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Assertions & Assessments: What Comes After Your “Ass…”?

20140327_352164.xml-WintryWeather_SempWe all know language is key to leadership.  The subtleties, nuances, intonations, and gestures have profound effects on leaders’ credibility and on organizations’ success.  Yet, while we think about the customers of our products and services, many of us don’t think as much about the ‘hearers’ (customers) of our words when it’s our own people. [...] When we make assessments sound like assertions, we lose credibility.  Our people wonder:  “Why is that so?” “How does she or he know that?” “What made him or her draw that conclusion?”

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4 Ways to Unleash Leadership Energy

InfectiousbyAchimNowakFollowing is a guest article from Achim Nowak.  Achim has a distinctive ability to connect deeply and authentically with others in a way that ignites their passion and energy. It is my pleasure to share some of his wisdom with you here.

By the time I get hired to coach a senior executive, he’s been subjected to a battery of psychometric assessments.

She can usually rattle off her MBTI or DISC assessment profile at the drop of a dime. An entire sense of self has been packaged into a tidy psychological box.

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The question every great leader asks

Smartblog LogoSara leaned back, crossed her arms, and sighed.

“It’s not right! My VP expects me to hit these numbers, but customers want updates, and research is focused on new products and won’t give me the time of day.”

She shook her head. “I guess I’ll go down to R&D and tell them they’ve got to change their attitude or the company’s going to end up in the toilet. This just sucks!”

I asked, “How do you think that will work?”

“It won’t! But what else can I do? I didn’t ask for any of this!”

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Chaos or Vision: YOU Choose!

Without-a-vision-people-and-organizations-perishAs expats we live in a secure compound with high walls, inside those walls we have grass, trees, flowers, beauty and order.

Many local families live in their own high walled “compounds” with their extended families. And although I have never been behind those walls I have heard of their gardens.

Outside of all of our walls is the city we all share. Most of the city is full of trash, partially developed buildings, blowing sand, broken sidewalks – if there are sidewalks at all; narrow streets and tiny parking lots that don’t accommodate all of the cars, and random unmatched street lights that don’t begin to illuminate the dark

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Who’s In Your Inner Circle?

Who's In Your Inner Circle?Who are the people in your “Inner Circle” – i.e., those people who you believe have the most significant influence on your life from this point forward?

They may be your family members, your friends, the people you work with, and/or the people in the various communities to which you belong such as school or place of worship. They may be people you chose to have in your life or simply people who just seemed to show up.  They may have been there since you were born or just became a part of your life recently.

Yet whoever they are, however they became a part of your life, or for how long they have been in your life is NOT important. Read more.


Leadership 101: Consistent, Fair, Explainable

Leadership 101 - Consistent, Fair, ExplainableOur good friend and long time Instigator, Chery Gegelman posted this over on her Simply Understanding blog

Several years ago a mentor shared his business plan with me.  In part of it he wrote something he called a STAND.  When I asked what that was, he said it was knowing what you stand for before you are faced with a situation and have to make a choice.

I’ve shared part of his leadership wisdom and how it impacted me in this previous Smart Blog Post:  Why Leaders Need To Practice Compassionate Accountability

For the past several weeks I’ve been focused on another part of his STAND:  “To Be Consistent, Fair, and Explainable in all that I do”.

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Tending the Garden of Your Mind

Tending the Garden of Your Mind “Your mind is like a garden:
Whatever you plant will grow.
Your thoughts are seeds you’re planting.
They produce, each after its kind.
And you, just like a gardener,
Can choose which seeds you’ll plant.
And by the choice of seeds you sow,
You choose the harvest you will reap.”
- from The Garden of Your Mind by Charles David Heineke

Sustained success requires that you learn to tend the garden of your mind lovingly and wisely. While there are countless tools and techniques available, there are 3 things you can do every day to sow the seeds of an abundant harvest and keep the weeds at bay. Read more.


7 Ways You’re Missing Opportunities with Millennials

7 Ways You're Missing Opportunities with MillennialsCheck out this guest post by Ryan Currie over on Jon Mertz’ Thin Difference blog!

Working with millennials can be a challenge but you’re just making things harder on yourself by missing valuable opportunities in your interactions. Millennials aren’t as selfish, as tuned-out, or as idealistic as they’re pegged to be and they actually provide a lot of valuable tools you can use to grow your business.

Whether you’re the boss, a manager, or even just a colleague, here are seven ways you’re missing opportunities with your millennials.

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What’s Your Brand of Bold?

What's Your Brand of Bold?Boldness that characterizes extraordinary leaders comes in many shapes and sizes, as well as forms.

It’s not a matter of size, race, status, or any number of things that can place the boldest of people in a neat category.  In fact, those who are recognized for their boldness are often recognized because their words or actions fall outside of the “box” of what others expect from them given those things.

It’s not a matter of a particular type of expression either.  Bold can look like yelling, or it could look like sitting in silent protest.  It could look like jumping out of a plane, or look like giving someone a hug. Read more.


The Hierarchy of Knowledge

Hacking LeadershipMike Myatt is America’s Top CEO Coach, recognized by Thinkers50 as a global authority on the topic of leadership, a Forbes leadership columnist, author of Leadership Matters,  CEO at N2growth, and is a Senior Fellow at the Gordian Institute. His new book, Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly, is available on Amazon. 

I’m often asked, “What is the best way for me to synthesize the overwhelming amount incoming information I receive while making the best decisions possible in a timely fashion?”

While I have written often on the subject of decision making, and do so in my latest book Hacking Leadership, this specific question is a bit narrower in scope and the asker is usually looking for advice surrounding the filtering of various inputs. Read More…

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