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Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions. If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get?

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.” There’s a good reason for all of those links: Strategy is complex. Thought leaders from all over the world have created sophisticated frameworks designed to help leaders grapple with their own strategies at an abstract level. But the reality is that strategy succeeds or fails based on how well leaders at every level of an organization integrate strategic thinking into day-to-day operations.

How the U.S. Marines Encourage Service-Based Leadership. Most of us feel that we’re completely stretched to capacity at work and have nothing left to give.

How the U.S. Marines Encourage Service-Based Leadership

But according to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of the workforce is either “actively disengaged” or “not engaged,” meaning there are millions of professionals who have discretionary effort — effort they could give if they felt motivated and inspired. Gallup estimates that this disengagement costs the U.S. $450–$550 billion in lost productivity each year, which doesn’t even account for opportunity costs. When employees are busy and disengaged, businesses are missing out on cost-saving ideas and innovations that could be developed from the bottom up. We believe that one of the ways managers can tap into this discretionary effort is the practice of service-based leadership. Robert K. Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons.

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Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons

Brené Brown has become famous for her speaking and writing about vulnerability, worthiness, shame and the other important emotions running underneath daily life all the time. One theme she returns to over and over is the importance of cultivating empathy, a very different reaction than sympathy. Dr. Brown says empathy consists of four qualities: the ability to take the perspective of another person, staying away from judgment, recognizing emotion in others, and communicating it.

Increasing your Capacity. Fixated on Leadership: Why Learning How to Follow is Crucial for Success. Leadership ability, it would seem, is the essential ingredient of success.

Fixated on Leadership: Why Learning How to Follow is Crucial for Success

But is it? Academies and institutes, high schools and colleges, MBA programs and charter schools all promote their ability to train 21st century leaders. High school seniors applying for college using the Common Application are instructed to include details about the “position/leadership” they hold as a part of their extracurricular activities. The Two Dimensions of Positive Interdependence. Dr. Spencer Kagan To cite this article: Kagan, S. The Two Dimensions of Positive Interdependence. San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing. Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork. This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Making Collaboration Work.

Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork

Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances. What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team. So Rozovsky started looking for other groups she could join.

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

A classmate mentioned that some students were putting together teams for ‘‘case competitions,’’ contests in which participants proposed solutions to real-world business problems that were evaluated by judges, who awarded trophies and cash. The competitions were voluntary, but the work wasn’t all that different from what Rozovsky did with her study group: conducting lots of research and financial analyses, writing reports and giving presentations.

The members of her case-competition team had a variety of professional experiences: Army officer, researcher at a think tank, director of a health-education nonprofit organization and consultant to a refugee program. 9 ways for leaders to be better at communication. Poor communication sucks the life out of organisations.

9 ways for leaders to be better at communication

Many teams are full of uncomfortable issues, awkward misunderstandings and confusing meetings where everyone leaves with a different idea of what is going on. This leads to frustration, reduced trust, reduced respect and reduced sense of each other’s competency. It leads to suspicion about whether real intentions match stated intentions and it generated lots of unnecessary stress. I’ve enjoyed reading through some great blogs and books on leadership and communication. Three Point Communication - TeachingHOW2s. Two point communication Yes, it does sound rather strange to be calling the typical way we converse as being two-point communication.

Three Point Communication - TeachingHOW2s

But if you look at it for an instant, it’s clear that’s exactly what it is. There are two points: your face and the other’s face. They face each other directly. Nothing wrong in that. Six Thinking Hats. Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others. Individual intelligence, as psychologists measure it, is defined by its generality: People with good vocabularies, for instance, also tend to have good math skills, even though we often think of those abilities as distinct.

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

The results of our studies showed that this same kind of general intelligence also exists for teams. On average, the groups that did well on one task did well on the others, too. In other words, some teams were simply smarter than others. We next tried to define what characteristics distinguished the smarter teams from the rest, and we were a bit surprised by the answers we got. Belbin for lecturers. What Kind of Group Work Encourages the Most Original Thinking? When I first read Originals I couldn’t help but take notes.

What Kind of Group Work Encourages the Most Original Thinking?

What I jotted down was essentially a to-do list for how I could be more creative, how I could think up and then communicate new ideas. But the book — written by Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — is not just a guide for adults. Its pages are littered with interesting advice on how teachers and parents can encourage and cultivate their kids to be original, too. The 7 Ted Talks every leader should watch. When I started my first company at the age of 25, I did not consider myself a leader. The Two Dimensions of Positive Interdependence. Young Delacroix on the Importance of Solitude in Creative Work and How to Resist Social Distractions. 14. The Marshall Memo Admin - Issues. 1. How to avoid some common problems in group decision-making 2. 6-12 Collaboration Rubric (non-CCSS) The Marshall Memo Admin - Issues. A Simple Exercise to Strengthen Emotional Intelligence in Teams.

The Marshall Memo Admin - Issues. Groupthink. In the late nineteen-forties, Alex Osborn, a partner in the advertising agency B.B.D.O., decided to write a book in which he shared his creative secrets. At the time, B.B.D.O. was widely regarded as the most innovative firm on Madison Avenue.