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Act Like a Leader Before You Are One - Amy Gallo

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One - Amy Gallo
If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to the role you want. What the Experts Say “It’s never foolish to begin preparing for a transition no matter how many years away it is or where you are in your career,” says Muriel Maignan Wilkins, coauthor of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence. Michael Watkins, the chairman of Genesis Advisers and author of The First 90 Days and Your Next Move, agrees. Knock your responsibilities out of the park No matter how big your ambitions, don’t let them distract you from excelling in your current role. Help your boss succeed “You have to execute on your boss’s priorities too,” says Watkins. Principles to Remember Do: Don’t: Related:  LeadershipCareer Management

Ted Price explains the Insomniac approach to creative leadership What does it take to lead a creative team in today's game industry? "It all boils down to one word: 'courage,'" said Ted Price, CEO of Ratchet & Clank and Resistance developer Insomniac Games. In a (very unfortunately titled) talk at this year's D.I.C.E. Summit, "Trust & Ballz," Price explained his mentality for leading his studio. "We're still independent in an industry where most of our competitors have become part of larger companies or moved out altogether," Price noted. Price is the company's CEO, but claims he has to constantly force himself to not meddle in the creative process of the developers he's delegated creative roles to. When leading the original Resistance for the PlayStation 3 launch, he said, he felt amazed by what he had achieved along with his team. He decided to step back from creative decisions, but found himself unable to stop meddling. "Those I had delegated to became disenfranchised," said Price. A lack of trust "poisons any creative endeavor," says Price.

Leadership Is Not a Solitary Task - John Coleman by John Coleman | 1:00 PM February 5, 2014 An inspiring historical story is once again making the rounds at least partially because of its inclusion in Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath. In it, Gladwell tells the story of the French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, which became a safe haven for Jews in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Led by minister André Trocmé, the residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved between 3,000 and 3,500 Jews (in addition to others seeking refuge) from 1940 until the end of the war, bringing them into the community and hiding them from French and Nazi officials. We often think of leadership as a solitary task. First, great leadership often starts in community. Similarly, great leaders often realize they must act not in isolation but with community. Finally, the most inspiring leadership is that done for community. This is obviously true in the world of nonprofits and human rights. These are old principles, but they are worth remembering.

The "Sandwich Approach" Undermines Your Feedback - Roger Schwarz by Roger Schwarz | 10:00 AM April 19, 2013 Have you ever used the “sandwich approach” to give negative feedback to your direct reports? You sandwich the negative feedback between two pieces of positive feedback. First, let’s look at why leaders use the sandwich approach and why it doesn’t work. They think it’s easier for people to hear and accept negative feedback when it comes with positive feedback. They assume the sandwich approach provides balanced feedback. They believe that giving positive feedback with negative feedback reduces discomfort and anxiety. Effective leaders are transparent about the strategies they use when working with others. Imagine that you plan to use the sandwich approach with Alex and Stacey, two direct reports who just gave a presentation to your senior leadership team. Identify your strategy for the conversation. You can use this three-question transparency test in any situation to determine whether your strategy is unilaterally controlling.

The (Not So Difficult) Trick To Get Your Emails Read We spend hours sorting through the 150 billion or so emails that ricochet around the Internet every day. So which ones get the click? Popular email clients like Gmail show the first 50 or so characters of the body copy in the inbox view. So a clear subject line and a concise, actionable lead sentence will make it most likely to get chosen. Here's how to craft a clear email that will make the recipient click and actually read it once they do. The Less fluffy words, the more actionable the message As Kuhcoon CEO Andrew Torva writes at Medium, our email habits are in need of an epic defluffling. Hey Andrew I just wanted to email you and tell you about an interesting opportunity. Instead, we need to write like a time-pressed chief executive might. Andrew, I'd like to help you solve problem X. The conciseness works because it's thoughtful; you're taking into account the reader, the user experience, if you would, of the person on the other side of the message. Hat tip: Medium

Are you a leader or a tracker? We have truly messed up our job titles. Somehow, somewhere, the job title project manager became lame. I don’t know if it was born this way, or if it happened over time, but it’s a shame. Here’s what I think happened – we’ve confused project tracking with project leading. If you take any interesting work in architecture, film, software, or any pursuit that involves millions of dollars or dozens of people, there is someone playing an executive role, overseeing decisions, budgets and schedules. But somehow that job title never caught on. Many of these people are really Project Trackers. Microsoft dodged this whole problem, and created new ones, by creating the role of Program Manager. Worse, many places have Product managers, program managers, and project managers all on the same teams, further confusing who does what and why. The solution: whenever I meet people with a P or an M in the title, I ask the following questions. Does your team report to you?

4 Soft Skills That You Need To Learn Over at the Geek Manager site, Meri Williams recently blogged about a phenomenon she sees play out among her teams. A technically brilliant person “slowly becomes incredibly frustrated that they don’t have the impact they want to have.” The person knows he needs “soft skills” but many then fell prey to belief in what Williams calls the Soft Skills Fairy. “The Soft Skills Fairy has a wand, and if you were touched with it at birth then you have soft skills. If you weren’t you don’t and can never develop them,” she writes. This is obviously ridiculous. But this isn’t a modern observation. 1. I’m an introvert, but fortunately, I’m also a journalist. 2. While misery may love company, long term it’s not the company you want to be keep. 3. To quote Carnegie, “Show respect for the other person’s opinions. 4. Carnegie told people to “appeal to the nobler motives” and it’s not a bad idea.

Your Optimism Might Be Stifling Your Team - Liz Wiseman by Liz Wiseman | 2:00 PM May 1, 2013 I admit that I’m prone to an optimistic outlook, a belief that most problems can be tackled with hard work and the right mindset. I’ve read the research that indicates that positive thinkers tend to do better in school, work and life. Perhaps I even assumed that optimism was infectious and that people wanted to work with a confident, hopeful leader. In the true spirit of optimism, how could this possibly go wrong? Then I found out from a colleague that he didn’t find my optimism nearly as reassuring as I did. To me, this seemed like a feasible, interesting challenge, and I enthusiastically dove in. “Saying what?” “Saying that thing you always say — ‘How hard can it be?’” “But why?” He paused and said, “Because what we are doing is actually really hard, and I need you to acknowledge that.” He wasn’t opposed to the idea that our enormous task was doable; he simply wanted me to acknowledge the reality of the challenge and recognize his struggle.

Fortune Management & Career Blog FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: I'm graduating from college at the end of May and have already been interviewed by two companies that might want to hire me, with two more interviews (at different employers) scheduled in mid-March. I could really use some guidance from you and your readers on how to go forward after these meetings. For example, I sent thank-you notes by email to the hiring managers I've met so far, but a friend says a handwritten note would have made me stand out more. Should I do that next time? Also, how soon after the interview is it acceptable to ask whether I'm still being considered for the job, and how often should I get back in touch if I don't hear anything? I'm trying to seem enthusiastic but not desperate. Dear N.N.: Great question, and one that plenty of seasoned jobseekers puzzle over, too. MORE: Microsoft culture must change, chairman says The time to get a feel for how soon you should hear back from the employer, he says, is during the interview.

FULLER GAME PRODUCTION - Journal Page I saw this post by Christopher Buecheler show up on Twitter, in which he comments on this job posting by Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade. OK, "comments on" isn't the best descriptor. "Lambastes" is more accurate. Read the job description, then read Christopher's post. Five minutes of your time, tops. I think Christopher is perhaps reading a bit much into Mr. This is indicative of one of the worst mindsets present in game development and one which I actively fight to eradicate by means of properly educating first-time and aspiring developers. The phrase "churn and burn" has been widely used -- and possibly even coined -- by a particular big name studio to describe their approach to staffing perennial top-selling sports games. 1) Hire a batch of passionate young entry-level developers who are willing to do anything to get their start in the games industry. 3) Within a period of 1-3 years, lay off those who haven't already quit from burnout. 4) Repeat Consider me weeded out, sir.

5 Ways To Measure The Emotional Intelligence Of Your Boss Research has shown us that more than 90% of top leadership performers have a high amount of emotional intelligence or EI. The higher up the ladder that leaders are, the more people they impact and their EI becomes increasingly important. The person at the top sets the atmosphere that permeates the organization, including the emotional temperature. Not only does a leader with low emotional intelligence have a negative impact on employee morale, it directly impacts staff retention. We know that the biggest reason that people give for leaving an organization is the relationship with those above them. Below are five ways to spot an emotionally intelligent boss. 1. Insecure leaders that demonstrate low EI become defensive and take it personally whenever they encounter anything that appears to them as criticism and a challenge to their authority. 2. Leaders who are oblivious to their own emotions and how they are impacted by them have no awareness of how their words and actions affect others.

(167) How to master your time - Leading a better life - Quora Imagine you were a Jedi master called Bob (your parents, whilst skilled in the ways of the force weren’t the best at choosing names). The love of your life - Princess Lucia – is trapped in a burning building as you hurry to save her. You might think of Lucia as the embodiment of your dreams, your aspirations – she is your most important thing. Unfortunately, before you can reach her an army of stormtroopers open fire. We all know how a hero resolves this dilemma. The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importanceand suppress urgency. {*style:<ul>*}{*style:<li>*}{*style:<b>*}Schedule your priorities.

10 Jobs That No Longer Exist Plenty of jobs exist today that didn’t exist 10, 20 or 30 years ago – social media analyst, app developer, etc. – but we’re not exactly awash in jobs, either. So what happened to all of those old jobs? This list of pictures will go over a few jobs that have gone the way of the dinosaur. The disappearance of the majority of these jobs can simply be attributed to technological advances. While the world’s hordes of unemployed students may disagree, it’s probably a good thing that most of these jobs are gone. Update: The Milkman still exists, so it was removed from the article. 1. Image credits: Bowling alley pinsetters were young boys employed at bowling alleys to set up the pins for clients. 2. Image credits: Image credits: Knocker-uppers were essentially alarm clocks – they were hired to ensure that people would wake up on time for their own jobs. 3. Image credits: 4. Image credits: 5. Image credits: 6. 7. 8. 9.

Leadership – What’s Next? By Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth There is no shortage of debate surrounding leadership when it comes to philosophy, style, definitional distinctions, nuances, complex theory, etc. That said, I believe most reasonable people would agree leadership is nothing if not personal. Leadership can represent a pursuit, discipline, practice, passion, calling, skill, competency, obligation, duty, compulsion, or even an obsession. I’ve known those who have worshiped at the alter of leadership as a religion, and a bit of reflection will reveal more than a few leadership revolutions dotting the historical timeline. My goal with today’s post is to challenge your thinking and your perceptions with regard to the state of leadership. Think about this for a moment – with all our experience and all the research, with all the resources and all the focus on leadership, do you find it perplexing, if not altogether disturbing, that our world has never been more lacking for true leaders?