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Hugh Ballou on July 3rd, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 3, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

 

 

Jeff Bullas

10 Content Marketing Mistakes That The Amateurs Make

Jeff BullasContent marketing is time consuming.

Do you often wake up in the middle of the night saying to yourself that it’s not worth the time and effort. Many of us do.

Blog posts take hours to write, those great images need to be found or created and those social networks need to be managed and nurtured. It is often not done or persisted with because there are no apparent quick rewards.

This is where the tortoise can beat the hare by slow persistence. It is a marathon and a journey not a sprint.

Read the post…

 

Bill Murphy, Jr

87 Incredibly Motivating Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be Successful

Bill Murphy Jr.Here are some of the wisest and most inspiring quotes that will help motivate you to succeed.

I once scoffed at the notion of inspiring quotes and aphorisms. Then, I grew up a bit and shed some of my cynicism. I came to appreciate how reflecting on true words of wisdom can help you to develop a happier, more success-oriented mindset.

With that in mind, here’s a long list of some of the most inspiring and truthful quotes you can find about the attitudes, challenges, and determination that lead most often to true success.

Read the post….

 

Lolly Daskal

12 Significant Ways That Great Leaders Are Different From the Rest of Us

Lolly DaskalSet yourself apart as a great leader by emulating and cultivating the following traits of genuine leadership.

If you’re looking to become a great leader–as a manager, as a boss, as an entrepreneur–you must start from the qualities that make you different from the rest.

How many of these do you already emulate? How many have you yet to acquire?

If you want to be great:

1. Make people feel valuable.

People need to be valued. Great leaders make people feel that they are at the heart, that they’re part of making things happen.

Read the post…

 

Fabian Oefner

Where Is All of Your Time Going?

Fabian OefnerIn the 1930 publication, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes, the renowned economist, predicted that our millennial generation would be working “three-hour shifts” or a “fifteen-hour week.” Now that the future is here, it’s safe to say that we’re working longer and harder than ever to meet the competitive challenges of today’s workplace, and we can’t seem catch our breath during the frantic daily grind.

According to a recent poll, the working week in the United States is almost a full working day longer than average. It’s no better internationally: in Turkey, nearly half the population works more than 50 hours per week. If we are to ever regain control of our work week, we need to better understand where our time goes.

Jackie Bavaro, Product Manager at Asana, recently shared her insights on how to master one’s time.

Read the post..

 

Brittany Hodak

What appearing on “Shark Tank” taught me about my business

Brittany HodakSeven months after filming an episode for season six of ABC’s hit television show “Shark Tank,” I finally received the email I had been waiting for: my episode had an air date, and it was only 18 days away! My immediate thoughts were relief and terror, in that order. Relief because it was the end of an almost yearlong waiting game since producers had first contacted me with an invitation to appear on the show, and terror because I suddenly realized that I had absolutely no idea what my business–or my life–would be like in 30 days’ time.

Moments after receiving the email, I shared the “Shark Tank” news, along with my feelings of excitement and uncertainty, with a friend, Colin McGuire. After a short congratulations, he said something that resonated with me: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help over the next few weeks. Entrepreneurship is a team sport. There are lots of people who want you to succeed and will be happy to help if you ask them.”

The words “Entrepreneurship is a team sport”stuck in my mind like the hook of a popular song…

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Sachin Gupta 

Why Is It So Hard To Be An Entrepreneur?

Sachin GuptaIt has been over two and a half years since I started my startup (HackerEarth) but well more than three years since the entrepreneurial bug bit me. I was still in the seventh semester of B.Tech at IIT Roorkee, and I was dreaming of building my own company.

When I look back, these three years have been a blur, while at the same it feels that I have been doing this forever. I feel as if all this time has rubbed off me. It’s like I can look back at time and see a younger, more foolish, more naive reflection of me; it’s as if I am no more a kid I used to be.

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Hugh Ballou on June 22nd, 2015

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

– Benjamin Franklin

PersuasionThe capacity to persuade is the power of influence, not the power of position.

The Transformational Leader leads by influence, not by power. The musical conductor steps on the podium and reigns as king. Nevertheless, the musicians respond to influence in a more profound way than to the authority of a dictator.

In today’s culture, individuals seek personal satisfaction in their work and are motivated by different factors than in eras past. The factory worker driven by fear, and the laborer driven by need for work, did what was required by an authoritative boss to keep their jobs and performed up to minimum requirements to retain their income.

The Charismatic Leader rules by autocratic authority when followers give up their power to the leader. There’s no reason to think, make meaningful decisions, or to be creative in problem solving when everything to be done is articulated by the leader. It’s ultimately a bottleneck in the system when there is a dependence on authority in a low-functioning culture, similar to group think in which individuals are not thinking for themselves and follow the party line.

Both types of leaders are persuasive. The ultimate results vary widely.

Leadership is influence, good or bad, marginal or optimal, oppressive or liberating.

Being a person of influence is the ultimate definition of leadership.

The choice to persuade is a leadership choice. It’s a choice of integrity. It’s a choice that ultimately impacts the bottom line.

How do you measure effectiveness in the enterprise you lead? How will you use persuasiveness for a higher purpose?

Making good choices is the leader’s duty and delight.

 

Hugh Ballou

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Hugh Ballou on June 19th, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending June 19, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

 

 

Aaron Lee 

9 Awesome Twitter Hacks that You’re TOTALLY Not Using (But Should!)

Aaron Lee288 million users every month…

 

500 million tweets every day…

Twitter is rockin’ the social landscape!

But are YOU rockin’ Twitter?… not really?

Don’t beat yourself up. Twitter is massively under-utilized — and under-understood (is that a word?).

For example, did you know you can upload videos, access analytics AND perform Twitter profile searches??

Yep, there’s SO MUCH you can do to leverage the power of Twitter for your business.

Read the post…

 

 

Gary Vaynerchuk

This is the Biggest Mistake a Young Entrepreneur Can Make

Gary Vanderchuk
A common question I get all the time: what is the biggest mistake young entrepreneurs are making?

They’re building businesses that only work during the best-case market scenarios.

Let me back up and explain a bit.

There are also so many incredible young entrepreneurs out there right now. I don’t want to sit up here and be that old dude who preaches about back in the day, or kids these days. That guy sucks. Nobody likes him or listens to him for advice on business problems.

Read the post…

 

 

Dave Gerhardt 

The Top Business Podcasts You Need to Be Listening To

Dave GerhardtLove learning about business and how some of today’s most successful entrepreneurs and companies are operating?

Business podcasts serve as a great way to stay informed (and inspired).

All you need is your smartphone and a pair of headphones to tune in to everything from one-on-one interviews with today’s top leaders to recaps of the day’s most pressing business news.

So whether you’re a seasoned executive looking for something to listen to during your commute or just someone who’s always itching to learn something new, this list of the best business podcasts is for you. From Kai Ryssdals’ Marketplace to Tim Ferriss’ self-titled collection of wisdom, the following seven business podcasts will teach how to strategize, lead, and grow your business.

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Darren Rowse 

5 Sources of Ideas for My Blog Posts

Darren RouseOn a recent webinar over at ProBlogger.com I was asked by John:

“Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?”

It’s a question we get a lot so I thought it might be a good one to write up here on the blog.

Discuss: I’m also keen to hear your experience on the question because I’m very aware that my approach is just one of many ways to go about generating blog post ideas.

Read the post…

 

Brian Clark 

The Motivational Cliché That’s Backed By Solid Science

Brian ClarkYou could always count on ol’ Henry Ford for a few things, notably black horseless carraiges and pithy quotes. The citation above is one of his most famous and ubiquitous motivational sayings.

And, it turns out, he was exactly right. Extensive studies into human psychology show that what we believe about our ability to accomplish something largely determines whether we in fact can accomplish it, and whether we’ll even try.

You may have heard of the Pygmalion effect, where the high expectations a teacher or boss has for you can actually elevate your performance (the converse is true as well). The internal version of this “self-fulfilling prophecy” is called the Galatea effect, where your own beliefs about whether you can accomplish a task determine your performance much the same way.

Read the post…

 

 

Hugh Ballou

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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. – Winston Churchill

Perfect is the enemy of good. – attributed to Voltaire

“striving to better, oft we mar what’s well” – Shakespeare in King Lear

Perfection (1)We change something because we fear that it’s not good enough. We change it again to address that same fear. We change it yet again because there’s room for improvement. Then, at last, we realize that the first version was really good, and the best of the lot. Now, we’ve wasted time and energy (in business, that equates to money) and raised our anxiety level, when we could have been practical in the first place with our original creation.

We can be so focused on the micro that we lose perspective of the macro. We must keep our vision in mind and focus on outcomes.

Here are some of the dangers of perfection in leadership:

  1. Perfection paralysis: We do nothing because we aren’t ready. We continue to get ready by creating yet one more thing. We create all the minor details at the expense of moving forward. Creating momentum in business is important. This is not rushing. This is movement. Stephen Covey said, “Begin with the end in mind.” Napoleon Hill said to begin at once to move toward your goal, and work out the details as you go. Prudent planning is essential. Perfecting the plan, instead of working the plan, leads to failure.
  2. Desire to attain the unattainable: Perfection is a mindset. Desiring a big goal is great. Championing a grand vision is awesome. Make sure that those outcomes are attainable. Good goals are realistic. Have a support group of wise people to provide feedback and give you a reality check. Don’t let them steal your dream, however; listen to practical advice and then decide if you think it’s attainable.
  3. Perfection is procrastination: Putting off doing things is deadly to leadership. Organizations are stagnant because the leader puts things off. Chasing perfection is a sneaky way of procrastination. Enough said. Just get it done.
  4. Change is not always good: Check your motivation. Some leaders thrive on creating energy based on change. Many followers resist change, so constant change can create anxiety in the culture. If your motivation depends on the energy of creating change, then ask yourself why and if there’s a negative impact on the performance of the culture. Fear of change is not good. Things change – the only thing that doesn’t change is change itself, however, losing track of why isn’t good.
  5. Perfection is compulsion: Getting stuck in the compulsion to constantly create perfection happens when the leader loses perspective. Knowing self and managing self are essential to effective leadership. Always have a coach, if for nothing else than to have an advisor to provide perspective to your thinking.

Dr. Alex Lickerman writes about perfection in Psychology Today: “Recognizing that inflection point—the point at which our continuing to rework our work reaches a law of diminishing returns—is one of the hardest skills to learn, but also one of the most necessary. Sometimes our first attempt truly is best; sometimes it takes seventeen attempts to really nail it. But overworking something is just as bad as failing to polish it.” Read the post.

Excellence is attention to detail while moving forward. Perfection is stalling and making excuses for not moving forward.

Musical groups become ensembles by constantly paying attention to detail and striving for excellence.

Excellence is not perfection.

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Resources

Let’s Chat About Leadership…

This blog series appears on Tuesdays, and focuses on resources that I use as I pace my ability to continually strive for my greatest effectiveness. Leaders get things done. In order to accomplish this objective, it’s important to have the necessary skills and systems in place. I have tried many things over many years and have settled on what’s simple, reliable, and consistent.

Each resource will appear under one or more of my four leadership principles:
  1. Foundations: Clarity of purpose and outcomes, and equipping oneself for excellence;
  2. Relationships: Building and maintaining healthy and effective relationships;
  3. Systems: Tools and processes for leading and empowering transformation; and
  4. Balance: Managing multiple priorities and managing self.

Each resource I blog about is one I have tested and used personally. I do not make money on these referrals unless specifically stated in the post.

Today’s resource:

Using Press Releases to Grow Brand Image

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I recently learned about a press release service called NewsWire. As you might know, these services typically cost hundreds of dollars per press release. This service is very reasonable and has many unique features. I’ve been using the service for a while and find that there are thousands of views for each release and that my release appears on many credible sites everywhere. I’m ecstatic about my results! I’m so happy that I’ve agreed to share this resource by asking the owner, Doug Brown, to present a webinar on using releases to build your brand image.

Your brand is how people see your business and is the major reason why they choose to buy your products and services, not your competitors’. Since there are more than two billion active users and 130 million domains on the web, indexing the torrent of information is a challenge for large search engines and impossible for individuals. Building a trusted brand is a key to distinguish yourself within your niche, and in today’s post I will focus on using Press Releases as a tool for building that brand.

Here are 3 ways press releases help you build your brand:

1. Gain visibility

Ivy Lee created the first-ever press release in 1906 for John Rockefeller and Standard Oil. The New York Times published it verbatim.

The Times likely won’t publish a release word for word these days. Re-publication in print media is no longer even the measure of the success of a press release.

The Internet has eliminated traditional media as a barrier that once filtered news. Online press releases allow you to speak directly to your target audience—even if they were previously unfamiliar with your brand.

No longer do people turn to traditional media first. They use search engines to find the specific information they need, at the moment they need it.

Consider this: 81% of all non-grocery purchases in the U.S. are preceded by an online search, and 76% of people in the U.S. do online research before choosing a local business.

This means your press releases can help your prospects find information about you when they need it the most – when they are ready to purchase!

2. Create familiarity

The longer your brand provides regular, reliable information, the more loyalty and trust you will earn from your target audience.

What’s the value of trust? One study showed that prospects who read positive things about a business are 68% more likely to become customers than those who do not. In addition, those customers spent 25% more over their lifetime with that business.

3. Amplify successes

A major media hit or prestigious award doesn’t guarantee everyone will see your news.

Keep the momentum of your success rolling by promoting the promotion with a press release. This will help deliver your news to your target audience and potentially get picked up by other publications.

Publishing press releases to your social profiles can earn you additional listings in search results pages, allowing your company to dominate for brand-related keywords.

Think your company has nothing to publicize? Think again: On Thursday, June 18th, we will be holding a live training about brand building. If you would like to attend, you can register here at no cost:

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Hugh Ballou on June 15th, 2015

How to get things doneI have many times in many ways shared my 3 definitions of a leader.

A leader is a person who:

  1. Gets things done;
  2. Knows how things get done; and
  3. Influences others.

Knowing how things get done is a big one. Knowing takes time. Knowing means learning. Knowing means observing. Knowing means listening. Knowing means paying attention to the details. Knowing means intentional discovery.

Unfortunately, many CEOs and Executive Directors are not sure what they know, and oftentimes don’t know what they don’t know or are not aware that there is a gap in their understanding of how things get done.

This skill represents the biggest gap in my 3 principles. We all think that we know or can figure things out along the way.

In 1995, Dunn & Bradstreet did research on entrepreneurs who had failed businesses. They found that 90% of these entrepreneurs failed because they didn’t have the skills to lead their businesses. Half of the nonprofits founded each year will ultimately close without achieving the vision they held. These failed leaders didn’t really understand how to get things done.

I work with leaders in many fields building strategies for their organizations. That’s the visioning and structuring part of the work. The big step is in implementation of the plan. That’s where the 90% failure happens.

Here’s how I have learned how things get done:

  • Working with a Coach: I saved 5 years by working with a coach, so I kept working with a coach to get more done and to discover what I didn’t know. It’s really important to work with an external coach who gets paid to provide feedback and content. There’s no substitute for this.
  • Attending Conferences: I attend very selective conferences with specific intent for learning what I don’t know, and to meet people who can teach me something. Two conferences to consider are CEO Space and IEG Sponsorship.
  • Hanging with Successful People: I read many years ago that a person’s paycheck reflects the pay of the crowd he or she hangs with. I know really successful people and we hang out and share resources.

Figuring out how things get done is a life-long journey. The more you figure out, the more you know there is to learn.

 

Resources to consider*:
The Tao of Leadership: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age

Og Mandino’s University of Success

* The links are affiliate links to Amazon. SynerVision Leadership Foundation receives the fee for its philanthropic work.

 

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Hugh Ballou on June 12th, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending June 12, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

 

 

Ashley Faulkes 

Are You Stopping People from Sharing Your Content? 

Ashley FaulkesI share a lot of content on social media, but a significant amount of website owners are trying to stop me.

Stop me? Yes that ‘s right. They are almost tying my hands behind my back!

Some people have their social sharing buttons set up all wrong, and in some cases they don’t work at all. So before you run off thinking, this post does not affect me…are you sure everything is 100% set up on your website?

Best case scenario, you do have sharing set up, but are not aware that it comes out all wrong on Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook or other platforms.

How do you solve these problems? There are a lot of simple fixes to many of the issues I see. And in this post I am going to show you what you should be doing, how you can fix it and why.

Read the post…

 

Tim Sackett

The Single Biggest Lie That HR Tells Candidates

Tim SackettNo one ever wants to admit this but it can be really intimidating working with someone who is way smarter and more talented than you.

This is the basis for the biggest lie HR tells candidates.

You are overqualified!

We’ve told this lie for decades

Truth be told, no one is ever “overqualified” for a position. You might have more qualifications than the organization needs for the position you are interviewing for, but that really isn’t the issue. The issue is the person doing the interviewing is scared that you are better than they are.

Read the post…

 

Tony Richards

Growth Hurts

Tony RichardsAny kind of growth has a pain that accompanies it.

I just had shoulder surgery last Friday. I had a torn rotator cuff and a bone spur on my left shoulder removed. So now I am on the road to recovery.

And…it hurts.

It hurts because it is in the process of healing. Just as this is the case with my physical shoulder, we all hurt while we heal. We all hurt while we grow.

As I am exercising my shoulder, it feels like it’s not supposed to bend or extend that way. The same thing is true as you grow as a leader and as a person. It’s all about alignment. My shoulder spends a good amount of time right now being supported by a sling. So when I take it out of the sling and start moving it around, it isn’t used to it. When you start developing skills and behaviors that you haven’t been accustomed to utilizing, the same thing happens. It doesn’t feel like it should go that way or be that way. Just as in my physical therapy you continue to do it until it becomes natural to you.

Read the post…

 

 

ANN SMARTY

How to Use Slideshare for Personal Branding

Anne SmartyOf all the underrated tools on the web, Slideshare is one of the biggest examples. For many who are hoping to promote, it is last on the list of helpful social dashboards. Yet, it offers a unique and effective way to increase the power of your social brand.

The lack of oversaturation means your chances of visibility are also increased, while using a visual branding method that sticks in people’s minds. Everything from a logo to a certain style can be used to great effect, giving you an immediately recognizable format.

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Su-Mari du Bruyn

Emotional Intelligence Matters

Su-Mari du BruynAfter one of our recent Leadership workshops, I found myself participating in a rather thought provoking discussion around how much power any leadership position in a business should be allowed to have. Although some of the participants didn’t believe that any single individual should be allowed too much power, because power corrupts, my view was slightly different – that a leader should be allocated a level of power in relation to their level of emotional intelligence . In my view the problem is not having too much power, but rather not honouring the responsibility that comes with great power.  I believe that if you are confident enough in your own skin and mature enough to know that you do not have to know it all and if you can acknowledge that you do not know it all, you can encourage, welcome and accept being questioned and challenged without reacting defensively. This should sufficiently keep you in check and protect you from ever falling into the trap of abusing your power or author.

Read the post …

 

 

Hugh Ballou

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Resources

Let’s Chat About Leadership…

This blog series appears on Tuesdays, and focuses on resources that I use as I pace my ability to continually strive for my greatest effectiveness. Leaders get things done. In order to accomplish this objective, it’s important to have the necessary skills and systems in place. I have tried many things over many years and have settled on what’s simple, reliable, and consistent.

Each resource will appear under one or more of my four leadership principles:
  1. Foundations: Clarity of purpose and outcomes, and equipping oneself for excellence;
  2. Relationships: Building and maintaining healthy and effective relationships;
  3. Systems: Tools and processes for leading and empowering transformation; and
  4. Balance: Managing multiple priorities and managing self.

Each resource I blog about is one I have tested and used personally. I do not make money on these referrals unless specifically stated in the post.

Today’s resource:

Simms Mobile Marketing

Simms Mobile

SIMMS Mobile announced today that it will be partnering with Blacksburg, Virginia-based leadership training and organizational development nonprofit company, SynerVision Leadership Foundation effective immediately. The power of mobile communications for nonprofit and religious organizations is enhanced with the power of the SIMMS systems that include mobile messaging, virtual business cards, social media integration, database and contact building, event reminders and more. It’s customizable for each organization’s needs.

SIMMS officials expect this partnership to improve internal management processes and widen its customer base. In addition to company improvement and exposure, SIMMS will also receive personalized personal development training for its senior staff.

The partnership will permit SynerVision to utilize SIMMS’s Mobile Marketing Packages, including their digital business card product, the SIMMSCard. In exchange, SIMMS will be featured in an upcoming edition of Nonprofit Professional Performance 360 Magazine, as well as in monthly promotions to the nonprofit community advocating the service.

Check out SIMMS Mobile at http://www.simmsmobile.com

SynerVision Leadership Foundation will be utilizing the texting service to create and utilize effective communications with nonprofits around the globe. You are invited to join us in this very cost-effective service.

 

Hugh Ballou

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Hugh Ballou on May 29th, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 29, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

 

 

Dan Virgillito

Managing remote teams: key lessons on hiring, culture, and productivity from 4 top startups

Dan VirgillitoThere are many challenges unique to remote workforces and creating a culture that supports it takes work. This article give four unique approaches on how it can work. Over to Dan. 

Technology has enabled many organizations to lead teams that work offsite, in the field or even in another country.

In this post I go into every detail about managing remote teams and how top startups get it done.

Read the post… 

 

Sue Bingham 

Liberating the Walking Dead at Work

Sue BinghamIf going to work feels like arriving on the set of “The Walking Dead,” leadership might be the cause of your office’s zombie apocalypse. Emphasizing the tasks you need employees to complete — instead of the end goals — can produce that effect.

A focus on tasks causes employees to feel expendable and not respected for their contributions. It zaps employee morale and kills your business by creating drone employees who do just what’s asked, who don’t innovate or show up with passion. Employees react by checking their brain at the door, waiting for orders, and doing the bare minimum.

This micromanaging approach only devalues your employees and positions you as a helicopter manager. The trick to humanizing your workforce is to start treating employees like responsible adults and instilling meaning into the goals you set.

Read the post…

 

CHRIS MATYSZCZYK

The 6 Worst Things You Can Call Yourself On LinkedIn

Chris Matyszczyk The problem that so many of us Americans have is that we love ourselves.

This love tends to be all-encompassing, which means that we try and encompass everyone else with that self-love.

We don’t realize, however, that sometimes we can sound a little too wonderful and this can put off potential clients or employers. A lot. We can also use words that sometimes mean slightly less than we’d like them to. Especially when we’re presenting ourselves on LinkedIn.

Here are the 6 worst things you can call yourself on LinkedIn. Please check them against your own profile. Just, you know, in case you think you’re that wonderful.

Read the post…

 

Elaine Glusac 

Twitter Might Be the Most Important Customer Service Center You Have 

Elaine GlusacWil Reynolds, founder of Philadelphia-based digital marketing agency Seer, arrived in New York City on four hours of sleep. With a presentation looming, he asked the front desk at the W Hotel for an early check-in. He was declined.

However, a quick tweet sent from the cab before his arrival—“Hoping you can check me in early today, got a big presentation and need a nap”—did the trick and scored Reynolds a suite with an outdoor terrace. “Someone walked over and told me they had a room for me, all because of the tweet,” he says.

Read the post…

 

Tanveer Naseer

Building Emotional Competencies In Our Leadership

Tanveer NaseerOver the past decade or so, there have been numerous studies and books that have helped us to better appreciate the emotional nature of successful leadership, a fact that has helped to bring about a transformation in leadership attitudes from the old command-and-control approach to one that’s more outward-focused and collaborative.

Unfortunately, while we’ve become more aware about the importance of emotional intelligence in today’s leadership, the truth is many of us continue to grapple with this issue and in the past few years, it has only become worse thanks to the changing realities of leading in today’s faster-paced, 24/7 work environment.

It’s an issue that I’ve addressed in some of the talks I’ve given this year, where I discussed the challenge leaders face of how to balance the increasing pull to simply get things done against that critical need to build and nurture a workplace environment that brings out the best in those they lead.

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Hugh Ballou

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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

ConsensusIt will be obvious which side of this debate I fall on…consensus is giving consent to a decision. Many feel that compromise and consensus are the same. I disagree.

Despite my revealed opinion on this topic, I trust that you will be interested to see how I distinguish these two standards.

The comparisons to musical ensembles might make sense to you if you are a musician. If you are not a musician, then you might have some misconceptions of how the system works. The musical conductor is perceived by non-musicians, and some musicians, to be a dictator when, in reality, the musical conductor is an influencer. We influence singers and instrumentalists to function at their highest level. That’s a form of consensus.

Compromise is…

  • Everyone giving up something in order to agree on a decision
  • A Win/Lose
  • Holding to a view point and bargaining for middle ground
  • Like a tug of war
  • Bargaining
  • Power plays
  • Personal needs/opinion positioning
  • Everyone loses something
  • More talking than listening
  • A contractual legalistic agreement

Consensus is…

  • Everyone coming up with a better solution than each had originally conceived
  • A Win/Win or No Deal
  • Looking for additional options and not holding fast to an opinion
  • Open and honest conversation
  • Listening for options
  • Open to options
  • Holding the value for the organization and not for self
  • Everyone gains more than originally perceived
  • A group process of open conversation and backed by relationship
  • A covenant agreement and relationship

Consensus means that the individuals in the group function like a musical ensemble, in that they carefully listen to each other player/singer and adjust their playing for blend, tempo, dynamic, and tone, and don’t give up their excellence in musicianship. The synergy created by seeking and practicing consensus building, builds a culture that functions at a higher level and develops mutually agreeable accountabilities and standards of excellence.

By facilitating this process, the leader reaches a higher level of functioning by not micromanaging group process, but guides the process much like the conductor guides the ensemble. Conductors don’t make the music; they provide the leadership for musical excellence to happen.

Leadership is influence.

 

Hugh Ballou

The Transformational Leadership Strategist TM

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