5 Things Great Bosses Never Do I recently described what remarkable bosses do. A number of people emailed and asked, "That's a great list, but flip it around: What things should I not do?" Glad you asked. As a leader what you don't do can sometimes make as much or even more impact than what you do. Say, "I've been meaning to apologize for a while..." You should never need to apologize for not having apologized sooner. When you mess up, 'fess up. If love means never having to say you're sorry, leadership means always having to say you're sorry. Deliver annual performance reviews. Annual or semi-annual performance appraisals are largely a waste of time. Years ago my review was late so I mentioned it to my boss. He was right. Your job is to coach and mentor and develop--every day. Hold formal meetings to solicit ideas. Many companies hold brainstorming sessions to solicit ideas for improvement, especially when times get tough. Sounds great; after all you're "engaging employees" and "valuing their contributions," right?
What Makes a Leader? - HBR Executive Summary Reprint: R0401H When asked to define the ideal leader, many would emphasize traits such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—the qualities traditionally associated with leadership. Such skills and smarts are necessary but insufficient qualities for the leader. Psychologist and author Daniel Goleman first brought the term “emotional intelligence” to a wide audience with his 1995 book of the same name, and Goleman first applied the concept to business with this 1998 classic HBR article. The chief components of emotional intelligence—self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill—can sound unbusinesslike, but Goleman, cochair of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers University, found direct ties between emotional intelligence and measurable business results. A version of this article appeared in the January 2004 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Content Curation: definition and generation. A lot has been already talked about Content Curation, meant as the capacity of filtering and adding value to the content we receive and are exposed to everyday from all the online sources (Search and Social). Content Curation is certainly more necessary than ever, a critical task in the business environment, not only in Marketing, Communications or Advertising, but it is especially so in areas such as Product, Innovation, Customer Service or Human Resources. Its impact goes far beyond the content we may generate. Really it is a state of mind affecting the monitoring, research, investigation and the way we listen to people and are able to discern what affects us what not. But what could be a definition of Content Curator? A generic definition could be this one: A content curator is a critical knowledge broker who seeks, collects and shares on a continuous base the most relevant content in her area of expertise. Aggregation. But how is it possible to curate content efficiently? Beside Yahoo!
The One Skill All Leaders Should Work On - Scott Edinger by Scott Edinger | 11:30 AM March 29, 2012 If I had to pick one skill for the majority of leaders I work with to improve, it would be assertiveness. Not because being assertive is such a wonderful trait in and of itself. Rather, because of its power to magnify so many other leadership strengths. Assertiveness gets a bad rap when people equate it with being pushy and annoying. Here are some specific ways in which assertiveness complements a wide range of the critical leadership skills you may already have: • Creating a culture of innovation: A couple of years ago I conducted a study to determine the characteristics of the most innovative leaders in one of the largest companies in the world. • Being customer focused: We typically think of service or business development professionals as being good at, and focused on, building relationships. • Fostering teamwork and collaboration: It might seem like assertiveness has little to do with the skills you need to be a team player.
Core Leadership Theories - Leadership Skills From MindTools.com Learning the Foundations of Leadership © VeerjDOTsierpniowka Why are some leaders successful, while others fail? The truth is that there is no "magic combination" of characteristics that makes a leader successful, and different characteristics matter in different circumstances. This doesn't mean, however, that you can't learn to be an effective leader. One way of doing this is to learn about the core leadership theories that provide the backbone of our current understanding of leadership. Tip: Our article on Leadership Styles explores common leadership styles that have emerged from these core theories. The Four Core Theory Groups Let's look at each of the four core groups of theory, and explore some of the tools and models that apply with each. 1. Trait theories argue that effective leaders share a number of common personality characteristics, or "traits." Early trait theories said that leadership is an innate, instinctive quality that you do or don't have. , Level 5 Leadership 2. 3. 4. . .
Content Curation Primer Photo by Stuck in Customs What is Content Curation? Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. Content curation is not about collecting links or being an information pack rat, it is more about putting them into a context with organization, annotation, and presentation. People and organizations are now making and sharing media and content all over the social web. Content Curation Provides Value from the Inside Out What does that mean for nonprofits and the people who work for them? For some staff members, content curation can be professional of learning. The biggest challenge to becoming a content curator is getting past the feeling of “content fried” or so much good content and so little time to digest it. The Three S’s of Content Curation: Seek, Sense, Share Content curation is a three-part process: Seek, Sense, and Share. Getting Started
What is Leadership? - Leadership Training from MindTools.com Find out what makes a great leader, with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right. – Professor Warren G. BennisLeadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower The word "leadership" can bring to mind a variety of images. A political leader, pursuing a passionate, personal cause.An explorer, cutting a path through the jungle for the rest of his group to follow.An executive, developing her company's strategy to beat the competition. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. In this article, we'll focus on the process of leadership. Note: Leadership means different things to different people around the world, and different things in different situations. This article focuses on the Western model of individual leadership, and discusses leadership in the workplace rather than in other areas. Leadership: A Definition 1. 2. 3. 4.
Become a Content Curation King Sean Carton | August 29, 2011 | 18 Comments inShare79 Nine ways to make curation work for your brand. "Curation" is a buzzword (even if it isn't technically a word…unless you count the 14th century French definition meaning "to cure") that's smokin' up the interwebs these days. Launching into the blogosphere virtually from nowhere in 2009, it's now one of those terms that's essential to any digital marketer on the cutting edge (or for anyone who wants to sound like one). Curation has now come to mean the act of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a coherent way, organized around a specific topic(s). If you're a web veteran, you're probably wondering how this is any different than what people have been doing online for years. So what's the big deal about curation? Making curation work for your brand is a lot easier said than done. People matter.
How to develop leadership skills Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower Steve Jobs (founder of Apple) The following exercise will ask you 50 questions about your leadership style, and then give you an idea of your typical styles. If you are still a student you might like to answer the questions as you would if you were a manager in an organisation, rather than the way you would if, for example, you were president of a student society where the leadership style is more casual than that in most work environments. Now make a note of your scores which can vary up to a maximum of 50 for each style. Once you have finished the test go to the table below where you'll find explanations of each of the leadership styles. You can click on the chart below to go to relevant pages in our site: Leadership involves Being able to motivate & direct others Taking responsibility for the direction & actions of a team Setting objectives. How to become a leader Use initiative to act on opportunities. Antoine de Saint-Exupery