Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 17, 2014
Every 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:
10 Powerful Habits of Highly Effective Leaders
Becoming a successful leader requires more than just hard work. Truly outstanding leaders cause their passions and enthusiasm to set a charge into their organizations.
Let your passion be a part of who you are as a leader. Lead with both your head and your heart. Be a leader who is:
1. Confident but not arrogant
Great leaders are self-assured and very confident in themselves. Employees are naturally drawn to them, as they impart a strong sense of self-confidence. You know you possess this type of confidence when you don’t shy away from challenges.
John Patrick Pullen
Gender equality? Not in business branding
Just past the lobby of Portland, Ore.-based Ruby Receptionists, a virtual phone answering service, there’s a short hallway dotted with handcrafted butterflies of all colors and sizes. Jill Nelson, the company’s founder and CEO, says these paper-crafted arthropods represent each member of the 190-person staff, and every one has their makers’ professional hopes and dreams written on its wings. It is, she admits, a little girly.
The company’s corporate brand also has feminine flair—a calculated risk that has paid off in droves. Founded in 2003 as Work Source, Inc., the company caught a second wind with a 2005 rebranding. Weeks after the Ruby Receptionists moniker debuted, their month-over-month customer acquisitions numbers doubled, and the firm has grown at a steady clip ever since. Last year they pulled in $11.3 million in revenue, more than double its 2011 haul.
PRODUCTIVITY HACK OF THE WEEK: GIVE YOUR DAY A THEME TO REGAIN FOCUS
Distractions and interruptions happen throughout the day–it’s an inevitable part of life–but being able to quickly refocus and get back on task is the key to a productive workday.
His simple yet brilliant tip is allotting a theme to each workday. This, he said, allowed him to quickly recall and refocus on the day’s task once the distraction was out of the way. Here’s what his schedule looked like:
Monday: Focus on management and…
5 Essential Rules for Great Presentations
I recently had a long conversation with Peter Handal, the CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, on the subject of giving great presentations. I’ve read (and written) plenty of posts on this topic, but Handal managed to boil everything down to these five essentials:
1. Be yourself.
If you pose as somebody you’re not, your audience will know you’re insincere and therefore disbelieve whatever you’re saying.
For example, if you’re naturally a casual person, you’ll seem gawky and untrustworthy if you try to be formal. Similarly, if you’re naturally strait-laced, you’ll come off as foolish if you try to be “cool.”
8 Principles that will Change How You Think about Leadership Presence
Leadership presence is mysterious. Like charisma, authenticity, or influence, it can be hard to describe, yet we know it when we see it. Every senior leader wants more of this secret ingredient that distinguishes the leader of work from the leader of people.
What does leadership presence really look like? It can appear in unlikely places. I’m hooked on The Voice where celebrity judges, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, compete to convince contestants to join their team. New judge Pharrell Williams definitely has leadership presence.
The Transformational Leadership Strategist TM