Leaders now find that they are leading employees and contractors and that these people can be located around the world. Are you leading with this in mind or are you stuck in the old, place based hierarchical way of thinking?Read More
You already have the ingredients to make your company far more powerful. You might not realize it, but there is something in the makeup of your company that a strong, dynamic culture can be built around. Something that can focus your whole organization on its prime purpose.
The key is identifying that thing.Read More
Katherine Milkman is determined to help us do better next time. In one of her most recent studies, the James G. Campbell Jr. Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania looks at what she and her coauthors call the “fresh-start effect”: the energy and determination we feel when we’re able to wipe the slate clean. According to Milkman’s research, the same momentum that drives us to join the gym in January can be harnessed to help us focus on the pursuit of goals at other times throughout the year.Read More
Many career gurus will say leadership presence is essential to becoming a good, and ladder-climbing leader. In my experience, however, many good leaders get ahead with only a mild ability to be noticed when they enter the room, depending on the company’s leadership culture.Read More
By nature, great leaders are time-starved species. So I ask you, are you going to spend your time studying and practicing presence techniques or are you going work on the elements of substance that will bring the joy of guiding your followers and watching them grow?Read More
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.Read More
Executive presence requires being present. Being present means being aware of what’s happening, in the here and now, the present moment. Being present is rarely mentioned when people discuss executive presence. Executive presence is defined as projecting confidence, speaking with a sense of assuredness, being poised, (especially under pressure) and decisive. People with executive presence are also seen as having the ability to read the room and respond appropriately to situations as they arise. This is where being present plays a critical role.Read More
Yesterday a group of talented leaders froze when I asked an experimental question. Responses called for a few facts about cortisol toxins at work, taken from a required reading on brain-based business tactics.
Our atmosphere turned stoic, eyes dropped to the floor, and I felt a sudden chill sweep over robust bonds we’d built together in this vibrant leadership group. It was as if we all gained new insights into Einstein’s claim that imagination is far more important than knowledge alone.
For a comparison test, I then asked the same question in a two-footed way and facial expressions switched back to interest again as if somebody flipped on the light. The result? Unique insights began to emerge once again and people shared novel team-building tactics with renewed enthusiasm. The difference?Read More
Sooner or later, they’re going to catch you picking your nose.
Well, maybe not. Maybe you’ll be fishing your keys out of a storm drain, or talking to your dry cleaner, or sneezing through a hay fever attack. But when you lead people in a meaningful way, you’re around them regularly, and sooner or later they’re bound to see you engaged in mundane everyday life.Read More