Current and Future Leaders—Take Note
Lately, I have been immersed in a new research project on leadership skills. What types of leadership competencies do organizations need to succeed? How are current trends such as technology and globalization affecting leadership?
Are your Millennials prepared to be your company’s future leaders?
Every day more than 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the age of 65. This is going to keep happening every single day for the next 18 years. This startling statistic has chills ...
It happened again yesterday. A friend and I were talking about leadership over lunch when he commented, “What the world needs is more people like Steve Jobs.” I almost gagged on my soup.
It has been said that “life imitates art.” In a similar vein, I would suggest that, in many respects, business imitates sport, notably major collegiate and professional athletics. Think about it. Business lexicon is rife with the use of sports jargon (e.g., goal line, slump, go deep, etc.) to describe business situations. It is quite common to see current and former athletes and coaches on the dais at business conferences. Pro sports created player free agentry. Business is perfecting it.
This is the blog post I never expected to write. Really. For most of my working life I’ve been blissfully oblivious to women’s workplace challenges. I am just another garden variety dunderheaded guy, prone to ignoring and dismissing women’s issues, and admittedly, sometimes women.
Mistakes. Everyone makes them, from entry-level employees to C-suite executives. What separates good employees from great employees is how they handle their mistakes. Mistakes are not just occasions to be shrugged off. You should not beat yourself up over them, but they do create a perfect learning opportunity because they shed light to the areas you need to improve on most.
A lively panel, “Millennials Speak Out: How to Manage the Gen X Boss” at last month’s SXSW conference exposed the antagonistic attitudes between Gen X bosses and their Millennial direct reports.
As leaders, we often see our employees go through various stages of motivation, contribution and engagement. Often, we get concerned when we see changes in how our employees seem to be responding to their work. We over think it, read into every action or reaction and then try to solve it by randomly calling a “one on one” meeting.
The first day of HCI’s 8th annual Human Capital Summit began with a keynote from best-selling author and thought leader Dan Pink. Pink looked out at the packed house of human capital attendees and promptly convinced them they were all in sales. At some point in everyone’s day, he concluded, there are times when you must convince someone else to part with something they hold dear—it might be time, money, attention, engagement, etc.
What? Ugh, not sales.
For the record, I am not a basketball fan and I do not particularly like using sports examples in my writing. Sometimes, however, witnessing an event and sharing the ensuing insight compels me to make an exception. This is one of those times.