In our society – and particularly our workplaces – we tend to focus on the faults, mistakes, and blunders of ourselves and others – and skip over the accomplishments achieved. When so much attention is flowing towards criticism and judgment, the cost is a culture that focuses on what is going wrong, rather than what is going right. This article is packed with tips on how to focus on positive feedback and appreciation at work – for yourself, others, and in organizations at scale.Read More
Curiosity is complicated and multidimensional, which is why the benefits are so broad. It is not simply that you are curious or not; there are different flavors of curiosity that come in handy in different situations and environments. Let’s take a look at the four elements of curiosity.Read More
Personality assessments can play an important role in helping you gain insight into your innate tendencies and strengths – which will ultimately help you become a more balanced and effective leader. They can also illuminate any areas that don’t come as naturally for you. The goal of this kind of self-discovery is to gain an honest representation of what development you might need; assessments can fast track this learning.Read More
360 feedback instruments and processes are designed to gather feedback and perspective from the people who work closest to the leader, and then reflect those perceptions back to support their leadership development. Here are three approaches and four tools to getting 360-degree feedback, depending on your budget and needs.Read More
When you are a leader, it can be difficult to get candid feedback from those who work for you, which is where the concept of a personal board of directors is helpful. A personal board is a group of individuals that can help you make sound decisions, give you advice and feedback, challenge your assumptions, brainstorm ideas, and generally expand your thinking. Who do you want on your personal board?Read More
A both/and leadership mindset can lead you to more informed decisions, more collaborative teams, and stronger relationships and results. Keep reading to learn six tips on how to embrace this productive and collaborative mindset as a leader.Read More
The right/wrong thinking trap is more dangerous than you think. Find out the risks of holding onto your idea of “right” too tightly, and what kind of leadership mindset to embrace, instead.Read More
You know you have to give someone feedback, but the idea of giving constructive feedback has you in knots. What’s the best way to say what you need to say so it is productive for everyone? Learn four frameworks for feedback conversations you can use to deliver feedback in a candid, compassionate, and productive way.Read More
If you can learn to see feedback as a gift, you will increase your capacity to have difficult conversations, which will improve your relationships at work, your team’s performance, and the culture of your organization.Read More
The higher up you climb in an organization, the more valuable feedback tends to be. The problem is, the more power you have, the more difficult it is to get honest feedback. This presents a huge dilemma to leaders who want the honest truth about where they need to grow. Find out what you can do as the leader to encourage honest, direct feedback from your team.Read More
If your team is struggling to generate new ideas, you may have to do something different. Try one of these activities – perfectly suited for brainstorming sessions and leadership retreats. These exercises offer a great way for your team to feel more connected, think outside the box, and have some fun.Read More
Creative blocks happen. When a team has been working together for a while, particularly on the same brand or product or mission, it’s easy for them to get stuck in a creative rut – together. As a leader, how can you spark creativity and create an environment that fosters creative thinking?Read More
Most people think of manipulation and deceit when they think of power at work. However, power is often misunderstood – and it is not inherently bad. The more you understand power, the more power is accessible to you. Learn about 11 types of power and find tips on how to gain more power at work.Read More
We must cleanse our organizations of the negative stigma of direct communication, and replace it with the sense of generosity. Saying something that needs to be said is a gift that strengthens people, teams, and organizations if done with care. Here is how to balance compassion and candor in your communication.Read More
Self-awareness is the cornerstone to strong leadership. If you are a leader, you must be aware of where you fall short if you are to close the gap between where you are and where your organization needs you to be. Because you cannot fix a problem you are unaware of, you have to be proactive about discovering your blind spots. Here are 10 ways to gain a more complete picture of who you are as a leader.Read More
Psychological safety is the secret ingredient that sets highly effective teams apart from those that are average or under-performing and the reason some teams retain long-term superstars, while others have high turnover. Once you understand what it is and why it’s so important in team cultures, you can begin to take some steps to foster more of it in your organization and environment, and ultimately create a team everyone wants to work for.Read More
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