not just to make employees “happy,” but to do so by helping them achieve great things.”
Or in other words: “If you want to be happy, get a hobby. If you want your life to have meaning, get a career.” I won’t engage in the discussion if a career should determine the meaning of life, but it’s a catchy phrase.
A related HRB Article: Creating Sustainable Performance
Reading the four pieces of advice I wonder why not everybody is adopting them, although they are so simple?
1. As the Hippocratic oath prescribes to physicians, “Above all else, do no harm.” [sounds like Google :-)]
2. Practice appreciation by starting with yourself.
3. Make it a priority to notice what others are doing right.
4. Be appreciative.
Well, maybe Rousseau’s idea of man which still underlies most of the en vogue leadership theories doesn’t always apply…